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IN-FLIGHT PHONE AND HARRIS TO DESIGN AND BUILD NATIONWIDE 12-CHANNEL PASSENGER BROADCAST NETWORK; FCC ISSUES EXPERIMENTAL LICENSE FOR SERVICE

IN-FLIGHT PHONE AND HARRIS TO DESIGN AND BUILD NATIONWIDE 12-CHANNEL PASSENGER BROADCAST NETWORK; FCC ISSUES EXPERIMENTAL LICENSE FOR SERVICE
 OAKBROOK TERRACE, Ill., Aug. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- In-Flight Phone Corp. (IFPC), a Goeken Group Company, and Harris Corp.'s (NYSE: HRS) Government Aerospace Systems Division of Melbourne, Fla., announced today that they have entered into a $4.7 million agreement to design and build the world's first stereo airborne broadcast network. The system will initially offer live sports, news, music and entertainment programming to commercial airline passengers over nine channels, expanding later to 12 channels.
 The network will be superior in sound quality when compared with existing inflight audio services. Passengers will be given comfortable, lightweight stereo headphones instead of the air-conducted pneumatic headphones. IFPC plans to test the system this fall, while aircraft installations are targeted for the first quarter of next year.
 Under the terms of the contract, Harris Corp. will cooperate with IFPC on the system's technical design, and will manufacture the equipment. In-Flight Phone Corp. will provide live radio programming in conjunction with the worldwide digital FlightLink telephone and information system, and will install and maintain the equipment.
 "Thanks to the Federal Communications Commission, passengers will soon enjoy 12 channels of their favorite radio programming including live world and business newscasts, sporting events, entertainment programming, music, children's shows and more," said John D. "Jack" Goeken, chief executive officer of In-Flight Phone Corp. Goeken hinted that "live TV programming" would be his next undertaking for airline passengers.
 "This program enables Harris to apply its advanced technology to a project that will directly benefit the air traveler," said Charles Herbert, vice president and general manager of Harris' Government Aerospace Systems Division, a part of the Electronic Systems Sector.
 The airborne broadcast network will transmit programming to aircraft from ground sites blanketing the United States. A special onboard receiver compensates for doppler shift that would otherwise disrupt the pitch of the audio. The audio is then distributed digitally throughout the aircraft cabin to passengers.
 According to Bill Gordon, IFPC vice president of regulatory affairs, broadcasting continually to an aircraft eliminates certain logistical concerns for the airlines posed by tape-driven systems. "Our airborne audio equipment will be lighter and require less attention than current aircraft audio systems, which use up to a dozen different audio tapes that must be changed at least once per month," he said.
 By interfacing the audio system with IFPC's FlightLink(SM) system, passengers will be able to choose from a diverse menu of programming. Although many of the channels will be available free of charge, passengers will be offered premium or special-event programming that can be paid for by sliding a credit card through a reader in the telephone handset.
 FCC Issues Service Experimental License
 The audio service will operate in the 900 MHz frequency band under the authority of an experimental license issued to In-Flight Phone Corp. earlier this year by the Federal Communications Commission. Goeken says that the FCC issues experimental licenses to allow new technologies to develop and explore the market for their services. He points out that inflight telephone service was first brought to the air traveling public under an experimental license, and that the industry now has six licensees.
 Harris Corp. Background
 Harris Government Aerospace Systems Division, headquartered in Melbourne, Fla., is part of the company's Electronic Systems Sector, which designs and develops advanced technology systems for communications, avionics, space exploration, information processing, real-time computing, air traffic control, energy management, newspaper composition and support systems.
 Since the mid-1980s, the sector has successfully transferred technology and experience developed in the demanding defense environment into commercial applications both nationally and internationally.
 Harris Corp., a Fortune 200 company with worldwide sales of $3 billion, is focused on four major businesses: electronic systems, semiconductors, communications, and Lanier Worldwide office equipment.
 In-FlightLink Phone Corp. Background
 In-Flight Phone Corp. is the only company in the world with a completely digital air-to-ground telephone system, called FlightLink. The service currently provides passengers aboard select USAir flights with digital clear telephone calls, fax transmission, stock quote retrieval and electronic games. Additional services will soon go online, including airport layout, car, hotel and flight reservations, a service and entertainment guide to the destination city, flight positioning, a connection for portable computers, gift ordering, inflight shopping and a 12-channel live sports, news and entertainment audio system.
 The FlightLink passenger communications system is installed at each passenger's seat. An LCD screen is installed above the food tray and a telephone handset unit is stowed beneath the armrest. Using simple buttons on the handset, the passenger selects services from the view screen. Services are paid for by sliding a credit card through a reader that has been installed in the telephone.
 In-Flight Phone Corp. was founded by telecommunications pioneer John D. "Jack" Goeken, who is also the founder of MCI, the FTD Mercury Network, CML Satellite and Airfone (now GTE Airfone). Early this year, he was chosen by Business Week magazine as a "Best Entrepreneur" of 1991.
 (Photograph available: FlightLink system installed on 757 aircraft.)
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 /CONTACT: Darren Leno of In-Flight Phone, 708-574-1237; or Pat Sowers of Harris Corp., 407-727-4234/
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