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February 1, 2014
The most advanced avionics solutions and integrated flight decks are no longer reserved for top business jets and air transport aircraft. In recent years, avionics companies have started introducing some of the most advanced navigation and flight management systems for helicopters, which seem to have been a forgotten aspect of avionics research and development over the past two decades. Now manufacturers...
February 1, 2014
MLat dual mode sensor transceiver receives transponder signals, can act as system interrogator. Courtesy of ERA. In August 2013 the U.K.’s Newcastle International Airport set a new world standard in Air Traffic Control (ATC) when it replaced its traditional Secondary Surveillance Radar (SSR) with a Wide Area Multilateration system (WAM), built by ERA, of Pardubice, Czech Republic. Avionics readers...
February 1, 2014
UTC LED Wash Light WAWB Illumination. Courtesy of UTC. As Light Emitting Diode (LED) technology improves, Original Equipment Manufactureres (OEMs) and operators are upping their use of the “smart” lighting throughout the aircraft — inside and out. Already in general use on the latest aircraft models, LEDs are being eyed for broader application on legacy aircraft to supply efficiency and...
February 1, 2014
This month, Avionics takes a look into the highly lucrative helicopter avionics market, which is showing a number of interesting growth prospects for the industry. With the demand for state-of-the-art avionics in the helicopter market on the rise, we take a look at the key trends and technologies coming down the pike for heli operators. With Heli-Expo just around the corner, this is an opportune time to...
February 1, 2014
Air Canada is obsessed with one-truth data; Air Transat is using tech upgrades to take passengers over the pond; and WestJet is calculating return on every dollar. The Canadian carriers have differing strategies, but all three are up on capacity, down on costs per seat and have aircraft on order. With new technologies like Electronic Flight Bags (EFBs), connectivity and Automatic Dependent...
February 1, 2014
Avionics Manufacturers To Gather in China for CAIF 2014 Avionics manufacturers will gather in Shanghai in April for the 2014 Civil Avionics International Forum to get critical insights about the market demand from every part of the avionics supply chain in China. The goal of CAIF 2014 is to bring avionics manufacturers together with airframe manufacturers, including Airbus, Boeing and the Commercial...
February 1, 2014
Interjet Adds New A320s Mexican low-cost carrier Interjet received two newly leased A320 aircraft from GE Capital Aviation Service (GECAS). The aircraft were the last of six scheduled for delivery to Interjet as part of a purchase and leaseback transaction with GECAS. Interjet originally ordered the A320s in 2006. The airline will look to use the new A320s to help keep up with its growth, after recently...
February 1, 2014
UK Airports to Upgrade Air Traffic System NATS, the U.K.’s air navigation service provider, has selected Northrop Grumman subsidiary Park Air Systems to provide ground-to-air communication solutions for up to 15 airports.    Park Air was selected to provide a communications solution building upon existing infrastructure that will allow the airports to meet the 8.33 kHz channel spacing...
February 1, 2014
NextGen Tops US Transportation Issues for 2014 Photo: United The Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) implementation of the next generation air transportation system NextGen is among the top transportation management challenges for the federal 2014 fiscal year, according to a new report. The Department of Transportation’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG), which issued the report...
February 1, 2014
Iraqi Airways Firms $387M in CS300 Order Computer rendering of Iraqi Airways CS300. Photo: Bombardier. Iraqi Airways has firmed up a $387 million purchase agreement first signed at the Dubai Airshow to acquire five CS300 aircraft. The order includes options for 11 additional CS300s, which would increase the total order to $1.26 billion if confirmed. The CS300, a 130- to 160-seat aircraft, is...
January 1, 2014
We start the new year with an updated look and a number of new features for the magazine. We are particularly excited to bring you our first global airline roundtable where we interview seven technology executives from some of the world’s major airlines. The featured executives talk about a variety of issues, from the importance of iPads in operations to next generation avionics upgrades such as...
January 1, 2014
Honeywell Touchscreen Research Guides FAA Regulation Phoenix-based aerospace manufacturer Honeywell is under an ongoing contract with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to study the usability of various forms of touch technology, such as cockpit displays that will help to determine what factors would cause pilots to make more input errors or take longer to perform tasks as compared to traditional...
January 1, 2014
In its first ever global airlines executive roundtable, Avionics magazine talks to leading executives from some of the world’s top airlines about the challenges they face and where they will be investing their capital expenditure dollars in terms of new infrastructure and avionics initiatives. Taking part are Nasser Al Salmi, COO, Gulf Air; Ahmet Bolat, CTO, Turkish Airlines; Alan Butterfield, vice...
January 1, 2014
The start of a new year always brings fresh optimism as companies look to the future, embrace new technologies, and roll out new products. We seem to be on a cautious economic upswing, with recovery in progress. However, challenges remain and it could still be some years before we see an accelerated level of economic growth in markets such as North America and Western Europe. For the avionics market, there...
January 1, 2014
AIM GmbH has been in the Avionics Test and Simulation market for many years and will celebrate 25 years in the business in 2014. Our core business is to design and manufacture high performance and quality databus test & simulation cards and analyzer software for avionics databus and networks as well as systems backed up with expert and responsive technical support. Our focus is in the aerospace &...
January 1, 2014
Having worked for more than 25 years in the defense and aerospace industry, we have experienced significant changes over the last three decades. During the 1980’s and 1990’s, avionics databus standards and technologies were specifically defined and developed by and for the defense and aerospace industry. Examples of such are the MIL-STD-1553A/B, STANAG3910 and several commercial ARINC standards...
January 1, 2014
Although the testing and certification requirements of the avionics industry can make the segment seem slow to adopt/accept change, there are currents of change flowing beneath that calm exterior. The proliferation of fly-by-wire systems in conjunction with the increase of composite aircraft makes it imperative that all critical avionics devices enhance their immunity to electrical interference. The amount...
January 1, 2014
While home to a battery of complex avionics, the flight deck has not historically been a place you would expect to find the latest technology. Of course, there are significant safety and regulatory barriers, and operators expect to get as much operational life from their investments without always having to make expensive updates. However, this is changing – witness the rapid acceptance by aviation...
January 1, 2014
The F-16 Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) in Fort Worth, Texas is modernizing the federated architecture of the F-16C/D Block 40/42 and 50/52 Viper around Northrop Grumman’s new Scalable Agile Beam Radar (SABR). “I don’t want to imply that it’s a piece of cake, but it’s stuff that we’re very familiar with,” explained Bill McHenry, Lockheed Martin director of...
January 1, 2014
Enhanced Vision Systems (EVS) and Synthetic Vision Systems (SVS) have moved beyond the Sci-Fi realm where they were first imagined. Today, they are necessary situational awareness and safety features in modern cockpits of General Aviation (GA) aircraft almost ready to move into the air transport arena. Found a few years ago only on high-end, long-range business jets, EVS and SVS are now found in the...
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