Pan Am International Flight Academy signs alliance agreement with Silver Airways

Pan Am International Flight Academy has signed a strategic alliance agreement with Silver Airways to provide qualified pilot applicants to the airline, the company said.

As part of the agreement, Pan Am will offer Silver Airways pilots from the Pan Am Career Pilot Academy, a FAA 141 flight school located in Kissimmee Florida, that meet the hiring criteria of Silver Airways.

Pan Am International Flight Academy has its origins in Pan American World Airways as its original training division, and provides flight simulation and training on nearly all major aircraft types with over 200 professional training programs and instructors training on over 50 full flight simulators.

Silver Airways is a privately owned regional carrier operating a fleet of 22 Saab 340B turboprops. The carrier operates 125 daily scheduled flights from gateways in Florida, the Bahamas and at Washington Dulles International Airport.

CommutAir begins commercial service for United Express with ERJ-145XR aircraft

CommutAir has begun commercial service with its inaugural flight on the ERJ-145XR jet from Washington, DC to Columbia, SC, the company said.

The company said the flight represents the culmination of months of effort by its team that has been developing the processes and programs for launching the ERJ-145XR jets. ”

CommutAir expects the addition of forty jets to the fleet to drive an accelerated need for pilot hiring and promotions at its Dulles and Newark bases.

CommutAir, operating as United Express, is majority owned by Champlain Enterprises Inc., an airline holding company founded in the 1980s. CommutAir operates a large fleet of Bombardier Q200/Q300 aircraft with more than 650 weekly flights to 29 airports.

United launches joint venture revenue-sharing agreement with Air New Zealand

United Airlines (NYSE: UAL) has launched new nonstop service between its Pacific gateway at San Francisco International Airport and Auckland, New Zealand, marking the official start of the airline´s joint venture agreement with Air New Zealand, the company said.

The carriers are deepening their existing Star Alliance relationship by offering customers more choice and convenience when booking travel between the United States and New Zealand and beyond.

Powering United´s inaugural flight between San Francisco and New Zealand is an energy-saving partnership with the Asia and Pacific initiative to reduce emissions (ASPIRE). United will operate Boeing 787-8 aircraft on the San Francisco to Auckland inaugural route, which are built using lightweight composites, state-of-the-art engines and an improved aerodynamic design, allowing it to fly farther, faster and more efficiently than similar-sized conventional aircraft.

As part of the Aspire initiative air traffic providers will also support optimal flight paths and recommend real-time, dynamic reroutes, further optimizing efficiency after departure throughout the entire flight.

United Airlines and United Express operate an average of 5,000 flights a day to 336 airports across six continents. In 2015, United and United Express operated more than 1.5 million flights carrying more than 140 million customers.

ServerCentral, Nimble Storage partner to expand managed storage offering

ServerCentral has partnered with Nimble Storage (NYSE: NMBL) to expand its dedicated and shared managed storage offering, bringing more than 16 years of storage and IT infrastructure experience to customers, the company said.

The company offers dedicated and shared storage arrays, which are fully redundant, highly available and completely managed by ServerCentral. SmartSecure Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) certified software-based encryption allows ServerCentral to better serve highly regulated industries such as finance and healthcare.

Nimble recently launched its predictive all flash arrays that combine fast flash performance with infosight predictive analytics to deliver increased data velocity.

In addition to managed storage, ServerCentral´s managed service portfolio includes backup as a service, disaster recovery as a service, and managed network and data center migration.

ServerCentral provides managed IT infrastructure solutions for technology, finance, healthcare, and e-commerce companies including Basecamp, ABN AMRO, CDW and Shopify. Since 2000 the company has architected, deployed, managed and scaled mission critical solutions across a global data center footprint – including North America, Europe, and Asia.

Expanded ATG coverage by Gogo Business Aviation to provide additional connectivity

Gogo Business Aviation (NASDAQ: GOGO) has provided approximately one hour of additional air-to-ground (ATG) inflight connectivity on the eastern seaboard of North America and central Canada, the company said.

The expanded coverage on Canada´s east coast is primarily between Halifax, Nova Scotia and Gander, Newfoundland, approximately 450 additional nautical miles of new coverage. In central Canada the expanded coverage is available in northern Alberta and Saskatchewan, and central Manitoba, providing additional connectivity for flights crossing over the polar cap region into Canada, primarily flights between Europe and Canada, and Europe and the west coast of the US.

The expanded coverage will benefit a host of Gogo customers, especially those that fly internationally between North America and Europe and cross over Canada´s east coast or through central Canada; domestic flights between the east and west coast of the United States with routes over Canada; and domestic flights throughout Canada; and flights between Canada and the US.

Gogo provides in-flight connectivity and wireless entertainment services for commercial and business fleets around the world. Gogo connects aircraft, providing its aviation partners with a network and platform to help optimize their operations.
Gogo has partnerships with 17 commercial airlines and is installed on more than 2,500 commercial aircraft.

All Def Digital closes USD10m Series B financing

All Def Digital, Inc. (ADD) has raised USD10 million in a Series B financing led by Third Wave Digital Partners, to accelerate its cross platform audience growth, original programming, distribution and brand marketing services, the company said.

Other investors in the round include WPP through WPP Ventures and Andreessen Horowitz, as well as all of ADD´s existing investors: Nu Horizons, Greycroft Partners, eVentures and Advancit Capital.

