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December 1, 2014
The search to find out what happened to the MH370 flight began in earnest. As days ticked on by, it became apparent there would be no happy ending and that those on board were lost. However, with the families of those involved wanting closure and the international community wanting explanations, there has been a huge intensity to the search, which so far has yielded no physical evidence. Inmarsat, the...
December 1, 2014
The global air transportation industry is in the process of slowly transitioning to Controller to Pilot Data Link Communications (CPDLC) to help alleviate the increasingly congested voice communications between pilots and controllers that the industry has relied on over the last 40 years. That’s not to say text messages between controllers and pilot’s via Flight Management Systems (FMS) will...
December 1, 2014
The Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) System-Wide Information Management (SWIM) program, now more than halfway to the finish line, is the agency’s version of net-centricity. Using the Federal Telecommunications Infrastructure (FTI) backbone, SWIM provides the means for National Air Space (NAS) systems to share information, increase interoperability and encourage the reuse of information...
December 1, 2014
Welcome to our revamped Avionics Magazine, where every two months we will deliver you more features and analysis than ever before. For the first time, we have two upgrade central features where we look at specific product segments of the market backed up with exclusive survey results across the database of Avionics Magazine readership. In this edition, we put the spotlight on lighting and data acquisition...
December 1, 2014
With aircraft selling at record volumes, the commercial aircraft industry faces a production challenge — and this may be only the beginning. A combination of low interest rates and readily available financing, reduced operating costs, and surging demand from emerging markets — to name a few factors — will mean that commercial jet orders are likely to continue driving industry sales to...
December 1, 2014
Aircraft data is the lifeblood of the aviation industry. Data is everywhere you look, from flight testing, to in-flight data recording, enemy radar sensor data acquisition and more. However, of all flight data uses, nearly 60 percent of Avionics Magazine readership sees real-time monitoring of in-flight data as the most important. The same survey also showed that nearly 40 percent of respondents have used...
December 1, 2014
With Light Emitting Diode (LED) technology nearly standard on all new airframes, operators and airlines can look forward to the extended lifespan and increased power efficiency of the new era of lighting systems. The typical lifespan of a fluorescent bulb is about 5,000 hours, while the lifespan of an LED bulb is an estimated 50,000 to 60,000 hours. “That’s easily 10 times as much,” says...
October 1, 2014
The transition to satellite-based navigation has escalated in recent years, reflecting the move toward full implementation of the U.S. Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen), and other systems like it worldwide. But experts are convinced traditional ground-based navigational aids (navaids) will remain on the market as a necessary backup. “The state of the art of navigation is in a...
October 1, 2014
Recently, the U.S. military is focusing more avionics Research and Development (R&D) spending on upgrades and fixes than on designing new platforms. This includes emphases on mission avionics, such as sensors, data links and Electronic Warfare (EW), as well as cyber security and Anti-Access/Area Denial (A2/AD). Avionics Research, Development, Test and Evaluation (RDT&E) spending has been dropping...
October 1, 2014
The Single European Sky (SES) initiative and NextGen are two of the most transformative Air Traffic Management (ATM) technology modernization projects in the history of the global aviation industry. New technology currently being deployed throughout the United States’ National Airspace System (NAS) and the Eurozone will allow Air Traffic Controllers (ATCs) to exchange data communications with Flight...
October 1, 2014
It seems every time I research a story, one of the main themes is how air traffic will increase significantly over the next few years in all regions. While the world has become a much smaller place for everybody in recent years, crowded skies put increased pressure on the industry to create solutions to manage them. In this edition of Avionics, this is one of the central themes. Woodrow Bellamy III, our...
October 1, 2014
As planes rise in nations that have never before flown before, choruses of new regional markets have created a collective developmental jolt. Meanwhile, mature markets are witnessing a simultaneous shift in testing paradigms, with more on the horizon due to growing popularity of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) and impending aircraft tracking recommendations. As avionics manufacturer Cobham preps to absorb...
October 1, 2014
JUNE 3-4 RTCA 2015 Global Aviation Symposium  Washington, D.C., USA  8-10 Global Connected Aircraft Summit 2015 Chantilly...
September 1, 2014
As the economy goes, so follows business aviation. Duc Tran, former Bombardier aircraft product manager and Rockwell Collins’ current director of cabin systems & IFE Marketing, can attest to that personally. “There’s a very strong correlation between the GDP gross and corporate profit. These things turn around, business aviation will follow that,” he says. But that GDP...
September 1, 2014
Asia is set to see phenomenal growth in the numbers of passengers flying to and from the region over the next few years. However, unlike in Europe and the United States, it suffers from a fragmented regulatory environment. This creates unique challenges as the region tries to take advantage of the latest technologies available to improve overall air traffic efficiency. According to Ken McLean...
September 1, 2014
The growth of commercially developed technologies needed to boost throughput and lower costs on board civil and military aircraft is putting the squeeze on databus developers. Ethernet systems, for example, now deployed on many commercial aircraft, are not only supplying the data rates needed to run In-Flight Entertainment (IFE) systems but also adding complexity to platform architectures that continue to...
September 1, 2014
The business jet environment has become a highly dynamic market. Even though there are compelling business reasons why companies should use these jets, their value and the role they play in the overall transport ecosystem is often not appreciated by the greater public who can sometimes view this as corporate excess. We take a closer look at the market and whether it is on the verge of bouncing back, and...
September 1, 2014
Avionics manufacturers are constantly innovating and releasing new technology to the market, from Enhanced Vision Systems (EVS) in the cockpit to next generation In-flight Entertainment (IFE) systems and on-board servers in the cabin. But what’s the key to enabling lightning-fast data transfers throughout the aircraft necessary to keep these new technologies functioning? Specialized wire and cable...
July 1, 2014
Cabin Management Systems (CMS) create the passenger experience in bizjets. At a minimum, the CMS is the architecture that integrates cabin elements such as lighting, temperature, audio, video and Internet connectivity, and enables passengers to control each of these things with the touch of a finger. In the last few years CMS have incorporated more flexible control. Passengers now can use their own...
July 1, 2014
With the introduction of the Boeing 787 and the A350 come new business models for Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs). In order to play a major role, or just any role at all in aircraft systems, OEMs must invest many resources and much effort in helping Boeing and Airbus design the aircraft systems through all the high costs of development. Under all the pressure, airframers argued that it would be...
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