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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...
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...
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