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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...
February 1, 2011
March 5-8 Heli-Expo 2011, Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Fla. Contact the Helicopter Association International (HAI), 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...
January 21, 2011
COMMERCIAL Sky Interior Continental Airlines in late December took delivery of a 737-800 fitted with Boeing’s new Sky Interior, becoming the first North American carrier to receive the improved cabin. Boeing said the Dec. 29 flight completed 13 deliveries of the new 737 interior to the first five launch customers. The first delivery in October was made to low-fare carrier flydubai. Other launch...
January 1, 2011
Aspire and Ascend are the names of two new product lines announced by EMS Aviation and Rockwell Collins, respectively, at the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) convention in Atlanta in October. They might also describe the state of business aviation in general as the industry claws back from an historic low. This year should mark the bottom of the business jet delivery down cycle begun in 2009...
January 1, 2011
Despite the economic meltdown of 2009, the United States airline industry is gradually recovering, as passengers return to the skies and carriers’ balance sheets shift from red to black. Airlines including JetBlue, Southwest, United, Delta and US Airways announced third-quarter profits, with positive outlooks for the balance of last year and beyond. Much of the industry’s profit has been gained...
January 1, 2011
In a drive to boost efficiency and lower costs, fundamental aircraft components, including cockpit switches, are being required to use less space and energy, or in the industry parlance, to adopt a lower profile. To reduce the profile of their products, switch manufacturers are using new materials and technologies, and some are introducing touchscreen products, to make optimum use of the limited available...
January 1, 2011
The NextGen horizon is one where the line between sky and ground fades to indistinguishable; pilot and air-traffic controller are privy to the same information, in real-time, and aircraft operations through shared data and automation are optimized from gate to gate. Demand and capacity exist in harmony, travelers travel efficiently and carbon is conserved. Within NextGen, the paradigm shift of Air Traffic...
January 1, 2011
New Republican Leadership Faults NextGen Effort The new chairman of House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee promised “rigorous oversight” of the NextGen air-traffic modernization effort, following a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report that faults FAA’s goal-setting process. Rep. John L. Mica (R-Fla.) was confirmed by the House Republican Conference Dec. 8 to serve as...
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