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June 1, 2011
Unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) have proven their utility in military theaters in a variety of applications, and they hold the same potential for civilian operations. Government and private-sector interest in using unmanned aircraft for missions such as border patrol, aerial photography and land and crop surveying has been building for years. Outside of combat operations, the military requires freer access...
June 1, 2011
Let’s face it, depending on where you live and why you fly, a lot of visual flight rules (VFR) flying is not always exactly “VFR.” We live on a planet with constantly changing weather systems and a natural light source that is only visible for about half of the day. VFR flying is the realm of the rotorcraft, and by nature, the helicopter is usually operating in close proximity to terrain...
June 1, 2011
The adoption of electronic flight bag (EFB) technology is gaining momentum, but EFB manufacturers are still looking to get an additional boost with the introduction and expanded use of key applications and hardware platforms, including Apple’s iPad. Meanwhile, vendors of the high-end Class 3 EFBs are eyeing an even larger role in the cockpit as they work with regulators in preparation for FAA’s...
June 1, 2011
It is with great excitement and pride that I introduce myself as the new editor-in-chief of Avionics Magazine. My name (hopefully) is not unfamiliar to our readership as I have been the managing editor of this publication for nearly five years, covering everything from new military platforms to in-flight entertainment systems to new databus technologies. In that time, I’ve traveled all around the...
June 1, 2011
AMC, AEEC Delegates Gather in Memphis, Tenn. Hundreds of representatives of airlines and avionics vendors gathered in Memphis, Tenn., in April at the AMC Open Forum. Meanwhile, avionics engineers gathered nearby to discuss the next generation of avionics technology and standards at the AEEC General Session. Organizers of both events stressed the importance of having such forums for an open dialogue and an...
June 1, 2011
Network Access Controller Data Device Corp. (DDC), of Bohemia, N.Y., unveiled a new version of its FC-75XXX fibre channel network access controller to support High-Speed 1760. The FC-75211M2 is a two-channel Fibre Channel Network Access Controller PMC card for SAE AS5653, High-Speed 1760, a gigabit-speed communication option for Mil-Std-1760. Each of the card’s two independent channels may operate as...
June 1, 2011
Kimberly Murdoch ACSS, a L-3 Communications and Thales joint venture company based in Phoenix, named Kimberly Murdoch vice president of operations. Murdoch will be responsible for overseeing various operations departments at ACSS, including manufacturing, repair and overhaul and supply chain management. Prior to joining ACSS, Murdoch spent the last seven years at Honeywell Aerospace where she held several...
May 25, 2011
June 9 Global Partnerships in Avionics Development Engineering, An Avionics Magazine Webinar, sponsored by Infotech. 11 a.m. ET. To register, visit www.aviationtoday.com/webinars.   15-16 RTCA 2011 Annual Symposium: Accelerating NextGen Through Public-Private Partnership, Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, D.C. Visit www.aviationtoday.com/rtca. 20-26 Paris Air Show, Le Bourget...
May 1, 2011
The key argument for synthetic vision systems (SVS) has always been safety. The technology, which delivers real-time, color 3-D imagery of the terrain outside the aircraft to the pilot, is broadly praised for boosting pilot situational awareness, driving SVS sales for corporate and general aviation aircraft and helicopters. Some vendors now are eyeing even bigger returns, seeing a place for SVS in the...
May 1, 2011
Monte Belger Metron Aviation, of Dulles, Va., appointed Monte Belger vice president of Industry Relations. Belger most recently served as vice president of transportation system solutions for Lockheed Martin. Belger worked for more than 30 years for the FAA, last serving as the agency’s acting administrator. He previously held the title of acting deputy administrator from 1997 to 2002. Belger also...
May 1, 2011
In Europe, the future shape of air-traffic management (ATM) is becoming visible today. All over the extended continent, aircraft operators are seeing temporal, financial and environmental benefits from trials of controlled descent approaches, 4D trajectories, datalink communications, precision navigation, enhanced surveillance and other new procedures and technologies. This progress is a result of...
May 1, 2011
Miniaturized Active Electronically-Scanned Array (AESA) radar gives the U.S. Army a wide-area, near-all-weather surveillance sensor for the Grey Eagle Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) and the tethered aerostat Persistent Threat Detection System (PTDS). The Northrop Grumman STARLite was to deploy to Afghanistan aboard the PTDS in the first quarter of this year and will go to war on the Hellfire-armed Grey...
May 1, 2011
With FAA expected to issue a proposed rule this summer that would govern operation of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in the National Airspace System (NAS), work is picking up on a number of fronts to open even wider access for UAS. Pending budget approval, NASA this year plans to embark on a five-year $157 million UAS Integration in the NAS Project designed to reduce technical barriers and validate...
May 1, 2011
As traffic levels in civil aviation continue to increase, the possibility of keeping up with capacity in Air Traffic Management (ATM) by simply applying “more of the same” is faltering. The antidote, automation, is frequently cited as yet another source of accidents. The Human Factors Research group at KTH, the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, is one of the many actors that try to...
May 1, 2011
BUSINESS/GA iPad2 Flight Test Jeppesen announced in March that it completed rapid decompression testing of an Apple iPad 2 tablet computer. The test was completed to an altitude of 51,000 feet, proving the integrity of the iPad 2 in the event of sudden cabin pressure loss, the company said. Last year, Jeppesen completed a similar test of a representative iPad as part of a program to obtain initial FAA...
May 1, 2011
iPad App Flight Display Systems, based in Alpharetta, Ga., introduced and installed an Android software application for use with its Select Cabin Management System (CMS). The application allows passengers to control all cabin functions from their mobile phone or tablet computer. The 7-inch Android-powered tablet controls cabin functions including lighting, window shades, Blu-ray player, movie library and...
May 1, 2011
May 2-5 16th Annual International Symposium on Aviation Psychology, Wright State University and Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton, Ohio. Visit www.wright.edu/isap. 10-12 Integrated Communications Navigation and Surveillance (ICNS) Conference, Westin Washington Dulles Airport, Dulles, Va. Visit http://i-cns.org. 17-19 European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE), Geneva PALEXPO and...
April 1, 2011
Cargo carrier FedEx Express operates a fleet of hundreds of aircraft across a global network, employs thousands of pilots and maintenance professionals and is responsible for making sure packages arrive safely and on-time. Keeping that fleet operating efficiently and safely, and with the latest avionics, is a mammoth job. A look at the FedEx Express avionics maintenance operation reflects the overall...
April 1, 2011
The Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) considers the Marine Corps CH-53K Heavy Lift Replacement helicopter a derivative of the hard-flown CH-53E in operation today. In fact, new avionics, engines, transmission, structures, rotor blades and fly-by-wire (FBW) controls make the Sikorsky ’53 Kilo an ambitious stretch of existing technology. The Kilo integrated cockpit and open system architecture build...
April 1, 2011
Anticipated for the past several years, the application of radio frequency identification (RFID) tags for component tracking on commercial aircraft is upon us, at least for tags that are "passive," or without an integral power supply. Work on battery-powered "active" tags has begun. This was the message delivered by industry experts in aerospace RFID who spoke during the recent Avionics...
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