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June 1, 2016
2016 is a pivotal year for global avionics mandates. While some areas of the world have established mandates that already require compliance, others have mandates on the cusp, while several countries are still considering adopting mandates that are already in place in other areas of the world. U.S. and Europe FAA Administrator Michael Huerta. Photo courtesy of the FAA Today, the United Sates and Europe...
June 1, 2016
  In an aircraft hangar, a maintenance technician accesses the history of a faulty part, calls in advice from a superior on how to best fix it and logs the maintenance work, all with a few verbal commands and with his hands still in the aircraft. In an airport lounge, a customer service representative for an airline is able to pull information on a VIP customer in seconds and help speed him to his...
June 1, 2016
In aviation circles, professionals prefer the conceptual term “connected network” to the consumer-products-sounding Internet of Things (IoT). While IoT may not adequately describe the technical and commercial potential of satellite-based data communications in all things aviation, the growth of connectivity in the industry needs no debate. “15 years ago, less than 10 percent of the...
June 1, 2016
By Jan. 1, 2020, the FAA has mandated Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) Out equipage for all aircraft operating in the National Airspace System (NAS) above 10,000 feet, as well as for helicopters. Between the commercial air transport, business and general aviation segments, the agency has identified 100,000 aircraft that still require the ADS-B Out upgrade. Although the FAA first announced...
June 1, 2016
Avionics mandates are frequently a topic of conversation at our Avionics Advisory Board meetings. Even though 2020 is still four years away, it appears the industry is in a race against time to equip their fleets with some of the key proposed mandates. It is a relative minefield, but what is interesting is whether the industry can win this race against time, or whether there will be delays in modernizing...
June 1, 2016
  The disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 in March 2014 following the crash of Air France Flight 447 five years earlier, prompted a new push to scrutinize global tracking of commercial aircraft flying within remote areas of the world. “The aviation industry has seen dramatic improvements as a result of tragedies,” observes former United Airlines pilot Mary McMillan, vice...
April 1, 2016
  The FAA, alongside the National Air Traffic Controller’s Association (NATCA) and airline partners are redesigning airspace and addressing inefficiencies, introducing new Performance Based Navigation (PBN) procedures, and making use of Time Based Flow Management (TBFM) to make airspace more efficient and improve access to airports with its initiative to revamp and redesign Metroplexes across...
April 1, 2016
  Less than 10 percent of U.S. airlines have ADS-B capability on board, leaving tens of thousands of airliners and hundreds of thousands of general aviation aircraft still in need of equipage. The FAA’s NextGen Advisory Council Sub Committee (NACSC) reported In February that only 451 aircraft operated by U.S. airlines were ADS-B equipped, while 220 international carrier aircraft were equipped...
April 1, 2016
  As airspace mandates come into effect and a continued desire to improve fuel burn and overall efficiency grows, airlines across the globe are performing aftermarket avionics upgrades on their aircraft. Meanwhile, airframe manufacturers are constantly working with customers and suppliers to ensure they are able to accommodate modifications for in-service aircraft. Avionics Magazine caught up with Bob...
April 1, 2016
  In-flight connectivity has introduced a raft of well-documented passenger and operational benefits, but it has a more sinister flip-side. As aircraft become more and more connected, the aviation industry faces an ongoing battle to ensure it is always several steps ahead of constantly evolving threats to cybersecurity. “The cyber-security risks associated with [In-Flight Entertainment] IFE...
April 1, 2016
Photo: Etihad Airways When it comes to investing in new technologies, avionics and connectivity, airlines in the Middle East are some of the most ambitious around. Airlines such as Emirates, flydubai and Saudia set the standard when it comes these investments. In a magazine exclusive, Avionics speaks to a number of top executives at some of the major airlines in the region regarding the commercial...
April 1, 2016
  In this edition, we put the spotlight on a number of case studies of different metroplexes around the United States, and where they are with their NextGen initiatives. We look in detail at work done in Denver and North Texas for example, and find out the unique challenges that airports face. We also look at the exciting Middle East market where airlines are investing huge amounts on new aircraft and...
April 1, 2016
  Aircraft wire and cable needs continue to be a major trend for readers of Avionics Magazine, as 100 percent of respondents to our industry survey this year said they need to acquire new wire and cable solutions to support such capabilities as Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast Out (ADS-B Out) mandate compliance, new radar or navigation technologies or — the biggest commercial trend...
February 1, 2016
  Over the last year, the FAA has actively engaged with the industry to address any and all avionics issues associated with Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) and other helicopter avionics concerns as part of its NextGen airspace modernization program. But, is the agency providing this segment of the aviation industry with the same level of projected benefits and safety improvements...
February 1, 2016
With the debut of new data-centric aircraft, such as the Boeing 787 and the Airbus A350, the era of big data analytics has arrived. Passenger-driven Wi-Fi systems are leading the charge for higher upload and download speeds, but the implications of the digital transformation of flight information are potentially just as dramatic both inside the cockpit as well as on the maintenance floor for airlines. This...
February 1, 2016
The FAA published Revision B to AC 20-165B, which provides aviation industry guidance for the installation and airworthiness approval for Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast Out (ADS-B Out) avionics solutions. We talked to industry experts about what the changes mean for operators. At the end of 2015, the FAA published Advisory Circular 20-165B (AC 20-165B), a revision to its previously existing...
February 1, 2016
All of the airspace modernization programs currently occurring across the globe, including the FAA’s NextGen in the United States and Single European Sky in Europe, are part of the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) Aviation Systems Block Upgrades (ASBUs). The majority of programs moving heavily into the deployment phase and aviation regulatory officials are beginning to help...
February 1, 2016
Heli-Expo, one of the “must-attend” events for anyone interested in the rotorcraft industry, is just around the corner. In this edition of Avionics, our Associate Editor Woodrow Bellamy III takes a closer look at the rotorcraft market, particularly from a rules and regulation angle in the United States, to see whether those involved in the industry are happy with the pace of change. It remains...
February 1, 2016
  Aircraft maintenance is heading toward a wireless revolution. Now, aircraft technicians can analyze aircraft operating data using tablets and most new aircraft fly with a central server onboard or an Aircraft Health Monitoring System (AHMS) that collects data about the performance of the airplane that ground engineers can quickly and proactively troubleshoot before an event happens that could take...
February 1, 2016
The Avionics Magazine aircraft cyber security Upgrade Central survey produced results showing 37 percent of readers that operate mostly fixed wing aircraft have needs to acquire new aircraft cyber security technology. In contrast, another 20 percent say they have upgraded their cyber security technology in the last 2 to 3 years and the remaining 42 percent do not need to acquire new aircraft cyber hardware...
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