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June 1, 2009
Avionics Webinar: Providers Outline EFB Installation Considerations The business case for aircraft operators to deploy electronic flight bags (EFBs) is strong, but there are important trade-offs to consider when deciding between a portable Class 2 or an installed Class 3 device, advised speakers participating in the May 7 Avionics Magazine Webinar, "Operators Guide To EFBs: Choosing and Applying...
June 1, 2009
Mike Stolarik QinetiQ North America, of McLean, Va., named Mike Stolarik president and chief operating officer. Stolarik is a 30-year industry veteran. Prior to this appointment, he was president of QinetiQ North America’s Mission Solutions Group. Stolarik served as president and COO at Analex before its acquisition by QinetiQ North America. In the 12-year period before joining Analex, he was the...
June 1, 2009
June 10-11 RTCA Annual Symposium, Westfields Marriott Washington Dulles Hotel, Chantilly, Va. Visit www.rtca.org. 15-21 International Paris Air Show, Le Bourget Exhibition Center, Paris. Visit www.paris-air-show.com. 30 Required Navigation Performance (RNP): Operations and Equipment, an Avionics Magazine Webinar, 12 p.m., EST. To register, visit www.aviationtoday.com/webinars July 22-25 Airborne Law...
May 1, 2009
The volatile oil market and financial meltdown have wreaked havoc on the regional aviation market. Tumbling traffic numbers and rising operating costs have forced U.S. regional carriers to follow the lead of their major airline partners and slash capacity. Following suit, many of the world’s largest aircraft makers have scaled back production plans and laid off employees. After predicting a growing...
May 1, 2009
New in-flight data and communications services on commercial airlines in the United States, Asia and Europe are driving development of smaller antennas with greater functionality for both data and voice. At the same time, Ku-band systems and their associated antennas are gaining greater prominence beyond their usual applications in business aviation. "We see a large appetite, even though commercial...
May 1, 2009
Over the past few months, there has been growing interest in the development of improvements in the National Airspace System (NAS) with great emphasis on the near- and mid-term time frames extending to 2018. There is a powerful realization that action is needed to cope with an increasing demand for air transportation, improve current levels of safety and security, minimize the impact on the environment and...
May 1, 2009
Controller Area Network (CAN) data bus is a serial communications protocol that supports distributed real-time control with a high level of security. Introduced in the 1980s by Robert Bosch GmbH, the CAN bus was first installed in Mercedes-Benz cars. To improve safety and comfort, many electronic control units (ECU), such as anti-lock braking, engine management, traction control, air conditioning control...
May 1, 2009
The AMC maintenance forum and the AEEC engineers consummated a merger of sorts with the first collocation of their annual meetings in recent times, an event held March 30 through April 2 in Minneapolis. From the perspective of someone who has attended several meetings of the individual organizations over the years, in places such as Anchorage, Phoenix, Hamburg and Tulsa, the first collocated conferences...
May 1, 2009
Airlines Air Laundry, Resolve Problems At Collocated AMC, AEEC Meetings The insider’s perspective on some of the latest developments in the airline industry was on display during the AMC and AEEC annual meetings, held March 30 to April 2 in Minneapolis. On the same day that Delta Air Lines announced the most visible manifestation yet of its takeover of Northwest Airlines, Stephen E. Gorman...
May 1, 2009
CompactPCI CPU Board Kontron, of Eching, Germany, introduced the Rugged Conduction-Cooled (RC) Kontron CP3210 CompactPCI CPU board. The board is described as ideal for applications requiring high processing power, including defense, aerospace, maritime, industrial, transportation and communications applications. The Kontron CP3210 CompactPCI CPU board is an enhanced version of the Kontron PowerEngineC7, a...
May 1, 2009
Sensis Corp. Appointments Sensis Corp., of Syracuse, N.Y., named Marc Viggiano chief operating officer. Viggiano was most recently senior vice president and chief strategy officer. In his new role, Viggiano is responsible for Sensis Corp. operating areas including Air Traffic Systems, Defense & Security Systems, Advanced Development and Operations. The company also named Vice Admiral (Ret.) John G...
May 1, 2009
May 3-6 Army Aviation Association of America Annual Convention, Nashville, Tenn. Contact Quad A, phone 203-268-2450 or visit http://quad-a.org 4-6 Navy League Sea-Air-Space Exposition, Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center, National Harbor, Md. Contact Navy League, phone 800-564-4220 or visit www.navyleague.org. 12-14 European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE) 2009, Geneva...
April 1, 2009
Just how valuable the intelligence gathered by the RC-12 Guardrail aircraft is to U.S. Army ground commanders is rarely disclosed. The ground-based Guardrail system uses airborne receivers to collect signals intelligence (SIGINT) and geolocate enemy communications and radar emitters in near real-time. Linked by satellite to an Integrated Processing Facility at Fort Hood, Texas, the antenna-spiked...
April 1, 2009
The "office in the sky" concept as it applies to business jets has been talked about for almost as long as there have been business jets in the sky, but in the past few years the reality of an executive being able to accomplish in the corporate jet aloft all that can be accomplished in a corporate office is just now beginning to be realized to its fullest potential. The options for customizing...
April 1, 2009
By taking advantage of commercial advances in glass and graphics generators, display manufacturers are able to design and manufacture lightweight, low-cost cockpit displays that also have the functionality and symbology necessary for flight governed by Required Navigation Performance (RNP) and Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B). That’s certainly the case with one of the airline...
April 1, 2009
I was comparing notes with my brother the other day about the sorry state of the economy. He’s an executive at a luxury resort in Florida. Nice place, to say the least. I’ve stayed there before (at a discount) and imagined: this is as good as it gets. Dinner gave me pause — the cheapest cut of steak was $28, sans vegetables — but hey, mi hermano said he’d pick up the tab. No...
April 1, 2009
Congress Resumes FAA Reauthorization Effort Long-awaited FAA reauthorization legislation that provides $70 billion to the agency over four years through fiscal 2012, including funding for the NextGen air-traffic control modernization, was progressing through the United States Congress as Avionics went to the printer. Introduced in the House Feb. 9, the spending bill (H.R. 915) would provide $13.4 billion...
April 1, 2009
1553/ARINC 429 Test, Simulation Products Data Device Corporation (DDC), Bohemia, N.Y., introduced new Mil-Std-1553/ARINC 429 test and simulation products, including a four-channel 1553 PCI Express card (BU-67106K) and updated Multi-I/O 1553/429 USB Avionics Devices (BU-67102/3U). The BU-67106K is a PCI Express card with up to four dual redundant 1553 channels operating in Bus Controller (BC) or Multi...
April 1, 2009
Rusty Roberts Rusty Roberts was named director of the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) Aerospace, Transportation and Advanced Systems (ATAS) laboratory. The laboratory is one of two units based at the Cobb County Research Facility near Dobbins Air Reserve Base. The appointment followed eight years of service by Roberts as associate director for business development in GTRI’s Information...
April 1, 2009
April 1-4 Aircraft Electronics Association (AEA) 52nd Annual International Convention and Trade Show. Gaylord Texas Resort and Convention Center, Dallas. Contact AEA, phone 816-347-8400 or visit www.aea.net. May 3-6 Army Aviation Association of America Annual Convention, Nashville, Tenn. Contact Quad A, phone 203-268-2450 or visit http://quad-a.org 4-6 Navy League Sea-Air-Space Exposition, Gaylord National...
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