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June 1, 2015
Massimo Garbini, managing director for the SESAR Deployment Manager, gives a presentation during the SESAR Deployment Manager Welcome Event. Photo: SESAR Deployment Manager. Since the introduction of the Single European Sky (SES) program, the European Commission has appointed a Single European Sky Air Traffic Management (ATM) Research (SESAR) deployment manager, several mandates have been re-scheduled, and...
June 1, 2015
  As NextGen moves forward to modernize the current Air Traffic Control (ATC) system in the United States, connectivity is at its core, according to Mel Davis, the national NextGen representative at the National Air Traffic Controller’s Association. “Connectivity allows us to take all of the information and make it available at all times to decision-makers who desire access to said...
June 1, 2015
  Similar to the modern standard Integrated Modular Avionics (IMA) cockpit setup, where technology from competing suppliers and manufacturers are featured on the same flight deck, the Airlines Electronic Engineering Committee (AEEC) | (Avionics Maintenance Conference) AMC annual general session brings together some of the biggest names in the industry to foster competitiveness and interchangeability...
June 1, 2015
Mark Holmes is the editorial director for Avionics Magazine and Via Satellite magazine. We have just returned from the AEEC | AMC conference in Prague, which was a very successful event. The overall mood of the industry seemed pretty positive as the NextGen and connected world we live in opens up a host of new opportunities for avionics players to equip new planes, as well as retrofit old ones. In many...
June 1, 2015
. Electronic Flight Bags (EFBs) have gone from a luxury to a must-have in the cockpit. According to a study conducted by commercial aviation consulting agency AirInsight last year, more than 80 percent of 57 airlines surveyed have deployed EFBs, with satisfaction rates ranging from 86 to 94 percent. Avionics Magazine conducted its own survey of about 250 readers employed in the commercial, corporate...
June 1, 2015
  In aerospace, wires and data cables are the lifeblood of modern airframes, supporting applications such as Ethernet, digital video interface, and more. At nearly every second of every flight operation, wire and cable are responsible for transmitting enormous amounts of data and signal processing throughout the aircraft to support high definition displays and In-Flight Entertainment and Connectivity...
June 1, 2015
Paul Fraidenburgh is an attorney in the Orange County office of Buchalter Nemer and a member of the Aviation & Aerospace Practice Group. He focuses on representing technology companies in regulatory affairs and litigation. He can be reached at pfraidenburgh@buchalter.com In April, the FAA issued a National Policy Notice outlining, for the first time, the agency’s regulation of...
April 1, 2015
Boeing unveils Southwest Airlines’ first 737-800. Photo: Stephen M. Keller, Southwest Airlines 2012. There are plenty of reasons for an airline to keep its aircraft as up to date as possible. “A modernized fleet offers superior economics, technological advancements, reduced emissions, and improved customer experience,” says Tim Leonard, director of compliance and flight operations at...
April 1, 2015
Aircraft systems are becoming ever more connected to the outside world. While the Boeing 787, the Airbus 380 and the Airbus 350 are touted as e-Enabled, older models are rushing to catch up. The trajectory is clearly to link more and more to the outside world, not just for the passengers but for the pilots, and not just through staid airline data links but over the Internet. Cockpit doors lock out the bad...
April 1, 2015
The 2020 Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) mandate remains the central issue for General Aviation (GA). The government is currently working with the industry to address the cost of equipage, while also ensuring that the GA community is well educated on the required avionics necessary to make their individual aircraft compliant. Regulatory changes have also been enacted to provide operators...
April 1, 2015
In this edition of Avionics Magazine, we aim to help you navigate the current state of the commercial airline industry. We talk to influencers from Aeromexico, Emirates and Southwest, among others, to get their insight on the upgrade or replace topic. Whether an airline chooses to upgrade or replace its fleet, there is a very thought-out process behind this decision. We go behind the curtains to learn how...
April 1, 2015
Cockpit switches will not be completely disappearing from flight decks any time soon, according to today’s leading aircraft Light-Emitting Diode (LED) pushbutton switch manufacturers. Avionics Magazine readers agree with the Aerospace Optics and Staco Systems of the world, with 60 percent of respondents to our “Cockpit Switches Survey” stating that their fixed- or rotary-wing aircraft...
April 1, 2015
Enhanced Vision Systems (EVS) are stepping up as a superior set of eyes onboard the aircraft to help the pilot see in darkness and “through” haze, smog, smoke and light fog, presenting a real-time picture of what’s ahead and allowing the pilot to both fly and land the aircraft more safely in low visibility. The technology provides an output from an infrared camera and incorporates...
February 1, 2015
Operating a helicopter is a job that requires impeccable skill. Using choppers for police and emergency situations, as well in offshore environments, is dangerous. But new avionics technologies that improve communications, safety and overall pilot awareness could enhance efficiency and cut down on human error. However, helicopter operators do not always have big budgets, so increasing efficiency while...
February 1, 2015
Some of the busiest airports in the United States daily demonstrate the operational challenges of navigating an aircraft efficiently. An example is Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, which has multiple parallel runways and a complex mixture of aircraft types — all with specific airspace needs. New York’s busy international La Guardia Airport is another example, where...
February 1, 2015
Connectivity in the cockpit is coming into its own. As aircraft become more equipped with Internet and connections become more reliable through satellite-based systems and broadband technology, this access to data is expanding and companies are developing new equipment to improve cockpit operations for pilots and flight crews. The ability to send and share data with ground crews while in-flight allows...
February 1, 2015
I would like to start this month by making our audience aware that we are bringing back the “Avionics for NextGen” event. It will take place mid October in Washington, D.C. We already have some great speakers confirmed such as Bruce DeCleene, manager of the flight technologies and procedures division at the FAA and Brian Will, director of airspace modernization and advanced technologies at...
February 1, 2015
Photo courtesy of Barco Cockpit displays are central to some of the flight-critical applications and capabilities of today’s modern aircraft Integrated Modular Avionics (IMA) setups. Avionics companies are using new software to make Primary Flight Displays (PFDs) and Multi-function Displays (MFDs) enhance some of the most basic pilot tasks, such as landing in poor visibility. Displays serve an...
February 1, 2015
The aircraft connectivity market is in the midst of a full-fledged upswing, as passengers demand constant contact with the outside world, even at 30,000 feet. Gogo alone provides connectivity services to nearly 2,000 commercial aircraft and 7,000 business jets. This equipage is only rising, enabling more efficient cockpit operations as well as a passenger-pleasing amenity, which is a near necessity in the...
December 1, 2014
      More than 36,000 new aircraft will be delivered worldwide in the next two decades, according to the Boeing 2014 Long-Term Market Forecast. That demand is spurred by both the need to replace aging aircraft and the desire to upgrade to newer, sleeker, more fuel-efficient models coming onto the scene such as the Boeing 787 Dreamliner or the Airbus 350 XWB. These eco-friendly...
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