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January 1, 2010
Last year was one of the worst years in recent memory for business aviation, leaving suppliers and manufacturers hopeful the bottom has been reached. However, even the most optimistic of forecasts predicts a soft business aviation market in 2010 and beyond. The symptoms of the global recession are evident throughout the business aviation sector; airframers, avionics manufacturers and other companies have...
January 1, 2010
January is the occasion for looking forward, and there is no more forward-looking topic than the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen). To bring us up to date — you’ll recall the RTCA NextGen Mid-Term Implementation Task Force issued recommendations four months ago that have the potential to influence aviation policy and practice for the next decade. The work did not end with the...
January 1, 2010
Business/GA Head-Up Guidance Rockwell Collins in December received FAA certification of its HGS-6605 Head-Up Guidance System on the Bombardier Challenger 605. The head-up display was developed together with an Enhanced Vision System by Rockwell Collins. The HGS-6605, with inertial flight-path vector, presents critical flight information in the pilot’s forward field of view. The display features 42...
January 1, 2010
‘NAVPad’ Electronic Flight Bag AirGator, of Mount Kisco, N.Y., expanded its NAVPad family of electronic flight bags (EFB) with the addition of NAVPad 8X and 10X. The systems use the Intel ATOM processor at 1.6GHz, which is up to three times faster than the previous generation of NAVPads, with longer battery life and lower power consumption, according to the company. The EFBs are configured...
January 1, 2010
Neilson Mackay EMS Technologies, of Atlanta, named Neilson A. Mackay president and CEO, following the departure of Paul B. Domorski. Mackay most recently was executive vice president and chief operating officer. Before that, he was executive vice president, strategy, vice president of corporate development and president of EMS Satcom. He was senior vice president and general manager of Satcom from 2001 to...
January 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 (HAI), phone 703-683-4646 or visit www.heliexpo.com. March 8-12 PMA-209 Air Combat 2010, Silver Legacy Resort, Reno, Nev. For more information, visit www.navair.navy.mil. 9-10 FAA Aviation Forecast...
December 1, 2009
While armed Predators and Reapers make headlines hunting terrorists and insurgents, other unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) quietly fight what was formerly known as the Global War On Terror with Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) payloads. By September this year, the U.S. Army alone had flown more than 760,000 hours in Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom, with five different types...
December 1, 2009
Since last summer, the French Army Aviation Légère de l’Armée de Terre (ALAT) has taken the first step to adding a new rotary recce and strike capacity to its forces now operating in Afghanistan in support of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF). Three Eurocopter EC665 Tiger helicopters arrived in Kabul on July 25, marking the first deployment of the helicopter type...
December 1, 2009
With digital flight control systems on aircraft like the under-development Airbus A350XWB becoming more prevalent, commercial manufacturers are beginning to follow the path laid by the military in using 1553 databus technology, adopting it for actuation of flight-control surfaces. "1553 has been around for 30 years in the military, but use outside the military has been few and far between," said...
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...
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