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March 2, 2017



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GEE Receives a vSTC for Boeing 737 Airconnect Installations in China

The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) has granted a vendor supplemental type certificate (vSTC) to Global Eagle Entertainment for its Ku-band Airconnect satellite connectivity system on Boeing 737NG aircraft in China. GEE says it is the first major satellite connectivity service provider to receive CAAC approval for Boeing 737s, which account for more than 40 percent of passenger aircraft in China. “We are thrilled about the new opportunities for GEE to work closely with our Chinese partners,” said Jeff Leddy, GEE’s newly appointed CEO. “GEE is also pursuing vSTC authority for Airbus A320s, which account for an additional 30 percent of the Chinese commercial aviation market.”

Get Connected | Related Flying Over the Great Firewall: Panasonic Avionics Makes Headway in China – APEX Media



US Airports Lobby Congress to Raise Limit on Passenger Taxes

One day after Donald Trump’s speech to Congress, US airport directors told lawmakers that financing infrastructure projects remains difficult and called for federal reforms. Testifying at a House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee hearing, five US airport directors lobbied for a cap on passenger facility charges (PFC) to be raised above the current limit of $4.50 per flight. “The PFC must be raised or uncapped,” Pittsburgh International Airport CEO Christina Cassotis said. “It has not kept up with inflation.”

Air Transport World | Related Trump includes US airports in $1-trillion infrastructure push – Air transport World



Does Biometric ID Verification Give Way to Data and Discrimination Risk?

Airports in Australia, the Netherlands and France are testing biometric passenger identification, via facial, iris or fingerprint recognition technologies, in an effort to automate boarding processes. But as biometric data collection and CCTV security cameras become increasingly present in modern airports, experts wonder whether new technologies will result in automated discrimination. Passenger biometric data is run through algorithms and existing databases to decide who’s in, who’s out and who gets a human once-over. However, the “garbage in, garbage out” rule of computer programming still applies: If a software team isn’t careful, bias can be written into the algorithm.

APEX Media | Related Body Language: Is In-Flight Biometric Measurement Technology Too Close for Comfort? – APEX Media



How Early Is Too Early? TripIt’s Latest Feature Tells Users When to Go to the Airport

TripIt has added a new feature that could be a blessing for travelers who struggle with arriving at the airport on time. The iOS and Android app’s “Go Now” tool suggests the best time to leave for the airport based on a user’s location, flight status and local traffic conditions. The feature is available for TripIt Pro subscribers and is available 24 hours before a domestic flight, using the standard guidance of arriving 90 minutes before takeoff.

Condé Nast Traveler | Related Starting Up: APEX and TripIt Partner for Official Airline Ratings Program – APEX Media



Hawaiian Airlines Becomes First US Carrier to Join Climate Change Research Project

Hawaiian Airlines has become the first US carrier to join an international research project on climate change and air quality. On Monday, the airline installed equipment on one of its Airbus A330s that will collect atmospheric samples to record high-altitude greenhouse gas measurements while in flight. The project is run by a Belgian-based nonprofit called In-Service Aircraft for a Global Observing System, whose data is used by approximately 200 universities in Europe, the United States, Japan, South America, India and China.

Skift | Related Climate change set to increase turbulence and make it difficult for flights to take off, UN warns – The Independent



Junk Science: Airbus Ventures Invests in Low-Orbit Debris Monitoring Startup

California-based startup LeoLabs has raised $4 million from investors including Airbus Ventures, the aerospace manufacturer’s Silicon Valley venture capital arm, to track low-orbit space junk. Cosmic debris travels at speeds close to 5 miles per second, giving even the smallest piece of junk significant destructive energy. LeoLabs currently uses its radar technology to track 95 percent of the 13,000 largest objects in low earth orbit, but plans to track almost 250,000 objects as its radar network expands. “Commercial space in low earth orbit is growing so rapidly, we really have to run quickly to keep up,” said Daniel Ceperley, LeoLabs’ CEO.

Bloomberg | Related How SpaceX's 2018 Moon Flight Will Work – Space



Copenhagen Airport Opens a Paid-Access Lounge for All Long-Haul Travelers

Copenhagen Airport has opened a paid-access lounge for all long-haul passengers willing to pay a $35 entry fee. Featuring Danish designer furniture from HAY and Erik Jorgensen, the 9,150-square-foot Eventyr Lounge has 200 seats and separate zones for relaxation and work that offer a 180-degree view of the airport’s runway. “With 36 routes to far-off destinations and ever-increasing passenger numbers, the airport and airlines have really been missing a lounge after passport control,” said Peter Krogsgaard, Copenhagen Airport’s chief commercial officer. “We now have one – both for business travelers and for the continually growing number of leisure travelers.”

Passenger Self Service | Related Copenhagen Airports in leasing drive as T2 airside expansion plan takes shape – The Moodie Davitt Report




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Sponsorship Opportunities at APEX Events

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APEX MMM 2017: Register Now & Reserve Your Accommodation!

Content is crucial to the passenger experience, which is why airlines attend the industry’s exclusive one-stop content marketplace, even if CSPs handle the majority of content selection. At APEX MultiMedia Market, taking place in Berlin from April 24 to 26, airlines will have the opportunity to meet with nearly 60 distributors. Register now and reserve your hotel room to attend the industry’s most comprehensive in-flight content conference for connecting buyers and sellers.


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“We can only see a short distance ahead, but we can see plenty there that needs to be done.”

Alan Turing


Until tomorrow



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