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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...
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...
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