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January 1, 2014
Honeywell Touchscreen Research Guides FAA Regulation Phoenix-based aerospace manufacturer Honeywell is under an ongoing contract with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to study the usability of various forms of touch technology, such as cockpit displays that will help to determine what factors would cause pilots to make more input errors or take longer to perform tasks as compared to traditional...
January 1, 2014
In its first ever global airlines executive roundtable, Avionics magazine talks to leading executives from some of the world’s top airlines about the challenges they face and where they will be investing their capital expenditure dollars in terms of new infrastructure and avionics initiatives. Taking part are Nasser Al Salmi, COO, Gulf Air; Ahmet Bolat, CTO, Turkish Airlines; Alan Butterfield, vice...
January 1, 2014
The start of a new year always brings fresh optimism as companies look to the future, embrace new technologies, and roll out new products. We seem to be on a cautious economic upswing, with recovery in progress. However, challenges remain and it could still be some years before we see an accelerated level of economic growth in markets such as North America and Western Europe. For the avionics market, there...
January 1, 2014
AIM GmbH has been in the Avionics Test and Simulation market for many years and will celebrate 25 years in the business in 2014. Our core business is to design and manufacture high performance and quality databus test & simulation cards and analyzer software for avionics databus and networks as well as systems backed up with expert and responsive technical support. Our focus is in the aerospace &...
January 1, 2014
Having worked for more than 25 years in the defense and aerospace industry, we have experienced significant changes over the last three decades. During the 1980’s and 1990’s, avionics databus standards and technologies were specifically defined and developed by and for the defense and aerospace industry. Examples of such are the MIL-STD-1553A/B, STANAG3910 and several commercial ARINC standards...
January 1, 2014
Although the testing and certification requirements of the avionics industry can make the segment seem slow to adopt/accept change, there are currents of change flowing beneath that calm exterior. The proliferation of fly-by-wire systems in conjunction with the increase of composite aircraft makes it imperative that all critical avionics devices enhance their immunity to electrical interference. The amount...
January 1, 2014
While home to a battery of complex avionics, the flight deck has not historically been a place you would expect to find the latest technology. Of course, there are significant safety and regulatory barriers, and operators expect to get as much operational life from their investments without always having to make expensive updates. However, this is changing – witness the rapid acceptance by aviation...
January 1, 2014
The F-16 Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) in Fort Worth, Texas is modernizing the federated architecture of the F-16C/D Block 40/42 and 50/52 Viper around Northrop Grumman’s new Scalable Agile Beam Radar (SABR). “I don’t want to imply that it’s a piece of cake, but it’s stuff that we’re very familiar with,” explained Bill McHenry, Lockheed Martin director of...
January 1, 2014
Enhanced Vision Systems (EVS) and Synthetic Vision Systems (SVS) have moved beyond the Sci-Fi realm where they were first imagined. Today, they are necessary situational awareness and safety features in modern cockpits of General Aviation (GA) aircraft almost ready to move into the air transport arena. Found a few years ago only on high-end, long-range business jets, EVS and SVS are now found in the...
January 1, 2014
The following issues are concerns for engineers working in the avionics industry today. Holt has addressed these issues with carefully thought-out product definitions and roadmaps.   Size, weight, power and cost reduction In avionics, low fuel and power costs equate to flying longer distances, or maximizing profit margins. A major initiative in the avionics market is the goal to reduce overall system...
December 1, 2013
Welcome to the December edition of Avionics magazine where we bring you our in-depth Buyer’s Guide for the industry. Putting together a project like this is always a painstaking process, but one we think offers a lot of value to our audience. I would also like to take this opportunity to introduce our new team and philosophy for Avionics magazine going forward. Emily Feliz, who was the editor of the...
November 1, 2013
Human factors engineering applies our understanding of the abilities and limitations of the human mind to the design of aircraft cockpits by studying the interaction of the pilot’s mind with proposed avionics systems rather than focusing on the avionics alone. Human factors engineering teaches that human machine interfaces (HMI) should be as intuitive and natural, as simple and direct as possible...
November 1, 2013
The Naval Air Systems Command Special Surveillance Program office sponsored the integration of the R3E All Weather Sense and Avoid System on the TigerShark UAS. Two TigerSharks demonstrated autonomous sense-and- avoid capability in April. Automatic Dependent Surveillance–Broadcast (ADS-B) technology central to NextGen airspace management can enable Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) to cue their ground...
November 1, 2013
Hundreds of aviation professionals gathered in Atlantic City, N.J., in September to hear about NextGen technologies, implementation and challenges at Avionics Magazine’s third annual Avionics for NextGen conference. Congressman Frank LoBiondo (R-N.J.), chairman of the House subcommittee on aviation, kicked off the conference, saying the industry has made a lot of progress on NextGen, but faces many...
November 1, 2013
The engineering required to design, build, operate and maintain modern aircraft is no less than a monumental feat. Hardware, software and integration challenges have been solved by many hours of effort from countless engineers. For example, modular racking circuit card assemblies now comprise the majority of the hardware architecture, moving away from traditional line replaceable electronic or mechanical...
November 1, 2013
Satellite-based communications is a vital part of airspace modernization initiatives around the world, notably NextGen in the United States and SESAR in Europe. Satellite service provider Inmarsat recently was granted approval for safety services over its SwiftBroadband network, which the company says will pave the way for a new generation of smaller, lighter and less expensive avionics that will provide...
November 1, 2013
Teledyne Controls manufactures a range of data acquisition units covering the commercial, regional, military and business aircraft markets. Like it has in many other industries, “big data” has taken hold in aviation. Boeing engineers report that on the 787 flight data can be collected from about 146,000 parameters; for operating efficiency experts this cache of data is a potential gold mine. It...
November 1, 2013
  As I write this column in mid-October from my Maryland office, just a stones-throw from our nation’s Capitol, the government is shutdown. Closed. Hundreds of thousands of federal workers around the country were told to stay home; others were deemed “essential” and told to come to work, and no one is getting paid. Many around the country have expressed frustration and outrage with...
November 1, 2013
Since the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released its “National Broadband Plan” in 2010, the agency has been aggressively trying to make more spectrum available for broadband. Besides exploring various allocation and auction mechanisms, the FCC recently released a study from its Technical Advisory Council (TAC) proposing to modify its approach to analyzing interference thresholds as...
November 1, 2013
FAA Considers Relaxing PED Rules FAA’s rules regulating the use of personal electronic devices (PED) on commercial aircraft are expected to change by 2014, as a federal advisory panel is expected to release recommendations for easing the regulations. An Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) consisting of PED manufacturers and trade associations, pilot and flight attendant groups, airline operators and...
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