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September 1, 2011
Databus Software Data Device Corp. (DDC), of Bohemia, N.Y., added data reconstruction functionality to its dataSIMS bus analyzer software (version 4.1 and later). DDC said the dataSIMS Bus Analysis and Simulation software package allows users to create an environment of simulation, acquisition, display and storage of real-time data. It simulates and monitors multiple mixed Mil-Std-1553 and ARINC 429 data...
September 1, 2011
ICG Appointments International Communications Group (ICG), based in Newport News, Va., promoted Kieran Kennedy to senior director, OEM sales. Kennedy has more than 20 years experience in the aviation industry and most recently was manager, OEM sales. The company also named Todd Ellison director, OEM sales in its Dallas office. Prior to this, Ellison was satcom sales manager for Cobham/Chelton and is a...
September 1, 2011
September 11-15 Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX) Conference & Exhibition, Washington State Convention Center, Seattle. Visit http://apex.aero. 12-15 Autotestcon 2011, Baltimore Convention Center, Baltimore. Visit http://autotestcon.com. 13 Avionics for NextGen, sponsored by Avionics Magazine. Caesers Atlantic City Casino Hotel, Atlantic City, N.J. For registration and sponsorship...
August 1, 2011
The payoff of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) for military, law enforcement and scientific missions is constrained by the airspace they can share with manned aircraft. As of May 2011, one Broad Area Maritime Surveillance system Demonstrator (BAMS-D) was providing 50 percent of the Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) imagery for the U.S. Navy’s 5th fleet in the Arabian Gulf. The...
August 1, 2011
After a decade of fighting overseas wars, the U.S. defense industry is undergoing some downsizing. Pentagon officials have declared the need for belt-tightening as it draws down troops from Afghanistan and Iraq. The U.S. military and its suppliers are turning their attention from major, large-scale programs to fleet upgrades, modifications and life-cycle extensions. Honeywell Defense and Space, a supplier...
August 1, 2011
There is no shortage of diversity in the unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) market. There are UASs the size of Boeing 737s and handheld systems that weigh less than a pound. Most of the headlines and tax dollars, though, are reserved for the large UASs, including the Predator, Global Hawk and Reaper, which pack potent sensor and weapons payloads. However, increasingly sophisticated sensor payloads using...
August 1, 2011
The champagne corks have been popped, billion-dollar deals signed and aircraft orders have been finalized. Another Paris Air Show in the books. And after all of that, the aviation industry is celebrating a return to robust business and healthier order books. This was my first trip to Le Bourget for the air show. Words and pictures cannot do justice to the size and scope of this event. The billions of...
August 1, 2011
AIR TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT Grizzle Tapped for ATO FAA’s Chief Counsel David Grizzle has been tapped to lead the agency’s Air Traffic Organization (ATO), Administrator Randy Babbitt announced July 7. Grizzle will replace Hank Krakowski, who stepped down from the chief operating officer spot following a series of high-profile incidents involving air traffic controllers sleeping while on duty...
August 1, 2011
Mike Opheim Satcom Direct, of Satellite Beach, Fla., named Mike Opheim vice president of business aviation sales. Opheim brings with him nearly 30 years of experience in business aviation, with most of his career spent in various departments at Rockwell Collins. Most recently Opheim was the director of sales and marketing for MarathonNorco Aerospace. Gulfstream Appointments Gulfstream Aerospace Corp...
August 1, 2011
August 16-19 Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International Unmanned Systems North America, Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, D.C. Visit www.auvsi.org. 16-21 MAKS 2011 International Aviation & Space Salon, Zhukovsky, Moscow Region, Russia. Visit www.aviasalon.com. 28-30 2011 Aerospace Engineering Conference, Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort, Huntington Beach, Calif. Visit...
July 1, 2011
Only a few European manufacturers produce and develop high-tech fighter aircraft. The Eurofighter and the Rafale are the final contenders selected by the Indian air force in the 125+ aircraft purchase program to replace that service’s old MiG-21 fleet. Both companies are gloating about their respective fighter’s warfighting qualities while both aircraft demonstrate excellent combat readiness...
July 1, 2011
Painting the words “police” or “sheriff” on the side of a helicopter does not a law enforcement helicopter make. It’s the mission equipment the search lights, radios, video systems, etc. that make it a police helicopter. Even in the 1960s and 70s, when police departments in the United States were first finding their wings but didn’t have access to the technology found on...
July 1, 2011
It has been said that those of us who fly within the United States enjoy what is certainly the safest and most accessible airspace system in the world. At the same time, it can be said that the U.S. National Airspace System (NAS) is one of the most congested and jam-packed systems in the world. The solution is the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen). A critical component of NextGen is...
July 1, 2011
Changes to flight data safety systems typically come about slowly. They are the product of lengthy deliberations by regulatory and standards making bodies and industry. Even the data from the “black boxes” of Air France Flight 447 are not expected to spur any significant changes in the near future, according to experts. However, under that placid surface, there is activity on a number of fronts...
July 1, 2011
It’s not news to anyone reading this publication that globalization is in full force and is not slowing down any time soon. Within companies, employees can communicate and collaborate on projects as easily as if they were sitting in the same office. And beyond that, establishing a global network of partnerships between companies can yield significant operational, strategic and financial benefits for...
July 1, 2011
COMMERCIAL Honeywell Acquires EMS Honeywell announced plans on June 13 to pay $491 million to acquire EMS Technologies, based in Norcross, Ga., and the parent company of EMS Aviation. The transaction is expected to be completed in the third quarter. “We believe that becoming a part of Honeywell will provide EMS businesses with the scale, resources and market presence that should benefit our customers...
July 1, 2011
Distribution Agreement Aviation Partners Group (APG), based in Punta Gorda, Fla., signed a distributor agreement with Mid-Continent Instruments, of Wichita, Kan., under which APG will become a distributor of Mid-Continent products, including airspeed indicators, altimeters, autopilot components, engine instruments and batteries and power supplies. Visit www.apgavionics.com. Software Tool Embvue, of...
July 1, 2011
Thomas Marrocco TrueNorth Avionics, based in Ottawa, Canada, named Thomas Marrocco vice president of worldwide sales. Most recently, Marrocco led enterprise software sales for the global commercial aviation and MRO marketplace at Mxi Technologies, and previously held senior executive positions within the telecommunications and IT industry, including at two start-up companies he helped co-found and at iSTAR...
July 1, 2011
July 20-23 Airborne Law Enforcement Association (ALEA) Annual Conference and Exhibition, Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, New Orleans. Contact ALEA, phone 301-631-2406 or visit www.alea.org. 25-31 EAA AirVenture, Wittman Regional Airport, Oshkosh, Wis. Visit www.airventure.org. August 16-19 Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International Unmanned Systems North America, Walter E. Washington...
June 1, 2011
After a long and controversial bidding and contract process, Boeing won the long-awaited U.S. Air Force (USAF) KC-46A aerial refueling tanker contract, bringing with it a long list of avionics suppliers to equip the aircraft. In a program to replace 179 of the Air Force’s 400 KC-135s which first entered service in 1956 Boeing received a $3.5 billion fixed-price incentive contract on Feb. 24 for...
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