Welcome to our revamped Avionics Magazine, where every two months we will deliver you more features and analysis than ever before. For the first time, we have two upgrade central features where we look at specific product segments of the market backed up with exclusive survey results across the database of Avionics Magazine readership. In this edition, we put the spotlight on lighting and data acquisition.
Our new Junior Editor, Juliet Van Wagenen, looks at the trends in the MRO market, particularly as airlines look upgrade their fleets at an accelerated pace. She examines what this means for the MRO market as well as how much capability airlines look to have in-house for this. Woodrow Bellamy III, our community editor, writes a feature looking at the transition to digital cockpit communications, a key topic within the avionics sector. Charlotte Adams gives us an in-depth update on the System-Wide Information Management (SWIM) program, which is one of the key FAA modernization programs. Finally, on an exclusive interview with our sister publication Via Satellite, Inmarsat reveals the story behind their role in the search of Malaysia Airlines flight MH-370. It is a highly interesting story, and at one stage Inmarsat had 3,000 media requests in four days, an unprecedented amount for a satellite operator. This is one of the few times Inmarsat has discussed events here in such depth.
We hope you enjoy the new format of Avionics Magazine with re-designed and refreshed content. And we would like to you wish you all the best for 2015 and look forward to continuing to serve you going forward with the best information in avionics.
Mark Holmes is the editorial director for Avionics Magazine and Via Satellite magazine.