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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...
January 1, 2013
Featuring a range of new multifunction displays, the cockpit real estate on many new and older aircraft has been undergoing major renovations. And the ways pilots are interacting with the avionics is also changing. Sparked by the popularity of the iPad and other tablet computers, the touchscreen revolution is getting underway on many flight decks, and there is at least some talk about the future use of...
January 1, 2013
Editor Emily Feliz As I write this, the country is perched on the edge of the so-called “fiscal cliff,” a series of deep budget cuts prompted by an impasse in budget talks. Politicians on both sides are pointing fingers, both saying the other side won’t budge and claiming the other’s plan will lead to economic ruin for the country. And, again, as I write this in mid-December...
January 1, 2013
LiveTV, Greenwich AeroGroup Bring Iridium’s OpenPort to the Skies LiveTV and its partners are moving forward with a system to bring global connectivity services to business aircraft operators, commercial airlines and helicopters. OpenPort Aero is a modified version of Iridium’s maritime satcom platform which provides high-speed data and voice connectivity on the aircraft. The companies said the...
January 1, 2013
Standby Attitude Module Mid-Continent Instruments and Avionics, of Wichita, Kan., introduced MD302 Standby Attitude Module (SAM), a 2-inch by 5-inch standby display. This self-contained, solid-state instrument provides attitude, altitude, airspeed and slip information to the pilot during normal operation or in the case of primary instrument failure, according to the company. Mid-Continent said the unit is...
January 1, 2013
Capt. Richard Carter JetBlue Airways appointed Capt. Richard Carter to system chief pilot. In his new role, Carter is responsible for developing and executing Flight Operations strategy, the safe and reliable operation of JetBlue’s fleet and representing the airline with FAA. Most recently, Carter was chief pilot of JetBlue’s Boston operations, having worked in the role since the base opened in...
January 1, 2013
February 12-14 ATM World Congress, IFEMA, Madria, 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...
January 1, 2013
Many years ago, I put together an index of airframe problems and published it as an article titled “Mysterious Noises.” A lot of people have used that information to good effect since then, but with so many technological changes, I thought it was over-due to re-examine the whole problem of how systems interfere with each other, and how this set of problems manifests in the airframe, especially...
December 1, 2012
Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) test pilots in July began using an Integrated Direct Lift Control (IDLC) scheme meant to improve approach performance and reduce pilot workload in carrier landings. Tailored control responses in part differentiate the carrier-based F-35C from its runway and small-deck siblings. Lockheed Martin test pilot Dan Canin at Patuxent River Naval Air Test Center, Maryland, explained...
December 1, 2012
The GPS network is everywhere in our cars, on our phones, and, yes, in aircraft. Recent events have called the safety and security of the GPS network into question. But panelists on the Avionics Magazine Webcast, which represented aircraft operators, airborne GPS equipment manufacturers and the architect of the next-generationa satellite constellation, say the GPS network needs to be protected, but overall...
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