Contact the Victorian State Branch office for further details.The Touch Football Victoria website: www.victouch.com.auAUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERROTORY (ACT)Play # 6 ACT Summer Competition Grand FinalsThis week sees the Grand Finals of the ACT Touch 07/8 Summer Domestic Season. The best of the 265 nominated teams will play off for competition honours in various divisions. Winning teams will receive a prize voucher that entitles them to a discount off next season’s nomination fees, or vouchers towards the purchase of uniforms or trophies. In what has become a tradition, all referees participating in the finals will be treated to a meal and refreshments each night after the final timeslot – this is just one of the ways that ACTTA says thanks to our valued whistleblowers. Best of luck to all grand finalists this week…To those teams not making the Grand Final, ACTTA hoped you enjoyed the season and is looking forward to seeing see you back in Winter season.Other Events: The ACTTA 2008 Winter Season will commence on 7 April 2008. Nominations are now open. To download a nomination form, please visit the ACTTA website. There are several great pricing incentives so don’t hesitate – nominate a team today.Enquiries should be directed to ACT Touch Association on (02) 6212 2880 or [email protected]’s it for this week’s edition of “a Set of Six”.Please be sure to check out each State’s website for all the latest information, news, and views in Touch Football from around the nation. Victorian State Women’s U20 Head Coach. Touch Football Australia brings you the third edition of “A Set of Six” for 2008 with this week’s rapid-fire news ‘plays’ from around Australia. TFA’s National Media Coordinator Karley Banks brings you up to date every week with a selection of six ‘plays’ on the latest news, views, and events nationally.Welcome to Touch Football Australia’s “A Set of Six” – Volume Three for 2008.NORTHERN TERRITORY (NT) Play # 1Premiers Flex their muscles in Darwin Touch Football CompetitionLast week in the Men’s Division One competition, reigning Premiers Crocs inflicted another loss on Palmerston Bulls. Crocs played with the confidence and poise of the champion outfit they are when they produced s polished performance to record a comfortable victory.Crocs came out firing; with their youthful stars showing the way with some well executed set plays to demoralize the Bulls.The Bulls are still trying to find some form after losing a few key players this season, but their task will get no easier with the undefeated Dream Team their next opponents.Dream Team disposed of Honkers 10 –1 in an emphatic display.Crocs will confront the ever-improving TCU Incredibles who lost a tight 5-4 tussle with Bundy Bears last week.Bundy Bears will play Honkers in what should be a close, entertaining clash.In the Women’s Competition, Scorpions have continued their winning start to the season accounting for Palmerston Bulls 4-3 in a closely contested battle. This week Scorpions will be out to keep their winning record alive when they take on All About Us in the early game. Palmerston Bulls will take on Crocs who showed they would be a force to reckon with this season after a comfortable 8-1 victory over Divas last week. Divas come up against Legless Emus and should account for the new girls on the block but will need to tread carefully with the young guns only just going down to the more experienced All About us 2-1 last week.Other Events: NT Touch would like to extend their congratulations to three players on their selection in the Australian Indigenous Touch Team to tour New Zealand from 1-7 April 2008. Congratulations to Scorpions duo Jordan Ahsam and Courtney Bailey, as well as Alice Springs player Kirstin Pearson.The Northern Territory website: www.nttouch.com.auWESTERN AUSTRALIA (WA) Play # 2Beach Touch Finals Cap Summer of FunBeach Touch has been one of the highlights of TouchWest’s Summer of Touch. The “Sunset Series” involved teams playing from 6pm until sunset at Leighton Beach, Fremantle, The 3 attackers versus 2 defenders concept was played over four Friday nights. In the Division One Final, Leighton Creation defeated Snow Bunnies.Whilst in Division Two action, Craig Mostyn Group defeated Nice