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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...
September 1, 2012
September 10-13 Autotestcon 2012, Disneyland Resort, Anaheim, Calif. Visit http://autotestcon.com. 11-16 Berlin Air Show, Berlin Brandenburg Airport, Germany. Visit www.ila-berlin.de. 17-20 Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX) Expo, Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center, Long Beach, Calif. Visit http://apex.aero. 18 Avionics for NextGen, sponsored by Avionics Magazine. Sheraton...
September 1, 2012
DO-178C: What’s Next? Five and a half years down the road of revising the rules for writing safety-critical code — and three years past the anticipated deadline — RTCA in December approved the new core document, DO-178C, and four supplements a 700-page manifesto that many in the industry are still trying to sift through. Updating the two-decade-old DO-178B was necessary to clear up old...
August 1, 2012
Last year, Northrop Grumman Firebird intelligence-gathering air system successfully used three different high-definition video sensors and an electronics support payload all at the same time. Facing tight budgets and a military operation drawdown, unmanned aircraft system (UAS) technology vendors are refining their offerings to meet changing market conditions and targeting not just battlefield missions but...
August 1, 2012
A Block II Apache Longbow takes off at Dugway’s Michael Army Airfield as a Shadow unmanned aircraft is readied for flight. The aircraft were linked during at the Manned Unmanned System Integration Capability exercise last year. The U.S. Army’s Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Rapid Integration and Acceptance Center (RIAC) will test the Gray Eagle UAS with the Block III Apache Longbow attack...
August 1, 2012
It’s been a little more than a decade since I left journalism school. It was 2001, and it was a simpler time — a tweet was a sound a bird made, tablets were something you wrote on and a blackberry was something you ate. No one had heard of social media, iPhones/iPads, blogs, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn or Pinterest. Oh how things have changed. Social media has exploded to become a dynamic way...
August 1, 2012
Until recently, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) were strictly used for military and defense applications, but that is quickly changing. The FAA re-authorization bill paves the way for UAVs to fly into new territory our commercial U.S. airspace. While this legislation brings about some apprehensiveness among the general population, the benefits for introducing these systems into our skies have yet to be...
August 1, 2012
Boeing, Air Force Keeping a Close Eye on KC-46A Tanker Avionics Integrating commercial and military avionics into the U.S. Air Force’s new KC-46A aerial refueling tanker will be a significant challenge, so program leaders are keeping an especially close eye on that effort, according to the general who oversees the aircraft’s development. The program, with prime contractor Boeing, will integrate...
August 1, 2012
U.K. Office Satcom Direct, based in Satellite Beach, Fla., opened an office in Farnborough, U.K., located inside Hangar 2 at TAG Farnborough Airport. The office will provide European customers with physical access to Satcom Direct’s avionics and testing lab, training facility, and support services for pilots, flight operations and maintenance staff. Visit www.satcomdirect.co.uk. Legend Panels Cobham...
August 1, 2012
Jim Gaughan Jim Gaughan Metron Aviation, of Dulles, Va., named Jim Gaughan president and CEO. Gaughan was appointed chief operating officer following the Airbus acquisition of Metron Aviation, and now succeeds Dave Ellison as part of the company’s post-merger transition plan. Gaughan has more than 25 years of experience in air traffic management, systems engineering, software development and product...
August 1, 2012
August 7-10 Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International’s (AUVSI) Unmanned Systems North America Conference and Exhibition, Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, Las Vegas. Visit www.auvsi.org. September 10-13 Autotestcon 2012, Disneyland Resort, Anaheim, Calif. Visit http://autotestcon.com. 11-16 Berlin Air Show, Berlin Brandenburg Airport, Germany. Visit www.ila-berlin.de. 17-20 Airline...
August 1, 2012
Hundrends of aviation professionals convened in Anchorage, Alaska, at the AEEC General Session and AMC Open Forum in May to adopt new ARINC standards and discuss maintenance issues. The 612 aviation professionals included representatives airlines and more than 100 of their suppliers. The AEEC Executive Committee adopted 14 documents to be published as ARINC standards. ➤ ARINC Specification 620-7: Data...
July 26, 2012
Rockwell Collins said Tuesday its Ascend Aircraft Information Manager (AIM) data transfer and management system has been certified for the Dassault Falcon 2000, Hawker Beechcraft B300 Series King Air and the Piaggio Avanti II P-180. The Ascend AIM allows uploads of...
July 1, 2012
The U.S. Army will deploy a battalion of AH-64D Apaches to Afghanistan this year with a Ground Fire Acquisition System (GFAS) that promises attack helicopter crews better situational awareness to help protect soldiers on the ground. GFAS, developed by Radiance Technologies in Huntsville, Ala., and integrated by Boeing in Mesa, Ariz., will locate gun, rocket and mortar signatures precisely and with low...
July 1, 2012
  The Apple iPad is quickly becoming as popular on the flight deck as it is in the cabins of business and air transport aircraft. The device, only now beginning to be used as a portable or Class 1 electronic flight bag (EFB) by the airlines, has already sparked the development of hundreds of aviation “apps” and catalyzed the EFB market. The use of the tablet computers is expected to grow...
July 1, 2012
Equipping an airline’s entire fleet with connectivity systems is no simple task. It’s often a multi-million dollar, multi-year and complex undertaking for airlines trying to keep planes in the air and money rolling in. Additionally, increasing customer demand for connectivity is putting pressure on the airlines to ramp up installations. The combined Southwest-AirTran fleet of nearly 700...
July 1, 2012
I am very pleased to have been a part of the Avionics Magazine Women in Technology Awards Program and Luncheon, which took place June 4 in Washington, D.C. When we conceived this awards program about a year ago, we could never have imagined the outpouring of support and the level of enthusiasm we got from this industry. The awards highlighted women who have risen to the top ranks within the aerospace...
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