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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...
December 1, 2011
Even as they deploy networks on new aircraft to support high-speed systems, aircraft designers are increasingly looking at Mil-Std-1553 databus technologies to support their mission critical systems. This interest in the old, but reliable, military standard is being driven by the technology and design changes in the next-generation aircraft and ongoing efforts to reduce weight and, in some cases, address...
December 1, 2011
One of the biggest buzzwords around the aviation industry right now is biofuel, a movement which promises to allow operators to fly cleaner, more efficiently, and maybe even less expensively by using corn-, plant- or oil-based fuels as an alternative to conventional petroleum jet fuel. In recent months, Honeywell, Gulfstream, Boeing and others have all had splashy announcements of aircraft powered by a...
December 1, 2011
Expanded NextGen Text Bed Opens in Florida FAA, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and industry partners on Nov. 7 marked the opening of an expanded Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) Test Bed in Daytona Beach, Fla., designed to provide a forum to test and demonstrate how these technologies will improve efficiency in the airspace. The Daytona Beach International Airport is home of one of...
December 1, 2011
RTOS DDC-I, of Phoenix, introduced real-time operating system (RTOS) products supporting the ARINC 653, Part 4 strict subset. The Part 4 subset has been specifically defined for systems that do not require the size, complexity and features of the full specification, such as the majority of the Line Replaceable Units (LRU) on next-generation aircraft. DDC-I offers the interfaces and scheduling model of Part...
December 1, 2011
Ralph F. Meoni Thales appointed Ralph F. Meoni president of Thales USA Defense & Security, headquartered in Arlington, Va. Meoni will be responsible for overseeing, shaping and executing day-to-day operations and business activities. Meoni has more than 30 years of experience in the defense industry. He was most recently the executive vice president for the Electronics, Intelligence & Support...
December 1, 2011
December 14 A New Vision: Next Generation Synthetic Vision Systems, An Avionics Magazine Webinar. Visit www.aviationtoday.com/webinars/2011-1214.html. January 2012 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...
November 1, 2011
The Rocket-Propelled Grenade (RPG) that claimed a U.S. Army Chinook loaded with Navy SEALS last August was a grim reminder that threats to battlefield rotorcraft are more than guided missiles. The Joint and Allied Threat Awareness System (JATAS) is meant to warn helicopter and tilt rotor crews of Man Portable Air Defense Systems (MANPADS), unguided munitions and telltale lasers. “You take a lot of...
November 1, 2011
During the course of the last 30 years, precision approach landing systems have undergone a series of name changes, technological advancements and system setbacks. However, the concept of using a dedicated network of precision GPS monitor receivers to guide aircraft into an airport remains a priority for air navigation services providers worldwide. It’s often useful, as we look at where we are today...
November 1, 2011
Universal Avionics Systems, based in Tucson, Ariz., announced new contracts and new capabilities for its slate of avionics systems. The privately held company, which celebrated its 30th anniversary at the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) conference and exhibition in Las Vegas in October, is hoping to grow its business while still maintaining the customer-driven approach that it has employed...
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