Try. Participants enjoyed the modified competition that will hopefully lead players into other TouchWest affiliated competitions.Other Events: WA Trainee Game Development Officer, Claire French, has completed her Certificate III in Sport and Recreation through Central TAFE. Claire has been completing her studies while working for TouchWest through an AFL Sportsready Traineeship. TouchWest congratulate Claire on her achievement and thank her for all the hard work she has done over the last twelve months. Claire will continue working for TouchWest and will commence her Certificate IV in Sport and Recreation in 2008.The TouchWest website: www.touchwest.comSOUTH AUSTRALIA (SA) Play # 3Recognition for Mallee CoachJeff Topp of Mallee Touch Association, was awarded Coach of the Year at the Mallee Sports Assembly Annual Dinner and Presentation Night on Friday, 8th February 2008.Jeff was recognised for coaching Chaffey Secondary College’s school teams in the local Mallee Touch Competition and school tournaments. His association team is the current B Grade Affiliate Premiers in the Mallee Competition, and his school teams are current champions in all three divisions of the TFSA All Schools Mixed Championships.Other Events: Adelaide Shores Recreation Grounds received the thumbs up as a venue last night from players, officials, and spectators involved in the last of the minor rounds of State League. TFSA hope to secure the lush fields, clear markings, and fresh facilities for the State League finals to give TFSA’s elite participants the superior conditions they crave. The highly anticipated Finals Series begins this Friday, 22 February 2008 with Elimination Finals.The Touch Football South Australia website: www.touchsa.com.auQUEENSLAND (QLD) Play # 4Brisbane City a hive of ActivityIt’s a busy time in the Brisbane City Region this weekend.On Saturday 23 February 2008, a Level 1 Coaching Course will be conducted at Cavendish Road State High School.On Sunday 24 February 2008, Level 1, 2, and 3 Referee Courses will be held at the same venue.Junior BMTA Mustang representative team trials will be held this Sunday from 11am-1pm at the Brisbane Metropolitan Touch Association fields, whilst the Brisbane City Cobras will be conducting a Training Day for all National Touch League Teams this Sunday from 2-5pm at the BMTA venue after the Juniors strut their stuff.Other Events: The Sunshine Coast Junior Regional Championships, postponed last weekend due to inclement weather, will be conducted this Saturday 23 February 2008 at the Caboolture Touch Fields at Morayfield.The Queensland Touch Association website: www.qldtouch.com.auVICTORIA (VIC) Play # 5Elwood Park Grand Finals produce a ThrillerThe Elwood Park Sunday summer season wrapped up with a day of scintillating grand final action. The rest of the Elwood Park Affiliate Grand Finals are on this week at Elwood and Fawkner Parks.The highlight of the Grand Finals was undoubtedly the Men’s A Grand Final that went down to a thrilling drop-off before Saivans (8) prevailed over Te Te’ Hunters (7).FULL RESULTSWomen’s BHot Ice te Maro (2) def Hands Off (0)Men’s DSouthern Pirates (7) def Premium Staffing (6)Men’s EOD2 (3) def Phantoms (2)Men’s BWestern Touch (5) def SBFDTC (4)Men’s CSharks (7) def Amateurs (6)Women’s ASynergy (7) def Tsunami (2)Men’s AMaori Saiyans (8) def Hot Te’Te Hunters (7) – DropoffOther Events: Football Victoria is currently seeking written applications from suitably qualified, currently accredited and active coaches for the following positions: Victorian State Men’s U20 Head Coach
Deirdre’s positive energy unites the broader touch community in South Australia as she volunteers her time across many levels of the sport. She interacts positively with junior players and parents alike which impacts positively on the Touch Football brand. Deirdre’s professional approach has allowed the TFSA office to entrust her with making decisions that reflect positively on events and roles she volunteers her time for, which also reflects positively on TFSA.Deirdre is trustworthy, honest, committed and a little cheeky which enhances the fun aspect of Touch Football. Deirdre has shown continued commitment to the sport at every level both here in South Australia and Nationally.
