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January 30, 2015
OASIS II program to manage flight planning and real-time weather briefing. Photo: Harris Corp. [Avionics Today 01-30-2015] Harris Corp. has been awarded a 10-year contract by the FAA to upgrade and manage the system that provides real-time weather data and...
January 30, 2015
FL Technics certified to provide training for the Embraer ERJ-190. Photo: FL Technics Training [Avionics Today 01-30-2015] FL Technics Training, a global provider of aviation technical training services, announced further expansion of its EASA Part 147 certificate by supplementing it with a new Embraer...
January 30, 2015
[Avionics Today 01-30-2015] The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) has approved the Rohde & Schwarz R&S VCS-4G for the Chinese market. The IP-based voice communications...
January 30, 2015
Barack Obama leaving the current Air Force One, a VC-25. Photo: Wikipedia [Avionics Today 01-30-2015] The U.S. Air Force has selected the Boeing 747-8 to serve as the next presidential aircraft, commonly known as Air Force One. “The presidential aircraft is one of the most visible symbols of the United States of America and the office of the president of the United States,” Secretary of the Air...
January 30, 2015
A row of aircraft with ANA livery. Photo: Internetwalkers [Avionics Today 01-30-2015] All Nippon Airways (ANA) has announced orders for three Boeing 787-10 Dreamliners, five 787-800s and an...
January 30, 2015
[Avionics Today 01-30-2015] Airlines and charter operators flying thousands of fans, NFL personnel and media to the Super Bowl in Phoenix, Ariz., this weekend will be taking more direct routes and reducing aircraft fuel burn as a result of the FAA's modernization of the National Airspace System (NAS). The NextGen-fueled Super Bowl flights into Phoenix airports also highlight a problem, however, that the...
January 29, 2015
[Avionics Today 01-29-2015] The FAA issued a statement warning individual users of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) not to operate the devices during the NFL's Super Bowl match this weekend between the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks. FAA officials are warning operators that the use of drones at the Super Bowl could land...
January 29, 2015
[Avionics Today 01-29-2015] Gogo announced a new milestone, as its Gogo Vision In-Flight Entertainment (IFE) system is now installed on more than 1,700 commercial aircraft. The IFE system allows passengers to rent movies and television shows on their Wi-Fi enabled Personal...
January 29, 2015
[Avionics Today 01-29-2015] Lockheed Martin reported a strong year in 2014 for its aerospace division, with aeronautics net sales increasing 6 percent to $797 million compared to 2013. The aerospace and defense manufacturer attributed the increase...
January 29, 2015
[Avionics Today 01-29-2015] GE Aviation announced plans for an additional $15 million investment at the site of its new jet engine manufacturing facility in Lafayette, Ind. The additional investment will go toward Maintenance...
January 29, 2015
[Avionics Today 01-29-2015] The Department of Civil Aviation Malaysia has officially declared the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 as an accident under Annexes 12 and 13 of the Chicago Convention. Azharuddin Abdul Rahman, director of Malaysia's...
January 29, 2015
[Avionics Today 01-29-2015] North American transportation safety officials are recommending avionics upgrades and improved capabilities for new and existing aircraft that fly oceanic routes to improve the ability of operators and air traffic controllers to track them. The National Transportation Safety Board's (NTSB) latest set of recommendations follow a year that saw two major incidents involving the...
January 28, 2015
Mitsubishi Regional Jet under construction. Photo: MRJ [Avionics Today 01-28-2015] Japan Airlines (JAL) has signed an agreement with Mitsubishi Aircraft to purchase 32 Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ) aircraft. JAL and Mitsubishi Aircraft signed a...
January 28, 2015
Diagram of ADS-B enabled airspace. Photo: NATS [Avionics Today 01-28-2015] NATS has kicked off a trial to enable General Aviation (GA) pilots to use the full Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) functionality of their Mode S transponders. The trial, which began in December 2014, is being conducted with support from the United Kingdom’s Civil Aviation...
January 28, 2015
WindTracer at Dubai airport. Photo: Lockheed Martin [Avionics Today 01-28-2015] Middle East airport solutions provider Bayanat Airports Engineering & Supplies, in collaboration with Lockheed Martin, has put three WindTracer systems into operation. WindTracer is a Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) system that measures the strength and behavior of wake...
January 28, 2015
The Orion UAS in flight. Photo: Aurora Flight Sciences [Avionics Today 01-28-2015] Aurora Flight Sciences has filed for an official world endurance record following an 80-hour flight by its Orion Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS). Observers from the National Aeronautic Association (NAA) were on hand to inspect the aircraft and witness the...
January 28, 2015
Photo: Boeing [Avionics Today 01-28-2015] Boeing has reported a record fourth-quarter revenue of $24.5 billion on higher deliveries in 2014. Fourth-quarter 2014 core operating earnings increased to $2.3 billion while earnings from operations increased to $2...
January 28, 2015
The Learjet 85. Photo: Bombardier [Avionics Today 01-28-2015] Rockwell Collins CEO Kelly Ortberg sees a possible positive outcome in Bombardier’s Learjet 85 program “pause” announced earlier this month. The problem-plagued midsize business jet program was halted indefinitely, slashing an estimated 1,000 jobs at Bombardier’s Kansas and Mexico facilities in mid-January — leading...
January 27, 2015
[Avionics Today 1-27-2015] The government-industry Equip 2020 working group held its latest meeting last week to continue addressing obstacles different segments of the industry are facing toward meeting the FAA's Jan. 1, 2020 mandate for Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast Out (ADS-B Out) avionics. One of the major issues the group addressed during the meeting was the challenges facing General...
January 27, 2015
Academic and simulator instruction for commercial pilots at the former Sim-Industries Brazil Sao Paulo Training Center. Photo: Lockheed Martin [Avionics Today 01-27-2015] Sim-Industries, a commercial aviation training company acquired by...
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