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May 1, 2011
Miniaturized Active Electronically-Scanned Array (AESA) radar gives the U.S. Army a wide-area, near-all-weather surveillance sensor for the Grey Eagle Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) and the tethered aerostat Persistent Threat Detection System (PTDS). The Northrop Grumman STARLite was to deploy to Afghanistan aboard the PTDS in the first quarter of this year and will go to war on the Hellfire-armed Grey...
May 1, 2011
With FAA expected to issue a proposed rule this summer that would govern operation of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in the National Airspace System (NAS), work is picking up on a number of fronts to open even wider access for UAS. Pending budget approval, NASA this year plans to embark on a five-year $157 million UAS Integration in the NAS Project designed to reduce technical barriers and validate...
May 1, 2011
As traffic levels in civil aviation continue to increase, the possibility of keeping up with capacity in Air Traffic Management (ATM) by simply applying “more of the same” is faltering. The antidote, automation, is frequently cited as yet another source of accidents. The Human Factors Research group at KTH, the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, is one of the many actors that try to...
May 1, 2011
BUSINESS/GA iPad2 Flight Test Jeppesen announced in March that it completed rapid decompression testing of an Apple iPad 2 tablet computer. The test was completed to an altitude of 51,000 feet, proving the integrity of the iPad 2 in the event of sudden cabin pressure loss, the company said. Last year, Jeppesen completed a similar test of a representative iPad as part of a program to obtain initial FAA...
May 1, 2011
iPad App Flight Display Systems, based in Alpharetta, Ga., introduced and installed an Android software application for use with its Select Cabin Management System (CMS). The application allows passengers to control all cabin functions from their mobile phone or tablet computer. The 7-inch Android-powered tablet controls cabin functions including lighting, window shades, Blu-ray player, movie library and...
May 1, 2011
May 2-5 16th Annual International Symposium on Aviation Psychology, Wright State University and Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton, Ohio. Visit www.wright.edu/isap. 10-12 Integrated Communications Navigation and Surveillance (ICNS) Conference, Westin Washington Dulles Airport, Dulles, Va. Visit http://i-cns.org. 17-19 European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE), Geneva PALEXPO and...
April 1, 2011
Cargo carrier FedEx Express operates a fleet of hundreds of aircraft across a global network, employs thousands of pilots and maintenance professionals and is responsible for making sure packages arrive safely and on-time. Keeping that fleet operating efficiently and safely, and with the latest avionics, is a mammoth job. A look at the FedEx Express avionics maintenance operation reflects the overall...
April 1, 2011
The Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) considers the Marine Corps CH-53K Heavy Lift Replacement helicopter a derivative of the hard-flown CH-53E in operation today. In fact, new avionics, engines, transmission, structures, rotor blades and fly-by-wire (FBW) controls make the Sikorsky ’53 Kilo an ambitious stretch of existing technology. The Kilo integrated cockpit and open system architecture build...
April 1, 2011
Anticipated for the past several years, the application of radio frequency identification (RFID) tags for component tracking on commercial aircraft is upon us, at least for tags that are "passive," or without an integral power supply. Work on battery-powered "active" tags has begun. This was the message delivered by industry experts in aerospace RFID who spoke during the recent Avionics...
April 1, 2011
The use of light emitting diode (LED) technology on commercial and business aircraft is becoming more the norm than the exception. LEDs can be used to illuminate everything from airline logos on the tail to switches on the flight deck. The technology is being built or retrofitted into aircraft to improve appearance and boost energy efficiency. While technology and market issues remain, LED lighting is...
April 1, 2011
When JetBlue Airways and FAA announced their partnership to equip JetBlue A320s for ADS-B Out capability, subsidized by $4.2 million in federal dollars, the reporters in the peanut gallery wanted to know how FAA — or anybody — planned to outfit the rest of the United States fleet. It’s a troubling question that overshadows all discussions of NextGen. By FAA’s own calculation...
April 1, 2011
COMMERCIAL SESAR Validation The public-private entity charged with developing the Single European Sky vision will conduct 29 validation projects in Europe this year with the aim of introducing “pre-industrial” procedures, policies and products of the future European air-traffic management (ATM) system. Executives of the Single European Sky ATM Research Joint Undertaking (SESAR JU) described the...
April 1, 2011
Radar Display USB Interfaces Ballard Technology, of Everett, Wash., introduced the USB 708, a line of portable avionics interfaces that enable computers to communicate with ARINC 708 and similar weather radar display databuses. The USB interfaces allow engineers and technicians to test weather radar Control-Display Units (CDU) and Transmit-Receive units using any available PC, according to the company...
April 1, 2011
Don Embt CSSI, an engineering, IT and applied research company based in Washington, D.C., promoted Don Embt to program manager for the company’s System Engineering 2020 (SE2020) contract. Embt has more than 20 years of experience in engineering and project management. For more than 15 years, he has supported FAA technically and as a manager and supervisor of various projects and contracts. CSSI was...
April 1, 2011
April 5-7 Aircraft Interiors Expo, Hamburg Messe, Hamburg, Germany. For information, phone +44 (0)208 271 2174 or visit www.aircraftinteriorsexpo.com. 11-14 Navy League Sea-Air-Space Exposition, Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center, National Harbor, Md. Visit www.seaairspace.org. 17-20 Quad A Annual Convention, Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Convention Center, Nashville, Tenn. Visit www.quad-a.org...
March 1, 2011
After years on the drawing board, the Robinson Helicopter Co. (RHC) R66 Turbine in October 2010 was granted FAA certification. The latest in Robinson’s phenomenally successful line of single-engine helicopters, it is the first non-piston offering from the Torrance, Calif.-based company. Larger than its older brothers, the two-seat R22 and the four-seat R44, the five-place R66 seems poised to break...
March 1, 2011
FAA, JetBlue Announce Partnership Agreement for ADS-B Equipage JetBlue Airways will equip up to 35 of its Airbus A320s with automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) capability, including the ACSS “SafeRoute” suite of ADS-B software applications, in a demonstration funded with $4.2 million from FAA. The so-called partnership agreement between JetBlue and FAA was announced Feb. 3 at...
March 1, 2011
Demand for air travel is returning, and passenger traffic is expected to double in the coming decades. In the United States, Europe and elsewhere, a fundamental shift is taking place in air-traffic control systems and procedures to accommodate and better manage this growth. The vision of NextGen in the U.S. and SESAR in Europe depends on managed as opposed to controlled airspace, with aircraft operators...
March 1, 2011
For most passengers, in-flight entertainment has morphed from looking out the window to watching on-demand movies, playing video games or connecting to the Internet. The shift in in-flight behavior is prompting many airlines and business jet operators to offer in-flight Web access, and it is pushing antenna manufacturers and broadband service providers to respond in kind with smaller and more efficient...
March 1, 2011
The next few months could be formative in specifying the types of onboard equipment aircraft will need to exploit Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) “mid-term” efficiencies planned by 2018. RTCA’s NextGen Advisory Committee (NAC), a high-level industry and government group formed last fall to advise FAA on NextGen implementation, has received an ambitious tasking request...
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