Posts by Howard Slutsken

Vogue models wearing pneumatic headsets, which were à la mode in the 1960s. Image via Getty Images

Sound Tube: The Surprising History of Airline Headsets

Before earbuds and noise-canceling headsets, passengers used stethoscope-like devices where sound traveled through a hollow plastic tube. The jet age brought smooth, fast and comfortable intercontinental travel to the world. It also saw the introduction of early in-flight entertainment (IFE) systems that relied on fragile 16mm film and temperamental… Read more

[PHOTOS] CR929 Mock-Up Unveiled at Airshow China

China and Russia made another major marketing leap forward in their multi-national push to develop a wide-body passenger airliner to rival Airbus and Boeing. Mock-ups of the CR929’s cabin and flight deck were unveiled this week at the China International… Read more

Vietnam Airlines Sticks With Thales for 787-10s

Vietnam Airlines has announced that it has selected the Thales AVANT in-flight entertainment system for installation on board its fleet of eight new Boeing 787-10 Dreamliners. The selection of the AVANT IFE system further extends the relationship between Thales and… Read more

True Blue Powers Up Dash 8 and Q400 Emergency Lighting

Adding to its line of advanced lithium-ion (li-ion) batteries, True Blue Power has introduced its new TS60 Series Emergency Battery Power Supply. Designed as a drop in replacement for legacy nickel-cadmium alternatives, the TS60 has received a Supplemental Type Certificate… Read more