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November 1, 2010
Wire and cable for aerospace and defense applications are often seen as commodity products, and, as such, manufacturers and distributors of these products have to please a broad spectrum of customers when it comes to characteristics such as weight, size and flexibility. “As you see the increasing demand for higher-performance products that are lighter, have better attenuation and higher speed, there...
November 1, 2010
Listening to satellite radio the other day while approaching Washington’s Capital Beltway, sometimes referred to as “the world’s largest parking lot,” I was reminded of President Obama’s proposal to invest $50 billion in the nation’s transportation infrastructure, often referred to as “crumbling.” When the President floated the proposal on Labor Day in...
November 1, 2010
Achieving the benefits of NextGen will require that users equip with avionics supporting NextGen capabilities — avionics for ADS-B, data communications and Required Navigation Performance. On the commercial carrier front, the willingness to equip will be driven by the ability to close a business case for retrofitting existing aircraft and forward-fitting aircraft that have yet to come off the...
November 1, 2010
Avionics Webinar Panelists: Demand Grows For Cabin, Cockpit Connectivity The market for in-flight connectivity systems in business aircraft is “exploding,” with multiple providers offering new capabilities for the cabin and cockpit, panelists said Oct. 13 during an Avionics Magazine webinar, “Business Jet Connections: In-Flight Connectivity Services and Solutions for Business...
November 1, 2010
Ethernet Switch Acra Control Inc., of Hollywood, Md., launched a ruggedized managed Grandmaster Ethernet switch designed for airborne applications. The NET/SWI/004 is a lightweight, MIL-STD-810 ruggedized Ethernet switch. It has an embedded Grandmaster that transmits IEEE 1588 PTP precision Time Protocol (PTP) packets to achieve system wide synchronization using time data from a built-in GPS receiver or a...
November 1, 2010
EMS Aviation Appointments EMS Aviation named Clifford Topham vice president of sales and marketing. Topham most recently served in leadership positions in sales and business development for Rolls-Royce. Topham previously served as director of sales and customer support for International Aero Engines AG, a joint venture of Rolls-Royce (U.K.), Pratt & Whitney (United States), MTU (Germany) and JAEC...
November 1, 2010
November 11-12 Joint AEEC EFB Users Forum and International Air Transport Association (IATA) EFB Task Force Meeting. Eurocontrol headquarters, Brussels, Belgium. For information, visit www.aviation-ia.com/events or call 410-266-4113. December 8 Issues in Air Traffic Management, an Avionics Magazine webinar, noon to 1 p.m., EST. For more information, see www.aviationtoday.com/webinars. 2011 January...
October 1, 2010
Airframers and suppliers are ready for a rebound in global business aviation next year, although views differ on the timing and shape of the industry’s recovery. When business does pick up, larger aircraft and new technology are expected to boost sales. The global market is bottoming out this year, as new business aircraft deliveries in 2010 are expected to fall below the dismal results of 2009...
October 1, 2010
Earlier this year, FAA awarded six contracts to industry teams under the Systems Engineering 2020 (SE2020) program. The SE2020 portfolio of contracts, with an estimated value of about $6.4 billion over 10 years, has been described as the largest set of awards in FAA history. Overall, the purpose of SE2020 is to establish a set of competitively awarded contracts to enable FAA program offices to meet their...
October 1, 2010
It’s getting increasingly rare for aerospace technology to drive other markets. It’s usually the other way around — a technology developed and proven in the commercial, retail market, for example, eventually works its way to aerospace, where it’s ruggedized for flight. That’s still the way it is, for the most part, in aviation displays, but there have been some recent...
October 1, 2010
In its 2010-2029 Business Aircraft Forecast released in July at the Farnborough Airshow, Bombardier Aerospace noted the first “green shoots” of recovery, offering hope the beleaguered business aviation segment is again rising. The Aerospace Industries Association (AIA), headed by former FAA Administrator Marion C. Blakey, also anticipates recovery, so much so that it is urging timely deployment...
October 1, 2010
Some readers may not be clear about the significant role Air Traffic Flow Management (ATFM) will play in virtually all aspects of the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen). However, as I think about how the current system operates, both in the United States and around the world, I see the importance of continuing the connectivity between the many elements highlighted in publications like the...
October 1, 2010
Apex Integrated Flight Deck Lends Big-Jet Feel To PC-12NG Turboprop It’s striking how companies tackle the same issues in separate ways. That was one of the thoughts going through my head during a short flight in a new Pilatus PC-12NG single-engine turboprop to get a taste of the newest additions to Honeywell’s Primus Apex Integrated Flight Deck. It’s tough not to reflect on the Swiss...
October 1, 2010
Mike Neder Avionics & Systems Integration Group, of Little Rock, Ark., named Mike Neder director, Business Development. Before joining ASIG, Neder spent 24 years with DAC International as director, Airline Sales. Prior to joining DAC, he was director, Marketing and Product Support, for Tracor Aerospace’s Commercial Avionics Division. Before beginning his career with Tracor, Neder spent eight...
October 1, 2010
October 3-7 Digital Avionics Systems Conference, Hilton Salt Lake City Center, Salt Lake City, Utah. Visit www.dasconline.org. 13 Business Jet Connections: In-Flight Connectivity Services and Solutions for Business Aircraft, an Avionics Magazine Webinar, Noon EST. For information, visit www.aviationtoday.com/webinars/2010-1013.html 19-21 National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) 63rd Annual Meeting...
September 1, 2010
With the award of technology maturation contracts to four industry teams in July, the U.S. Navy NextGen Jammer (NGJ) program within two years will advance from competing concepts to prototypes of the electronic warfare sensor of the future. ITT Electronic Systems in Clifton, N.J.; Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems in Goleta, Calif.; Northrop Grumman Integrated Systems in Bethpage, N.Y., and BAE Systems...
September 1, 2010
The AEEC Cabin Systems Subcommittee (CSS) has developed Supplement 1 to ARINC Specification 628: “Cabin Equipment Interface (CEI), Part 8, In-Flight Entertainment (IFE) Equipment Standard Availability Measurement Guidelines,” adopted by the AEEC Executive Committee in October 2009. This standard develops the concepts for monitoring IFE system performance and health, which will aid in...
September 1, 2010
About four months into its most important modernization program for the testing of aircraft avionics, automatic test equipment (ATE) engineers at the U.S. Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) are excited about how the electronic Consolidated Automated Support System (eCASS) program will bring “netcentricity” to avionics testing for the first time. One of the major benefits of that will be to...
September 1, 2010
Michael P. Huerta was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as FAA deputy administrator on June 23. He was nominated to the position by President Obama last December, but the appointment was blocked by Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas. The hitch: Cornyn wanted FAA to expedite approval of a certificate of authorization (COA) allowing U.S. Customs and Border Protection to base UAVs at the Corpus Christi Naval Air Station...
September 1, 2010
It didn’t bode well that I arrived at London’s Heathrow Airport simultaneously with several other flights from who knows where. Because of that unfortunate coincidence, I had more than an hour to study the scuffed, cranberry colored, vaguely floral-patterned carpet of the arrivals hall as we pressed inevitably onward in the serpentine customs queue. Two years before, I had careened through the...
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