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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...
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...
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