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June 25, 2014
We have just completed our first ever Global Connected Aircraft Summit event in California with a top-class line up of speakers with a number of global airlines such as United, Lufthansa, Emirates, Etihad, Gulf Air, Hawaiian Air, and Icelandair either speaking or in attendance. We are already looking forward to next year’s event, which will be bigger and better than ever and held in Washington, D.C...
June 25, 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...
June 25, 2014
Every day, more operators around the world are swapping paper-based flight operations and hundreds of manuals and navigational charts for Electronic Flight Bags (EFBs) as Commercial Off the Shelf (COTS) technologies continue to make the process cost effective and easier logistically. According to the Avionics Magazine EFB Survey conducted in April, 62 percent of our readers are end users which are...
June 25, 2014
JULY 14-20 Farnborough International Airshow  Farnborough Airport, UK 15-17 Automated Vehicle Symposium 2014  San Francisco Airport, Calif., USA 16-19 Airborne Law Enforcement Association...
April 23, 2014
Gagan Brings Avionics Upgrades to India A computer-generated rendering of an airplane runway approach using Honeywell’s Smartpath system. Photo: Honeywell Operators in India need to upgrade their avionics this year to match the country’s overhaul of its ATC system. Ashok Lavasa, India’s civil aviation secretary, says Gagan is projected to save the nation’s operators and airlines a...
April 23, 2014
UK Launches Low Altitude Datalink Flight Trials U.K.’s National Air Traffic Services (NATS) is currently using live flight trials between Bristol and Edinburgh to research the use of data communications between Air Traffic Controllers (ATCs) and pilots at lower altitudes. According to NATS, Datalink, the U.K.’s version of the Data Comm ATM modernization in the U.S., is currently mandated in...
April 23, 2014
Thales, Qatar to Develop OPV-A Thales, Qatar Air Force officials sign MOU to develop OPV-A. Photo: Thales Thales announced a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Qatar Armed Forces to assist in the development of an Optionally Piloted Vehicle-Aircraft (OPV-A). The Qatar Armed Forces will select the OPV-A airframe to be integrated with a mission systems capability. OPV-A is a hybrid between a...
April 23, 2014
NextGen Data Comm on Track For 2016 IOC What a pilot will see on the cockpit display when using Data Comm for a revised route clearance. Photo: NATCA Initial Operating Capability (IOC) for the first phase of the Data Communications (Data Comm) Air Traffic Management (ATM) technology under the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) NextGen program is on track for 2016, according to a National Air...
April 23, 2014
Avianca Upgrades A320s With ROPS Flight display featuring the Airbus ROPS technology. Photo: Airbus Colombian airline Avianca is upgrading its fleet of A320s with the Airbus Runway Overrun Prevention System (ROPS), an onboard cockpit technology designed to provide active protection and increase situational awareness during the aircraft landing phase of flight. According to Airbus, the system combines data...
April 22, 2014
Just five years ago, the idea of the futuristic aircraft known as Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) dotting our skies seemed more like talk of UFO sightings than future tech, but now, “I think you’ve got to be pretty deluded to think that we’re not going to have unmanned aircraft in the National Airspace,” says Craig Woolsey, director of the Virginia Center for Autonomous Systems and...
April 22, 2014
Although in the U.S. NextGen is still six years away and European mandates are speculated to be less-than-firm, long-range jet providers like Gulfstream, Dassault and Cessna are equipping their new production aircraft with the capabilities to handle the new requirements. Operators are reaping the benefits of GPS-guided Wide Area Augmentation System/Localizer Performance with Vertical Guidance (WAAS-LPV)...
April 22, 2014
  A pilotless F-16 during flight. Photo: Boeing The U.S. Air Force expects the unmanned QF-16 to challenge fighter pilots and air defenders with a Full-Scale Aerial Target (FSAT) representative of a fourth-generation fighter threat. Like the QF-4 it will replace, the agile QF-16 will fly either manned or unmanned and work with existing telemetry/control systems. Boeing Global Services & Support...
April 22, 2014
One core airspace modernization technology, Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B), is a top priority in worldwide mandates with upgrade deadlines fast approaching for Europe and the United States. As a technology that will revolutionize routing, safety and position awareness, ADS-B will bring pilots pinpointed aircraft position in non-radar airspace, new flight plan options and re-routes that...
April 22, 2014
Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), or simply drones, are becoming more of a buzzword worldwide. Be it for its wide range of possible uses, controversies around privacy concerns, or disputes around their legality, the discussions are hot right now. With the Association of Unmanned Vehicles Systems International (AUVSI) Unmanned Systems 2014 conference around the corner, we...
April 22, 2014
The Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) treatment of very small UAS is creating a serious problem. While the agency deserves considerable credit for its hard work on projects to transition to the integration of UAS with manned aircraft in the civil airspace, the FAA has been a bit tone deaf when it comes to treatment of very small UAS vehicles where the operator desires to use the vehicle for...
April 7, 2014
In a recent presentation at the Aircraft Maintenance Summit in London, Euroconsult analyst Wei Li said that by the end of 2012 there were 940 commercial aircraft connected by satellites. According to the Paris-based company’s research, there are 2,600 commercial aircraft connected in total. Li said Euroconsult has forecast a 5 percent take rate by passengers, and that there are 56 airlines offering...
April 7, 2014
“It’s one of the biggest.” That’s what Boeing Middle East President Jeffrey Johnson says about the Middle East’s $550 billion aviation market. But it seems like an understatement. The Middle East market exploded at the Dubai Airshow with a record-breaking $192.3 billion on the books opening day. Boeing led those sales claiming $100 billion the first morning, and then finished...
April 7, 2014
At the time of going to press, the fate of Malaysian Airlines’ flight MH370 is still unknown. In this day and age of constant connectivity, sophisticated radar and satellite systems, an aircraft has literally vanished for over a week now. On behalf of Avionics Magazine, I would like to say all our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the passengers and staff. Though with every day that...
April 7, 2014
EASA Approves Embraer Legacy 500 Training   Embraer’s Legacy 500 jet. Photo: Embraer. FlightSafety International gained approval from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) for its new Embraer Legacy 500 maintenance-training program. The Legacy 500 is the latest Embraer aircraft added to the company’s training capabilities, joining the Brazilian manufacturer’s training provider...
April 7, 2014
Avidyne Gets US Approval for AXP340   Avidyne’s AXP340 Mode S Transponder. Photo: Avidyne. Avidyne announced U.S. and European Technical Standard Order (TSO) approval of its AXP340 Mode S Transponder. The AXP340 features Extended Squitter (ES) to transmit Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) Out information to ground stations and other ADS-B In-equipped aircraft. The solution gives...
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