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April 23, 2014
Gagan Brings Avionics Upgrades to India A computer-generated rendering of an airplane runway approach using Honeywell’s Smartpath system. Photo: Honeywell Operators in India need to upgrade their avionics this year to match the country’s overhaul of its ATC system. Ashok Lavasa, India’s civil aviation secretary, says Gagan is projected to save the nation’s operators and airlines a...
April 23, 2014
UK Launches Low Altitude Datalink Flight Trials U.K.’s National Air Traffic Services (NATS) is currently using live flight trials between Bristol and Edinburgh to research the use of data communications between Air Traffic Controllers (ATCs) and pilots at lower altitudes. According to NATS, Datalink, the U.K.’s version of the Data Comm ATM modernization in the U.S., is currently mandated in...
April 23, 2014
Thales, Qatar to Develop OPV-A Thales, Qatar Air Force officials sign MOU to develop OPV-A. Photo: Thales Thales announced a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Qatar Armed Forces to assist in the development of an Optionally Piloted Vehicle-Aircraft (OPV-A). The Qatar Armed Forces will select the OPV-A airframe to be integrated with a mission systems capability. OPV-A is a hybrid between a...
April 23, 2014
NextGen Data Comm on Track For 2016 IOC What a pilot will see on the cockpit display when using Data Comm for a revised route clearance. Photo: NATCA Initial Operating Capability (IOC) for the first phase of the Data Communications (Data Comm) Air Traffic Management (ATM) technology under the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) NextGen program is on track for 2016, according to a National Air...
April 23, 2014
Avianca Upgrades A320s With ROPS Flight display featuring the Airbus ROPS technology. Photo: Airbus Colombian airline Avianca is upgrading its fleet of A320s with the Airbus Runway Overrun Prevention System (ROPS), an onboard cockpit technology designed to provide active protection and increase situational awareness during the aircraft landing phase of flight. According to Airbus, the system combines data...
April 23, 2014
[Avionics Today April 23, 2014] Three of the world's largest aerospace and defense manufacturers, Boeing, Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman, reported their first quarter earnings. Boeing came out first, with the strongest first quarter earnings of the three. The manufacturer’s results were fueled by higher sales and increased deliveries of its flagship commercial airframes, the 737 and the...
April 23, 2014
[Avionics Today April 23, 2014] Lockheed Martin's announced progress with its Kestrel flight control systems and mobile Ground Control Station (mGCS) software, designed to increase the automation capabilities of its Group 1 family of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS).    The Desert Hawk III, a small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) made by Lockheed, demonstrated increased automation during...
April 23, 2014
[Avionics Today April 23, 2014] Vector has reported on the successful completion of the first test trial of its GL1020FTE data logger analyzing Controller Area Network (CAN) data bus communications onboard the second flight test aircraft in the Airbus A350 XWB program.    CAN data bus is a serial...
April 23, 2014
[Avionics Today April 23, 2014] Rockwell Collins released a statement about the use of its TacNet Tactical Radio (TTR) in Project Missouri, a series of flight tests at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev.   The Lockheed Martin-led Project Missouri program featured flight tests using an open systems architecture evaluating datalink communications between an...
April 23, 2014
[Avionics Today April 23, 2014] Canadian avionics manufacturer Flyht’s Automated Flight Information Reporting System (AFIRS) has achieved 1 million flights onboard aircraft.  The AFIRS system was first introduced in 2005, and has been installed on over 400...
April 22, 2014
Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), or simply drones, are becoming more of a buzzword worldwide. Be it for its wide range of possible uses, controversies around privacy concerns, or disputes around their legality, the discussions are hot right now. With the Association of Unmanned Vehicles Systems International (AUVSI) Unmanned Systems 2014 conference around the corner, we...
April 22, 2014
Although in the U.S. NextGen is still six years away and European mandates are speculated to be less-than-firm, long-range jet providers like Gulfstream, Dassault and Cessna are equipping their new production aircraft with the capabilities to handle the new requirements. Operators are reaping the benefits of GPS-guided Wide Area Augmentation System/Localizer Performance with Vertical Guidance (WAAS-LPV)...
April 22, 2014
  A pilotless F-16 during flight. Photo: Boeing The U.S. Air Force expects the unmanned QF-16 to challenge fighter pilots and air defenders with a Full-Scale Aerial Target (FSAT) representative of a fourth-generation fighter threat. Like the QF-4 it will replace, the agile QF-16 will fly either manned or unmanned and work with existing telemetry/control systems. Boeing Global Services & Support...
April 22, 2014
One core airspace modernization technology, Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B), is a top priority in worldwide mandates with upgrade deadlines fast approaching for Europe and the United States. As a technology that will revolutionize routing, safety and position awareness, ADS-B will bring pilots pinpointed aircraft position in non-radar airspace, new flight plan options and re-routes that...
April 22, 2014
Just five years ago, the idea of the futuristic aircraft known as Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) dotting our skies seemed more like talk of UFO sightings than future tech, but now, “I think you’ve got to be pretty deluded to think that we’re not going to have unmanned aircraft in the National Airspace,” says Craig Woolsey, director of the Virginia Center for Autonomous Systems and...
April 22, 2014
The Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) treatment of very small UAS is creating a serious problem. While the agency deserves considerable credit for its hard work on projects to transition to the integration of UAS with manned aircraft in the civil airspace, the FAA has been a bit tone deaf when it comes to treatment of very small UAS vehicles where the operator desires to use the vehicle for...
April 22, 2014
[Avionics Today April 22, 2014] The search for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 Boeing 777 aircraft is nearing the 50th day, and while there have been hundreds of theories on what happened, the families of the missing victims and the search crew looking for the aircraft will not know what happened until the flight data and cockpit voice recorders are recovered.  ISMS box from Star...
April 22, 2014
[Avionics Today April 22, 2014] Bombardier has launched the Consortium for Aerospace Research and Innovation in Canada (CARIC), an initiative aimed at uniting the Canadian aerospace industry, university and research institution leaders to advance aerospace technology.    Organized in collaboration with Industry...
April 22, 2014
[Avionics Today April 22, 2014] Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. announced a successful flight test of an optionally piloted Black Hawk Helicopter, part of the manufacturer's ongoing work with the U.S. Army to provide autonomous cargo delivery.   Under Sikorsky's Manned/Unmanned Resupply Aerial Lifter (MURAL) program, the Optionally Piloted...
April 21, 2014
[Avionics Today April 21, 2014] The Civil Aviation Authority of Panama (AAC) announced the inauguration of a new approach and en-route radar Air Traffic Control (ATC) center that has the capability to manage the entire airspace of Canada...
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