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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...
January 1, 2012
Avionics manufacturers are responding to the U.S. military’s need for technologies and systems to protect pilots indegraded visual environments (DVE), such as brownouts and whiteouts. The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) is particularly anxious to acquire avionics systems that will assist military pilots in navigating through DVEs. Brownouts, whiteouts and other DVE events can causes spatial...
January 1, 2012
The growing influence of digital electronics on the flight deck is driving switch developers back to the drawing board. Already ceding territory to liquid crystal displays (LCD), traditional rotary and push button switches must now contend with new touchscreen panels being rolled out. Still in an early phase, touch technology is, in a way, changing the definition of the cockpit switch. In response, switch...
January 1, 2012
FAA’s multibillion-dollar Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) has had its share of setbacks in the last few months. From the departure of the FAA’s top official to numerous government reports questioning the status of implementation, the news hasn’t been good. Last month, Administrator Randy Babbitt resigned following an arrest for drunk driving, replaced by Deputy...
January 1, 2012
AIA: Sluggish Economy, Defense Cuts to Hit Aerospace Industry Despite a sluggish overall economy and major cuts looming in the defense sector, the U.S. aerospace industry saw its eighth straight year of growth in 2011, with annual sales of $218 billion, according to the Aerospace Industries Association’s (AIA) year-end forecast and review. However, 2012 is expected to bring changes. The forecast...
January 1, 2012
VITA 67 RF Module TE Connectivity (TE), of Harrisburg, Pa., added VITA 67 RF modules, designed to enhance the ability to add RF capabilities in VITA 46 VPX board-to-board connections. The modules, available with four or eight positions, accept SMPM coaxial contacts available for a wide range of flexible and semi-rigid cable on the daughtercard and preloaded board-mount SMPM contacts on the backplane. The...
January 1, 2012
Michelle James Universal Avionics Systems, based in Tucson, Ariz., promoted Michelle James to director of marketing and communications. She will be responsible for all of the company’s advertising and campaigns, as well as exhibit and convention activities. James has been with Universal Avionics for more than 10 years, starting as a document control specialist and working up to her most recent...
January 1, 2012
January 19-21 Bahrain International Air Show 2012, Sakhir Air Base, Bahrain. Visit www.farnborough.com. 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. 28-March 1 Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE), Shanghai Hawker Pacific Business Aviation...
January 1, 2012
FAA is rewriting the book on accident prevention, and in the new year the aviation community will learn more about growth of the Aviation Safety Information Analysis and Sharing System (ASIAS). ASIAS (ah-sigh-us), launched in 2007, represents FAA's transition from traditional “forensic” analysis process to the “predictive” or “prognostic” approach that aims to quash...
January 1, 2012
In the past decade, aviation has made remarkable advancements in technology, in modern cockpits as well as those of legacy aircraft. Not that long ago, you would never have expected to see a 40-year-old aircraft with a glass cockpit, but this is becoming more the norm as operators keep up with customer expectations. Avionics shops are also meeting this demand, replacing older avionics and radios with...
December 1, 2011
Stealthy, smart and sensor-rich, the F-35 Lightning II is the first tactical fighter with an all-round infrared visionics system that enables pilots to see through their own aircraft to track missile threats, opposing fighters and formation wingmen. The Northrop Grumman AN/AAQ-37 Distributed Aperture System (DAS) is flying on Lockheed Martin F-35 test aircraft AF-3, BF-4 and BF-5, and on two systems test...
December 1, 2011
Aircraft batteries, like the batteries in our personal electronic devices, deteriorate over time and with use. Various tests must be performed to determine if the battery systems are still capable of performing as expected. There are two basic tests capacity and charge acceptance. The capacity test defines what the battery can do, i.e. how much current it can deliver before it is exhausted. This is of...
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