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August 3, 2016
Astronautics Block Point Five (BP5) EFB. Photo: Astronautics [Avionics Today 08-03-2016] Boeing has selected Astronautics to provide an upgraded Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) system on all fielded and future production Boeing 787 Dreamliner airplanes. The company will install new Block Point Five (BP5) EFBs, a form/fit...
August 3, 2016
[Avionics Today 08-03-2016] Duncan Aviation has opened a new San Antonio, Texas, avionics work-away location. On the southeast side of the San Antonio International Airport on Wetmore Road, the work-away location aims to...
August 2, 2016
Russia’s Transaero Airlines Boeing 737-800. Photo: Boeing [Avionics Today 08-02-2016] Boeing forecasts market demand for 1,170 new airplanes in Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) region over the next 20 years, valued at $140 billion. The company released the numbers as...
August 2, 2016
[Avionics Today 08-02-2016] Australia's Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) has launched a new project, AS 16/06, to look at options for low-cost Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) Out systems in order to encourage more operators to voluntarily add ADS-B Out transmitting equipment to Visual Flight Rules (VFR) aircraft. While the country is in the midst of rolling out mandates for...
August 2, 2016
[Avionics Today 08-02-2016] Lightspeed Aviation, a producer of aviation headsets, has announced the addition of Century Avionics to its global...
August 2, 2016
This multi-protocol version of the interface features a modern instrument driver for NI LabVIEW and includes 2 channels of MIL-STD-1553 and 16 channels of ARINC 429. Photo: Astronics [Avionics Today 08-02-2016] Astronics Ballard Technology has signed a collaboration agreement with NI in which NI will...
August 2, 2016
The DPS1000 meets RSVM accuracy requirements and the 1811NG is suitable for helicopters and light aircraft. Photo: Dallas Avionics...
August 1, 2016
Photo: GEE [Avionics Today 08-01-2016] In-Flight Entertainment and Connectivity (IFEC) solutions provider Global Eagle Entertainment (GEE) has announced the real-time integration of connected aircraft data streams with GEE’s masFlight airline operations data platform. The platform now features real-time flight tracking and satellite-transmitted surveillance data for accurate, complete and informative...
August 1, 2016
Alaska Airlines’ current maintenance hangar in Anchorage, Alaska. Photo: Alaska Airlines [Avionics Today 08-01-2016] Alaska Airlines announced plans to build a new $40 million airplane maintenance facility at the site of the current Signature...
August 1, 2016
A320ceo with Allegiant livery, rendering. Photo: Airbus [Avionics Today 08-01-2016] Las Vegas, Nevada-based Allegiant Travel Company has signed a purchase agreement for 12 Airbus...
August 1, 2016
FAA NextGen Data Communications air traffic control En Route simulators. Photo courtesy of the FAA. A critical part of the FAA’s Next Generation Airspace Modernization (NextGen) initiative, the Data Communications (Data Comm) program, is currently making inroads toward its five-year plan of enabling initial Controller Pilot Data Link Communications (CPDLC) services. Data Comm technology enables...
August 1, 2016
 Photo: Hawiian Airlines The commercial Aircraft Communication, Addressing and Reporting System (ACARS) is like the digital heartbeat of the commercially operated air transport airframe. Since the inception of the original ARINC ACARS data link network more than 30 years ago (now managed by Rockwell Collins Information Management Systems), it has continually evolved as a character-based messaging...
August 1, 2016
  The 2016 Global Connected Aircraft Summit (GCA Summit) proved to be the pulse of the entire connected aircraft ecosystem. A total of 37 expert speakers from seven different In-flight Connectivity (IFC) service providers, seven avionics and aircraft component manufacturers, 11 airlines, the world’s two largest airframe manufacturers —Airbus and Boeing — as well as the French...
August 1, 2016
  When the FAA mandated Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B Out) for most aircraft by January 2020, there were the predictable complaints from various segments of the aviation community regarding acquisition and installation costs as well as the limited time available for operators to comply with the rule. In time, the opposition turned to benign acceptance of ADS-B Out, an integral part...
August 1, 2016
  The current aircraft test equipment market is huge and only growing, spurred by the industry’s need to replace test equipment that is quickly becoming obsolete, but also by the need for new equipment to satisfy the requirements of novel technologies appearing on new aircraft models, such as Bombardier’s C Series and Airbus’ A350. According to a report released in May on the Global...
August 1, 2016
First, I would like to thank any of the Avionics audience who came to our 2016 Global Connected Aircraft Summit in Hollywood in June. The third iteration of this event was a highly successful one, in which sessions, panels and discussions highlighted both the technological successes and challenges ahead across the connected aircraft industry. Next year, the Global Connected Aircraft Summit will back on the...
August 1, 2016
[Avionics Today 08-01-2016] The FAA recently issued a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) and Parts Manufacturing Approval (PMA) for the Astronics Corp. Wireless Electronic Flight Bag (WebFB) for use on the Boeing 737, marking the latest Aircraft Interface Device (AID) approval. WebFB provides another example of how new aircraft interfacing products are broadening the use of tablets in cockpits beyond...
August 1, 2016
VPT VHR series DC-DC converters. Photo: VPT [Avionics Today 08-01-2016] Power conversion company VPT has introduced its VHR series of industrial-level DC-DC converters and Electromagnetic Interference (EMI) filters for power...
July 29, 2016
[Avionics Today 07-29-2016] After reviewing 31 proposals, Naval Air Systems Command’s (Navair) Air Combat Electronics Program Office (PMA-209) awarded funding to 10 projects through the Avionics Component Improvement Program (AvCIP). AvCIP, which is funded by the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations (OPNAV), provides capital to address current naval avionics readiness problems, impending...
July 29, 2016
The Borealis Alliance’s vision for free route airspace in 2021. Photo: NATS [Avionics Today 07-29-2016] The European Union has awarded Borealis Alliance 63.2 million euros ($70 million) in financial support to continue the alliance’s work to deliver Free Route Airspace (FRA) across Northern Europe by 2021. The funding has been granted to support the ongoing evolution...
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