Think of the millions of people who take to the skies every day; perhaps you are one of them. You spend hours in terminals awaiting
the time that you board and finally lumber down the runway and lift off into the atmosphere. Since the advent of flight it is still amazing to see these great behemoths gliding through the skies with what looks like effortless ease. In reality, it is ever-changing technologies that allow this so-called miracle of flight.
Now that you are cruising along, somewhat cut off from the world, what would be a nice way to spend this time? Buy something from Sky Mall magazine? Read the emergency instructions over and over? Or peruse articles in the In-Flight magazine? Talk to the person next to you until you run out of things to say? How about surfing the internet?
That’s right. You may soon be able to stay connected with . Although this has been attempted before by certain airlines, the satellite technology involved in this new endeavor is more sophisticated than ever and will allow passengers the opportunity to use on-board terminals via satellite internet connections.
Installation of terminals on some airlines should begin over the next couple of years all thanks to the pioneering efforts of those promoting rural satellite internet services on land. Although the word ‘rural’ is used it actually encompasses all those who are not able to take advantage of land-based connections due to location. Airspace should also fall into that category.
As a businessperson, connection to the internet is imperative to stay on top of things. Even a few short hours in the air and out of touch can lead to problems on the ground that are not addressed in a timely manner. Keeping your finger on the pulse of your business is as important as that meeting you are flying to attend. A good manager or salesperson should know what is going on at all times and not being ‘connected’ can be costly.
As a casual flyer it is always comforting to know that through satellite internet connections you are able to keep up with what is happening at home; not to mention the variety of entertainment you will have at your fingertips on a lengthy flight. You are no longer stuck watching the in-flight movie that was selected for your viewing pleasure when in fact you’ve seen it before. Kids can play games that should keep them busy long enough not to remember they are stuck sitting in a seat for a length of time.
All of this will be available thanks to some forward-thinking airlines and satellite internet availability. So, come and fly with the world into a new day where we can stay connected no matter where we live, work or play or even whether we are on land at all. Taking to the skies no longer means you are just flying; it now means using the skies with the ever-growing use of satellites and with satellite broadband connections.