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July 1, 2014
Cabin Management Systems (CMS) create the passenger experience in bizjets. At a minimum, the CMS is the architecture that integrates cabin elements such as lighting, temperature, audio, video and Internet connectivity, and enables passengers to control each of these things with the touch of a finger. In the last few years CMS have incorporated more flexible control. Passengers now can use their own...
July 1, 2014
With the introduction of the Boeing 787 and the A350 come new business models for Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs). In order to play a major role, or just any role at all in aircraft systems, OEMs must invest many resources and much effort in helping Boeing and Airbus design the aircraft systems through all the high costs of development. Under all the pressure, airframers argued that it would be...
July 1, 2014
Every day, more operators around the world are swapping paper-based flight operations and hundreds of manuals and navigational charts for Electronic Flight Bags (EFBs) as Commercial Off the Shelf (COTS) technologies continue to make the process cost effective and easier logistically. According to the Avionics Magazine EFB Survey conducted in April, 62 percent of our readers are end users which are...
July 1, 2014
Malaysia Airlines’ Flight MH370 is not the first aircraft to disappear and leave the public in the dark about what happened for months and even years on end. Air France’s Flight 447 disappeared, then crashed in 2009, but it was two years before the Brazilian Navy found the 228 bodies and wreckage. That same year, the Coast Guard lost a Hercules C-130 after it collided with another aircraft off...
July 1, 2014
We have just completed our first ever Global Connected Aircraft Summit event in California with a top-class line up of speakers with a number of global airlines such as United, Lufthansa, Emirates, Etihad, Gulf Air, Hawaiian Air, and Icelandair either speaking or in attendance. We are already looking forward to next year’s event, which will be bigger and better than ever and held in Washington, D.C...
June 27, 2014
Although Delta Air Lines has hit the final phases of going paperless with Electronic Flight Bags (EFBs) on a Microsoft Surface 2 tablet, the company does not see many upgrades mandated as part of NextGen as justifying smart investment behavior in the immediate term. Delta is interested in partnering with the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to bring NextGen to term for greater efficiency and...
June 25, 2014
Although Delta Air Lines has hit the final phases of going paperless with Electronic Flight Bags (EFBs) on a Microsoft Surface 2 tablet, the company does not see many upgrades mandated as part of NextGen as justifying smart investment behavior in the immediate term. Delta is interested in partnering with the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to bring NextGen to term for greater efficiency and...
June 25, 2014
Cabin Management Systems (CMS) create the passenger experience in bizjets. At a minimum, the CMS is the architecture that integrates cabin elements such as lighting, temperature, audio, video and Internet connectivity, and enables passengers to control each of these things with the touch of a finger. In the last few years CMS have incorporated more flexible control. Passengers now can use their own...
June 25, 2014
Malaysia Airlines’ Flight MH370 is not the first aircraft to disappear and leave the public in the dark about what happened for months and even years on end. Air France’s Flight 447 disappeared, then crashed in 2009, but it was two years before the Brazilian Navy found the 228 bodies and wreckage. That same year, the Coast Guard lost a Hercules C-130 after it collided with another aircraft off...
June 25, 2014
We have just completed our first ever Global Connected Aircraft Summit event in California with a top-class line up of speakers with a number of global airlines such as United, Lufthansa, Emirates, Etihad, Gulf Air, Hawaiian Air, and Icelandair either speaking or in attendance. We are already looking forward to next year’s event, which will be bigger and better than ever and held in Washington, D.C...
June 25, 2014
With the introduction of the Boeing 787 and the A350 come new business models for Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs). In order to play a major role, or just any role at all in aircraft systems, OEMs must invest many resources and much effort in helping Boeing and Airbus design the aircraft systems through all the high costs of development. Under all the pressure, airframers argued that it would be...
June 25, 2014
Every day, more operators around the world are swapping paper-based flight operations and hundreds of manuals and navigational charts for Electronic Flight Bags (EFBs) as Commercial Off the Shelf (COTS) technologies continue to make the process cost effective and easier logistically. According to the Avionics Magazine EFB Survey conducted in April, 62 percent of our readers are end users which are...
June 25, 2014
JULY 14-20 Farnborough International Airshow  Farnborough Airport, UK 15-17 Automated Vehicle Symposium 2014  San Francisco Airport, Calif., USA 16-19 Airborne Law Enforcement Association...
April 23, 2014
Gagan Brings Avionics Upgrades to India A computer-generated rendering of an airplane runway approach using Honeywell’s Smartpath system. Photo: Honeywell Operators in India need to upgrade their avionics this year to match the country’s overhaul of its ATC system. Ashok Lavasa, India’s civil aviation secretary, says Gagan is projected to save the nation’s operators and airlines a...
April 23, 2014
UK Launches Low Altitude Datalink Flight Trials U.K.’s National Air Traffic Services (NATS) is currently using live flight trials between Bristol and Edinburgh to research the use of data communications between Air Traffic Controllers (ATCs) and pilots at lower altitudes. According to NATS, Datalink, the U.K.’s version of the Data Comm ATM modernization in the U.S., is currently mandated in...
April 23, 2014
Thales, Qatar to Develop OPV-A Thales, Qatar Air Force officials sign MOU to develop OPV-A. Photo: Thales Thales announced a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Qatar Armed Forces to assist in the development of an Optionally Piloted Vehicle-Aircraft (OPV-A). The Qatar Armed Forces will select the OPV-A airframe to be integrated with a mission systems capability. OPV-A is a hybrid between a...
April 23, 2014
NextGen Data Comm on Track For 2016 IOC What a pilot will see on the cockpit display when using Data Comm for a revised route clearance. Photo: NATCA Initial Operating Capability (IOC) for the first phase of the Data Communications (Data Comm) Air Traffic Management (ATM) technology under the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) NextGen program is on track for 2016, according to a National Air...
April 23, 2014
Avianca Upgrades A320s With ROPS Flight display featuring the Airbus ROPS technology. Photo: Airbus Colombian airline Avianca is upgrading its fleet of A320s with the Airbus Runway Overrun Prevention System (ROPS), an onboard cockpit technology designed to provide active protection and increase situational awareness during the aircraft landing phase of flight. According to Airbus, the system combines data...
April 22, 2014
Just five years ago, the idea of the futuristic aircraft known as Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) dotting our skies seemed more like talk of UFO sightings than future tech, but now, “I think you’ve got to be pretty deluded to think that we’re not going to have unmanned aircraft in the National Airspace,” says Craig Woolsey, director of the Virginia Center for Autonomous Systems and...
April 22, 2014
Although in the U.S. NextGen is still six years away and European mandates are speculated to be less-than-firm, long-range jet providers like Gulfstream, Dassault and Cessna are equipping their new production aircraft with the capabilities to handle the new requirements. Operators are reaping the benefits of GPS-guided Wide Area Augmentation System/Localizer Performance with Vertical Guidance (WAAS-LPV)...
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