Bournmouth boss Howe knows they’re fighting history against Spursby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBournmouth boss Eddie Howe knows they’re fighting history against Tottenham today.Howe’s side have never beaten Tottenham in the top flight, losing five and drawing one of their six meetings and conceding 17 goals in the process.They have also lost all five meetings with the division’s top six clubs this season.Howe says his team must approach the game with attacking intent and relish what promises to be a stern test.”We’ve found the games against Tottenham difficult,” said Howe, whose team travel to Manchester United following the Spurs clash.”But we enjoy the challenge and we enjoy these types of moments where we haven’t achieved something yet and we are working towards it.”We expect to get something, that’s how we’ve always been, no matter who we play.”The reality is these games are very difficult so we’ve got to try and attack the games, I think that’s our best form of defence.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
While the global passenger seat market will grow with an average five percent per year, Recaro Aircraft Seating expects a spike in demand for business class seats in particular. A trend further fueled by passengers’ expectations for airliners to deliver ‘individualized living spaces’ onboard. To be fully ready to answer market needs, Recaro has invested heavily in its R&D for business class seats.For most airliners, business class seating has become the signature product for their passengers as it offers most possibilities to reflect the airline brand. Integrating innovative features in business class, also helps them differentiate from the competition. At the same time passengers expect carriers to deliver individualized comfort in the sky, especially when it comes to business class. This has led to an increase in appreciation for business class seats.As a global supplier of premium aircraft seats for airlines and OEMs, Recaro has identified the evolutions in business class and in the aircraft seating market in general for the years to come.Business class to become the new first classThere will be a – further – decline in the number of first class seats in the foreseeable future: few airliners still offer first class and when they do they tend to go for a superior first class-product with limited availability. Recaro also sees a rise in demand for a wider range of business class seats. Similar to economy+ and premium economy being available next to regular economy, business class will have different category seats offering more or less features.Further development of a highly individualized business class productThe evolution towards more business class will have an effect on the business class seats themselves: since airlines have started to eliminate first class from their long-range fleet, business class has become an even bigger differentiator than it already was. Carriers expect a highly individualized product with a premium look & feel. Privacy, connectivity and interactivity, comfort and wellbeing as well as an individually adjustable seating environment equipped with personal air-conditioning and a mini-bar will become the new normal in business class. Passengers expect their own “individual living space” in the sky and that is what they will get.Bespoke and platform (business class) seatsFive-star carriers strive to be ahead of their competition by bringing innovations to the aircraft cabin. As such, these airliners expect tailor-made “bespoke” products for all their seats. Carriers with smaller fleets, on the other hand, often do not have the means to bear the costs nor the resources to go through an entire product development process. They prefer to go with a mature and/or off-the-shelf platform product, that has proven to be successful with one of the 5-star carriers, enhanced with customized features.Increase in demand for premium economyBusiness class moving up to replace first class seats, widens the gap with the economy class seats and increases the need for an‘intermediate’ economy segment. Over recent years Recaro has seen a higher demand for premium economy seats. They foresee this trend to continue in the years to come.“Recaro has a reputation of delivering high quality seats on time, be it in business, premium economy or economy class,” says Dr. Mark Hiller, CEO and Shareholder of Recaro Aircraft Seating. “In order to uphold that reputation and meet increasing demand in the business class seating, we invested heavily in research & development for that specific class. This means we are now more than ready to answer to our customers’ every need.”Recaro Aircraft seating will announce a number of innovations for the business class category at the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg from April 2nd to April 4th.About RECARO Aircraft SeatingRECARO Aircraft Seating sees itself as a solution provider for its customers. As a global supplier of premium aircraft seats for airlines and OEMs, the company reported a growth averaging 10% over the past 15 years. RECARO employs 2300 people worldwide and exceeded half a billion euros in sales in 2018. It is the global market leader in the economy class seating. To secure its strategic expansion, RECARO is investing hundreds of millions in product innovation in business class seating. Over the next 5 years, it will also invest in significantly expanding its headquarters in Schwäbisch Hall as well as its sites in China, Poland and the USA. With this, RECARO consistently underpins its corporate vision of “Driving comfort in the sky”. The aim: become market leader in economy and business class seating while maintaining a permanent customer focus.About Recaro GroupThe Recaro Group comprises the independently operating divisions Recaro Aircraft Seating in Schwäbisch Hall and Recaro eGaming in Stuttgart as well as the Recaro Holding located in Stuttgart. The Group’s consolidated sales amounted to 540 million euros in 2017. Currently the Group employs more than 2,400 employees at its locations around the world. The automotive seating business as well as the child seat and stroller business are operated by licensees.
