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September 30, 2014
[Avionics Today 09-30-2014] Airbus has received type certification for its A350-900 wide body passenger jet from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). The EASA approval clears Airbus for delivery of the first A350 before the end of the year to launch customer Qatar Airways.      Airbus A350 formation flight - landing. Photo: Airbus.   Approval was issued following an extensive...
September 30, 2014
The AVIC MA-700 regional airliner equipped with Rockwell Collins Pro Line Fusion avionics system. Photo: Rockwell Collins [Avionics Today 09-30-2014] The Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) has selected Rockwell Collins’ Pro Line Fusion advanced avionics system for the airline’s new MA-700...
September 30, 2014
The M-346 trainer aircraft in flight. Photo: Wikipedia [Avionics Today 09-30-2014] The Israel Air Force (IAF) has inaugurated a new flight training center for the M-346 advanced trainer aircraft, affectionately named “Lavi” by the IAF, at Hatzerim Air Force Base. Elbit Systems, the Israel-based prime...
September 30, 2014
The first US built A-29 Super Tucano aircraft. Photo: Embraer [Avionics Today 09-30-2014] The Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) and Embraer Defense & Security have presented the first United States-built A-29 Super Tucano light air...
September 30, 2014
Diagram of ADS-B airspace. Photo: FAA [Avionics Today 09-30-2014] Exelis, as the prime contractor responsible for the FAA execution of the Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) program, reports it is delivering surveillance coverage requirements on budget and on schedule. However, despite the terms of the original contract...
September 30, 2014
Jeppessen’s FliteDeck Pro displayed on a tablet. Photo: Jeppesen [Avionics Today 09-30-2014] Widerøe, a regional carrier of Scandinavia, recently gained authorization for paperless flight operations...
September 29, 2014
Phones and tablets can now stay connected throughout flight on European airlines. Photo: EASA [Avionics Today 09-29-2014] The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has announced that it will now allow Portable Electronic Devices (PEDs) to remain on and connected throughout nearly all phases of flight on commercial...
September 29, 2014
Lockheed Martin’s Lightning II aircraft. Photo: Wikipedia [Avionics Today 09-29-2014] The Republic of Korea finalized its formal selection of the Pratt & Whitney-powered F-35A Lightning II aircraft for its F-X fighter acquisition program, announcing its intent to sign the Letter of Offer...
September 29, 2014
Lockheed Martin Chairman, President and CEO Marillyn Hewson. Photo: Lockheed Martin [Avionics Today 09-29-2014] Lockheed Martin Chairman, President and CEO Marillyn Hewson shared her vision for the future in a speech to 500 of the aerospace and defense manufacturer’s engineering, technical and scientific professionals on Wednesday. In her speech, Hewson outlined the company’s technology...
September 29, 2014
Indra headquarters in Madrid, Spain. Photo: Indra [Avionics Today 09-29-2014] Indra, an Air Traffic Management (ATM) systems provider based in Spain, has signed a $22 million contract with Brazilian airport infrastructure company Infraero to install 24 radio navigation Doppler VHF Omni Radio / Distance Measuring Equipment (DVOR/DME) stations...
September 29, 2014
ATM conference stresses technology to compensate for rising air traffic in Asia-Pacific. Photo: Boeing [Avionics Today 09-29-2014] Air Traffic Management (ATM) professionals from North and South America, Europe, Russia, Africa, Middle East, Asia Pacific and China met in Beijing at the Air Traffic Control (ATC) Global Exhibition and Conference last week. The event was organized with full backing from...
September 29, 2014
[Avionics Today 09-29-2014] The FAA is working with its Air Traffic Controllers (ATC) and technicians to restore normal flight operations in and out of Chicago-area airports following an incident that occurred at the Chicago Air Route Traffic Control Center (ZAU) in Aurora, Ill. Authorities have confirmed that an FAA contractor reportedly set a fire in the basement of the regional ATC center leading to...
September 26, 2014
[Avionics Today 09-26-2014] The last 10 years have seen dramatic economic growth for Latin America, Mexico and the Caribbean. Flourishing in tandem with the rise in industry and business is, of course, the need for business jets. ┬áCabin of Embraer Legacy 500 business jet. Photo: Embraer “There is certainly an improvement in the Latin American business jet market. Recent sales results have produced a...
September 26, 2014
FAA Headquarters in Washington, D.C. Photo: Matthew Bisanz via Wikipedia Avionics Today 09-26-2014] The Global Gateway Alliance, a nonprofit created in 2012 to address airport infrastructure challenges at the New York metropolitan area, is calling for the FAA to set on a hard deadline for NextGen completion. Global Gateway Alliance Chairman Joe Sitt and Executive Director Stephen Sigmund made a...
September 26, 2014
Airbus A320neo and crew after first flight. Photo: Airbus [Avionics Today 09-26-2014] The maiden flight of the A320neo, the first of its model to fly, has landed back at Toulouse-Blagnac Airport in France after successfully completing its first flight, which lasted around two and a half hours. The A320neo, powered by Pratt & Whitney PW1100G-JM engines, lifted off from Blagnac at...
September 26, 2014
Two trainees with First Secretary Enock Aroni of the Kenyan High Commission. Photo: Marketwired [Avionics Today 09-26-2014] ING Robotic Aviation is conducting a 10-day maintenance course for East Africa-based Keymerging Technologies on the Responder, a small rotary wing...
September 26, 2014
The Bombardier CS300 in flight. Photo: Bombardier [Avionics Today 09-26-2014] Bombardier has announced that a wholly owned affiliate of Macquarie AirFinance...
September 26, 2014
The FAA has granted the use of commercial UAS on TV and movie sets. Photo: Wikipedia [Avionics Today 09-26-2014] The United States Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced the department has granted regulatory exemptions to six aerial photo and video production companies, the first step to allowing the film and television industry the use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) in the National Airspace...
September 25, 2014
[Avionics Today 09-2425-2014] “The skies of 2025 are going to be radically different than today’s,” Marion Blakey, president and CEO of the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) said in her opening remarks for a panel at the NextGen Institute’s annual public meeting last week. The “’Next’ NextGen — Investing for the Future” panel covered much of the...
September 25, 2014
The Boeing F-15K, launch aircraft for the BMATS capability. Photo: Boeing [Avionics Today 09-25-2014] Boeing recently unveiled a new Multi-platform Avionics Test System (BMATS), which enables customers to repair and confirm the operational status of complex electronics for a wide range of Boeing and non-Boeing weapons systems alike. This is unlike previous systems that have been designed to support a...
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