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June 1, 2009
The Dassault Aviation Rafale is the newest combat aircraft serving France’s Air Force and Navy. Over the past few years, the twin-engine fighter has replaced the Armée de l’Air’s older Jaguar fighter-bombers and the Aéronavale’s vintage F-8E (FN) Crusader ship-borne interceptors. It is presently in service with four squadrons. In the near future, the Rafale is...
June 1, 2009
The Airbus A350XWB represents different opportunities for different avionics suppliers, but some common themes emerge in equipping the new wide body. Under a new Airbus supplier policy, major avionics vendors have been involved much earlier in the systems definition process than on previous aircraft, with deeper responsibility for design and integration. This closer participation entails greater risk for...
June 1, 2009
With its proven ability to ease air-traffic congestion, save fuel and facilitate approaches to airports that are encumbered by weather or terrain, performance-based navigation (PBN) is now an option being considered by airlines and Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSP) for many different airports in all regions of the world — not just those on mountaintops in Tibet. Assisting those airlines and...
June 1, 2009
Electronic flight bag (EFB) systems are now mature products that provide a wide range of benefits for commercial flight decks and business jet cockpits. However, sales of the systems are expected to be slower in the retrofit market due to the economic downturn. EFBs have a classification scheme that defines three types of hardware and three classes of software. The hardware includes Class 1 (entirely...
June 1, 2009
Installing an EFB system may seem like a simple matter, but it could be one of the most complicated modifications an airline will ever make to an airplane, according to industry veteran Merritte DeBuhr of ECS. DeBuhr, who has seen the retrofit of everything from electronic flight instrument systems (EFIS) to ground proximity warning systems (EGPWS) in his long career, says EFB installations are the most...
June 1, 2009
As airlines consider adopting EFBs, it is often the benefit of one or more software applications that makes the difference in the business decision to go ahead with a significant capital expenditure. EFB software can reduce operating costs and boost productivity, and many hardware and software vendors believe airlines will continue to install EFBs in both forward fit and retrofit situations despite the...
June 1, 2009
Continental Airlines, Virgin America and Miami Air have all selected Class 2 electronic flight bag (EFB) systems for different reasons. But the benefit of a growing list of software applications makes it likely that in the future other airlines will have an easier time making a business case for equipping their fleets with EFBs. One issue driving recent interest in Class 2 EFBs is FAA’s decision in...
June 1, 2009
The RTCA task force assigned the unenviable task of recommending "mid-term" NextGen operational capabilities to FAA, as in those capabilities that can be achieved by 2018, wasn’t given a lot of rope to work with. Conceived in January and convened for the first time a month later, the task force is expected to deliver what could be industry-altering recommendations by August, along with a...
June 1, 2009
In mid-January, Hank Krakowski and Peggy Gilligan of the FAA asked RTCA to undertake a new task force initiative to serve as the catalyst for the collaboration essential to transforming the promise of NextGen into reality. They recognized the imperative that the aircraft operational community must be more involved in shaping NextGen solutions — in particular the transition. Consequently, the primary...
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...
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