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April 7, 2014
Rockwell Collins Gets New VP, Contracts at Singapore Airshow Rockwell Collins’ Multiscan weather radar system. Photo: Rockwell Collins. Rockwell Collins had an eventful week in Singapore, announcing a new vice president for its Asia Pacific division along with several commercial and military avionics equipage contracts. SilkAir selected the GLU-925 Multi-Mode Receiver (MMR), Automatic Detection...
April 7, 2014
Kuwait Air Force Receives First C-17 Globemaster III Kuwait C-17 III Globemaster. Photo: Boeing. Boeing delivered Kuwait’s first C-17 Globemaster III airlifter, designed to expand the Kuwait Air Force’s military and civilian operations capabilities. Col. Abdullah Al Foudari, deputy commander of the Kuwait Air Force, said the C-17 will help his unit with transporting large payloads, flying at...
April 7, 2014
Companies providing Real Time Operating Systems (RTOS) for the avionics industry face tough challenges as they confront demand for both higher functionality and higher safety requirements. At the center of this dilemma is the effort to certify safety critical systems for multi-core Central Processing Units (CPUs) already on next generation aircraft. Vendors are also addressing security concerns and...
April 7, 2014
About a decade ago the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) started planning the Next Generation Air Transportation System, NextGen. It’s been quite a roller coaster since then, and NextGen is far from over. It is not an overstatement to call the project colossal: it’s a bureaucratic behemoth of complex parts and countless interdependencies. In short, NextGen is intimidating, massive and slow...
April 7, 2014
In 2005, Airbus and Boeing introduced an effort to further capabilities for the new 787 and A400M programs, and a new standardization effort was initiated through the Digital Video Subcommittee of ARINC. The aim of the ARINC 818 specification was to provide a robust protocol to handle the high-bandwidth of modern avionics video systems and include the precise timings for line synchronous displays. ARINC...
March 7, 2014
Brazil is a country the size of the United States or Europe with a growing middle class and a booming aviation industry; yet growth is leaving infrastructure in the dust, at risk of buckling beneath demand. Too few airports, too-high fuel prices, Neanderthal Air Traffic Management (ATM), a critical shortage of qualified professionals and an outdated tax system from the days when flying was for the...
March 7, 2014
Raytheon Names Kennedy New CEO Thomas Kennedy. Courtesy of Raytheon Raytheon has named Thomas Kennedy as its new CEO, to follow William Swanson who steps down from the post March 31, 2014. Swanson has served as Raytheon’s CEO since 2003 and will continue to serve as chairman of the board of directors during the leadership change. Kennedy will take over the fourth largest defense contractor in the...
March 7, 2014
Established in 2010 and backed by the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) and the Army’s Program Executive Office (PEO) Aviation, the Open Group’s Future Airborne Capability Environment (FACE) Consortium is an aviation-focused professional group aiming to standardize avionics software, drive software reuse, slash development costs and reduce time to market. FACE is not just another...
March 7, 2014
In the final days of 2013, efforts to boost broadband connectivity onboard Air Transport (AT) and business aircraft got a big push with the launch of the first Inmarsat Global Xpress (GX) satellite and JetBlue’s Fly-Fi service. These two events, signaling the entry of Ka-band services into the AT market, topped off a year of growth and innovation in service and technology offerings for an industry...
March 7, 2014
Can an airline really unify a divided country? It was such a grand claim that marked the creation of Air Côte d’Ivoire, national airline of the Ivory Coast. CEO René Décurey thinks the answer is yes, the airline can do it. After a decade of civil unrest and outright war demolished airport infrastructure in Côte d’Ivoire, the new nationally-supported airline is...
March 7, 2014
As I write this editor’s note, the Singapore Airshow is in full swing and Boeing has predicted yet another gargantuan developing market for Asia, estimating a need for 12,820 new airplanes in the region, in a market valued at $1.9 trillion representing 36 percent of the world’s new airplane deliveries over the next 20 years. These are bewildering statistics and great news for avionics...
March 7, 2014
Sagem to Develop Sperwer Drones for French Army Sperwer tactical drone system. Courtesy of Sagem Sagem has been awarded a contract to develop five additional Sperwer tactical drones to be deployed by the French army. The Safran subsidiary will develop optronic sensors, printed circuit boards, and the flight control and navigation systems for the drones at several of its plants throughout France. Several...
March 7, 2014
Airbus A350 XWB Completes High Altitude Testing in Bolivia The A350 XWB development aircraft, MSN3, is in Bolivia where it will perform a series of tests at the high altitude airfields of Cochabamba and La Paz. Courtesy of Airbus. Bolivia’s high-altitude airfields of Cochabamba and La Paz played host to a series of tests for the second A350 XWB flight-test aircraft, the MSN3. The flight-testing...
March 7, 2014
Gulf Air Promotes Middle East Hub at Bahrain Airshow Gulf Air Airbus A330-300. Courtesy of Airbus. Bahrain national carrier Gulf Air signed a number of fleet maintenance and improvement agreements, totaling $150 million, at the Bahrain International Airshow. On the first day of the show, the airline signed a $100 million five-year service extension agreement with Rolls-Royce for its fleet of Trent...
March 7, 2014
New Zealand Air Force Selects Beechcraft T-6C Trainers Beechcraft T-6 Trainer. Courtesy of Beechcraft. The Royal New Zealand Air Force has issued a new contract to Beechcraft to provide its T-6C Texan II turboprop aircraft to modernize the nation’s military pilot training capabilities. Under the new contract, Beechcraft will provide a fleet of 11 T-6C Texan II aircraft, two CAE simulators and...
February 1, 2014
The most advanced avionics solutions and integrated flight decks are no longer reserved for top business jets and air transport aircraft. In recent years, avionics companies have started introducing some of the most advanced navigation and flight management systems for helicopters, which seem to have been a forgotten aspect of avionics research and development over the past two decades. Now manufacturers...
February 1, 2014
MLat dual mode sensor transceiver receives transponder signals, can act as system interrogator. Courtesy of ERA. In August 2013 the U.K.’s Newcastle International Airport set a new world standard in Air Traffic Control (ATC) when it replaced its traditional Secondary Surveillance Radar (SSR) with a Wide Area Multilateration system (WAM), built by ERA, of Pardubice, Czech Republic. Avionics readers...
February 1, 2014
UTC LED Wash Light WAWB Illumination. Courtesy of UTC. As Light Emitting Diode (LED) technology improves, Original Equipment Manufactureres (OEMs) and operators are upping their use of the “smart” lighting throughout the aircraft — inside and out. Already in general use on the latest aircraft models, LEDs are being eyed for broader application on legacy aircraft to supply efficiency and...
February 1, 2014
This month, Avionics takes a look into the highly lucrative helicopter avionics market, which is showing a number of interesting growth prospects for the industry. With the demand for state-of-the-art avionics in the helicopter market on the rise, we take a look at the key trends and technologies coming down the pike for heli operators. With Heli-Expo just around the corner, this is an opportune time to...
February 1, 2014
Air Canada is obsessed with one-truth data; Air Transat is using tech upgrades to take passengers over the pond; and WestJet is calculating return on every dollar. The Canadian carriers have differing strategies, but all three are up on capacity, down on costs per seat and have aircraft on order. With new technologies like Electronic Flight Bags (EFBs), connectivity and Automatic Dependent...
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