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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...
April 1, 2013
Advanced computing and communication systems aboard commercial airplanes are allowing airlines to operate and maintain their fleets more efficiently than ever before. Since increased efficiency saves money, cost-conscious airlines are embracing this trend, and equipment suppliers are striving to support them. “The demand for in-flight connectivity, not only for passengers but also pilots and...
April 1, 2013
As military and civil aircraft add more capable and connected technologies, real-time operating system (RTOS) developers are facing growing security concerns and challenging certification issues. Key tests include addressing potential network vulnerabilities and the soon to be deployed multi-core processor architectures. Also on-deck is the certification of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) that are likely to...
April 1, 2013
Router Satcom Direct, of Satellite Beach, Fla., announces its new Satcom Direct Router (SDR), a next-generation aircraft network router which will enable business and military aviation customers to manage all cabin communications systems onboard their aircraft and simultaneously use multiple satellite connections. The SDR is satellite-ready and allows simultaneous use of Inmarsat, SwiftBroadband, Swift 64...
April 1, 2013
Colin Mahoney Rockwell Collins, based in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, named Colin Mahoney senior vice president, International and Service Solutions. Mahoney replaces Greg Churchill, who is retiring. Mahoney joined Rockwell Collins in 1987. A native of the United Kingdom, he previously was vice president of sales, marketing and support in the company’s Commercial Systems division, and has held numerous...
April 1, 2013
  April   9-11 Aircraft Interiors Expo, Hamburg Messe, Hamburg, Germany. Visit www.aircraftinteriorsexpo.com. 8-10 Navy League Sea-Air-Space Exposition, Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center, National Harbor, Md. Visit www.seaairspace.org. 16–18 Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE), Shanghai Hawker Pacific Business Aviation Service Centre, Shanghai, China...
April 1, 2013
Contracts ➤ Northrop Grumman announced a $71 million contract from the U.S. Navy to provide six Fire Scout unmanned helicopters, an add-on to the company’s current contract to produce 14 Fire Scouts for the Navy. The new contract is for the MQ-8C Fire Scout, which features increased range, endurance and payload capacity over the MQ-8B variant. Delivery of the first 14 Fire Scouts is scheduled to...
March 1, 2013
Carson Helicopters in Perkasie, Pa., rebuilds Sikorsky H-3s and S-61s for the State Department and commercial operators.  The company holds 29 STCs for S-61 improvements. Carson Helicopters in Perkasie, Pa., has a hangar full of Sikorsky S-61s, both civil S-61L/Ns and retired U.S. Navy H-3 Sea Kings. The remanufacturer makes the old aircraft better than new for resale to the U.S. State Department and...
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