Airshow to Deliver High-Speed Data to Aircraft

First Airborne System To Provide Internet Access, E-mail,

Videoconferencing and Business Communications in Real Time



Apr 24, 2001, 01:00 ET from Airshow Inc.

    TUSTIN, Calif., April 24 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ --
 Airshow Inc. today announced it is marketing along with QUALCOMM Incorporated
 (Nasdaq:   QCOM) a broadband terminal for the commercial and corporate aviation
 markets that will deliver up to 144 kbps of bi-directional data over the
 Globalstar(TM) satellite communications system -- more than 15 times the 9.6
 kbps rate of current airborne systems.
     Much-higher transmission speeds will allow Airshow to offer a broad array
 of business communications services to passengers in flight.  Business
 travelers who want to increase their productivity and stay in touch with the
 ground will be able to access their company Intranets, perform research on the
 Web, send and receive e-mail with attachments, conduct videoconferences, and
 view financial information, news, weather and sports while airborne.
 High-speed transmission will make the use of these services fast, efficient
 and cost-effective for the first time.
     The planned system, which can be adapted to a variety of aircraft types,
 will incorporate a 144 kbps data terminal developed by QUALCOMM.  The terminal
 can be connected to an Airshow on-board cabin file server that is programmed
 to deliver Internet, e-mail, information services and video services.  The new
 broadband terminal will allow up to eight simultaneous voice calls in addition
 to high-speed data connectivity.  The complete system includes a small,
 lightweight, omni-directional antenna weighing only 2.0 pounds and measuring
 only 9.5" long by 5.0" wide by 1.4" tall.  The compact antenna receives
 signals at the higher latitude routes typically flown by corporate and
 commercial aircraft, providing a much more effective and practical solution
 than competing high-speed concepts.
     Air-to-ground communication will rely on QUALCOMM's Code Division Multiple
 Access (CDMA) technology, over the Globalstar satellite network.  Airshow
 expects to finalize, over the next 60 days, product and service offerings and
 agreements with QUALCOMM.
     "Airshow is dedicated to bringing a wide variety of information and
 entertainment into private and commercial planes and offering customized,
 in-flight data and services to passengers, aircraft owners, and airline
 operators," said Dennis Ferguson, President of Airshow.  "We are bringing
 together the technological and marketing resources of the two leaders in these
 fields, for the benefit of air passengers worldwide."
     Airshow will provide sales, marketing and customer support in addition to
 certifying the system and integrating it with entertainment and telephony
 systems on the aircraft.
     Airborne products currently offered by Airshow include e-mail, Internet
 connection, on-screen weather and flight maps, news, sports scores, financial
 market updates in real time, and multi-regional live TV via satellite.
 Airshow's products and services are currently sold under the names Airshow
 M@il(TM), Airshow Network(TM), and Airshow TV International(TM).  Airshow also
 offers a Doppler radar weather service to the cockpit, and now because of the
 faster data connection, it can provide enhanced aviation charts and better
 radar imagery.  These and other planned products will be packaged,
 competitively priced and sold to buyers of the new system.
     Commercial airlines and corporate aircraft owners purchasing the system
 will be able to create customized content offerings and install custom Web
 portals, providing passengers with shopping, entertainment, news, travel and
 flight-connection information, all branded with the aircraft's corporate
 identity and updated from the ground during the flight.  In addition to
 supporting passengers, this new high-speed ground-to-air connectivity will
 allow aircraft owners and operators to improve ground services and aircraft
 operational issues, such as communication of real-time maintenance data.
 Airlines can also use the broader bandwidth to send video signals to the
 ground from strategically placed onboard cameras to enhance cabin security and
 potentially even assist with passenger safety and health concerns.
     Certification of the 144 kbps data terminal is planned for the fourth
 quarter of 2001 after being installed and tested on a Bombardier Challenger
 604 business aircraft.  Multiple-voice channel capability will be added by
 early 2002.
     Pricing for the Airshow broadband terminal, as well as pricing for a
 variety of user data services, will be announced in the coming months.
 Airshow will offer its corporate and airline customers highly attractive
 pricing at or below competing systems that offer much less performance.
 Instead of standard pay-per-minute scenarios, Airshow is exploring new service
 paradigms that may look similar to today's multi-level cellular phone
 services.  Providing blocks of time or fixed monthly charges would allow
 airlines, for example, to use the data connection for operational issues as
 well as package services for their passengers.  Private aircraft owners would
 benefit from airborne "always-on" service similar to what they use when
 working in the office.
 
     Airshow serves the corporate aviation and commercial airline markets and
 has systems in service on more than 3,500 aircraft operated by over 130
 airlines worldwide, and on nearly 4,000 corporate aircraft.  Airshow,
 headquartered in Tustin, Calif., is a subsidiary of Acterna Corporation
 (Nasdaq:   ACTR) located in Burlington, Mass.  It is the leading provider of
 moving map displays and real-time information services for passengers, pilots
 and cabin crews, and is continuously expanding its content and connectivity
 product offerings.
 
     Except for the historical information contained herein, this news release
 contains forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and
 uncertainties, including the Companies' ability to successfully design and
 have manufactured the products discussed herein, the ability of the parties to
 reach a definitive agreement on the terms of their relationship, change in
 economic conditions of the various markets the Companies serve, as well as the
 other risks detailed from time to time in the Companies' SEC reports,
 including the report on Form 10-K for the most recent year and most recent
 Form 10-Q.
 
