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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...
August 1, 2013
From catapult launch to wing-snagging recovery, the Boeing Insitu RQ-21A Small Tactical Unmanned Aircraft System (STUAS) will downlink imagery and data to U.S. Marine Corps ground forces and Navy ships. The Navy now plans to buy 36 RQ-21A systems, each system with five aircraft for continuous operations up to 15 hours a day or surge coverage around-the-clock. Individual aircraft provide up to 24 hours...
August 1, 2013
Congress has ordered FAA to enable civil unmanned aircraft to routinely access U.S. airspace by 2015. FAA needs to lay down the rules of the road. But more is required to get there than one might think, including real-world operational data and work on sense-and-avoid, ground control station, and command and control (C2) technologies. NASA is assisting FAA on two fronts. The agency plans a Centennial...
August 1, 2013
After registering explosive gains since 2001, the unmanned aircraft system (UAS) industry is now facing shifting operational and market conditions. The U.S. military drawdowns in Iraq and Afghanistan and the reductions in defense spending have already spurred cuts and delays of UAS programs. At the same time, demand for the systems is growing in many parts of the world, and, over the next few years, the...
August 1, 2013
FAA in late June released its much anticipated, but delayed, NextGen Implementation Report, providing a roadmap for implementation and putting dollar amounts and other metrics on how much NextGen will improve our National Airspace System (NAS). Among the notable numbers in the report: ➤ By the end of the NextGen mid-term in 2020, NextGen infrastructure improvements will reduce delays by 41 percent...
August 1, 2013
New Products, Contracts for Teledyne Controls El Segundo, Calif.-based Teledyne Controls made a big splash at this year’s Paris Airshow, signing a series of operational connectivity deals and introducing new products designed to help operators efficiently collect and analyze critical flight data. The company signed a Technical Services Agreement (TSA) with Boeing to certify its Terminal Cellular...
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