FlightPath3D, the global leader in moving map innovation and technology announced today that it is launching two new big data driven apps.The Favorite Places app allows passengers to see what destination experiences are trending or search for new ideas in any location. An interactive route map called Where We Fly promotes airline destinations and provides rich data insights to help analyze flight demand.Experiences are prioritized based on billions of travelers’ social records to show what’s popular, make recommendations and create a traveler wish list.Favourite Places. Image: FlightPath3DFlightPath3D President Duncan Jackson said, “There are literally billions of experiences being consumed each year driving demand for travel. Instagram, for example, has 100 million new photos every single day. Airlines that leverage this rise in available data can create a competitive advantage that will leave other airlines behind.”Showcase Your Routes with Where We Fly At the heart of every airline is its network of destinations and routes. Every route of an airline’s network needs to contribute to the bottom line. Jackson continues, “We’ve designed a simple, playful interactive experience to showcase routes and allow passengers to plan their next trip. It’s easier and faster to plan a trip visually – giving passengers the experience to view and play with routes and flight durations right from their seat.”Where we fly. Image: FlightPath3DWhere We Fly can filter flights and routes for a passenger-specific search and show the flight schedule and daily flight times within a calendar view. Flight and route data are stored aboard the aircraft eliminating the need to constantly stream data. With inflight connectivity passengers can see pricing, seat availability and make flight bookings.“The data gathered from passengers’ searches can help an airline plan routes, rank destinations, and find out what’s important to passengers when booking a trip,” says Jackson.See What’s Popular and Trending with Favorite Places The Favorite Places app allows passengers to see what is trending or to search for new ideas in any neighborhood. Passengers can now see what is going on below them or in their destination or any location on the globe. We apply proprietary algorithms and analyze billions of traveler reviews, photos, visits and other social records to identify and rank over 400,000 landmarks, locations, activities and experiences.Favourite Places. Image: FlightPath3DPassengers see the most popular attractions that dynamically change based on any neighborhood they choose to explore using our patent pending social ranking algorithm. Use the favorites function to create a bucket list of what to do when the aircraft lands or as part of planning another trip. Share favorites and inspire others onboard, or publish using a social media platform.Today FlightPath3D helps more than 275 million passengers know where they are and when they will land. Says FlightPath3D CEO Boris Veksler, “We’ve been working hard in our labs using billions of data sets to make the passenger feel more understood and allow airlines to collect valuable data from those same passengers.”About FlightPath3DFlightPath3D is the IFE industry’s most compelling and innovative interactive 3D Moving Map experience enhanced with relevant and engaging ‘geotainment’ information services. We enhance your passenger’s In-Flight Experience with entertaining and informative solutions designed for the entire family.Any Aircraft. Any Platform. Any Device. A truly fleet-wide IFE system agnostic moving map solution for airlines.Betria Interactive LLC (dba FlightPath3D) has the industry’s largest specialized map team providing customized map software development and maintenance. They deliver reliable, highly customizable inflight map experiences built from the ground up especially for the airline business with an upgradeable path to the connected future.Betria Interactive LLC is headquartered in Lake Forest, California. For additional information, please visit http://www.FlightPath3D.com
