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April 1, 2010
FAA on Jan. 31 published its response to recommendations of the RTCA NextGen Mid-Term Implementation Task Force (Task Force 5). The Task Force report, published in September 2009, represents an industry consensus set of recommendations for improvements to the nation’s air transportation system during the period 2010 to 2018. The Task Force report contained 56 recommendations, of which FAA accepted...
April 1, 2010
Air traffic surveillance beyond radar will surely rely on the GPS-based position reports of Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B), but likely also on the transponder replies of multilateration (MLat) and its application as wide area multilateration (WAM). That was one of the takeaways from this year’s ATC Global conference, held March 9-11 in chilly Amsterdam. While ADS-B is steadily...
April 1, 2010
ADS-B Ground Station Roll-Out Progresses Toward September Milestone Half of the planned radio sites for Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) “essential” services have been built under Segment 1 of the FAA contract, which calls for construction of 330 sites by September. There were 165 radio sites built at this writing, 90 of them operational, according to ADS-B prime contractor...
April 1, 2010
Larry Alexandre Sagem Avionics, Grand Prairie, Texas, appointed Larry Alexandre CEO. He succeeds Jean Baudin, who moved to a corporate position within Sagem. Alexandre has held a variety of leadership positions in operations and sales and marketing with Teleflex Aerospace, and most recently with Turbomeca, a company of the propulsion branch of the Safran group. He joined the Safran group in 2005 as chief...
April 1, 2010
April 6-7 RTCA Spring Symposium, “Bringing NextGen Into Focus,” Grand Hyatt Hotel, Washington, D.C. For information, visit www.aviationtoday.com/symposium. 7-10 Aircraft Electronics Association (AEA) International Convention and Trade Show, Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center, Orlando, Fla. For information, visit www.aea.net. 14-17 Quad A Annual Convention, Fort Worth Convention...
March 1, 2010
FAA and industry are developing a standard for displaying airport surface traffic in the cockpit, coupled with alerting of potential runway conflicts, using Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) position reports. Two industry teams in recent months completed evaluations of surface detection and alerting systems under FAA’s Surface Indications and Alerts (SURF IA) program, funded in 2008...
March 1, 2010
It was 10:07 a.m. on Dec. 11, 2009, when Airbus Military’s new A400M MSN 001 aircraft lifted off sprightly from Seville airport in Spain for its maiden flight, its nose headed mightily in the direction of the glowing morning sun. Dozens of newsmen, lined up near the runway to shoot photographs, were dumbstruck by the agility of the large aircraft, its appearance reminiscent of the “Roman...
March 1, 2010
Manufacturers of electronic flight bags (EFB) are seeing demand beginning to grow again for their hardware solutions, as the FAA and a number of airlines and other operators participate in various demonstrations designed to further the introduction of NextGen capabilities. At the same time, application software providers are developing rich content to provide enhanced situational awareness on the ground...
March 1, 2010
Evidence that the ground infrastructure for Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) is taking shape can be found next to a conference room at the ITT Advanced Engineering & Sciences offices in Herndon, Va. In an adjacent room, a retractable window blind opens to reveal ITT’s Network Operations Center, where several ITT and AT&T personnel sit at computer terminals before an...
March 1, 2010
FAA Proposes $1.1 Billion On NextGen Spending In FY2011 Budget Request FAA has proposed spending $1.143 billion on Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) programs in its fiscal 2011 budget request, an increase of $275 million or 32 percent over the FY2010 enacted level. FAA’s overall budget request for FY2011 is $16.5 billion, roughly 3 percent higher than the FY2010 enacted budget. The...
March 1, 2010
Multifunction PCI Card North Atlantic Industries (NAI), of Bohemia, N.Y., introduced a Multifunction PCI card. The 76CS3 is suited for automatic test equipment used in the aerospace, defense, industrial and automotive industries, NAI said. The 76CS3 is a single slot card that can be configured for six separate D/S channels at 1.5/2.2 VA, three separate D/S channels at 3.0 VA, or D/S in combination with...
March 1, 2010
Esterline CMC Appointments Esterline CMC Electronics, based in Montreal, announced a series of executive appointments and a new organizational structure designed to address the market environment and leverage the company’s expertise in cockpit systems integration and avionics. CMC Electronics named Patrick Champagne vice president of Cockpit and Systems Integration, a new business unit. Champagne was...
March 1, 2010
March 8-12 PMA-209 Air Combat 2010, Silver Legacy Resort, Reno, Nev. Visit www.navair.navy.mil. 9-10 FAA Aviation Forecast Conference, Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, D.C. Contact FAA, phone 202-267-7924. 9-11 ATC Global Exhibition, Amsterdam RAI Center, Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Visit www.atcevents.com. 18 Airport Surface Management, an Avionics Magazine webinar, noon to 1 p.m. EST...
February 1, 2010
Years ago, the term “in-flight entertainment” meant having a window seat. Now, in the era of iPhones, BlackBerries, Skype and Wi-Fi, in-flight entertainment and communications (IFEC) has come to mean much more for passengers and airlines alike. Airlines are moving beyond seatback displays to include e-mail, text messaging and, in some cases, voice services. Participants in the Dec. 2 Avionics...
February 1, 2010
Emergency medical services operations are inherently riskier than other commercial air missions, particularly where helicopters are concerned. Consider the job of helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) pilots. Unlike most other aviators in a non-military role, HEMS pilots receive calls for immediate launches that involve life and death situations. They must race to a location they have never been to...
February 1, 2010
Seletar Aerospace Park, located in the northeast region of Singapore, will include a 5,500-foot runway, aircraft parking areas and an aeroengine run-up bay. Developers expect the 300-hectare industrial park to contribute S$3.3 billion in annual output by 2018. Illustration courtesy Singapore Economic Development Board Singapore’s maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facilities are on the...
February 1, 2010
With the U.S. Marine Corps responsible for fighting on the ground in Iraq and Afghanistan along with the Army, the job of lifting and transporting much of their war materiel like howitzers and Humvees falls to aircraft like the H-53 fleet of medium- and heavy-lift helicopters. Hundreds of those helicopters rolled off Sikorsky assembly lines in the 1960s, and most of them still operate in a variety of...
February 1, 2010
I’ve touched upon the theme of technological innovation and advancement during difficult times and it bears repeating after several industry milestones were reached beginning late last year. On Nov. 25, the day before Thanksgiving in the United States, we saw the first flight of the Gulfstream G650 ultra long-range business jet in Savannah, Ga. The solar-powered Solar Impulse HB-SIA prototype flew...
February 1, 2010
As the United States fleet of military aircraft age, the maintenance of aircraft electronic Line Replaceable Units (LRU) and Weapons Replaceable Assemblies (WRA) poses an ever increasing challenge. Much of the challenge is related to intermittent faults that occur because of aging wiring and connections. These intermittent problems manifest themselves as “Bad Actor” LRUs/WRAs or as repair shop...
February 1, 2010
Honeywell NGFMS Debuts in Business Aviation, Air Transport Avionics manufacturer Honeywell will mark a milestone in flight management system (FMS) development when the Boeing 747-8 makes its maiden flight this year. The next generation Boeing freighter and Gulfstream’s new G650 large cabin, ultra-long-range business jet are equipped with Honeywell’s Next Generation Flight Management System...
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