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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...
March 1, 2013
Unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) programs are evolving rapidly with a wide range of application requirements in both military/government and civilian applications. At the same time, the market has seen recent advancements in SwiftBroadband service and hardware including smaller, lighter avionics that don’t compromise on performance or data capacity. These satcom datalinks can provide worldwide...
March 1, 2013
Components of the Cobham AVIATOR 300 system include, from left to right, High Power Amplifier, Low Noise Amplifier and Diplexer; intermediate gain antenna; handset; and a SwiftBroadband Unit. Equipped with iPads, smart phones and other portable electronic devices, airline passengers increasingly do not expect to forgo online access while flying, except for maybe the first and last few minutes of a flight...
March 1, 2013
Typical turn-key lighted panel design from Anodyne Electronics Manufacturing (AEM), Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada, includes digital display, tacticle switches and backlit rubber keyboard. Backlit panels and controls are a critical part of cockpit design because they enable equipment settings and control positions to be easily determined at night. The idea of projecting light through a panel or...
March 1, 2013
It’s tough to be a manufacturer of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) systems these days. Not only are they facing regulatory hurdles to the Congressional mandate to integrate unmanned systems into the National Airspace System (NAS), but the more pressing and immediate threat, for once, isn’t coming from Washington; it’s coming, if you’ll pardon the over-used-phrase, from Main Street. A...
March 1, 2013
Challenges for FAA’s Airline Safety Regulations Lead FAA is facing budgetary challenges and industry opposition to provisions of the 2010 Airline Safety and FAA Extension Act, according to a Department of Transportation’s Office of Inspector General report released in February. The Airline Safety Act requires FAA to improve commercial airline safety standards by advancing voluntary safety...
March 1, 2013
AFIRS Production   FLYHT Aerospace Solutions executed an agreement with Jabil Defense and Aerospace Services, a wholly owned subsidiary of Jabil Circuit, of St Petersburg, Fla., to manufacture the Automated Information Reporting System (AFIRS) 228 product line. Jabil Defense and Aerospace will begin manufacturing the AFIRS 228B for FLYHT customers globally in the first quarter of 2013 and the AFIRS...
March 1, 2013
Pamela Drew ITT Exelis appointed Pamela Drew as president of its Information Systems business area, based in Herndon, Va., leading the company’s air traffic management, cybersolutions and space efforts. Before joining Exelis, Drew served as senior vice president of Strategic Capabilities and Technology at TASC, leading a team that provided systems engineering and integration, cybersecurity, financial...
March 1, 2013
March 4-7 Heli-Expo 2013, Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas. Visit www.heliexpo.com. 12-14 ATC Global, Amsterdam RAI Center, Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Visit www.atcglobalhub.com. 25-28 Aircraft Electronics Association (AEA) International Convention and Trade Show, MGM Grand Hotel and Convention Center, Las Vegas. Visit www.aea.net. April 9-11 Aircraft Interiors Expo, Hamburg Messe, Hamburg, Germany...
February 1, 2013
The Thales TRAC 2000 radar, pictured here in Ymare, France, is designed for en-route control area, allowing reduced separation between aircraft, according to the company. Here is is co-mounted with the RSM 970S Monopulse Secondary Surveillance Radar, which provides controler support in severe air traffic conditions. The development and deployment of air and ground-based air traffic management (ATM) systems...
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