About Craig Foster

Craig Foster is a Senior Consultant and co-founder of Valour Consultancy. He's responsible for much of the company's aviation research.

The Three C’s of (In-Flight) Connectivity – Coverage, Capacity and Consistency

A poor experience of anything in life is likely to make someone think twice about whether they want to try it again and the same is true of in-flight connectivity (IFC). People cannot be expected to pay twice for something that does not work well and in the social media age that we now live [...]

The Internet of Aircraft Things: Benefits of eTechlog and eCabin Logbook

eTechlog The aircraft technical log is the last known status of the aircraft in terms of its current flying hours, current maintenance state (including the carrying of any acceptable deferred defects that may affect the aircraft in operation), the fuel and fluids status for the aircraft at the point of departure, and includes signatures of [...]

By | 2017-02-03T11:29:39+00:00 February 3rd, 2017|Categories: Aeronautical|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

Connected Aircraft in the Internet of Things

The advent of broadband connectivity, in the air and on the ground, has meant that the Internet of Things (IoT) revolution is now reaching the aircraft. The e-Aircraft represents a paradigm shift for airlines and many are now in the early stages of deploying various connected aircraft applications. Several have begun to embrace staged increases [...]

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Woes and the Impact on IFEC

On an Air France flight from Marseille to Paris recently, I couldn't help but notice a striking addition to the standard safety briefing. "Ladies and Gentlemen, due to the recent safety issues with Galaxy Note 7 devices, we ask passengers to ensure your device is completely switched off and stored away for the duration of [...]

By | 2016-11-18T13:50:49+00:00 October 17th, 2016|Categories: Aeronautical|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Latin American Carriers Begin to Embrace In-Flight Connectivity

Having lived and worked in Peru for a couple of years, I try to take a keen interest in all things Latin America. This is especially so when it comes to researching the market for in-flight Internet and mobile phone services and breaking down our stats on connected aircraft by geography as I frequently do. [...]

Examining Our In-Flight Connectivity Market Forecast

Back in October 2014, Valour Consultancy published its first report on in-flight connectivity (IFC) in the commercial aviation market. Fast forward to June 2016 and we are just about to release the second edition of this highly-acclaimed piece of research. With preliminary data now available to companies that have already purchased the report, we thought [...]

By | 2016-11-18T13:51:09+00:00 June 21st, 2016|Categories: Uncategorised|0 Comments

The Emergence of Portable Wireless In-Flight Entertainment

Last year, we wrote a piece of the steady stream of companies now active, or looking to be active in the wireless in-flight entertainment (W-IFE) market. Though some 30 companies have announced their intentions, only about half have solutions that are currently flying. One of the reasons many offerings take so long to make it [...]

By | 2016-11-18T13:51:13+00:00 January 27th, 2016|Categories: Aeronautical|0 Comments

Wireless In-Flight Entertainment Installations to top 17,000 by 2024, Says Valour Consultancy

November 24, 2015 02:07 PM Greenwich Mean Time LONDON. While in-flight Wi-Fi deployments continue to grab the headlines, the closely related market for wireless in-flight entertainment (W-IFE) rapidly gathers speed. According to Valour Consultancy’s latest research, the number of aircraft equipped with solutions that enable wireless delivery of IFE content will exceed 4,000 by the [...]

By | 2016-11-18T13:51:17+00:00 November 11th, 2015|Categories: Aeronautical|0 Comments

Virtual Reality: The Future of In-Flight Entertainment?

If you're reading this, you'll most probably know that I write about in-flight connectivity and entertainment (IFEC) quite a lot in my role at Valour Consultancy. You might not know I also lend my expertise to a number of other research organisations and have covered everything from smart home technology, home energy management and the [...]

By | 2016-11-18T13:51:19+00:00 June 4th, 2015|Categories: Aeronautical|0 Comments

Update on IFC Equipage at Turkish Airlines

Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to fly Turkish Airlines for the first time as I made my way to the Aircraft Interiors Middle East (AIME) exhibition in Dubai. You might be wondering why I am writing about this now given the event took place at the beginning of February and the answer to [...]

By | 2016-11-18T13:51:21+00:00 May 11th, 2015|Categories: Aeronautical|0 Comments

How’s the (new) W-IFE?

George Harrison once remarked that Hamburg was like an apprenticeship for The Beatles – a place where they learnt how to play in front of people. And so it proved; by the time the band returned for their sixth and final visit in 1966, they were a worldwide phenomenon. When I left the recent Aircraft [...]

By | 2016-11-18T13:51:22+00:00 May 4th, 2015|Categories: Aeronautical|0 Comments

Some Thoughts on Lufthansa’s FlyNet IFC

Recently, I had the pleasure of sampling Panasonic Avionics' satellite in-flight connectivity (IFC) solution. On my travels back from Singapore to London via Frankfurt, ably assisted by Deutsche Lufthansa, I was able to test its FlyNet mobile and Internet services. Attempting to beat the proverbial test starting gun, which Linford Christie failed to do so [...]

By | 2016-11-18T13:51:28+00:00 January 19th, 2015|Categories: Aeronautical|0 Comments

A Review of Norwegian Air Shuttle In-Flight Connectivity

Another meeting in Europe, another flight, and another opportunity to test in-flight connectivity (IFC) for ourselves. This time, the flight was with Norwegian Air Shuttle, a carrier that is fast gaining a reputation for its customer experience, and the destination was Portugal. The IFC for Norwegian is provided by Global Eagle Entertainment (Row 44) and [...]

By | 2016-11-18T13:51:29+00:00 December 19th, 2014|Categories: Aeronautical|0 Comments

When Will Latin America Embrace In-Flight Connectivity?

Come the turn of the year, passengers flying on one of over 4,000 connected commercial aircraft will have access to in-flight connectivity (IFC). However, unless you've flown a domestic flight in the United States, chances are you've not yet experienced the wonders of the web at 35,000 feet. Thanks mainly to the continued dominance of [...]

By | 2016-08-11T12:04:14+00:00 December 4th, 2014|Categories: Aeronautical|0 Comments