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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...
December 1, 2014
The search to find out what happened to the MH370 flight began in earnest. As days ticked on by, it became apparent there would be no happy ending and that those on board were lost. However, with the families of those involved wanting closure and the international community wanting explanations, there has been a huge intensity to the search, which so far has yielded no physical evidence. Inmarsat, the...
December 1, 2014
The global air transportation industry is in the process of slowly transitioning to Controller to Pilot Data Link Communications (CPDLC) to help alleviate the increasingly congested voice communications between pilots and controllers that the industry has relied on over the last 40 years. That’s not to say text messages between controllers and pilot’s via Flight Management Systems (FMS) will...
December 1, 2014
The Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) System-Wide Information Management (SWIM) program, now more than halfway to the finish line, is the agency’s version of net-centricity. Using the Federal Telecommunications Infrastructure (FTI) backbone, SWIM provides the means for National Air Space (NAS) systems to share information, increase interoperability and encourage the reuse of information...
December 1, 2014
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...
December 1, 2014
With aircraft selling at record volumes, the commercial aircraft industry faces a production challenge — and this may be only the beginning. A combination of low interest rates and readily available financing, reduced operating costs, and surging demand from emerging markets — to name a few factors — will mean that commercial jet orders are likely to continue driving industry sales to...
December 1, 2014
Aircraft data is the lifeblood of the aviation industry. Data is everywhere you look, from flight testing, to in-flight data recording, enemy radar sensor data acquisition and more. However, of all flight data uses, nearly 60 percent of Avionics Magazine readership sees real-time monitoring of in-flight data as the most important. The same survey also showed that nearly 40 percent of respondents have used...
December 1, 2014
With Light Emitting Diode (LED) technology nearly standard on all new airframes, operators and airlines can look forward to the extended lifespan and increased power efficiency of the new era of lighting systems. The typical lifespan of a fluorescent bulb is about 5,000 hours, while the lifespan of an LED bulb is an estimated 50,000 to 60,000 hours. “That’s easily 10 times as much,” says...
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