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April 1, 2012
The Airlines Electronic Engineering Committee (AEEC) is heading north to Anchorage for the upcoming AEEC General Session April 30-May 3. The Alaska state motto is most fitting for this meeting: “North to the Future.” Clearly the future we refer to is the next generation of air traffic management using collaborative decision making. Though the terms NextGen is used to describe the future...
March 1, 2012
Chances are that if you asked most Americans above the age of, say, eight, to name a satellite system, the answer would unhesitatingly be GPS. It is only reasonable because today, tens of millions of Americans either own a GPS or know others who own one or more units. GPS devices are becoming as ubiquitous as cell phones, and in turn are now morphing into combined communications and navigation units, while...
March 1, 2012
When Blake Hogge meets with potential clients about updating the interiors of their business jets, he knows pretty much what they’re going to be looking for. “High-def, Blu-ray, touch-screen, stream from iPad, control with iPhone,” he says. “Everything that people want in their high-end homes they now want in their airplanes.” That’s been the trend for a few years now...
March 1, 2012
Long, expensive software development periods and the desire to bring more capabilities, faster to soldiers in the field spurred the creation of a new avionics software standard, designed to allow aircraft across the military to get the latest applications faster than ever before. The Future Airborne Capability Environment (FACE) Consortium, established in 2010 as a government and industry partnership to...
March 1, 2012
With growing demand for in-flight connectivity, the question is increasingly not if but when operators will opt to equip their aircraft with broadband service. For antenna developers, this trend should yield opportunities for all operators — from global airlines to the individual general aviation pilot. However, the market remains in flux with technology providers offering a variety of approaches and...
March 1, 2012
Could it be? After nearly five years, is there really an actual, official, signed and authorized FAA funding bill, not simply another extension? After years of political wrangling, pontifications, 23 short-term extensions and a partial agency shutdown last July, Congress in February approved a four-year, $63 billion funding bill for the agency. For real. As we went to press with this magazine, the...
March 1, 2012
COMMERCIAL Panel: GPS Is Vulnerable Aviation concerns went before a House subcommittee in February touting the importance of the GPS network to the industry, but urged lawmakers to defend the integrity of the GPS network from potential interferences and/or jamming. The House Subcommittee on Aviation called the hearing to assess the importance of the GPS signal, particularly with respect to the proposed...
March 1, 2012
Wireless Delivery System Lumexis Corp. introduced WiPAX, a standalone wireless delivery solution for personal electronic devices (PED) in narrowbody aircraft. The Irvine, Calif.-based company said WiPAX is derived from the company’s Fiber-To-The-Screen (FTTS) headend server/aircraft interface system. The same Lumexis FTTS applications deployed in daily revenue service give airlines the opportunity...
March 1, 2012
John LaValle Row 44, of Westlake Village, Calif., promoted John LaValle, the company’s chief operating officer and chief financial officer, to CEO. Co-founder and former CEO John Guidon will assume the chief technology officer role and remain on the company’s board of directors. Gregg Fialcowitz, Row 44’s co-founder and former president, has left the company to pursue a private aviation...
March 1, 2012
March 6-8 ATC Global 2012, Amsterdam RAI Center, Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Visit www.atcevents.com. 12-15 Satellite 2012, Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, D.C. Visit www.satellite2012.com. April 1-4 Quad A Annual Convention, Gaylord Opryland Hotel & Convention Center, Nashville, Tenn. Visit www.quad-a.org. 3-6 55th Annual Aircraft Electronics Association (AEA) International...
February 1, 2012
In December 2010, Gulfstream Aerospace announced the opening of a new regional sales office. Nothing unusual about that, but unlike most such announcements, this time there was a twist: Gulfstream’s new office is located in downtown Beijing, China. That’s a long way from corporate headquarters in Savannah, Ga. “China has emerged as one of our most important global markets,” said...
February 1, 2012
Undeniably one of the most present and most concealed threats on the battlefield today remains the shoulder-launched, heat-seeking surface-to-air missiles, or Man Portable Air Defense Systems (MANPADS), a lightweight and proliferating weapon with a low acquisition cost. The names of such systems are well-known the Russian-made 9K38 Igla, U.S. FIM-43 Red Eye or FIM-92 Stinger, British Blowpipe, French...
February 1, 2012
Software problems related to FAA’s $2.1 billion En Route Automation Modernization (ERAM) project are threatening to delay the agency’s multi-billion-dollar Next Generation Transportation System (NextGen) initiative. In its simplest form, ERAM will process flight radar data, provide communications support and generate display data for air traffic controllers at all 20 FAA Air Route Traffic...
February 1, 2012
The requirements for higher bandwidth and speed and lower weight and power use are driving expanded use of fiber optics in the aircraft cabin and cockpit. The technology, increasingly being used to connect in-flight entertainment systems and video-rich cockpit displays, is now being looked at to play a more significant role in aircraft control operations. In the meantime, connector developers are crafting...
February 1, 2012
President Obama and military leaders in Washington in early January outlined a new, streamlined military strategy, following the end of the war in Iraq, which sounded very much like an earnings call of a Fortune 500 company. The words might be slightly different but the themes are very similar — gaining efficiencies; working smarter, not harder; do more with less. Following a decade of war, the...
February 1, 2012
MILITARY Curtiss-Wright Division Curtiss-Wright Controls announced the formation of a Defense Solutions business group, combining its Embedded Computing and Electronics Systems businesses to better address the industry’s need for more cost-efficient commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) systems. The new Curtiss-Wright Controls Defense Solutions (CWCDS), headquartered in Ashburn, Va., will offer a more...
February 1, 2012
IFE App Innotech Aviation, of Montreal, and Esoteric, of Irvine, Calif., introduced the SkyPad app, allowing users of Innotech’s I-Ku broadband system to use their own personal iPads as the controller of the SkyPad luxury in-flight entertainment system (IFE). SkyPad entertainment and cabin control system is integrated with the iPad and Ku-Band Internet. The system combines audio/video compression and...
February 1, 2012
Vincent Buffa Data Device Corp. (DDC), of Bohemia, N.Y., appointed Vincent Buffa to president. Buffa has held leadership positions in engineering, sales, marketing, operations and program management. Prior to joining DDC, he was president of Crane Company’s Energy Flow Solutions, business group president at Rexnord Aerospace, general manager at Honeywell Fuel Systems and vice president of...
February 1, 2012
February 11-14 Heli-Expo 2012, Dallas Convention Center, Dallas. Visit www.heliexpo.com. 14-19 Singapore Airshow 2012, Changi Exhibition Centre, Singapore. Visit www.singaporeairshow.com. 22 Enhancing Your Flight Operations With Global Voice and Data Connectivity, an Avionics Magazine Webinar sponsored by Thrane & Thrane. 11 a.m. ET. Visit www.aviationtoday.com/webinars/2012-0222.html. 28-March 1 Asian...
January 1, 2012
The business aviation industry is bracing for what is forecast to be another slower-than-expected year in 2012, as the national economy struggles to come out of a recession. For the most part, airframe manufacturers are predicting flat or slightly higher deliveries in 2012 from 2011. In recent down years, operators have been focused on increasing the capabilities of their aircraft by upgrading current...
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