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SOURCE Airshow Inc.
    TUSTIN, Calif., April 24 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ --
 Airshow Inc. today announced it is marketing along with QUALCOMM Incorporated
 (Nasdaq:   QCOM) a broadband terminal for the commercial and corporate aviation
 markets that will deliver up to 144 kbps of bi-directional data over the
 Globalstar(TM) satellite communications system -- more than 15 times the 9.6
 kbps rate of current airborne systems.
     Much-higher transmission speeds will allow Airshow to offer a broad array
 of business communications services to passengers in flight.  Business
 travelers who want to increase their productivity and stay in touch with the
 ground will be able to access their company Intranets, perform research on the
 Web, send and receive e-mail with attachments, conduct videoconferences, and
 view financial information, news, weather and sports while airborne.
 High-speed transmission will make the use of these services fast, efficient
 and cost-effective for the first time.
     The planned system, which can be adapted to a variety of aircraft types,
 will incorporate a 144 kbps data terminal developed by QUALCOMM.  The terminal
 can be connected to an Airshow on-board cabin file server that is programmed
 to deliver Internet, e-mail, information services and video services.  The new
 broadband terminal will allow up to eight simultaneous voice calls in addition
 to high-speed data connectivity.  The complete system includes a small,
 lightweight, omni-directional antenna weighing only 2.0 pounds and measuring
 only 9.5" long by 5.0" wide by 1.4" tall.  The compact antenna receives
 signals at the higher latitude routes typically flown by corporate and
 commercial aircraft, providing a much more effective and practical solution
 than competing high-speed concepts.
     Air-to-ground communication will rely on QUALCOMM's Code Division Multiple
 Access (CDMA) technology, over the Globalstar satellite network.  Airshow
 expects to finalize, over the next 60 days, product and service offerings and
 agreements with QUALCOMM.
     "Airshow is dedicated to bringing a wide variety of information and
 entertainment into private and commercial planes and offering customized,
 in-flight data and services to passengers, aircraft owners, and airline
 operators," said Dennis Ferguson, President of Airshow.  "We are bringing
 together the technological and marketing resources of the two leaders in these
 fields, for the benefit of air passengers worldwide."
     Airshow will provide sales, marketing and customer support in addition to
 certifying the system and integrating it with entertainment and telephony
 systems on the aircraft.
     Airborne products currently offered by Airshow include e-mail, Internet
 connection, on-screen weather and flight maps, news, sports scores, financial
 market updates in real time, and multi-regional live TV via satellite.
 Airshow's products and services are currently sold under the names Airshow
 M@il(TM), Airshow Network(TM), and Airshow TV International(TM).  Airshow also
 offers a Doppler radar weather service to the cockpit, and now because of the
 faster data connection, it can provide enhanced aviation charts and better
 radar imagery.  These and other planned products will be packaged,
 competitively priced and sold to buyers of the new system.
     Commercial airlines and corporate aircraft owners purchasing the system
 will be able to create customized content offerings and install custom Web
 portals, providing passengers with shopping, entertainment, news, travel and
 flight-connection information, all branded with the aircraft's corporate
 identity and updated from the ground during the flight.  In addition to
 supporting passengers, this new high-speed ground-to-air connectivity will
 allow aircraft owners and operators to improve ground services and aircraft
 operational issues, such as communication of real-time maintenance data.
 Airlines can also use the broader bandwidth to send video signals to the
 ground from strategically placed onboard cameras to enhance cabin security and
 potentially even assist with passenger safety and health concerns.
     Certification of the 144 kbps data terminal is planned for the fourth
 quarter of 2001 after being installed and tested on a Bombardier Challenger
 604 business aircraft.  Multiple-voice channel capability will be added by
 early 2002.
     Pricing for the Airshow broadband terminal, as well as pricing for a
 variety of user data services, will be announced in the coming months.
 Airshow will offer its corporate and airline customers highly attractive
 pricing at or below competing systems that offer much less performance.
 Instead of standard pay-per-minute scenarios, Airshow is exploring new service
 paradigms that may look similar to today's multi-level cellular phone
 services.  Providing blocks of time or fixed monthly charges would allow
 airlines, for example, to use the data connection for operational issues as
 well as package services for their passengers.  Private aircraft owners would
 benefit from airborne "always-on" service similar to what they use when
 working in the office.
 
     Airshow serves the corporate aviation and commercial airline markets and
 has systems in service on more than 3,500 aircraft operated by over 130
 airlines worldwide, and on nearly 4,000 corporate aircraft.  Airshow,
 headquartered in Tustin, Calif., is a subsidiary of Acterna Corporation
 (Nasdaq:   ACTR) located in Burlington, Mass.  It is the leading provider of
 moving map displays and real-time information services for passengers, pilots
 and cabin crews, and is continuously expanding its content and connectivity
 product offerings.
 
     Except for the historical information contained herein, this news release
 contains forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and
 uncertainties, including the Companies' ability to successfully design and
 have manufactured the products discussed herein, the ability of the parties to
 reach a definitive agreement on the terms of their relationship, change in
 economic conditions of the various markets the Companies serve, as well as the
 other risks detailed from time to time in the Companies' SEC reports,
 including the report on Form 10-K for the most recent year and most recent
 Form 10-Q.
 
     All trademarks are the properties of their respective owners.
 
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