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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...
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...
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