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September 1, 2012
Alaska Airlines, which pioneered RNP, has been flying RNP approaches into 27 airports. In 2011, these approaches saved the airline 210,000 gallon of fuel and $19 million. Performance-based navigation (PBN), a key element in FAA’s NextGen air traffic control modernization initiative, is moving ahead, although at a somewhat slower pace than some airlines would like. Satellite-based en-route and...
September 1, 2012
Alaska Airlines, which pioneered RNP, has been flying RNP approaches into 27 airports. In 2011, these approaches saved the airline 210,000 gallon of fuel and $19 million. It may seem strange, almost unbelievable, that while GPS and its expanding international equivalents have never seemed better, with its worldwide acceptance growing virtually by the minute throughout almost every aspect of human life...
September 1, 2012
Boeing said its Reconfigurable Transportable Consolidated Automated Support System supports 639 different Units Under Test (UUT) and is set to host more than 750 UUTs. Pressed by tight budgets and program delays, the military is increasingly looking to upgrade and extend the life of its existing aircraft. Service life extension programs, such as one announced this year by the Air Force for some of its...
September 1, 2012
Historically, defense and aerospace test programs on large-scale automatic test equipment (ATE) operated by sequentially applying, measuring and comparing voltages, currents, waveforms and digital truth tables. This procedural approach worked well in the past for automating tests that otherwise would be executed manually on a test bench, providing improved throughput and repeatability. However, this...
September 1, 2012
The unmanned aviation industry is poised for some rather explosive growth in the next few years, if the discussions on the floor of the Association of Unmanned Vehicles Systems International (AUVSI) are to be believed. Hundreds of professionals gathered in Las Vegas last month, displaying airframes of all sizes, payloads of varying capabilities and missions of all sorts, ready and willing to deploy these...
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...
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