ThinKom Solutions, Inc., today announced the successful completion of in-flight connectivity trials of its ThinAir® Ka2517 phased-array antenna mounted on the Proteus high-altitude long-endurance aircraft.The Proteus satellite data communication package was developed as a joint effort involving ThinKom, Inmarsat Government and Scaled Composites. The trials included initial tests in Chantilly, Virginia and the Mojave Air and Space Port, California, culminating in a series of demo flights at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico.The ThinAir antenna delivered a 25 Mbps return link and a 5 Mbps forward link operating at over 50,000 feet altitude through an Inmarsat Global Xpress Ka-band satellite in geostationary orbit. The phased array maintained connectivity to the satellite each flight, including during take offs, in-flight maneuvers and landings. Further, the ThinAir antenna was able to send the full 25 Mbps from the aircraft at an elevation angle of 25 degrees, while providing data rates of 12 Mbps at elevation angles as low as 15 degrees.ThinKom supplied the Ka2517 phased-array antenna in a low-profile 7.8-inch high radome, along with an adaptor plate, antenna controller and transceiver electronics. Scaled Composites designed and built a custom fairing to mount the radome on the aircraft’s fuselage and integrated the ThinKom system with the payload on the aircraft.Inmarsat Government developed and provided the system’s modem manager, PRO-MODMAN, designed specifically for the Ka2517 to operate on Inmarsat Global Xpress Ka-band steerable beams. The PRO-MODMAN integrates the capability of a DVB S2X modem with the flexibility of an OpenAMIP configurable system controller.“These successful in-flight demonstrations further validate the ThinAir Ka2517’s capability to provide uninterrupted broadband connectivity with near-zero aerodynamic drag – an important consideration for many classes of UAVs and long-endurance missions flying at extreme altitudes,” said Bill Milroy, Chief Technology Officer of ThinKom Solutions. “I would like to thank the superb engineering teams from Inmarsat Government and Scaled Composites who worked with us to achieve this important milestone. This was truly a team effort.”“Inmarsat Government was pleased to support this important joint demonstration using the Inmarsat Global Xpress capability. The results of the trials proved, once again, that highly mobile government customers can rely on Global Xpress – a globally-available high-throughput, flexible and interoperable connectivity solution that provides coverage wherever and whenever required,” said Steve Gizinski, Chief Technology Officer, Inmarsat Government.Proteus is a twin-turbofan tandem-wing aircraft originally developed and built by Scaled Composites in 1998. It is currently owned and operated by Scaled Composites. The experimental aircraft is designed to carry payloads up to 2,000 lbs. at altitudes from 50,000 to 63,000 feet and remain on station more than 14 hours. It is intended to support the demonstration of piloted and UAV missions, including telecommunications, reconnaissance, atmospheric research, commercial imaging and space launch.Photo Caption: ThinKom Ka-band phased array antenna mounted on Proteus aircraft.About ThinKom Solutions, Inc.ThinKom Solutions, Inc. is a leading provider of innovative highly affordable compact broadband antennas and products for aeronautical, vehicular and man-portable applications. The company’s primary products uniquely enable near-term worldwide availability of high-data-rate connectivity in the Ka-, X-, Ku-, and Q-bands. ThinKom offers a range of reliable, proven technology solutions for the consumer, enterprise, first responder, civil, military and intelligence communities.About Inmarsat GovernmentThe U.S. government has relied on and trusted Inmarsat satellite services since 1979. Inmarsat Government continues to deliver the world’s most advanced global, mobile satellite communication services to U.S. defense, intelligence, homeland security, public safety and civilian agencies, with highly reliable, secure and affordable connectivity. Built with government users in mind, Inmarsat Government provides resilient, flexible capabilities to augment government satellite resources, anytime, anywhere. Leveraging an industry-leading scalable multiband network infrastructure, Inmarsat Government offers a suite of managed network services and end-to-end communication solutions to support users on land, at sea and in the air, even in the world’s most remote regions. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, Inmarsat Government is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Inmarsat plc.About Scaled CompositesScaled Composites is an American aerospace company founded by Burt Rutan that is located at the Mojave Air and Space Port, Mojave, California. Founded to develop experimental aircraft, the company now focuses on designing and developing concept craft and prototype fabrication processes for aircraft and other vehicles.
