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December 1, 2009
I had initially intended to write in this space about the gloomy and pessimistic mood at the National Business Aviation Association’s (NBAA) annual conference and exhibition. However, much ink in this magazine and other publications has been devoted to the less-than-stellar state of the business aviation sector in particular and the overall economy in general. It’s true that attendance was...
December 1, 2009
NAVAIR Accelerates Aircraft Certifications Under CNS/ATM Program The Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) communications, navigation surveillance/air-traffic management (CNS/ATM) program has completed 13 certifications on different aircraft platforms since 2005, including seven certifications this year. Managed by NAVAIR’s Air Combat Electronics program office, PMA 209, the CNS/ATM program this year...
December 1, 2009
PMA Granted For ‘NxtMail’ Server International Communications Group (ICG), based in Newport News, Va., received FAA Parts Manufacturing Approval (PMA) for its NxtMail Server. NxtMail permits users with WiFi-capable smartphones to access e-mail and Internet in-flight. The NxtMail server provides global e-Mail service through either an ICG ICS Iridium system or via any Inmarsat Broadband...
December 1, 2009
Frédéric Mazzanti Frédéric Mazzanti has been named director of the avionics division of Sagem. He replaces Patrick Samier, who is moving to another position within the Safran Group. Mazzanti started his career with Sagem in 1983. After overseeing the development of inertial navigation systems, he headed the secure information systems department. In 2001, Mazzanti was placed in...
December 1, 2009
December 1-3 FAA International Runway Safety Summit, Omni Shoreham Hotel, Washington, D.C. Visit www.faa.gov. 2 Avionics Magazine Webinar, "Latest Trends in In-Flight Entertainment," 12 noon, EST. Visit www.aviationtoday.com/webinars. 2010 February 2-7 Singapore Airshow, Changi Exhibition Centre. Visit www.singaporeairshow.com. 20-23 Heli-Expo 2010, George R. Brown Convention Center, Houston...
November 1, 2009
The next-generation missile to arm United States combat helicopters, tactical jets and UAVs will leverage evolutionary improvements in seeker, fuze and control technology. The Joint Air-to-Ground Missile (JAGM), now under development by competing industry teams, will replace today’s Hellfire, TOW and Maverick missiles. It will give U.S. Army Apache Longbows, Marine Zulu Cobras, Navy Super Hornets and...
November 1, 2009
Depending on your background, you might be curious as to what wireless data transmission is and if you need that capability aboard your aircraft. Some people resist technology (late adopters) while others understand the benefits and pave the way, sometimes unknowingly creating the standard for an industry (early adopters). In the aviation industry, we thrive on paper. A typical international flight...
November 1, 2009
It’s been a decade since wiring problems led to the crashes of TWA Flight 800 and Swissair Flight 111. Years of regulatory work to address shortcomings in aircraft electrical wiring systems has finally resulted in a FAA rule to address the problem. FAA’s Enhanced Airworthiness Program for Airplane Systems/Fuel Tank Safety (EAPAS/FTS) "requires holders of type certificates for certain...
November 1, 2009
I couldn’t help but feel patriotic at the Sept. 29 roll-out of the Gulfstream G650 in Savannah, Ga. There we stood, a gaggle of journalists on a makeshift platform, waiting just inside the hangar door of the cavernous new manufacturing building erected for Gulfstream’s biggest, fastest, longest-range business jet. Seated in row upon row to our left were several thousand Gulfstream employees...
November 1, 2009
FAA, Eurocontrol, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency and others, with the assistance of companies such as FedEx and Lufthansa, are developing the Aeronautical Information Exchange Model (AIXM), a standard designed to enable the management and distribution of Aeronautical Information Services (AIS) data in digital format. AIXM takes advantage of...
November 1, 2009
FAA Leadership Supportive Of NextGen Implementation Task Force Report FAA leadership complimented the work of the RTCA NextGen Mid-Term Implementation Task Force, describing its final report as an industry consensus document that helps focus the agency’s NextGen rollout. "The Task Force has forged a consensus across a wide spectrum of users, and I applaud you for that," FAA Administrator J...
November 1, 2009
Flight Computer Avidyne, of Lincoln, Mass., introduced an attitude-based DFC100 Digital Flight Control System, which was specifically designed for installation in Cirrus SR20s and SR22s with Avidyne’s dual Air Data and Attitude Heading Reference Systems and the Entegra Release 9 Integrated Flight Deck. The DFC100 is an integrated flight computer and control panel designed as a plug-and-play...
November 1, 2009
Tracy Simpson Crane Aerospace & Electronics, based in Lynnwood, Wash., named Tracy Simpson vice president, Strategic Sourcing & Supplier Development. Simpson has been with Crane Aerospace & Electronics for more than 20 years, primarily in operations-related roles. Most recently he was vice president and general manager of the Lynnwood, Wash., site. Prior to Crane, Simpson worked for Fairchild...
November 1, 2009
November 4 Avionics Magazine Webinar, "NextGen Task Force: Applying The Recommendations," 12 noon, EST. Visit www.aviationtoday.com/webinars. 9 SAE/TTA-Group Open Forum, Washington State Convention and Trade Center, Seattle. Visit www.ttagroup.org/news/open-forum.htm. 15-19 Dubai Air Show, Airport Expo, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Visit www.dubaiairshow.org. 16-18 Middle East Business Aviation...
October 1, 2009
Brownout" is probably the last term one would ever think of using in association with the Global Positioning System. So when a Stanford University professor briefed a congressional committee in May with a presentation entitled "Mitigation of Possible GPS Brownouts," some might have dismissed this as yet another academic exercise — but only those who didn’t recognize Professor...
October 1, 2009
Avionics manufacturers, and the association itself, have put a positive spin on this year’s National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) convention, despite the dour economy and scaled-back plans by some major OEMs. The biggest trade event in the business aviation sector will take place Oct. 20-22 at the Orange County Convention Center and Orlando Executive Airport in Orlando, Fla. The NBAA...
October 1, 2009
The RTCA NextGen Mid-Term Implementation Task Force, formed this year to develop consensus recommendations to expedite the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen), has produced a list of suggested operational capabilities in five identified "domains" of surface operations, runway access, metroplex operations, cruise and general aviation access to the national airspace system. The...
October 1, 2009
The fusing of data that gives flight crews better insight into aircraft operations is directly related to the ability of software providers to integrate data from multiple aircraft systems like sensor control, communications and displays. It is a capability that is becoming prevalent in both military and commercial avionics software. Combined with high-level security, such fusion is expected to bring...
October 1, 2009
As we report in our preview of the 62nd National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) annual meeting and convention this month (page 22), organizers and exhibitors alike are bracing for a reduced event as the crisis continues in business aviation. There was some cause for optimism, if not puzzlement, in that other business and general aviation events this year — EBACE in Geneva in May, EAA AirVenture...
October 1, 2009
Honeywell Display Combines Synthetic Terrain, Enhanced Vision Honeywell Aerospace reports it is close to productionizing a combined synthetic vision, enhanced vision display that will support lower landing minima in a head-down display. In a briefing in Phoenix in September, Sergio Cecutta, Honeywell marketing manager for Advanced Vision Systems, described the company’s work on a combined SVS/EVS...
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