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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...
February 1, 2010
Northrop Grumman Appointments Northrop Grumman announced three leadership appointments in relation to a realignment of several program divisions within its Electronic Systems sector. Gloria A. Flach was appointed vice president and general manager, Targeting Systems Division, with responsibility for combat avionics, global sensor solutions, electro-optical/infrared targeting, and laser systems. Flach most...
February 1, 2010
February 2-7 Singapore Airshow, Changi Exhibition Centre. Visit www.singaporeairshow.com. 20-23 Heli-Expo 2010, George R. Brown Convention Center, Houston. Contact Helicopter Association International, phone 703-683-4646 or visit www.heliexpo.com. March 8-12 PMA-209 Air Combat 2010, Silver Legacy Resort, Reno, Nevada. Visit www.navair.navy.mil. 9-10 FAA Aviation Forecast Conference, Walter E. Washington...
January 1, 2010
After seven months of intensive meetings involving some 300 aviation industry stakeholders, the RTCA NextGen Mid-Term Implementation Task Force issued a final report on Sept. 9, 2009. Some of the recommendations may be reflected in FAA’s latest NextGen Implementation Plan, due this month. We asked several of the participants in the Task Force to describe the thinking behind the recommendations, which...
January 1, 2010
The origins of the Single European Sky ATM Research (SESAR) program and RTCA’s NextGen Mid-Term Implementation Task Force, or Task Force 5 (TF5), differ significantly in that SESAR originated as a result of legislation created by the European Commission in 2004. It established a political framework for the development of an advanced air-traffic management environment that would support the doubling...
January 1, 2010
In 2009, a new U.S. administration and a shift in defense priorities stirred unease throughout the military aerospace industry. After years of substantial growth in defense spending, the Obama administration endeavored in its first defense budget to trim and retarget spending. The objective, according to Defense Secretary Robert Gates: replace high-priced "niche, silver-bullet" solutions, such as...
January 1, 2010
The design philosophy of ARINC’s connector working groups until recently has trended toward new generation connectors designed specifically for high-throughput in-flight entertainment (IFE) applications. The economic realities of commercial aviation, however, drive continued interest within the ARINC groups to standardize older, but already proven and less expensive connectors for IFE applications...
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