Coming Soon, Broadband Aloft For GA

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Last month, Boeing introduced real-time, WiFi-based, high-speed Internet connections for commercial travelers, and now a project is in the works to offer the service to bizjets by next year. A strategic agreement with Connexion by Boeing enables Rockwell Collins to offer connectivity services on business aircraft worldwide. The new service, called Collins eXchange, is projected to be available next year. It will combine broadband Internet access with direct broadcast satellite to create real-time, global two-way Ku-band data coverage, according to Rockwell. Business aviation operators and passengers can use Collins eXchange to access the Internet and firewall-protected corporate intranets; send outgoing e-mails or open attachments from incoming e-mails; get the news, weather or destination information; or view direct broadcast television programming. The service will also enhance air-to-ground communications for flight-crew personnel.