All Def Digital is a media company for urban-centric youth culture. ADD produces and distributes original content through its own media properties, social channels, premium television, theatrical motion pictures, live events, and multi-faceted brand partnerships through its newly established in-house creative agency, ADHD. ADD also operates a curated network of emerging and established talent including social video stars, stand-up comics, writers, actors, poets and hip hop recording artists.

Third Wave Digital was founded to provide start-up capital to early-stage media and technology entrepreneurs addressing explosive opportunities in digital media distribution, programming and technology.

WPP is a large communications services group with billings of USD73 billion and revenues of USD19 billion. Through its operating companies, the group provides a comprehensive range of advertising and marketing services including advertising & media investment management; data investment management; public relations & public affairs; branding & identity; healthcare communications; direct, digital, promotion & relationship marketing and specialist communications.

Andreessen Horowitz provides entrepreneurs with access to expertise and insights in innovation, executive and technical talent, market intelligence, policy and regulatory affairs, business development, and marketing and brand-building.

Nu Horizons is a new media and lifestyle investment company jointly established between Russell Simmons and Kimora Lee Simmons-Leissner´s venture fund KLS Holdings.

Greycroft Partners is a venture capital firm focused on investments in the Internet and mobile markets.

Advancit Capital provides capital and access to a network of industry relationships and strategic support to help accelerate its portfolio companies. is a venture capital firm that invests out of dedicated funds in five geographies, namely BV (US), Europe, Russia, Infinity (China and Japan) and Redpoint (Brazil and Latin America). The team has been investing in Internet companies for more than 15 years and operates as one team by combining a global investment strategy and philosophy with local presence and insights.

Broadband service providers need to invest in advanced home Wi-Fi solutions

ABI Research has reported the growing number of connected devices in the home means customers have an increasing reliance on residential Wi-Fi networks and broadband service providers need to invest more in home Wi-Fi solutions, like Wi-Fi mesh network systems, the company said.

The firm forecasts more than 831 million households will have residential Wi-Fi networks in 2021.

The company said Wi-Fi mesh network systems are one solution and a newer concept for homes, though enterprises utilize them because they improve coverage by relying on multiple access points in the home. This technology is beneficial in larger households that suffer from pockets of inadequate coverage, as their broadband routers are strong enough to provide premium coverage to the entire home and all of its connected devices.

Wi-Fi mesh systems provide easier installation and management for consumers, a mixed wired backbone with multiple access points can provide more stable network. Pure Wi-Fi mesh systems and hybrid (wired backbone with multiple access points) networks are likely to coexist in the markets where in-home wired backbone is widely available.

Residential Wi-Fi network management systems, such as ServAssure by ARRIS and the new, cloud-based, in-home Wi-Fi performance monitoring system Remote View by AirTies allow service providers to perform access point installation, network analysis, and troubleshooting remotely. This cuts costs for consumers by trimming the need for technician visits to their homes.

ABI Research provides business leaders with comprehensive research and consulting services to help them implement informed, transformative technology decisions. The company delivers market data forecasts, analyses and teardown services.

DuPage Airport renews CH2M partnership for capital improvements

The DuPage Airport Authority (DAA) has again selected CH2M as its engineering consultant for their ongoing Capital Improvement Program (CIP), the company said.

CH2M will continue its five-year partnership with the authority by providing planning, design, construction and program management services for airside and landside improvements, security and IT upgrades, environmental NEPA support, land use compatibility, capital program development and infrastructure assessments. CH2M previously supported DAA with the widening and rehabilitation of its primary runway, Runway 2L-20R–completed one month ahead of schedule and USD500,000 below budget–as well as enabling runway extensions and taxiway improvements. Responding to the airport´s capacity needs, CH2M also completed the bridging-documents for a 30,000-square-foot hangar, currently under construction.

Chicagoland´s DuPage Airport is the owner and operator of a large business aviation facility located in the Western suburban area. It offers 2,800 acres of property with over 30 businesses, including the DuPage Flight Center, and is a general aviation airport in Illinois with four active runaways, two ILS approaches and a 24-hour FAA Air Control Tower.

CH2M delivers sustainable solutions benefiting societal, environmental and economic outcomes with the development of infrastructure and industry.

Face Swap Live available on Android

Face Swap Live, an iOS app that started the face swapping trend of 2016 and has more than 10 million downloads, is available on Androids running KitKat 4.4 and above, the company said.

Along with the new Android version, Face Swap Live is also available on iTunes App Store. Developed by Laan Labs, the app lets users swap their faces in real-time on live video and then record videos and photos that they can share. Users can also pick photos to put their face in or wear it like a mask. There is also an Internet search feature so users can search and face swap with their favorite celebrity.

Laan Labs is a boutique agency based out of Berlin and New York with a number of iOS apps including, Tap DJ and iVideoCamera. The agency has also developed solutions for NBCUniversal, Nike, Prada, Vimeo and TweetDeck.

Delta reports 5% decline in PRASM

Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) has reported consolidated passenger unit revenue (PRASM) for the month of June declined 5.0 percent year-over-year due to close-in domestic yield weakness and continued pressure from foreign exchange, the company said.

The company said the June mainline completion factor was 99.98 percent with a June on-time performance of 83.4 percent.

Delta Air Lines serves nearly 180 million customers each year. Delta and the Delta Connection carriers offer service to 337 destinations in 62 countries on six continents.