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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...
March 1, 2011
EO/IR Sensor Payload Schiebel Aircraft GmbH, of Vienna, Austria, and Wescam L-3 Communications, of Burlington, Ontario, announced the first flight of a Camcopter S-100 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) with the Wescam MX-10 EO/IR payload installed. The MX-10 flew at a test range near the Schiebel production facility in Wiener Neustadt, Austria. The trial focused on the advanced EO/IR capabilities of the MX-10...
March 1, 2011
R. Michael Smith L-3 Aviation Recorders, based in Sarasota, Fla., named R. Michael Smith president, succeeding Bruce Coffey, who was appointed president of L-3 Display Systems in Alpharetta, Ga. Smith has been with L-3 Aviation Recorders for 12 years, most recently as senior vice president of business development. Prior to joining L-3, Smith held various senior management positions with Goodrich Aerospace...
March 1, 2011
March 5-8 Heli-Expo 2011, Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Fla. Contact the Helicopter Association International, phone 703-683-4646 or visit www.heliexpo.com. 8-10 ATC Global 2011, Amsterdam RAI Center, Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Visit www.atcevents.com. 14-17 Satellite 2011, Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, D.C. Visit www.satellite2011.com. 22-25 Aircraft Electronics...
February 1, 2011
The Royal Australian Air Force graduated its first mission crew for the Wedgetail airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft last November and should achieve Initial Operating Capability with the long-endurance, multi-sensor platform by the end of 2011. The heavily modified Boeing 737-700 airframe with its radar “top hat” and nose-to-tail antennas is a key component in Australian...
February 1, 2011
Airspace modernization is an enormously complex task. But aviation industry stakeholders are seeking safe passage through “NowGen” the period when performance-based navigation technologies are emerging to the reality of NextGen operations by 2025. Performance-Based Navigation (PBN) is the umbrella term for various types of navigation procedures to be used in NextGen. PBN equipment allows an...
February 1, 2011
For aircraft manufacturers and operators it’s simple math: adding new technology, such as in-flight entertainment (IFE) systems, and subtracting weight yields an increase in service quality and lower fuel costs. However, this simple equation complicates the task of aerospace connector manufacturers who must deliver smaller, lighter products that can still meet the growing bandwidth and speed...
February 1, 2011
The holiday season tends to be a quiet one at the office, straining the skills of the constant newsgatherer. But over the transom this time came a significant piece of news regarding the venerable Traffic Alert Collision Avoidance System (TCAS), first reported online by The Wall Street Journal based on its tracking of the Federal Register, and soon thereafter by this publication. In a notice of proposed...
February 1, 2011
Licensing Options Data Device Corp. (DDC), based in Bohemia, N.Y., added licensing options to its data bus test and verification, and system integration and simulation software packages. The options include USB Dongle, which offers unlimited mobility; Node Locked, which allows users to install the software to any one computer; and Network License, which allows users to determine exactly how many user...
February 1, 2011
Gulfstream Appointments Gulfstream Aerospace, of Savannah, Ga., promoted L.D. Buerger to director, G650 Initial Phase Operations. In this role, Buerger is accountable for initial phase manufacturing, manufacturing engineering and planning, industrial engineering and tool design for the G650, which is scheduled to enter service in 2012. Most recently, Buerger was senior manager of G650 production...
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