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October 1, 2014
ATC Towers at the Chicago O’Hare Airport. Photo: Wikipedia [Avionics Today 10-01-2014] Following Friday’s fire at the Chicago Air Route Traffic Control Center (ZAU) in Aurora, Ill., the FAA is managing high levels of air traffic in and out of the Chicago-area airports. Authorities have confirmed an FAA contractor set the fire in the basement of the ATC center, leading to damage that caused the...
October 1, 2014
Air traffic controllers at the Bristol Airport. Photo: NATS (flickr) [Avionics Today 10-01-2014] Bristol Airport has become the first major U.K. airport to introduce RNAV1 Performance Based Navigation (PBN) Standard Terminal Arrival Routes (STARs). The system uses satellite navigation coupled with technology fitted to the aircraft, which replaces...
October 1, 2014
Army launching the Puma UAS. Photo: AeroVironment [Avionics Today 10-01-2014] AeroVironment has received three firm fixed-price orders...
October 1, 2014
REACT4C modeling chain set to reduce emissions. Photo: Eurocontrol [Avionics Today 10-01-2014] Dr. Volker Grewe, the leader of a study on a concept to reduce emissions through optimized flight routes as part of the European Union’s Reducing Emissions from Aviation by Changing Trajectories for the benefit of Climate (EU REACT4C) project, has been awarded the Stuttgart Airport Company Aviation Award...
October 1, 2014
Patee Sarasin Nok Air CEO (center left) with Suphajee Suthumpun, Thaicom CEO (center right). Photo courtesy of Nok Air [Avionics Today 10-01-2014] The first flight to use Thaicom’s new satellite-based In-Flight Connectivity (IFC) service in...
October 1, 2014
[Avionics Today 10-01-2014] The solar-powered Zephyr Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) has completed a flight at more than 61,000 feet above the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA) approved the flight test, which was conducted jointly between Airbus Defence and Space with the Emirates Institution for Advanced Science and Technology (EIAST). Airbus Defence and Space said this...
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...
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