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July 1, 2011
Changes to flight data safety systems typically come about slowly. They are the product of lengthy deliberations by regulatory and standards making bodies and industry. Even the data from the “black boxes” of Air France Flight 447 are not expected to spur any significant changes in the near future, according to experts. However, under that placid surface, there is activity on a number of fronts...
July 1, 2011
It’s not news to anyone reading this publication that globalization is in full force and is not slowing down any time soon. Within companies, employees can communicate and collaborate on projects as easily as if they were sitting in the same office. And beyond that, establishing a global network of partnerships between companies can yield significant operational, strategic and financial benefits for...
July 1, 2011
COMMERCIAL Honeywell Acquires EMS Honeywell announced plans on June 13 to pay $491 million to acquire EMS Technologies, based in Norcross, Ga., and the parent company of EMS Aviation. The transaction is expected to be completed in the third quarter. “We believe that becoming a part of Honeywell will provide EMS businesses with the scale, resources and market presence that should benefit our customers...
July 1, 2011
Distribution Agreement Aviation Partners Group (APG), based in Punta Gorda, Fla., signed a distributor agreement with Mid-Continent Instruments, of Wichita, Kan., under which APG will become a distributor of Mid-Continent products, including airspeed indicators, altimeters, autopilot components, engine instruments and batteries and power supplies. Visit www.apgavionics.com. Software Tool Embvue, of...
July 1, 2011
Thomas Marrocco TrueNorth Avionics, based in Ottawa, Canada, named Thomas Marrocco vice president of worldwide sales. Most recently, Marrocco led enterprise software sales for the global commercial aviation and MRO marketplace at Mxi Technologies, and previously held senior executive positions within the telecommunications and IT industry, including at two start-up companies he helped co-found and at iSTAR...
July 1, 2011
July 20-23 Airborne Law Enforcement Association (ALEA) Annual Conference and Exhibition, Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, New Orleans. Contact ALEA, phone 301-631-2406 or visit www.alea.org. 25-31 EAA AirVenture, Wittman Regional Airport, Oshkosh, Wis. Visit www.airventure.org. August 16-19 Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International Unmanned Systems North America, Walter E. Washington...
June 1, 2011
After a long and controversial bidding and contract process, Boeing won the long-awaited U.S. Air Force (USAF) KC-46A aerial refueling tanker contract, bringing with it a long list of avionics suppliers to equip the aircraft. In a program to replace 179 of the Air Force’s 400 KC-135s which first entered service in 1956 Boeing received a $3.5 billion fixed-price incentive contract on Feb. 24 for...
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...
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