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Could DC-10s be equipped with seatback inflight entertainment screens, given that the oxygen systems are in seatbacks rather than overhead?

Unlike most passenger aircraft, the supplemental oxygen mask system on the McDonnell Douglas DC-10 was located in the backs of passenger seats, rather than in an overhead compartment in the passenger ...
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What DAL level is IFE software certified at?

An inflight entertainment (IFE) system has software for the computers and for the seatback displays. What DAL level is the software classified at?
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Why not stream outside cameras into the in flight entertainment system

Why do some carriers choose not to stream external views on planes where GMCS cameras are standard, such as the 777-300 or the Airbus A380?
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How does an Airbus aircraft connect to the Internet? [duplicate]

I would like to understand better where (physically in the aircraft) and how the Internet connection is received on an Airbus aircraft, in particular in an Airbus A380, and then how this system is ...
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How are the IFE Server, Floor Disconnect Box (FDB), Seat Electronic Box (SEB) and Seat Display Unit (SDU) connected to each other?

I tried to understand the data protocols used to connect InFlight-Entertainment (IFE) Server, Seat Electronic Unit (SEB), Floor Disconnect Box (FDB) and Seat Display Unit (SDU), but I'm a bit ...
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Are Final Tests always required for LRUs?

Is an aviation component workshop allowed to release a line-replaceable unit (LRU) without going through a Final Test, if the LRU passes the pre-testing procedure and is found to be a No Fault unit?
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Do pilots have their own in-flight entertainment?

Besides flying the plane and talking to the person in the other seat, what other forms of entertainment are (also legally) available to pilots while on the job? I'm thinking of 'activities' like ...
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Which operating systems do entertainment systems run on? [closed]

Which operating systems run the In-Flight Entertainment Systems on commercial passenger aircraft?
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Why are in-flight entertainment systems not very evolved?

Why don't in-flight entertainment systems have the capability to connect to our own devices and play movies? Or why don't they have arena gaming? Are there any regulations that prevent engineers from ...
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Is the word “bomb” muted in inflight movies? [closed]

I was recently on a transatlantic flight and watched the movie Steve Jobs on the plane’s entertainment system. Every movie I tried, including that one, had a message right at the start saying the ...
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Why are there full-fledged entertainment systems on aircraft when today everyone has a smart phone?

Today, many large commercial aircraft have full-fledged entertainment systems, sometimes going as far as putting a personal LED screen in every seat. Let's just consider the costs of this for a ...
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What are the points 1864 and 1922 on this in-flight map? [closed]

This was taken in a Emirates flight Dubai-Paris in December 2015. What are on these 2 locations? Why these numbers? Are they dates?
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Do airlines black-list certain movies on their inflight entertainment system? [closed]

Do airlines trust the common sense of the responsible employee, when it comes down to NOT making certain movies available? Besides excluding movies not appropriate for minors, are movies like United ...
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Is there any plan to make flights more interactive using smartphones?

This question might be a little bit off-topic, but I'll give a try. Me and many people are aeronautics "aficionados" that would love to know about flying data during flight. Today we all have ...
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Which kind of display are used on commercial aircraft?

There are many kinds of display (LED, LCD, PDP...). Which type is used in the in-flight entertainment system on commercial aircraft? And which kind of display is used in the electronic flight ...
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Why do in-flight entertainment systems separate the left and right channels in their earphone jacks? [duplicate]

I have seen a number of in flight entertainment systems which utilise two 3.5mm jacks for their earphone jacks, instead of the 1 jack with 2 channels normally used in almost all applications. An ...
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Why is the IFE only available after take-off and shut off before landing?

Every time I fly in an airplane that has an In-Flight Entertainment System (IFE) that consists of screens embedded in every passenger seat it is only turned on a few minutes after take-off and turned ...
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How does the in flight entertainment system works?

I board an aircraft, wait for it to takeoff, then find the headphones somewhere near my seat plug them into the two-pin point, and it works! But, how does it works for hundreds of other passengers ...
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How much power is needed by aircraft IFE systems during flight?

How much power is needed by aircraft In Flight Entertainment systems during flight if they operate all the devices connected in the cabin?
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Why were there pneumatic headphones on airliners in the 70's and 80's?

I remember listening to the on-board program with headphones that consisted of hollow hoses as a kid. You plugged them into small holes in the arm-rests. The program was the same for everybody. Why ...
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Why do entertainment system headphones on aircraft have two pins?

In most commercial flights where headphones are provided for inflight entertainment they have two pins, unlike single pin connections which we use on the ground (e.g. for mobile phones). Is there a ...
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How accurate is the inflight location information?

I'm wondering how accurate the location information displayed on the in-flight entertainment system is. As I recall, it always shows quite direct routes, such as this: However, I'm wondering how ...
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Are those devices allowed on a flight which create their own WiFi signals?

I am going from Canada to Mexico but I don't want to be dependent on in-flight entertainment. Thus I got seagate wireless plus so I can stream to my iPad. I couldn't find any policies I can use this ...
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What is the source for the flight data shown on in-flight entertainment systems?

This question which claims that an altitude of 55,000 ft. was observed on a passenger's in-flight entertainment system on an Emirates B777 made me wonder: What are the normal sources of information ...
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Are there any documented example usages of film (ie, film film, not video or digital) for in-flight entertainment?

Regarding this excellent question: What was the inflight entertainment in the early seventies? There's a mention that the "TRANSCOM 8mm film cassette" (that was film-film, ie the plastic stuff you ...
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What was the inflight entertainment in the early seventies?

In her 1970 song "This Flight Tonight", Joni Mitchell sings I'm drinking sweet champagne Got the headphones up high Can't numb you out Can't drum you out of my mind They're playing Goodbye ...
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