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November 1, 2013
Airborne Server PMA Kontron received FAA Parts Manufacturer Approval (PMA) on its next-generation ACE Flight 600 general purpose airborne server. According to the company, this milestone signifies that the airborne server meets the high safety and regulatory standards required for commercial aviation, and is suitable for aircraft installations worldwide. The Kontron ACE Flight 600 integrates dual core 1.5...
November 1, 2013
Bill Darbe Satcom Direct, of Satellite Beach, Fla., named Bill Darbe its director of dealer programs. Darbe will be responsible for implementing aftermarket dealer programs to support the introduction of Satcom Direct’s new hardware systems. His initial focus will be to create Wi-Fi certification programs for the new Satcom Direct Router and to work with the distribution channel to help promote and...
October 1, 2013
The UTC Aerospace SmartDisplay EFB system employs a dual-partitioned architecture to enable FAA-certified software and Windows-based EFB applications to operate concurrently on the same EFB system, the company said. Pads are quickly becoming standard equipment in the cockpits of commercial aircraft. American Airlines, the first carrier to receive FAA clearance to use the devices in all phases of flight...
October 1, 2013
Honeywell’s Primus Epic-based EASy II cockpit, which was certified in May on Dassault Falcon 2000S, Falcon 2000LXS and 7X, includes NextGen and SESAR-compatible capabilities, including ADS-B and CPDLC. NextGen in the United States and similar airspace modernization initiatives around the world are spurring fresh interest from business aircraft operators to upgrade their systems before the mandates...
October 1, 2013
The July crash of an Asiana Boeing 777 in San Francisco has reignited the call within the industry for better avionics training for pilots Should professional pilots get additional training for advanced avionics? Pilots, safety groups and trainers believe so. Experts say better avionics training for highly automated aircraft is as important as developing good “stick and rudder” skills. At the...
October 1, 2013
Aviation Maintenance Science students at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. A number of schools teach avionics maintenance, but until fairly recently, there has been no standard, portable certificate attesting to a graduate’s or industry-taught veteran’s understanding of avionics basics and no widely accepted list of avionics subjects around which to build a real-world curriculum. FAA has...
October 1, 2013
It’s a tough job being a pilot, and if industry reports and forecasts are to be believed, it’s about to get tougher. There’s growing demand for experienced and trained pilots to satisfy the exploding growth forecasted for air travel around the world in the coming decades. But I dare say a career in aviation, regardless of whether it’s a pilot, flight attendant or baggage handler, is...
October 1, 2013
Coming soon, all airlines will use the Internet and FAA’s enhanced, secure-connection Common Message Handling Protocol (CMHP) to access FAA for all National Airspace System (NAS) subsystems, including the National Airspace Data Interchange Network (NADIN), the Weather Message Switching Center Replacement (WMSCR) and the Automated Weather Observing System (AWOS) Data Acquisition System (ADAS). FAA is...
October 1, 2013
FAA Deploys Time-Based Air Traffic System FAA in August began initial deployment of a new time-based air traffic metering tool at all 20 en route air traffic control centers across the United States. The Time-Based Flow Management (TBFM) system, which is designed to improve the flow of aircraft within congested airspace, will replace the Traffic Management Advisor (TMA) system. It uses time-based...
October 1, 2013
In-Flight Voice, Text Aircell added voice capabilities to its Gogo Biz in-flight internet service. The company said it can offer internet and voice capabilities from a single system, which can reduce equipment requirements and installation costs. Available with any Gogo Biz system, via Aircell’s air-to-ground technology, Gogo Text & Talk is obtained by purchasing a software key for the...
October 1, 2013
Greg Roberts Curtiss-Wright Controls named Greg Roberts vice president of its Avionics & Electronics division. Roberts joins Curtiss-Wright from Northrop Grumman, Defense and Security business, U.K., where he was managing director responsible for the C4ISR business, and the unmanned ground vehicle business. Prior to his role with Northrop Grumman, Roberts was the managing director of Quintec Associates...
October 1, 2013
A NTSB photo of the burned auxiliary power unit (APU) battery from a Japan Airlines Boeing 787 that caught fire in January. When I finished the first Avionics article on the Boeing 787 battery problems (Avionics, June 2013, pg. 34), I found I still had too many questions I just could not answer, and issues I could not explain. I was especially puzzled that only those two 787 Japan Airlines (JAL) and...
September 1, 2013
Despite glitches to some programs and the ongoing threat of budget cuts from sequestration, NextGen is proceeding in stages toward its full implementation around 2025. Avionics Magazine interviewed prime contractors and FAA staff regarding this mammoth undertaking to eventually replace an aging ground-based system for a satellite-based arrangement that uses GPS and other technology to shorten routes, save...
September 1, 2013
Automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) is a cornerstone program of the NextGen airspace modernization initiative. It promises to allow for more efficient communications and operations between air traffic control facilities on the ground and pilots in the air. ADS-B has been in use in various terrain-constrained parts of the country, namely Alaska, for many years. ADS-B Technologies, based in...
September 1, 2013
  Delta Air Lines, which flies more than 800 domestic aircraft equipped with Wi-Fi, plans to expand that connectivity to its long-haul international fleet of more than 150 aircraft by 2015. The proliferation of personal electronic devices (PED) in recent years has created a community of consumers accustomed to 24/7 connectivity, including while in flight. By one estimate, 80 percent of all airline...
September 1, 2013
In-flight communications and connectivity has evolved dramatically in recent years, and continual embedded technology advancements help to speed and simplify development even further. Next-generation systems are driven by increasing passenger expectations and the proliferation of interactive digital technology that continues to redefine consumer entertainment and communication. In turn, the in-flight...
September 1, 2013
The Aeroflex RF Expansion Module is developed and manufactured by Aeroflex Test Solutions in partnership with the Test & Services activities inside Cassidian. The system is designed to support testing of airborne RF components on the Cassidian ATEC Series 6 ATE. The U.S. military services are pressing ahead with efforts to deploy and update their family of standardized automatic test systems (ATS)...
September 1, 2013
It’s not often (okay, never) that I get invited to movie screenings or premieres. And, it’s not often (again, never) that the worlds of airborne electronics and Hollywood intersect. But there’s a first time for everything. I was invited to attend an advanced screening of Disney’s “Planes,” a movie which centers around Dusty, a crop-duster from Propwash Junction who...
September 1, 2013
Helmet Mounted Display Elbit Systems America, based in Fort Worth, Texas, introduced JHMCS II, the second generation of its Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing System (JHMCS). JHMCS II is a helmet mounted display (HMD) system designed for new aircraft installation and as an upgrade/enhancement for aircraft already equipped with JHMCS. It provides visor projected color video and symbology in a lightweight HMD in...
September 1, 2013
Dominique Giannoni Thales named Dominique Giannoni as the new CEO of its In-flight Entertainment and Connectivity business, headquartered in Irvine, Calif. He joined Thales in 2003 as head of the company’s Underwater Systems business line for Submarines and then later led the Thales Military Avionics Business Line. Prior to Thales, Giannoni held different management positions at Capgemini within the...
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