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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...
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...
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