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November 1, 2012
Robert K. Ortberg, Philip J. Jasper Robert K. Ortberg Rockwell Collins appointed Robert K. Ortberg as the company’s president. He joins Clayton M. Jones, who continues as chairman and CEO, in the newly formed Office of the Chief Executive. As president, Ortberg is primarily responsible for the operational management of the company, including oversight of its commercial and government businesses and...
November 1, 2012
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 International Convention and Trade Show, MGM Grand Hotel and Convention Center, Las...
November 1, 2012
This topic has probably ignited more discussion among the air traveling public than lost luggage or the in-flight meal service. In our endlessly connected age, people demand to be spliced into the communication stream 24/7. How dare a flight attendant tell them you cannot use some device at any time they desire? Everybody knows this “problem” is a total farce, and nothing bad will ever happen...
November 1, 2012
UAS in the NAS I had occasion to read Emily Feliz’s Editor’s Note in the September issue. I have no quarrel with what she says; it is just that she did not go far enough to outline the bigger picture. The subject of the Editor’s Note is the huge problem of integrating Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) into the National Airspace System (NAS). The major problem, as I see it, is the failure of...
October 1, 2012
After several years of poor sales, the market for new business aircraft seems to be improving for OEMs and their avionics suppliers. In May, Cessna announced with great fanfare the launch of its new long-range business jet, the Citation Longitude. Six months earlier, the company launched the mid-range Citation Latitude. The Longitude and Latitude will gradually replace the Citation X. The Longitude will...
October 1, 2012
Four years after a bankruptcy filing halted its operations, Eclipse Aerospace is back with a new twin-engine jet, a new avionics package and a new outlook on the market. In June, Eclipse, based in Albuquerque, N.M., launched production of the Eclipse 550 twin-engine jet, a modified version of the Eclipse 500 very light jet which hit the market in 2007. The first production 550 aircraft, Serial Number 1001...
October 1, 2012
In these lean economic times, operators of all stripes are increasingly looking for ways to boost the capability and service life of their aircraft. Prominent among potential upgrades are new, more capable flight displays. Often larger than the original equipment, new displays can deliver to pilots of legacy platforms greater situational awareness, more efficient lighting as well as the foundation for the...
October 1, 2012
The Aeryon Scout micro Unmanned Aircraft System uses an autonomous quad-rotor helicopter to carry quick-change payloads. Micro-sized Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) launched by foot soldiers, street cops and industrial users promise real-time information that is both up-close and personal. The Scout micro UAS made by Aeryon Labs in Waterloo, Ontario, has already shown Libyan rebels opposing artillery...
October 1, 2012
The collective eyes of the business aviation industry will be laser-focused on Orlando, Fla., later this month for the National Business Aviation Association’s (NBAA) annual meeting and convention, hoping to take a pulse of the current market conditions and gain insight into the future. You could make the case that the business aviation segment has been hit hardest by the economic downturn. (After...
October 1, 2012
Northrop Grumman Appointments Northrop Grumman announced a series of management changes in its Aerospace and Electronic Systems divisions. Linda A. Mills was named corporate vice president, Operations. She currently is corporate vice president and president of the Information Systems sector. Earlier, Mills was president of Northrop Grumman’s former IT sector’s Civilian Agencies business group...
October 1, 2012
Aluminum birds and those of the feathered variety just don’t mix. In July, images circulating on the Internet provided a head-on look at a massive hole in a United Airlines Boeing 737 nose. What caused this gash? Flight 1475 had collided with a bird during its descent to Denver International Airport. The aircraft with 151 people onboard landed safely but the event served as a reminder that the...
September 1, 2012
Alaska Airlines, which pioneered RNP, has been flying RNP approaches into 27 airports. In 2011, these approaches saved the airline 210,000 gallon of fuel and $19 million. Performance-based navigation (PBN), a key element in FAA’s NextGen air traffic control modernization initiative, is moving ahead, although at a somewhat slower pace than some airlines would like. Satellite-based en-route and...
September 1, 2012
Alaska Airlines, which pioneered RNP, has been flying RNP approaches into 27 airports. In 2011, these approaches saved the airline 210,000 gallon of fuel and $19 million. It may seem strange, almost unbelievable, that while GPS and its expanding international equivalents have never seemed better, with its worldwide acceptance growing virtually by the minute throughout almost every aspect of human life...
September 1, 2012
Boeing said its Reconfigurable Transportable Consolidated Automated Support System supports 639 different Units Under Test (UUT) and is set to host more than 750 UUTs. Pressed by tight budgets and program delays, the military is increasingly looking to upgrade and extend the life of its existing aircraft. Service life extension programs, such as one announced this year by the Air Force for some of its...
September 1, 2012
Historically, defense and aerospace test programs on large-scale automatic test equipment (ATE) operated by sequentially applying, measuring and comparing voltages, currents, waveforms and digital truth tables. This procedural approach worked well in the past for automating tests that otherwise would be executed manually on a test bench, providing improved throughput and repeatability. However, this...
September 1, 2012
The unmanned aviation industry is poised for some rather explosive growth in the next few years, if the discussions on the floor of the Association of Unmanned Vehicles Systems International (AUVSI) are to be believed. Hundreds of professionals gathered in Las Vegas last month, displaying airframes of all sizes, payloads of varying capabilities and missions of all sorts, ready and willing to deploy these...
September 1, 2012
Power Bus Testing Most electrical and electronic products deployed on aircraft must meet strict requirements with respect to power bus anomalies, such as brown outs, surges, sags, interruptions and transients. To verify compliance, commercial aircraft manufacturers publish standards that vendors and subcontractors must satisfy. For other aircraft, either military MIL-STD-704 or the commercial RTCA/DO-160...
September 1, 2012
COMMERCIAL GE Buys Austin Digital GE Aviation acquired Austin Digital, a privately owned, Texas-based supplier of flight operations data analysis, which is designed to “strengthen GE’s services offerings with integrated solutions for aviation customers around the world,” the company said. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Austin Digital, which employs about 40 people...
September 1, 2012
New Office Satcom Direct, of Satellite Beach, Calif., opened a new office in Savannah, Ga. The Satcom Direct Savannah office includes a business office and a satellite testing and integration lab. Customers who visit the location have access to Satcom Direct’s avionics and testing lab, training facility and support services for pilots, flight operations and maintenance staff. Visit...
September 1, 2012
John Hinton Aircell, based in Broomfield, Colo., named John Hinton regional sales manager. He is responsible for assisting business aircraft operators and aftermarket installation facilities with their in-flight connectivity needs in the Northeastern United States. A veteran of the business aviation industry, Hinton comes to Aircell with knowledge of today’s airborne communications systems and...
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