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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...
November 1, 2011
With all the attention focused on the new technology, it is easy to overlook the critical role wire and cable plays in the development of the next-generation aircraft. Using an array of materials and system designs, wire and cable developers are striving to meet growing capacity demands, while holding the line on size and weight and meeting stringent regulations. It is an effort filled with daunting...
November 1, 2011
Honeywell Sees Slow Growth Honeywell expressed cautious optimism in the recovery of the business aviation industry, hopeful that 2011 will be the “trough year” and 2012 will see modest growth buoyed by international demand. In its annual Business Aviation Forecast, the unofficial kick-off of the National Business Aviation Association’s (NBAA) annual conference, Honeywell forecasted $230...
November 1, 2011
It’s been a very difficult couple of years in the business aviation segment, to say the least. So I’ll forgive presenters at this year’s National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) conference and exhibition for looking a little war-weary, scarred and conservative. The Great Recession of 2008 has forced a lot of business aviation operators, airframe manufacturers, equipment manufacturers...
November 1, 2011
Internet at 30,000 Feet Airborne connectivity systems are quickly becoming ubiquitous across airline fleets, as more operators see the financial, operational and technological benefits of putting these systems on their aircraft, according to panelist on the Avionics Magazine Webcast, “Internet at 30,000 Feet: Airline Connectivity Technologies and Trends.” Being able to stay connected on board...
November 1, 2011
Cabin Connectors Deutsch, of East Sussex, U.K., introduced the Deutsch 369 connector series for the aerospace industry and other harsh environment applications. The Deutsch 369 series has been developed primarily to meet the requirements of civil aerospace cabin system applications including cabin and seat lighting, panel-break interconnection, oxygen and emergency systems, passenger power and seat...
November 1, 2011
Kenneth Meyer ACSS, an L-3 Communications and Thales company based in Phoenix, named Kenneth Meyer vice president of program management and customer support. Meyer will be responsible for overseeing and enhancing customer relationships for ACSS, including all current and future product development programs. Meyer brings a broad range of experience to ACSS in the areas of program management, engineering and...
November 1, 2011
November 13-17 Dubai Airshow, Airport Expo, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. For information, phone +44 (0) 20 8846 2700 or visit dubaiairshow.aero. 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...
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