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December 1, 2015
A popular present this holiday season is sure to be a drone. With the growing threat to general aviation and safety in America posed by errant Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is expected to announce and implement a mandatory drone registration system for all recreational drones by late November 2015. During a press conference, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony...
October 1, 2015
Performance-Based Navigation (PBN) is the gift that keeps on giving. Not only is it a key element of the FAA’s Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) modernization initiative, but it is also a friend of the environment and cost-averse airlines. The two primary components of PBN — Area Navigation (RNAV) and the more advanced Required Navigation Performance (RNP), which includes...
October 1, 2015
Many radar, electronic warfare, communications and avionics systems are thermally limited. These systems cannot remove the heat generated by their components efficiently enough to reach the potential that might be expected from their material properties, designs, and architectures. And, as the chips that convert electrical power into Radiofrequency (RF) energy get hotter, their thermal solutions get...
October 1, 2015
In the Part 25 retrofit market you see a lot of different configurations to start with, therefore there’s no one cookie-cutter approach you can get to put in an ADS-B system.— Mark Francetic, Duncan Aviation All Part 25 business aviation operators have Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) Out technology on their radar as mandated avionics equipage required before the end of this...
October 1, 2015
Headquartered at Gwinnett County Airport in Lawrenceville, Ga., ImagineAir operates one of the largest air taxi services in the Eastern United States. The company focuses on using its fleet of Cirrus SR22s to replace 3 to 8 hour drives between cities with general aviation airports. In 2014, ImagineAir merged with Danbury, Conn.-based Kavoo to further expand its operations. Heading into 2016, ImagineAir CEO...
October 1, 2015
By the time you read this editorial note, we will have completed a hopefully highly successful Avionics for NextGen event in Washington, D.C. bringing together key decision makers to talk about all things NextGen. With many mandates, and airlines needing to equip and modernize by a certain time, we are approaching a key few years in the whole NextGen debate. The benefits are obvious, but like with all...
October 1, 2015
The retrofit market is at the beginning of a very high activity period, as 2015 turns into 2016. If you’re an avionics maker or an installment or repair shop that focuses on upgrading legacy aircraft, your services will be in high demand for the next 5 to 6 years. Nearly 60 percent of readers surveyed in our Avionics Magazine 2015 Cockpit Avionics Upgrades poll indicated that they have a need to...
October 1, 2015
Systems that enable the ability to monitor the aircraft in real time from the ground are coming to term in ways that can offer operators enormous benefits. With 58 percent of respondents to Avionics Magazine’s 2015 Real-Time Aircraft Monitoring Survey stating that they have the need to acquire real-time aircraft monitoring capabilities, it’s clear these budding systems are popping up on the...
September 1, 2015
  Today’s business jets feature some of the highest levels of avionics innovation. The Gulfstream G500 and 600, for example, are both slated to enter service later this decade with modular flight decks that integrate hardware and software from 10 different avionics companies all in the same cockpit. Business aviation leaders need to ensure that their aircraft are performing at a high level 100...
September 1, 2015
  Satellite-based connectivity is shaping up to be an important underlying technology as the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) moves its NextGen air traffic modernization initiatives forward. The strategies cover the gamut of multiple runway operations, Performance-Based Navigation (PBN), data sharing and data communications, but all focus on the concept of a connected airspace in which any...
September 1, 2015
Cabin-based connectivity has become widely available for airline passengers, but the real business case for investing in these costly systems can increasingly be found in the cockpit. As bandwidth becomes more affordable and aircraft become more sophisticated, the list of flight operational benefits afforded by high-speed connectivity pipes is growing longer by the day. The ability to access real-time...
September 1, 2015
  Technology Company of the Year: Gulfstream Gulfstream Aerospace had a strong 2014 with numerous highlights. The company introduced the Gulfstream G650ER as well as the all-new Gulfstream G500 and G600. With a range of 7,500 nautical miles at Mach 0.85 and 6,400 nautical miles at Mach 0.90, Dan Nale, senior vice president of programs, engineering and test at Gulfstream, claims the G650ER is capable...
September 1, 2015
I want to start this edition of Avionics Magazine by previewing our Avionics for NextGen event, which we are really looking forward to re-launching this October in Washington, D.C. With NextGen taking a prominent place throughout our publication this year, this event will give crucial updates on the topic. We have a great lineup of speakers from the FAA, most of the major U.S. airlines, as well as key...
September 1, 2015
  The results of our Avionics Magazine 2015 Test Equipment Survey found that the majority of respondents, nearly 58 percent, had needs to acquire new test equipment or upgraded components for existing equipment. With more than half of operators reporting the need for new test equipment, manufacturers are facing two very different landscapes in the military and commercial arenas as they look to tackle...
September 1, 2015
  If you’re involved in the aviation technology industry in any way, chances are you’ve been inundated with reports, headlines and news coverage of the commercialization of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), also known by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) term, Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS). With such buzz, we were surprised to receive a relatively low number of responses...
August 1, 2015
  The new ADTS500 Series from the Druck product line of GE Measurement & Control introduces Bluetooth® technology with a remote touch/swipe screen, hand terminal to provide an easy-to-use, compliant, portable and accurate solution to pitot-static instrumentation testing of aircraft on the flightline and in the hangar. With a calibration period of up to 18 months, the ADTS500 Series also offers...
June 1, 2015
Massimo Garbini, managing director for the SESAR Deployment Manager, gives a presentation during the SESAR Deployment Manager Welcome Event. Photo: SESAR Deployment Manager. Since the introduction of the Single European Sky (SES) program, the European Commission has appointed a Single European Sky Air Traffic Management (ATM) Research (SESAR) deployment manager, several mandates have been re-scheduled, and...
June 1, 2015
  As NextGen moves forward to modernize the current Air Traffic Control (ATC) system in the United States, connectivity is at its core, according to Mel Davis, the national NextGen representative at the National Air Traffic Controller’s Association. “Connectivity allows us to take all of the information and make it available at all times to decision-makers who desire access to said...
June 1, 2015
  Similar to the modern standard Integrated Modular Avionics (IMA) cockpit setup, where technology from competing suppliers and manufacturers are featured on the same flight deck, the Airlines Electronic Engineering Committee (AEEC) | (Avionics Maintenance Conference) AMC annual general session brings together some of the biggest names in the industry to foster competitiveness and interchangeability...
June 1, 2015
Mark Holmes is the editorial director for Avionics Magazine and Via Satellite magazine. We have just returned from the AEEC | AMC conference in Prague, which was a very successful event. The overall mood of the industry seemed pretty positive as the NextGen and connected world we live in opens up a host of new opportunities for avionics players to equip new planes, as well as retrofit old ones. In many...
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