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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...
October 1, 2011
The cabins of new and even some older business aircraft are becoming a nexus for the latest developments in commercial electronics market. Passengers are not only watching video on the latest high-definition flat screen monitors but also are using an array of personal devices, including iPhones, iPads and Androids, to connect to the Web and, increasingly, to control many of the functions of the cabin...
October 1, 2011
Hunting insurgents or covering convoys, the U.S. Army’s first digital aircraft remains its most heavily used combat helicopter. To hike Kiowa Warrior availability and trim operating costs, the Army itself is integrating a Cockpit And Sensor Upgrade (CASUP) that turns OH-58Ds into more capable OH-58Fs with longer-ranged sensors, intuitive color displays and a more powerful avionics architecture. The...
October 1, 2011
Trust, cooperation and collaboration among industry stakeholders, and among the varied technology programs, are key drivers to implementing the FAA’s Next Generation Air Transportation (NextGen) airspace modernization program, according to panelists at the Avionics for NextGen conference, organized by Avionics Magazine. The event, held Sept. 13 in Atlantic City, N.J., brought together representatives...
October 1, 2011
There has been a subtle, but distinct, shift in the tone of the conversation about the FAA’s NextGen. I’m not sure if it’s the approaching 2020 or 2025 deadlines or if it’s more programs coming online, but the conversation has taken on a more urgent inflection. Much has been written in this magazine and others about the importance of this modernization program. The conversation...
October 1, 2011
Commercial No Disruption to GPS Any confusion regarding the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) stance on GPS interference was made clear when FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski told reporters that the agency would under no circumstances allow LightSquared’s proposed nationwide wireless broadband service to interfere with navigation systems or compromise safety. “We’re not going...
October 1, 2011
Rugged Display Curtiss-Wright Controls Embedded Computing unveiled the latest addition to its Skyquest family of video displays, the new ALPHA Series of rugged displays for deployed airborne platforms. This initial launch comprises of two display configurations, a 15-inch and a 10.4-inch unit, each with identical functionality and options. These products are known as the ALPHA-3800-01 and the...
October 1, 2011
Marc Viggiano The newly merged Saab Sensis Corp. appointed Marc Viggiano president and CEO. He replaces the retiring Jud Gostin who will continue as an advisor to the company. Viggiano has more than 30 years of experience in the design and development of civilian and defense sensor and automation systems. Most recently, he was senior vice president and director of corporate development for Sensis and prior...
October 1, 2011
October 3-5 Air Traffic Control Association (ATCA) Annual Conference & Exposition, Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, National Harbor, Md. Contact ATCA, phone 703-299-2430 or visit www.atca.org. 10-12 National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Annual Meeting & Convention, Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas. Contact NBAA, phone 202-783-9000 or visit www.nbaa.com. 10-12 Association...
September 1, 2011
Just a few years ago, in-flight entertainment (IFE) meant just that entertaining passengers during flights. But since then the focus has shifted from entertainment to business and information platforms that provide services and allow passengers to stay connected while in flight. “The idea is to connect the pleasure of flying with the business of flying, and now you have a better proposition for the...
September 1, 2011
One of the rather surprising omissions of FAA’s Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) Implementation Plan, released in March, was that, despite its full description of the agency’s automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) program, the plan failed to mention the system that has been widely adopted by air navigation service providers (ANSP) around the world, and that is...
September 1, 2011
For automated test equipment (ATE) developers, addressing complexity is their specialty. It is no simple chore to keep the systems on a variety of legacy and new military aircraft bristling with latest technologies fit for service in an ever-changing operational environment. Along with a dose of creativity, the developers of these systems accomplish this using a growing array of standard platforms and...
September 1, 2011
Political wrangling shut down the FAA for 16 days this summer. Tens of thousands of FAA employees and construction workers responsible for maintaining and upgrading the U.S. airspace were told to stay home. Hundreds of airport and airspace improvement projects had to be halted. FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt admitted during the furlough that the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen)...
September 1, 2011
COMMERCIAL FAA Returns to Work Thousands of FAA employees and contractors returned to work Aug. 8 following a two-week partial agency shutdown after the expiration of the agency’s latest funding measure. Congress failed to pass a new funding measure on July 22, furloughing 4,000 employees and 70,000 construction workers, and halting hundreds of airport improvement projects. On Aug. 5, the Senate...
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