Tapis Corporation (Tapis), renowned for high-performance fabrics for seating and vertical surface applications in the aviation industry, today announced that the firm will host an “Aircraft Seating Innovation Center” at its Aircraft Interiors Expo® (AIX) booth in Hamburg, Germany.Tapis strategically collaborated with the next generation of seating suppliers to transform the airline passenger experience. Tapis materials, including seat covers that provide a luxurious, sustainable and durable alternative to leather, will be featured on the prototype seats.“We partnered with the most forward-thinking, boutique seating manufacturers to produce breakthrough designs that have the potential to vastly improve aircraft interiors, both in business and economy classes,” said Jason Estes, vice president of global sales and marketing for Tapis. “These new products create a new standard for passenger comfort while maximizing the passenger envelope.”Finished with Tapis’ materials, a critical component to achieving the highest standards of passenger comfort and FAA fire retardant standards, the seats will be on display at the full-scale fuselage mockup at the Tapis AIX booth. Seats being showcased will include the following:Butterfly’s Single Aisle Lie Flat (SALF) seat. This award-winning SALF is a high-density and direct aisle access seat. The SALF is a flexible seating solution that allows for instant transformation between premium economy to regional first class, and long-haul flatbed suites. The trim and finish features the first use of Ultrasuede as a seat cover. The advanced haptic is synonymous with comfort in both seating and sleeping modes. The seat shell liner is upholstered in contrasting Tapisuede Flannel for a boutique luxury experience. The soft goods are dressed in contrasting Ultraleather, its exquisite handle providing a genuine luxury touch at the customer interface.Rebel Aero’s S3 seat featuring a flip-up seat-bottom cushion that allows passengers to sit and stand and acts as a booster for child seats, including a three-point harness for enhanced safety. The seat has a cradle recline that does not impinge on rear passenger space, and a patented sleep headrest. The seat is finished with laminated dress covers in a neutral Ultraleather Promessa Grey with a contrasting Ultratech material in the headrest. Ultratech has the robustness of leather but the haptic and comfort of fabric, creating a pillow like effect for maximum sleepability.Molon Labe’s side-slip seat, one of the most patented seats on the market, with a wider middle seat and staggered armrest. The Molon Labe seat gives all passengers space and privacy and dramatically improves the passenger experience in the center seat. The seats are configured in two rows to demonstrate the ability to increase the perceived value of an economy row of seating from only changing the trim and finish, creating an economy “plus” feel within the same seat. The economy plus row is upholstered in a beautifully streamlined laminated seat cover made from Ultraleather Brisa and Ultraleather Ultratech in the headrest. The Ultraleather Brisa has breathability and comfort attributes that exceed those of many fabrics. The visual aesthetic quality of the headrest is manufactured in a style that mimics the look and feel of comfortable pillow for maximum comfort. The second economy row is trimmed in a baseline style with Ultraleather Promessa and Ultratech Cora to accentuate the middle seat and the additional space that it provides. The innovative use of contrasting fabrics breaks up the appearance of the cabin, making it look and feel more like a residential interior.Safran Seats’ Slim Plus, the standard-bearer for regional seating for Embraer and Bombardier, is upholstered in a mixture of Promessa AV and Ultratech Metrotech. The center panel has a fabric look and feel for enhanced comfort both real and perceived.The Tapis expo booth will also celebrate the company’s Japanese manufacturing origins and will feature a sushi bar, in addition to a color and trim laboratory where customers can explore options, and a materials lab to experiment with texture, color and contrast of Tapis materials.Tapis’ booth will be in Hall 7, Stand 7C20 at AIX, April 2-4, in Hamburg, Germany.About Tapis CorporationSince its inception in 1977 Tapis Corporation has provided superior aircraft interior fabrics and continues to lead the industry in innovative design and implementation. A continued commitment to customers has been to persistently explore new ways to provide the highest quality of products and services for airplane interiors that meet FAA requirements.
