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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...
February 1, 2013
Left to right, the Harris Airborne Multiband Radio (HAMR), the Harris Small Secure Data Link (SSDL) and the Rockwell Collins Gen5 ARC-210 Software-Defined Radio. After a prolonged and costly gestation, software-defined radio (SDR) technology is gaining ground. Airborne tactical networking radios, data links and relays based on SDR architectures are being fielded today. New procurements are brewing in the...
February 1, 2013
The four Honeywell displays include, from left to right, prototype combined enhanced vision system (EVS)/SVS, traditional primary flight display, navigation display and certified synthetic vision display on approach into Morristown, N.J. As the technology gains greater acceptance in the business jet market, synthetic vision system (SVS) vendors are refining their offerings and looking to expand their user...
February 1, 2013
Apple’s iPad is a revolutionary device to the aviation industry. So much so that, 2012 marked the year of the “iPad Cockpit Invasion.” Many major airlines, including American Airlines, Alaska Airlines and United Airlines, have already deployed iPads to their pilots, with nearly all those who haven’t yet laying plans to do so soon. Pilots now routinely look to these affordable...
February 1, 2013
The clock struck midnight on Dec. 31, the ball dropped, confetti was thrown and, the United States teetered on the brink, but did not fall over, the fiscal cliff. It took some last-minute wrangling and tense negotiations, but lawmakers passed, and the President Obama ultimately signed, the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, raising taxes on top earning Americans and avoiding the worst effects of the...
February 1, 2013
A passenger connects onboard Emirates’ A380 via OnAir’s connectivity system. OnAir CEO Sees 2013 as a Big Year for In-Flight Connectivity OnAir, a key service provider in the in-flight connectivity arena, is hoping for a banner year in 2013. Ian Dawkins, CEO, OnAir told Avionics sister publication In-Flight Connectivity Insider 2013 will be the year when in-flight connectivity becomes part of...
February 1, 2013
Amended STC Astronics Corp., based in East Aurora, N.Y., received an amended Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) expanding the number of Beechcraft King Air aircraft that can be equipped with the Astronics Max-Viz-1500 enhanced vision system to include all King Air models equipped with any video-capable multifunction display (MFD). The amended FAA STC expands the number of Max-Viz-1500 video-capable MFDs...
February 1, 2013
Alex Battaglia Alex Battaglia JetBlue Airways promoted Alex Battaglia to senior vice president, system operations. Battaglia will oversee the execution of JetBlue’s day-to-day operations including system operations, dispatch, air traffic management, crew services and emergency response and care. Battaglia previously was JetBlue’s vice president of airports and operations. In his new capacity...
February 1, 2013
February 12-14 ATM World Congress, IFEMA, Madrid, Spain. Visit www.worldatmcongress.org. 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...
February 1, 2013
The AEEC continues to create value for the airlines, aircraft manufacturers, avionics suppliers and other stakeholders by establishing common technical standards and shared technical solutions that no one organization could develop on their own. Last year, AEEC meetings were attended by more than 2,500 engineering professionals representing more than 60 airlines and 200 industry suppliers from nearly 40...
January 1, 2013
Despite the seemingly nonstop economic crisis, avionics developers continue to generate safety-enhancing, cost-effective systems that airlines want to buy. And while the overall economic outlook might be murky, there is some cause for optimism for the avionics community. Government mandates are driving demand for upgrades and new equipment. Additionally, a mature data link technology is helping to bring...
January 1, 2013
The decision of whether to install a connectivity system in a business aircraft is relatively easy; in our always-connected world, it’s the cost of doing business. However, the selection of which system to install and when can be more complicated. The connectivity market, particularly for business aviation, has undergone a period of very rapid change as the technologies in the consumer market have...
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