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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...
October 1, 2009
DC/DC Converter North Atlantic Industries (NAI), of Bohemia, N.Y., released a 3U, cPCI DC/DC converter, 55MQ2, which provides 150 watts of output power at full load over its operating temperature range of -55°C to +85°C (conduction cooled and measured at card edge). This rugged design is ideally suited for military airborne, shipboard and ground applications, the company said. The 55MQ2 is designed...
October 1, 2009
Gregory Yeldon CMC Electronics, of Montreal, promoted Gregory Yeldon to president. Yeldon has more than 20 years of experience in the aerospace sector. He has served as interim president of CMC Electronics since November 2008. Additionally, he has served as vice president and chief financial officer, and corporate comptroller at the company. From 2001 to 2007, he was on the board of directors for CMC...
October 1, 2009
October 4-7 Air Traffic Control Association (ATCA) 54th Annual Conference & Exhibition, Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, Washington, D.C. Contact ATCA, phone 703-299-2430 or visit www.atca.org. 5-7 Association of the U.S. Army (AUSA) Annual Meeting and Exposition, Washington Convention Center, Washington, D.C. Contact AUSA, phone 800-336-4570 or visit www.ausa.org. 5-8 World Airline...
September 1, 2009
Margaret T. Jenny last month completed her first year as president of RTCA, Inc., a private, not-for-profit corporation that develops consensus-based recommendations for aviation communications, navigation, surveillance and air-traffic management. She succeeded David S. Watrous, a former U.S. Air Force brigadier general who is credited with growing the organization and enhancing its profile as a respected...
September 1, 2009
System Wide Information Management (SWIM), the IT component of the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen), is laying the technological infrastructure for the future airspace. Using commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) systems, SWIM aims to streamline and unify various data-sharing programs, including those providing surveillance, weather and flight data, into a more user-friendly environment. The...
September 1, 2009
When American Airlines Flight 309 left LaGuardia Airport in New York bound for Chicago O’Hare the morning of March 11, 2009, no one knew engine number two was doomed to fail just moments after takeoff, forcing an emergency diversion to JFK. What if aircraft could tell us when a part or a system was about to fail, in time to avert an emergency? Some engineers believe airplanes have always told us this...
September 1, 2009
Portable test equipment, with its ability to improve safety and on-time performance for commercial and military aircraft, is a key component of any operator’s maintenance shop. Capitalizing on advances in consumer technology, new portable test and ground support equipment (GSE) is designed to be smaller, lighter, more ruggedized and less expensive. Designers are tasked with making systems flexible...
September 1, 2009
Airline customer surveys show that the number one in-flight entertainment (IFE) request from passengers is onboard connectivity that lets them use their own personal devices, such as iPods, BlackBerries and laptop computers. The trend is so pronounced among airlines that the traditional acronym "IFE" should be modified to IFE&C to include connectivity, said Cedric Rhoads, director of product...
September 1, 2009
What a mood swing. Nigh on three months ago, we soldiered through the Paris Air Show, calling out the few bright spots at an otherwise glum centennial event. Last month’s Unmanned Systems North America 2009, put on by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) in Washington, D.C., was palpably cheerier, and for good reason — unmanned aircraft are a growth market. Yes...
September 1, 2009
Alaska Airlines Pursues ‘Greener Skies’ Project At Seattle-Tacoma Airport Carrier Alaska Airlines and partners have launched a "greener skies" initiative at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, incorporating Required Navigation Performance (RNP) approaches and optimized profile descents (OPD) to wring operational and financial efficiencies out of the system. The airline, Boeing...
September 1, 2009
38999 Series Connector ITT Interconnect Solutions has developed a 38999 connector for both RF and signal contacts. Designated the 38999 Series, the connector supports up to 128 contacts, features EMI shielding and meets MIL-DTL-38999 series I, II and III standards, according to the company. The connector is housed in a lightweight, low profile package. Features include blind mate capability, rear release...
September 1, 2009
Rod Bissell QinetiQ North America, based in Huntsville, Ala., appointed Rod Bissell senior vice president of business development at its Systems Engineering Group, responsible for managing the group’s Aerospace & Missile Technology business development organization, processes and procedures. Prior to joining the company in 2005, Bissell was director of business development, Southeast Region, for...
September 1, 2009
September 2-3 Search & Rescue Summit, featuring the Helicopter Heroism Award, sponsored by Rotor & Wing Magazine. Hyatt Regency Reston, Reston, Va. Visit www.aviationtoday.com/sar. 2-3 FAA/Air Transport Association International Symposium on Human Factors in Maintenance and Ramp Safety, Manchester Grand Hyatt, San Diego. Visit www.airlines.org. 7-10 Asian Aerospace International Expo and Congress...
August 1, 2009
All-round radar, electro-optics and electronic support measures will transform the U.S. Air Force Global Hawk Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) into the U.S. Navy’s Broad Area Maritime Surveillance (BAMS) system. The Navy intends to network the large, autonomous air vehicles built by Northrop Grumman to provide persistent maritime Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) data to fleet users...
August 1, 2009
If Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company (SCAC) can keep up the pace on a challenging test and certification program, it will begin deliveries of the Sukhoi Superjet 100 to Armenian airline Armavia and launch customer Aeroflot by December. With the advent of the 75/95-seat regional airliner, Sukhoi Civil Aircraft joins Canada’s Bombardier Aerospace and Brazil’s Embraer as current producers of regional...
August 1, 2009
The proliferation of requirements to monitor unsafe conditions, and to monitor engine performance and aircraft fuel efficiencies are driving demand for new data acquisition systems within civil and military aviation. To satisfy these requests, manufacturers have developed equipment to monitor hard landing events so that fleets of fractionally owned aircraft can be safely and cost effectively monitored for...
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