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June 1, 2013
Duncan Aviation upgraded the cockpit of a Bombardier Challenger 601-3A for Aircraft Management Solutions, a Portland, Ore.-based aircraft management company. Upgrades included Honeywell dual NZ-2000 Flight Management system (FMS) and others.Choosing the right avionics for a business aircraft is only part of the process an aircraft operator needs to consider before upgrading. Reasons to upgrade business...
June 1, 2013
 Unlike the U.S.airlines, the U.S. military is still flying and supporting aircraft with avionics systems whose technological heyday is long past. These systems — as well as those of more recent vintage — require constant monitoring to ensure they stay up and running. And, when problems arise, the systems need to be repaired, renewed at the component level, or replaced with more modern...
June 1, 2013
The market for in-flight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) is making rapid changes, just as the connectivity systems are on the ground. Increasingly, customers are relying more on their own devices, including tablet computers, laptops and smartphones. But according to Thales In-Flight Entertainment and Connectivity executives, this does not spell the demise of the traditional seat-back display system...
June 1, 2013
Companies providing support systems, such as data and video buses and connectors, are under pressure to address the shifting technology needs for new and older aircraft. Industry demands for greater bandwidth and size, weight and power (SWaP) use reductions, for example, are sparking the growth of advanced network architecture and fiber optic technology on civil and military platforms. These are not new...
June 1, 2013
Airborne Servers Kontron launched the next-generation of its ACE Flight 600 general purpose airborne servers product line. The company said the ACE Flight 600 is specifically designed to meet advanced communication application requirements for Ethernet-based network installations on both linefit and retrofit aircraft. Qualified to D0-160F and optimized for a full range of flight information systems, the...
June 1, 2013
 Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner is a complex design and massive engineering task that few people can truly appreciate. Not only is it an advanced composite structure aircraft with a loaded take-off weight of a half million pounds, but it was created in the light of modern fuel costs. It lists for at least $207 million a copy, so it is also one of earth’s most expensive machines. The road to 787...
June 1, 2013
Rob Higby StandardAero appointed Rob Higby vice president, sales and marketing for its Airlines & Fleets (A&F) business. Higby will lead StandardAero’s A&F sales efforts on CFM56, CF34, PW100, PT6, PW600, AE3007 and a range of APU platforms. Most recently, he was vice president, worldwide airline sales for GE Aviation. He also served in senior leadership positions with AT&T, EMC...
June 1, 2013
Avionics Editor in  Chief Emily Feliz After a few tense days, and hours and hours of flight delays endured by passengers, air traffic controllers, furloughed by silly sequestration cuts, went back to work in late April, and again the skies are friendly with just the usual, every day delays. Controllers are back in the tower where they should be, and the system is operating as it always has. However...
June 1, 2013
  AIR TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT Nav Canada Contract Satellite-based global air traffic surveillance provider Aireon finalized a long-term, commercial data services contract with Canada’s civil air navigation service provider (ANSP) Nav Canada. Aireon is a joint venture between Nav Canada and Iridium Communications. “Nav Canada believed in Aireon so much, even from the start, that they...
May 1, 2013
  Will FAA close 149 air traffic control towers? Considering the number of last-minute sequestration decisions that have occurred over the last six months, your guess is as good as mine. Sequestration took effect in March, removing about $637 million from FAA’s 2013 budget, which will force the agency to close 149 air traffic control towers funded by its contract tower program, a process...
May 1, 2013
Wide Area Persistent Surveillance (WAPS) systems that image city-size fields of view and instantly search through terabytes of data are moving from combat deployments to commercial services. Vigilant Stare team members Sierra Nevada Corp. (SNC) headquartered in Sparks, Nev., and ITT Exelis in McLean, Va., are negotiating their first fee-for-service agreements, offering customers the same WAPS sensor flying...
May 1, 2013
The market for in-flight connectivity has been a bright spot for the business jet community marred by years of economic and PR hits. And as the economy begins its slow turnaround, the technology evolutions in this segment means lower price points to install these systems onboard and new upgrades allowing for faster speeds and better performance. But the high speeds aren’t enough; the reliability of...
May 1, 2013
The transition to light emitting diode (LED) lighting technology on aircraft is nearly complete, at least for new platforms. While some cost and technology issues remain, the advanced lighting systems can now be used almost everywhere from cockpit displays to landing lights to mood lighting in the cabins. The technology is providing an efficiency boost and aesthetic improvement, especially in the cabins of...
May 1, 2013
Few electronics design areas benefit as much from the use of inductive components as the avionics industry, yet many people feel uncomfortable using these parts, or fail to see their true value. Everyone is familiar with the inductors used in a radio’s tuned RX and TX circuits, but inductive parts have far wider application in modern avionics designs. As more designs need to withstand high transient...
May 1, 2013
Mark Ordung Pro Star Aviation, based in Londonderry, N.H., promoted Mark Ordung to avionics technical sales. In his new role, Ordung’s responsibilities will include technical support and quoting all aspects of avionics installations. Ordung started his career at General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, assembling, testing and supporting the Predator B UAV. He also worked for Bell Aerospace, providing...
May 1, 2013
Connectors Positronic Industries, based in Springfield, Mo., added an 8.20mm low-profile version to the Scorpion power/signal connector series. In the low-profile version, the module options include size 12 contacts, size 20 contacts, size 22 contacts and blanks/spacers. Contacts are rated up to 55 amps for size 12, 12 amps for size 20 and 3 amps for size 22 contacts. Contact resistance values are as low...
May 1, 2013
The Aircraft Electronics Association (AEA) released its first ever avionics market report at its annual conference in March, revealing total avionics sales of nearly $6.3 billion in 2012 for the general aviation industry. AEA said the $6.3 billion figure represents sales data from 19 avionics manufacturers, and includes all aircraft electronic sales, including cockpit upgrades, cabin and software upgrades...
April 1, 2013
At Avionics Magazine, we strive to be the avionics industry’s go-to source for information regarding aviation electronics, not an easy task in this exciting and dynamic industry. Staying in touch with our readers to take stock of how we’re doing is a big part of maintaining the high editorial standards we’ve set for ourselves. Some of you participated in an online survey we conducted in...
April 1, 2013
Mark Heim, a Charlotte, N.C.-based US Airways aircraft mechanic, works on avionics equipment aboard one of the airline’s Airbus A330. The quest for known predictable costs, along with an emphasis on predictive or preventive maintenance preventing avionics and other component failures from occurring in-service is driving current airline maintenance trends. And while some airlines are operating...
April 1, 2013
Eurocopter Optimistic for 2013, Unveils New Versions of EC135 Eurocopter’s EC175 on display at the company’s booth at Heli-Expo. Eurocopter expressed confidence in its performance in 2012 and optimism for its future in 2013, according to executives at Heli-Expo. Lutz Bertling, president and CEO of the Eurocopter Group, said the global civil and parapublic market, it delivered 750 helicopters...
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