The first plane is fitted and flying. The new SpaceX Starlink inflight connectivity system on JSX works, and the companies are excited to deploy it fleet wide. Alas, it does not appear they will meet the target timeline of having the system fully installed before the end of the year. The necessary Supplemental Type Certification (STC) remains pending with the authorities.
And, in a sign that occasionally an old dog learns new tricks, Starlink appears content to not pressure the agency to accelerate that approval, recognizing that such tactics typically backfire. Instead, SpaceX is taking somewhat of an unusual approach, showing how its offering is maturing in the aero sector.
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Also unclear is whether the JSX special livery showing off the Starlink equipment will be unveiled this month, especially if the service is not yet commercially active.
More news from APEX EXPO 2022
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- Anuvu boosts Ka-band connectivity with dual panel antenna
- Virgin Australia picks 2Ku for Wi-Fi boost
- Panasonic Avionics highlights Stellar Blu antenna for OneWeb LEO service
- Dimmable windows coming to the A350 with Starlux
- A first look at Spirit’s new seats
- Bringing the moving map online: Panasonic’s Arc gets a data feed
- Pairing, casting and streaming: The next generation of inflight entertainment emerges
- Starlink/JSX STC slips
- SLAs suck: Seeking a service specification shift
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