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December 1, 2015
Apps are fast becoming the essential interface between traveller and In-Flight Entertainment and Connectivity (IFEC), improving passenger experience and, crucially, generating possibilities for ancillary revenue generation. Frequent fliers expect to use their smartphones and tablets not only for communication and entertainment, but increasingly to order snacks and select their duty free goods. Airlines...
December 1, 2015
As we approach the holiday season, I would like to wish the readers of Avionics Magazine happy holidays and all the best for 2016. We have just completed a very successful Avionics for NextGen event which we held in late October in Washington. We bought this event back after a two year gap and there were some great discussions on all things NextGen. We aim to make the event even bigger and better and next...
December 1, 2015
Developers of databus test equipment are feeling the pinch as new commercially developed technologies that aim to boost throughput and lower costs begin to enter aircraft, adding complexity to platform architectures and equipment. Aircraft operators and owners are beginning to equip with new technologies such as those that aim to supply the Ethernet data rates needed to run In-Flight Entertainment (IFE)...
December 1, 2015
Connectivity is transforming the world, and the aerospace industry is no exception. With the proliferation of satellite communications, and the transformation of planes from analog vehicles into digital nodes in the sky, aircraft are generating more data now than ever. In fact, hundreds of gigabytes of data are being generated on each flight. This incredible amount of data has the potential to change the...
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...
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