Panasonic Avionics Corporation (Panasonic) has today unveiled Insights – a cloud-based data analytics platform, and the latest solution set of its NEXT platform.Insights harvests onboard and third-party data from a wide range of touchpoints including inflight entertainment, connectivity, social media, location and weather monitors. It analyses this data in real-time to provide airlines with actionable insights, enabling them to create a two-way loop between them and their passengers.Insights empowers airlines to make smarter business decisions, improve the onboard passenger experience, make operational savings, pre-empt maintenance needs and ultimately drive additional revenue. Airlines will also have access to seasonal and temporal trends data with the ability to benchmark their performance against industry averages and KPIs.Insights will be accessible for airline personnel via a secure dashboard available on mobile devices including mobile phones, laptops and tablets. It has two main components, a Software as a Service (SaaS) application and Consulting.The SaaS application offers descriptive, predictive and prescriptive insights. These enable airlines to understand what has happened by looking at usage and media trends, what could happen through using sophisticated modelling techniques and targeted advertising, and what the possible outcomes could be of business decisions based on predictive analytics, price and content optimization and product recommendations.Consulting has been developed to offer airlines bespoke solutions that both help them achieve their specific objectives, and solve their unique business challenges. Consulting will also release monthly trends reports based on analysis of Panasonic’s global data which will be available on a subscription basis.David Bartlett, Chief Technology Officer of Panasonic Avionics Corporation, says: “Airlines today have access to more data points than ever before, and Panasonic’s Insights solution takes all the leg-work out of analysing and leveraging that data.“By fully integrating Insights across every aspect of their passenger experience, airlines will be able to use the information it delivers to optimise their passenger experience and business performance.”“It is solutions like this that will enable airlines to remain competitive in the saturated market place and continue to grow their market share.”Insights will be available in the second half of 2019.About Panasonic Avionics Corporation Panasonic Avionics Corporation is the world’s leading supplier of inflight entertainment and communication systems. The company’s best-in-class solutions, supported by professional maintenance services, fully integrate with the cabin enabling its customers to deliver the ultimate travel experiences with a rich variety of entertainment choices, resulting in improved quality communication systems and solutions, reduced time-to-market and lower overall costs.Established in 1979, Panasonic Avionics Corporation, a U.S. corporation, is a subsidiary of Panasonic Corporation of North America, the principal North American subsidiary of Panasonic Corporation. Headquartered in Lake Forest, California with over 5,000 employees and operations in 80 global locations, it has delivered over 14,300 IFE systems and over 2,200 inflight connectivity solutions to the world’s leading airlines.
Etihad Airways (Etihad), the national airline of the UAE, and Panasonic Avionics Corporation (Panasonic), have announced a partnership to jointly develop and trial wellness solutions aimed at enhancing the traveller experience.As part of the partnership, Etihad will be the first airline to trial Panasonic’s new wellness solution, the Jet Lag Adviser, which was developed in collaboration with Detalytics. The solution will be integrated into the airline’s passenger app.One of the biggest challenges air passengers face when travelling across multiple time zones is jet lag. To help passengers combat this, the Jet Lag Adviser takes a range of passenger inputs including chronotype, circadian rhythms, height, weight, the nature of travel, and travel information such as flight times, routes and zones and uses its artificial intelligence engine to produce personalised jet lag plans for passengers with tailored advisories to help them reduce jet lag.Robin Kamark, Etihad Aviation Group Chief Commercial Officer, said: “Etihad is committed to providing choice and a superior experience to our guests, and we are continually looking at new ways to do just that. With the Jet Lag Advisor, we can now leverage artificial intelligence to improve the travel experience. This will be the first of many wellness initiatives we will explore together, and we are excited about our partnership with Panasonic and the possibilities that lie ahead.”Passengers will receive a combination of generic route-based and personalised ‘jet lag impact scores’ which gives them a summary of how severe jet lag may be on that route in general and their own travel specifically, while the personalised jet lag plan incorporates the pre-flight, flight and post-flight phases, and provides a schedule of different recommendations and tips for specific times in each phase on what to do to reduce jet lag, such as sleeping, exposure to light, exercise, hydration, and the type of food to consume.Throughout each phase of the travel experience, the Jet Lag Adviser will send reminders with recommended actions to passengers via the app. By following the recommended advisories, the Jet Lag Adviser will help passengers feel more energetic and ready for their activities at their destination.Hideo Nakano, Chief Executive Officer of Panasonic Avionics Corporation, said: “Panasonic is continually innovating to digitally transform the passenger experience, and wellness is an integral part of that. We are delighted to be working with Etihad Airways to introduce technology that can help their passengers reduce jet lag, and so enhance their travel experience.”Panasonic is also exploring further innovative wellness technologies with Etihad as the carrier readies itself to move to the new ‘Midfield Terminal’ at Abu Dhabi International Airport, where new technology features are set to significantly enhance the passenger experience.About Panasonic Avionics CorporationPanasonic Avionics Corporation is the world’s leading supplier of inflight entertainment and communication systems. The company’s best-in-class solutions, supported by professional maintenance services, fully integrate with the cabin enabling its customers to deliver the ultimate travel experiences with a rich variety of entertainment choices, resulting in improved quality communication systems and solutions, reduced time-to-market and lower overall costs.Established in 1979, Panasonic Avionics Corporation, a U.S. corporation, is a subsidiary of Panasonic Corporation of North America, the principal North American subsidiary of Panasonic Corporation. Headquartered in Lake Forest, California with over 5,000 employees and operations in 80 global locations, it has delivered over 9,000 IFE systems and 2,000 inflight connectivity solutions to the world’s leading airlines.
