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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...
August 1, 2009
In a previous Editor’s Note and in the news section of this magazine, we have reported on the deliberations of the NextGen Mid-Term Implementation Task Force. Earlier this year, the FAA asked RTCA to establish this committee of industry and government volunteers to develop consensus-based recommendations for achieving NextGen operational efficiencies in the 2015 to 2018 time frame. The Task Force was...
August 1, 2009
Industry Moves Toward Wider Use Of Required Navigation Performance Development of Required Navigation Performance (RNP) flight operations has been ongoing for nearly two decades. But despite years of research and study, the practice of RNP approaches is still in its infancy, according to speakers participating in the June 30 Avionics Magazine Webinar, "Required Navigation Performance: Operations and...
August 1, 2009
Hermetic Sealed Connectors ITT Interconnect Solutions released a hermetically sealed connector with a lightweight aluminum shell for low-pressure water immersion or fording applications. Meeting all Mil-Std-810 and IP67 water immersion requirements, the KJAYA Series connector utilizes a special sealant and provides hermetic sealing of 0.01-micron cubic feet per hour for pressure differentials of 15 PSI...
August 1, 2009
Thales Management Changes Thales announced a number of senior management changes within its Aerospace Division. Jean-George Malcor, previously senior vice president of the Aerospace Division, was named senior vice president, with responsibilities over continental Europe, Turkey, Russia, Central Asia, Asia, Africa, Middle East and Latin America. Malcor replaces Alexandre de Juniac, who left the company...
August 1, 2009
August 10-13 Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) Unmanned Systems North America 2009, Washington Convention Center, Washington, D.C. Contact AUVSI, phone 703-845-9671 or visit www.auvsi.org. 18-23 MAKS International Aviation & Space Salon, Zhukovsky Airfield, Moscow region, Russia. Visit www.airshow.ru. September 2-3 Search & Rescue Summit, featuring the Helicopter...
July 1, 2009
Bigger, stronger, faster is a motto that aptly describes, but only in part, Gulfstream’s goals for its new G650 ultra long range business jet, slated for market entry in 2012. The G650 will also be safer, smarter, quieter, cleaner, easier to fly and more comfortable to live in while sprinting from one side of the planet to the other, outdoing its older siblings in all categories. The latest in a line...
July 1, 2009
With the first flight of the Boeing P-8A Poseidon test aircraft in April, the U.S. Navy moved closer to a modernized patrol fleet ready for net-centric warfare in open ocean and cluttered coastal environments. Aircraft T2, the mission system flight-test aircraft, first flew June 5. Flight testing with the mission suite begins in early 2010. However, hardware and software for the former Multi-mission...
July 1, 2009
Airline passengers want the ability to send e-mail and access the Internet in flight, and U.S. airlines are responding to that demand, rolling out a series of in-flight broadband trials. For passengers, especially business travelers, the attraction is the ability to work in flight as if never leaving the office, accessing e-mail and the Web via a laptop or BlackBerry, without any degradation in connection...
July 1, 2009
With manufacturers only recently releasing their first-generation GPS WAAS products, operators are just now getting their hands around current capabilities of the Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS). However, the imminent expansion of WAAS-like capabilities to Europe through the European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service (EGNOS) is expected to lead to a vibrant, new market now that the capability...
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