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August 1, 2013
Velocity Sensor Esterline CMC Electronics signed a license agreement for the manufacture of its CMA-2012C Doppler Velocity Sensor in Russia with Ulyanovsk Instrument Manufacturing Design Bureau (UIMDB). Under the terms of the agreement, UIMDB will manufacture the Doppler Velocity Sensor and offer it to all helicopter manufacturers in Russia. The CMA-2012C provides self-contained measurement of three...
August 1, 2013
Bryan Hart Jupiter Avionics, based in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada, appointed Bryan Hart as its sales and marketing director. Hart has more than 10 years of experience in the avionics industry as an accomplished sales professional with proven success in territory management, strategic planning and business development. Previously, he was the director of sales for Artex and Kannad.   Dale G. Farr...
August 1, 2013
The Airlines Electronic Engineering Committee (AEEC) has made ambitious plans for the coming year. The AEEC continues to focus on NextGen and SESAR airspace initiatives. Equipment providing CNS capability will need to evolve in a step-wise fashion and do so in a way that makes economic sense for the airlines. At the April AEEC General Session in Orlando, Fla., the AEEC adopted 12 ARINC Standards, several...
July 1, 2013
Amid all the striking images from Superstorm Sandy last year was action video of sailors hoisted from 30 ft seas by two U.S. Coast Guard MH-60T helicopters about 90 miles off North Carolina. Pilots of the glass-cockpit Jayhawks used the Rockwell Collins Common Avionics Architecture System (CAAS) to navigate to the sinking tall ship HMS Bounty through poor visibility at low altitude. CAAS enabled the...
July 1, 2013
Boeing is enhancing the latest variant of the venerable F/A-18 Hornet with a “next generation” computer, a new infrared search and tracking system (IRST) and other flight deck upgrades, intended to continue its role as the U.S. Navy’s frontline strike fighter into the next decade and possibly beyond. With recent and ongoing avionics upgrades, the Super Hornet should be able to fulfill...
July 1, 2013
The demand for smaller, lighter and more capable wire and cable to address growing data rate and power requirements on aircraft is catalyzing robust industry and university research and development programs. These efforts include initiatives to tap the potential of carbon nanotube (CNT) technology and design and deploy higher speed copper and fiber optic solutions. Even as steep budget cuts are being made...
July 1, 2013
I love reader feedback — good and bad. I see the amount of correspondence I get from readers as a direct correlation to the magazine’s ability to hit the right notes/tones in the industry and touching upon the issues that matter most to our readership. Based on that, our June issue hit upon several key issues in the industry, given that I have received more feedback on this issue than I have in...
July 1, 2013
Integration UAS into Civilian Airspace The integration of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) into civilian airspace presents the next frontier in the air transportation industry. And it is one that faces numerous technological, regulatory and public perception challenges as it moves forward towards its 2015 deadline. According to a report from the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) released...
July 1, 2013
Satcom STC Cobham SATCOM’s AVIATOR 200 SwiftBroadband system received an EASA Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for use aboard Pilatus PC-12. The EASA validation was secured by Cobham SATCOM partner RUAG and includes exclusive rights for the Swiss-based international aerospace and defence technology group to use the STC in Europe. The new certification was developed in cooperation with Cobham...
July 1, 2013
Ed Senen L-3 Aviation Recorders, based in Sarasota, Fla., named Ed Senen the division’s president. In his new position, Senen will be responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of Aviation Recorders and achieving its business and financial objectives. Senen succeeds Michael Smith, who is retiring from L-3 after 15 years with the company. Senen has spent the last 11 years with Thales Avionics...
July 1, 2013
The real beauty of digital technology is how simply large amounts of data can be easily stored and transferred, and how compact that storage can be. This ease of use and high density have persuaded many to use this format as the primary data archival technique within their company for technical and design data files. Minimal storage space and cost, and fast retrieval are all compelling benefits. Yet...
July 1, 2013
Thinking of becoming professional airline pilot? Other career choices surely hold more appeal, given the industry climate: Dismal economy. Airline consolidations. Bankruptcies. Furloughs. New regs with stringent pilot hiring qualifications. Sounds dismal, but don’t give up the lofty dream there are signs of better times ahead: Pilot demand is growing as retirements increase and world fleets grow...
June 1, 2013
Digital taxi, touchscreen, augmented reality, voice recognition and wrap-around cockpits are just a few of the new cockpit avionics technologies in which companies are investing their research and development dollars. Much of the development is in the areas of communication, navigation and surveillance to meet the projected increases in air traffic and regulatory requirements related to NextGen and SESAR...
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...
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