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July 1, 2010
Data communications is a key transformational program within FAA’s NextGen effort. To meet future demands and avoid gridlock in the sky and at airports, the agency’s NextGen Data Communications Program is designed to advance today’s analog voice-only air-to-ground communications system to one in which digital communications become an alternate and eventual predominant mode of...
July 1, 2010
North Carolina may be the “First in Flight,” as its license plate attests, but it’s back in the pack when it comes to state-by-state aerospace employment. Recently, though, the Tar Heel state has notched some significant wins in this area, headlined by the Honda Aircraft Co. decision in 2007 to base its world headquarters and HondaJet manufacturing plant in Greensboro. That same year...
July 1, 2010
The Perspectives column, “Finding No Fault,” by Ken Anderson (Avionics, February 2010, page 38) was informative and factual regarding the high cost of No Fault Found (NFF) electronics within the aviation industry. All electrical connectors are subject to corrosion; even gold-plated connectors are not immune. Corrosion in avionics connectors is invisible to the naked eye in the early stages and...
July 1, 2010
Publication Of ADS-B Out Performance Rule Starts The Clock Toward 2020 The FAA final rule establishing avionics performance requirements for Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) Out capability by 2020 was announced May 27 in a Washington, D.C., teleconference. FAA also issued advisory circular AC 20-165 in May, providing guidance for initial installation and airworthiness approval of ADS-B...
July 1, 2010
RTCA Appointments RTCA Inc., based in Washington, D.C., named Andrew V. Cebula vice president of strategy and programs. Most recently, Cebula was director of aviation affairs at Sensis Corp. In this new role, he will work to develop and execute strategies to ensure RTCA’s position as an important venue for tackling air transportation system implementation issues facing the global aviation community...
July 1, 2010
July 14-17 Airborne Law Enforcement Association (ALEA) Annual Convention, Tucson Convention Center, Tucson, Ariz. Contact ALEA, phone 301-631-2406 or visit www.alea.org. 19-25 Farnborough International Airshow, Farnborough Airport, England. Visit www.farnborough.com. 26-Aug. 1 EAA AirVenture, Wittman Regional Airport, Oshkosh, Wis. Visit www.airventure.org. August 18 Airborne RFID: Radio Frequency...
June 1, 2010
A vision that underpinned the formation 50 years ago of Europe’s multi-national air traffic control agency, Eurocontrol, was that one day there would be a Single European Sky (SES) instead of a fragmented, multi-faceted airspace structured around national boundaries. This vision has not yet materialized, although it is getting closer to realization. Eurocontrol and the European Commission (EC), the...
June 1, 2010
The 2010 NextGen Implementation Plan (NGIP) was issued by FAA in March to help inform the public of the agency’s plan to implement the NextGen concept over the next nine years (2009-2018). It identifies FAA’s accomplishments over the past year as well as the goals it has set for technology and program deployment and the commitments made to support those goals. According to its latest estimate...
June 1, 2010
Just a couple of years ago, high-speed broadband connectivity at 35,000 feet was still a dream for most commercial and business operators. Everyone knew it was coming; it was just a matter of when. Now, a couple years since the introduction of Inmarsat’s SwiftBroadband service, antenna manufacturers are seeing their products introduced on virtually every new aircraft delivery. And they can make a...
June 1, 2010
In front of a standing-room-only crowd at the Dirksen Senate office building in early May, Sen. Christopher “Kit” Bond (R-Missouri) modified an oft-used soundbite heard around Washington, D.C. the U.S. aerospace industry is too important to fail. No one is predicting the meltdown of the $214 billion U.S. aerospace industry, ala the U.S. automobile industry, any time soon. However, Bond and his...
June 1, 2010
Military Poseidon Update Boeing is moving ahead with flight and ground testing of the U.S. Navy’s P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft, and says it is on track to begin deliveries in 2013. Navy and Boeing officials briefed reporters on the test program at the Navy League Sea-Air-Space Exposition in National Harbor, Md., in May. The P-8A Poseidon, a modified Boeing 737-800, will replace the P-3...
June 1, 2010
Airborne IP Recorders Acra Control Inc., of Hollywood, Md., introduced a range of compact airborne IP recorder products that capture Ethernet packets from onboard networks. The recorders are built using open industry standard setup protocols, storage medias and file formats, Acra said. Data is stored on a solid-state hard disk cartridge with a SATA interface or on CompactFlash card formatted as a regular...
June 1, 2010
Aircell Appointments Aircell, based in Broomfield, Colo., promoted John Wade to executive vice president and general manager, Business Aviation Services. Wade, who joined Aircell in November 2008, has more than 20 years of experience in avionics and in-flight communications. Before joining Aircell, he was chief technical officer and general manager with OnAir. He has also held executive positions at...
June 1, 2010
June 8-13 Berlin Air Show, Berlin-Schoenfeld Airport, Berlin, Germany. Visit www.ila-berlin.de. 8-9 Rotor & Wing Magazine’s Safety and Training Summit, Hyatt Regency Tech Center, Denver. For information, phone 301-354-1778 or visit www.aviationtoday.com/sats. 8-10 FAA U.S./Europe International Aviation Safety Conference, The Roosevelt New Orleans Hotel, New Orleans. For information, visit...
May 1, 2010
While operators and industry in the United States are coming to terms with the transformation of air traffic management embodied in the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen), their European counterparts are preparing for an equivalent revolution under the Single European Sky (SES) initiative and the associated Single European Sky ATM Research (SESAR) development effort. At the heart of both...
May 1, 2010
The first CH148 Cyclone arrived at Canadian Forces Base Shearwater, Nova Scotia, in February to begin cold weather testing and sea trials for the Canadian Maritime Helicopter Project (MHP). Starting this November, 19 interim maritime helicopters will be delivered with enough equipment for operational testing and training. In June 2012, the first CH148 with the full MHP Integrated Mission System (IMS) will...
May 1, 2010
The transition from a first-generation product to a second-generation one usually involves some bug fixes, a tweaking of the product to offer more functionality and maybe lower cost. That’s not the case with the latest cabin management systems, where second-generation products now being introduced are based on all-digital technology, as opposed to the analog technology of first-generation systems...
May 1, 2010
Is progress toward the 2025 vision of the Next Generation Air Transportation System real or imagined? That, in so many words, was the surprising question asked of me as I filed to lunch with attendees of the 2010 RTCA Spring Symposium, co-produced by Avionics Magazine in early April. I’m persuaded that progress is being made, but mindful of the media’s role in the Internet bubble, the housing...
May 1, 2010
Following are excerpts of the keynote address by FAA Administrator J. Randolph Babbitt at the 2010 RTCA Spring Symposium, “Bringing NextGen Into Focus,” which was co-produced by Avionics Magazine, April 6 in Washington, D.C. Right out of the gate, I’ve got to tell you that “Bringing NextGen into Focus” is a good idea. But when you think about it, this is a discussion we should...
May 1, 2010
Commercial FAA Response FAA executives on April 6 outlined steps they are taking in response to the RTCA NextGen Mid-Term Implementation Task Force recommendations, and pledged ongoing engagement with industry. In a series of presentations at the RTCA Spring Symposium in Washington, D.C., organized in partnership with Avionics Magazine, FAA executives detailed steps taken in each of the seven National...
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