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Deutsche Telekom, Inmarsat unveils European in-flight Wi-Fi project

09/23, 11:20am

European Aviation Network to use LTE, satellites for in-flight Internet service

A new joint venture between Deutsche Telekom and UK satellite company Inmarsat will allow passengers in flights across Europe to access the Internet in the future. The European Aviation Network promises to provide high speed Internet access during flights, using a combination of LTE-based connections from the ground and a network of satellites, similar to GoGo's existing service operating in the United States.


Flight attendants fail to overturn FAA rule change over gadget use

05/11, 6:25am

FAA was within its rights to allow gadget use at all stages of flight

A lawsuit aiming to overturn a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) rule change concerning the use of electronic devices by passengers at all stages of flight has been stopped. An appeals court in Washington D.C. ruled that the FAA was well within its rights to make such rule changes, effectively ending the legal action prompted by the Association of Flight Attendants (AFA).


FAA speeds up drone authorizations, Amazon complains over slow process

03/25, 12:32pm

Recent Amazon drone authorization was for obsolete model

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is speeding up the process for commercial drone operators to be provided exemptions allowing them to fly. The change in policy comes amid complaints from Amazon over the application process, which it claims is so slow that its recent FAA approval it received was for a drone that has since become obsolete.


Flight attendants sue FAA over in-flight device usage rules

10/13, 7:02am

Passenger attention lost to devices during safety briefing, claim Association of Flight Attendants

Flight attendants are challenging a decision made by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) last year, over the use of electronic devices by passengers at all stages of flight. The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA has sued the FAA over the matter, claiming the change makes flights inherently more dangerous because passengers may not fully understand the safety announcements.


FAA grounds plane-sharing startups using private pilots

08/15, 10:41am

Online flight arrangements between private pilots, passengers blocked by FAA

The Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) has stopped the flying equivalent of Uber from taking place, in a ruling over plane sharing costs. After a request for clarification from AirPooler, a flight-sharing start-up, the FAA ruled that private pilots could not use online services or mobile apps to offer seats on their aircraft in exchange for fuel costs.


Amazon asks FAA for exemption permit for Prime Air drone testing

07/11, 12:46pm

Amazon wants to perform outdoor drone testing in United States

Amazon has asked the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for permission to fly its in-development Prime Air delivery drones. The petition, filed with the FAA on July 9th and published yesterday, asks for an exemption from the FAA Modernization and Reform Act 2012, which currently permits the civilian outdoor flying of model aircraft only for hobbyists and manufacturers.


UK follows US in banning uncharged electronics from air travel

07/09, 10:39am

Department for Transport requires electronics to power on for security checks

Following on from a recent decision by the US Transportation Security Administration effectively banning uncharged electronics on flights to the United States, the United Kingdom is preparing to do something similar. The Department for Transport is now requiring air passengers arriving or departing the UK to have their devices charged before going through security checkpoints.


FAA document grounds Amazon drones before they can take off

06/24, 5:10pm

Public opinion request on model aircraft clarifies recreation, bars all commercial use

Amazon's fleet of drones may not be dropping packages on doorsteps anytime soon if the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) gets it way. In a document asking for public comment on an interpretation on the "special model aircraft" rule, the FAA points out the difference between hobby and business ventures. As the rule applies to the use of drones, Amazon blue-sky drone proposal is left on the pad without being granted permission to take off.


FAA forming committee to re-evaluate electronics rules

08/27, 10:38pm

Cellphones not on the list for examination

As promised, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said today that it was forming a combined government and industry group to study the commercial aviation policies on portable electronic device use in flight. While a large number of devices are being examined for use, the group is not considering the airborne use of cell phones for private voice communications during flight, however.


Garmin GPSMAP 495 mixes high end features, low price

03/26, 10:15pm

Garmin GPSMAP 495

Garmin today unveiled the GPSMAP 495, a feature-rich trimmed down version of the GPSMAP 496, providing pilots with SafeTaxi airport diagrams, Smart Airspace, AOPA Airport directory data, and several other features. Garmin bills the device as an intermediary model to the 296 and 496, combining features from the 496 but maintaining a price close to the 296. Garmin is currently selling the GPSMAP 495 for $1600, and will be shipping in early April.



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