April 1999 Issue
The Dawn of Datalink
Some valuable services are available now but we urge caution in taking the plunge too soon.
Datalink this, datalink that, hardware, software, service providers, subscriptions, bit charges, message costs. Holy cow, is this beginning to sound sort of familiar?
Datalink is a generic term that has come to represent text and data services delivered into the cockpit. If you think of it as Internet in the sky, you’ve got the concept.
For a potential buyer, there are three distinct issues involved; the services provided, the link medium and the airborne hardware. Right now, the industry is in its infancy, funded by various groups with differing agendas, not the least of which is the government.
In other words, none of this stuff is resolved to the extent that you can make re...
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