Panasonic Avionics Corporation (Panasonic) and IMG have today announced esports as the latest addition to Sport 24 Extra’s live inflight entertainment programming.This marks the first time that live, organised, competitive gaming has been introduced to aviation. It will be accessible to passengers via the IMG-owned and produced Sport 24 Extra channel, which is available exclusively inflight on Panasonic-equipped aircraft.Introducing esports to the aircraft cabin will enable airlines to enhance the passenger experience by providing more engaging inflight gaming viewing options. It will also improve operational efficiency by providing long lasting value on investment, and drive new business opportunities through advertising and attracting a new audience.The offering marks an extension of the longstanding, successful partnership between Panasonic and IMG, that sees millions of passengers enjoy live sporting action in the skies every year.IMG’s Sport 24 and Sport 24 Extra channels are available exclusively from Panasonic, with live coverage of some of the world’s most popular sporting events including the English Premier League, Bundesliga, Rugby World Cup, Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics, the Masters, The Open Championship, Ryder Cup, Roland Garros, the Australian Open and Wimbledon.David Bartlett, Chief Technology Officer of Panasonic Avionics Corporation, says: “As passengers get younger and airlines become more digital, the need for new and engaging content is increasingly essential to compete. Esports brings significant value to an airline by enhancing the passenger experience with engaging content that has garnered one of the fastest growing audiences in entertainment. Similar to traditional sports, esports is most valuable when broadcasted live. Past live esports tournaments and matches have seen viewership surpass traditional sports.“For airlines, these innovative solutions provide a game-changing way to differentiate themselves in the market, and a unique way to drive ancillary revenue generation.”Richard Wise, SVP, Content and Channels, IMG Media, said: “Esports is fast becoming some of the most popular and engaging sporting content around the globe, and we are delighted that passengers travelling with Sport 24’s partner airlines will be able to enjoy tournaments live on-board.”Details of Sport 24 Extra’s esports programming will be announced in due course.About Panasonic Avionics Corporation Panasonic Avionics Corporation is the world’s leading supplier of inflight entertainment and communication systems. The company’s best-in-class solutions, supported by professional maintenance services, fully integrate with the cabin enabling its customers to deliver the ultimate travel experiences with a rich variety of entertainment choices, resulting in improved quality communication systems and solutions, reduced time-to-market and lower overall costs.Established in 1979, Panasonic Avionics Corporation, a U.S. corporation, is a subsidiary of Panasonic Corporation of North America, the principal North American subsidiary of Panasonic Corporation. Headquartered in Lake Forest, California with over 5,000 employees and operations in 80 global locations, it has delivered over 14,300 IFE systems and 2,200 inflight connectivity solutions to the world’s leading airlines.About IMGIMG is a global leader in sports, fashion, events and media, operating in more than 30 countries. The company manages some of the world’s greatest sports figures and fashion icons; stages hundreds of live events and branded entertainment experiences annually; and is a leading independent producer and distributor of sports and entertainment media. IMG also specializes in sports training and league development, as well as marketing, media and licensing for brands, sports organizations and collegiate institutions. IMG is part of the Endeavor network.