A system and method for wirelessly transferring content to and from a vehicle, in particular, an aircraft. The content includes, for example, data, voice, video and multimedia, that can be wirelessly exchanged over a wireless communication link between an aircraft and a ground station while the aircraft is at or near a parking gate, or between aircraft. In an example, the system employs long distance metropolitan area technology, such as IEEE Standard 802.16 wireless technology, to increase transfer range. The parameter of the wireless communication link can be adjusted based on, for example, the location of the link. The content can further be provided between the vehicle and ground station based on priorities, such as the available link speed, importance of the information, and/or anticipated connection time between the vehicle and ground station.

Title
System and method for wirelessly transferring content to and from an aircraft
Application Number
11/901074
Publication Number
20080070517
Application Date
September 14, 2007
Publication Date
March 20, 2008
Inventor
Bradley Foreman
Mission Viejo
CA, US
Dan Reed
Skyforest
CA, US
Kenneth A Brady
Trabuco Canyon
CA, US
Agent
Drinker Biddle & Reath
IL, US
Assignee
Thales Avionics
CA, US
IPC
H04B 01/34
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