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March 1, 2009
Operators today — be they airline, business aviation, or military — are looking for known, predicable avionics costs, and this quest is driving industry maintenance trends. Avionics original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) are offering "avionics-by-the hour" packages that include leased spares, and major maintenance, repair and overhaul (MROs) companies are offering...
March 1, 2009
In the United States Navy, where operational readiness is directly tied to the mission capability of highly complex aircraft, preventive maintenance is the difference between mission success or mission failure. For more than seven years, the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) Wiring Systems Branch of the Propulsion and Power Engineering Department has worked to address wiring system problem areas. The...
March 1, 2009
Promising endurance of up to 52 hours and operating costs a fraction of those associated with fixed-wing or rotary-wing aircraft, the Polar 400 Remotely Piloted Air Vehicle (RPAV) is an appealing new surveillance platform. Last November, Guardian Flight Systems (formerly Blackwater Airships) teamed with sensor integrator PSI Origin to demonstrate the optionally-manned blimp with Broad Area Persistent...
March 1, 2009
With light-emitting diode (LED) technology for cockpit and cabin lighting now the norm for all new-production applications, lighting suppliers are working to develop higher-power LEDs that are brighter and to improve processing techniques that improve color consistency. At the same time, suppliers are taking advantage of digital capabilities from consumer electronics for improved functionality. "The...
March 1, 2009
ADS-B Advances Somewhat under the radar (I hate to start with a cliché, but the days may be numbered for radar)... FAA’s NextGen air-traffic control modernization is progressing. Despite all that has transpired in the last year in aviation and beyond, the deployment of the ground infrastructure for Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B), one of the supporting legs of NextGen...
March 1, 2009
Commercial NextGen Update The FAA on Jan. 30 released an update to its NextGen Implementation Plan, defining the core set of avionics that will support NextGen operational capabilities deployed by 2018. The updated plan contains high-level "governing principles" for an integrated avionics equipage strategy taking advantage of operational capabilities in the 2012-2018 time frame, considered...
March 1, 2009
New Web Site Mid-Continent Instruments, Wichita, Kan., has launched a new Web site — www.mcico.com — providing a new tool to enhance customer service The new site was developed following a year of customer research and content organization, Mid-Continent said. The site provides faster and easier access to the company’s Overhaul and Exchange program and a library of manufactured products...
March 1, 2009
United Appointments UAL Corp., the holding company of United Airlines, named Michael Quiello (right), vice president of corporate safety, security, quality and environment, and Mark Mounsey, vice president of base maintenance for United Services. Quiello most recently was vice president of safety for Delta Air Lines. He succeeds Bill Yantiss, who retired after nearly 20 years with United. Quiello serves on...
March 1, 2009
March 17-19 ATC Global Exhibition & Conference, Amsterdam RAI Center, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Visit www.atcevents.com/atc09/homepage.asp. 29-April 3 Embedded Systems Conference, McEnery Convention Center, San Jose, Calif. Visit www.cmp-egevents.com/web/esv/home. 30-April 2 AMC and AEEC Joint Annual Meetings, Hyatt Regency, Minneapolis. Contact ARINC, phone 410-266-4000 or visit www.aviation-ia.com...
February 1, 2009
More than anything else, safety concerns are pushing developments and purchases in helicopter avionics as the commercial rotorcraft world focuses attention on slashing accident rates, especially among emergency medical service operators. To that end, manufacturers and operators are looking at a variety of equipment that helps crews safely accomplish missions in just about any weather, terrain or climate...
February 1, 2009
Buffeted by a volatile fuel market, financial meltdown and economic downturn, the world’s airlines are navigating through some very challenging conditions. After climbing back from six successive years of losses to post a $5.6 billion net profit in 2007, airlines are flying back into the red. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) estimates net losses for the industry in 2008 and 2009...
February 1, 2009
With the introduction of high-speed data communications for the cockpit and the continuing evolution of advanced in-flight entertainment systems in the cabin, avionics connector manufacturers and standards-setting bodies working to define specifications have rarely had more on their plate. "The aerospace industry has been blessed with a lot of requests for new connector development," said Luc...
February 1, 2009
Amidst the doom and gloom of the global financial meltdown, there are discernible signs of movement, at least within the avionics industry. In the stagnant economy we’ve inherited from Wall Street, companies can choose either to hunker down, contain their costs and wait for an upturn, or reach out. As this month’s Industry Scan section reveals, a number of avionics and affiliated companies are...
February 1, 2009
Quiz: In our increasingly numerical world, which of the following standards has rapidly become the focal point for the silicon in avionics hardware? Mil-Std-1553 AS9100 DO-178B DO-254 If you said 3 — DO-178B — you are close. But the correct answer is 4, DO-254. In just four short years, DO-254 has become the de-facto standard for almost all avionics hardware just as DO-178B is the de-facto...
February 1, 2009
Commercial Boeing Restructures Boeing in December announced a restructuring within its Commercial Airplanes division, combining production and development programs, including the 787 Dreamliner and 747-8, under a new Airplane Programs organization and forming a new Supply Chain Management and Operations organization. "The steps we are taking today will sharpen our management focus and bring our...
February 1, 2009
Maintenance Center Duncan Aviation will build a full-service business aviation maintenance facility in Provo, Utah. The facility, which is set to open in August 2010, will provide airframe, engine, interior completions, exterior paint and avionics installation services for business aircraft. Duncan has two other full-service support facilities, one at its headquarters in Lincoln, Neb., and one in Battle...
February 1, 2009
Joseph Little Flight Display Systems, of Alpharetta, Ga., named Joseph Little (right) vice president of research and development. Little has more than 20 years of experience in electronics product engineering and design. Previously, he worked as senior design engineer for LOFA Industries developing microcontroller-based electronic products. Before that, he held positions with Sunrise Telecom and Scientific...
February 1, 2009
February 11-12 Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE), Hong Kong International Airport, Hong Kong, China. Visit www.abace.aero. 11-15 Aero India 2009, Air Force Station Yelahanka, Bengaluru, India. Visit www.aeroindia.in. 22-24 Heli-Expo 2009, Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, Calif. Contact Helicopter Association International, 703-683-4646 or www.heliexpo.com. March 17-19 ATC...
January 1, 2009
The recession in the global economy is casting a shadow over the airline industry and its growth potential for the coming year. Despite sharply lower oil prices, economic stagnation threatens airlines’ delicate balance sheets and could restrain avionics equipage plans. New avionics — data links, displays, GPS Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) receivers — promise to make flight...
January 1, 2009
The outlook for business aviation today might look different in the cold light of a new morning. Three months ago, despite the drumbeat of bad economic news that preceded it, there was still cause for hope, if not optimism, as some 30,000 registrants gathered for the 61st National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) convention in Orlando, Fla. Mindful of the bear market on Wall Street, NBAA, one of the...
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