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October 17, 2014
[Avionics Today 10-17-2014] As Wi-Fi networks increasingly become standard on modern aircraft, aviation maintenance personnel are finding their workloads becoming increasingly more complex. Nowhere is this more of an issue than in the business aviation world, where aviation technicians responsible for troubleshooting and clearing the airworthiness of aircraft have a much different "need to know"...
October 17, 2014
Bombardier Challenger 604. Photo: Marshall Aerospace [Avionics Today 10-17-2014] Rockwell Collins will offer Future Airspace Navigation System (FANS) 1/A capability for Bombardier’s Challenger 604 aircraft equipped with Rockwell Collins Pro Line 4 avionics...
October 17, 2014
Solar UAV artist rendering. Photo: Alta Devices [Avionics Today 10-17-2014] Alta Devices has announced cooperation with Airware to enable manufacturers of small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) to integrate solar power into their aircraft. By integrating thin and lightweight solar material onto the wings of a small UAV, Alta believes that...
October 17, 2014
Garmin Introduces Stand-Alone ADS-B Solution for Business and Transport Aircraft. Photo: Garmin [Avionics Today 10-17-2014] Garmin and partners from the company’s authorized dealer network will provide a stand-alone Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) solution for business and transport aircraft. Garmin claims that this solution is minimally intrusive, satisfies global...
October 17, 2014
E-2D Advanced Hawkeye aircraft. Photo: US Navy [Avionics Today 10-17-2014] The Airborne Command Control and Logistics Wing of Naval Air Systems Command announced earlier this week that the latest variant of the E-2 aircraft, the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye has achieved Initial Operational Capability (IOC). IOC signifies that the first operational squadron, Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 125, is manned...
October 17, 2014
The Pentagon, headquarters of the United States Department of Defense. Photo: Wikipedia [Avionics Today 10-17-2014] At the Bookings Institution in Washington, D.C., earlier this week, national security experts and industry leaders met to discuss cutting Department of Defense (DOD) costs in the face of a...
October 16, 2014
[Avionics Today 10-16-2014] Deployment of the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) has been the chief focus for the FAA in recent years. A new management structure was set in place a year ago with Michael Whitaker as deputy administrator for the FAA and Edward Bolton as the new associate administrator for the NextGen program. With this new structure, the agency turned to MITRE to take stock...
October 16, 2014
United Airlines flight. Photo: Wikipedia [Avionics Today 10-16-2014] Gogo has been selected by United Airlines to bring in-flight Internet service to it’s two-cabin regional jet fleet. Installation of Wi-Fi services, which will involve more than...
October 16, 2014
The Airbus A350 XWB. Photo: Airbus [Avionics Today 10-16-2014] The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has approved the new Airbus A350-900 for Extended-range Twin engine aircraft Operations (ETOPS) “Beyond 180 minutes” diversion time. This marks the A350 XWB as the first new aircraft type to receive this...
October 16, 2014
F-35 Joint Strike Fighter for which Pratt & Whitney supply the propulsion systems. Photo: Pratt & Whitney [Avionics Today 10-16-2014] The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) awarded Pratt & Whitney a contract for the seventh lot of F135 propulsion systems to power the F-35 Lightning II warfighter. The recent contract announcement for $592 million raises the total procurement contract...
October 16, 2014
Embraer E175 E-Jet rendering. Photo: Embraer [Avionics Today 10-16-2014] By the end of the third quarter of 2014, Embraer’s firm order backlog reached $22.1 billion, the highest in the company’s history. The record backlog was driven mainly by the signing of the contract...
October 16, 2014
ANSYS SCADE Display specification example. Photo: ANSYS [Avionics Today 10-16-2014] Esterline CMC Electronics (CMC) is using ANSYS solutions to develop next-generation primary flight display systems for aircraft...
October 15, 2014
Airbus A320neo in IndiGo livery. Photo: Airbus [Avionics Today 10-15-2014] Indian domestic airline, IndiGo has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for 250 firm...
October 15, 2014
[Avionics Today 10-15-2014] Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B), Area Navigation (RNAV) and other technology initiatives are helping to significantly reduce Green House Gas (GHG) emissions, according to NAV Canada’s annual Collaborative Initiatives for Emissions Reduction (CIFER)...
October 15, 2014
ARES Block C Unmanned Aerial System. Photo: PRNewsFoto/SHIELD Aviation [Avionics Today 10-15-2014] SHIELD Aviation has announced the granting of a Category three Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) Interim Flight Clearance (IFC) for the ARES Block C UAS by Naval Air System Command...
October 15, 2014
Airbus headquarters in Toulouse, France. Photo: Airbus [Avionics Today 10-15-2014] Airbus Defense and...
October 15, 2014
Gulfstream G500 and G600 aircraft artist rendering. Photo: Gulfstream [Avionics Today 10-15-2014] Gulfstream Aerospace has introduced a new family of business jets: the G500 and G600. The new bizjets can fly 4,800 nautical miles (nm) at Mach 0.90, with a maximum operating speed for both aircraft at...
October 15, 2014
[Avionics Today 10-15-2014] The European Commission, like many government agencies across the globe, is racing to regulate airspace for civil Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) as quickly as technology and business opportunities in the sector are developing. The European Commission is endorsing and overseeing a SESAR JU-led “Definition Phase” aimed at aligning civil UAS regulations with ongoing...
October 14, 2014
SESAR JU helicopter SNI during flight trials in June. Photo: SESAR JU [Avionics Today 10-14-2014] The Barcelona Airport is ready for new satellite-based helicopter flight procedures, after a series of flight trials funded by the Single European Sky ATM Research Committee Joint Undertaking (SESAR JU) were recently completed. The new procedures, known as Simultaneous Non-Interfering (SNI) operations, will...
October 14, 2014
Chicago O’Hare Airport. Photo: peddhapati (flickr) [Avionics Today 10-14-2014] Two weeks after its closure, the FAA has restored air traffic operations at the Chicago En Route Center in Aurora, Ill. The center was closed after an FAA contractor...
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