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December 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...
December 1, 2012
Over the last few decades the foundation for on-board software, hardware and overall platform and system design assurance slowly but surely has been laid. DO-178B (now C) revolutionized software design assurance, then DO-254 did the same for complex electronic hardware, and finally — two years ago — the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) 4754A added an improved approach for aircraft and...
December 1, 2012
Hold on, unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) are coming to civilian airspace near you! Trainers and aviation authorities worldwide are preparing for the forecast boom of civil-use UASs in the next decade. One of the biggest challenges they face in the quest to safely integrate UASs into the airspace is setting training/licensing qualification standards for pilots who “fly” these vehicles from the...
November 1, 2012
Emteq’s HD video cable For wire and cable companies, the aviation industry, even in a time of economic austerity, is a key source of opportunities. Smaller, lighter and more capable cables and wire remain a priority for an industry looking to reduce operating costs and support advanced digital technologies. As they look to boost the capability of new aircraft, operators also need an assist from wire...
November 1, 2012
A B-52H Stratofortress takes off from Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, in 2009. The U.S. Air Force’s aging airplanes need careful tending — especially their airframes and engines. But the avionics systems in this age of mass-market electronics are often a headache as well. Obsolescence is far more common today than in the days of mil-spec. And even the newest upgrades face these issues before...
November 1, 2012
Aviation industry leaders gathered in Atlantic City, N.J., in September for the Second Annual Avionics for NextGen conference, urging cooperation among industry stakeholders and action from regulatory bodies to move the massive airspace modernization initiative forward. Panels discussed the various roadblocks to implementation including the integration of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in the National...
November 1, 2012
What started out as military-only network has exploded so that everyone, everywhere is connected via GPS. You can get GPS in your car, on your phone, on the boat, and, yes, even on an airplane. For aircraft operators, the systems are invaluable, providing benefits that allow pilots to safely and efficiently navigate an aircraft to its destination. Additionally, GPS is a cornerstone of FAA’s NextGen...
November 1, 2012
   Photo courtesy Lockheed Martin Lockheed, Air Force Fix C-5M ‘Deficiencies’ The U.S. Air Force’s C-5M program has fixed some of the problems that arose during two major modernization initiatives for the transport aircraft and is working to repair the others, according to the Air Force and prime contractor Lockheed Martin. Lockheed Martin designed and successfully tested...
November 1, 2012
Supply Agreement Mid-Continent Instrument and Avionics, based in Wichita, Kan., signed a distribution and supply agreement with A123 Systems, of Waltham, Mass., by which Mid-Continent will offer A123’s Nanophosphate lithium-ion battery technology for aviation applications. Mid-Continent’s True Blue Power division initially began by offering two inverters and the TS835 Emergency Power Supply...
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...
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