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November 24, 2014
[Avionics Today 11-24-2014] The FAA announced its latest Metroplex-related airspace improvement activity under its nationwide rollout of the NextGen program: a new Optimized Profile Descent (OPD) for the Washington, D.C. Metroplex initiative. According to a statement from the agency, the Washington, D.C. airport system is the first Metroplex in the United States to now have three "satellite-based...
November 24, 2014
Airberlin aircraft. Photo: Wikipedia [Avionics Today 11-24-2014] The Airberlin group, the second largest airline in Germany, has equipped the first two aircraft in its fleet with the new “airberlin connect” Wi-Fi service. The two Airbus A320s now offer a Wi-Fi system provided by Panasonic Avionics that...
November 24, 2014
UTC corporate headquarters. Photo: UTC [Avionics Today 11-24-2014] United Technologies Corporation (UTC) announced that Gregory J. Hayes, UTC senior vice president and...
November 24, 2014
United IFE on a personal device. Photo: United Airways [Avionics Today 11-24-2014] United Airlines customers using Android devices can now use the latest version of the United app to access the airline's complimentary personal device entertainment service. The service enables...
November 24, 2014
[Avionics Today 11-24-2014] AirMedia Group, an operator of out-of-home advertising platforms in China, has partnered with China Telecom Satellite Communications (CTSAT) to jointly develop and operate a network for in-flight satellite connectivity services and multimedia cabin entertainment...
November 21, 2014
Passengers using Gogo. Photo: Gogo [Avionics Today 11-21-2014] United Airlines has selected Gogo to bring its in-flight Internet service to United's two-cabin regional jet fleet. Installation of Wi-Fi services, which will involve more than 200...
November 21, 2014
Patroller UAS on its final approach in Toulouse, France. Photo: Safran [Avionics Today 11-21-2014] Sagem has completed a series of flight tests demonstrating successful integration of an Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) into manned airspace in compliance with European civil aviation regulations and Air Traffic Control (ATC)...
November 21, 2014
The soon to be replaced Delta Airlines Boeing 747 aircraft. Photo: Wikipedia [Avionics Today 11-21-2014] Delta Air Lines will replace older generation Boeing 747 and 767 aircraft with Airbus A350-900 and...
November 21, 2014
GLADS software solution. Photo: Analytical Graphics, Inc. [Avionics Today 11-21-2014] Analytical Graphics, Inc. (AGI), has been awarded a contract by Air Mobility Command (AMC) to provide a Global Awareness Decision Support (GLADS) solution based on...
November 21, 2014
[Avionics Today 11-21-2014] Honeywell and Safran have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with China Aviation Energy & Emission Solutions (CAAES) to evaluate the benefits of the EGTS electric taxiing system for Chinese airlines and airports and its potential deployment in...
November 21, 2014
[Avionics Today 11-21-2014] SmartSky Networks, the engineers of an up-and-coming aviation communications network, has announced SatCom Direct as the exclusive business aviation service provider for the network when it comes available in 2016. SmartSky positioned itself as a main competitor for current connectivity top dog GoGo at NBAA last month when it announced its entry into the market alongside claims...
November 20, 2014
[Avionics Today 11-20-2014] Boeing's 787 ecoDemonstrator completed its first test flight this week. The airframe manufacturer is using the 787 ZA004 ecoDemonstrator to test more than 25 new technologies designed to improve airlines' gate-to-gate efficiency while reducing noise, fuel burn and emissions among other operational improvements.      The Boeing 787 ecoDemonstrator is seen here...
November 20, 2014
[Avionics Today 11-20-2014] The FAA announced the implementation of its second completed metroplex program this week, the North Texas NextGen Metroplex project. According to the agency, the newly completed project will save aircraft flying in the North Texas airspace an estimated 4.1 million gallons of fuel per year and significantly reduce carbon emissions as well.    “We flipped the...
November 20, 2014
Northrop Grumman offices. Photo: Northrop Grumman [Avionics Today 11-20-2014] Northrop Grumman’s Laser Systems business unit has announced its new Viper 2.1 laser, featuring a form factor and interface for use on all Directed Infrared Countermeasure...
November 20, 2014
Jaiwon Shin, NASA’s associate administrator for Aeronautics Research, and Jaeboong Lee, president of the Korea Agency for Infrastructure Technology Advancement, signed an agreement Nov. 17, 2014 in Seoul, South Korea. Photo: NASA [Avionics Today 11-20-2014] NASA and the Korea Agency for Infrastructure...
November 20, 2014
Photo: Wikipedia [Avionics Today 11-20-2014] Business and General Aviation (GA) avionics sales this summer dropped 5 percent, according to the Aircraft Electronics Association’s (AEA) third-quarter...
November 20, 2014
[Avionics Today 11-20-2014] The United Kingdom’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) announced that implementation of significant elements of the European Union’s Standardized European Rules of the Air (SERA) has been delayed. As a result, there will be no changes to the U.K. Rules of the Air stemming from SERA that will impact U.K. pilots and the...
November 20, 2014
[Avionics Today 11-20-2014] Passur Aerospace and Inform GmbH are integrating their existing solutions for airline and airport turn management and hub control into a new, combined offering...
November 20, 2014
[Avionics Today 11-20-2014] As the FAA moves closer to releasing its highly anticipated regulations for small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) and the agency's six testing sites throughout the U.S. continue to research the technology, excitement keeps growing in the aviation industry about the potential commercial uses of unmanned aircraft. Following the recent ruling by the National Transportation Safety...
November 19, 2014
An aerial photography UAS. Photo: flickr [Avionics Today 11-19-2014] The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has determined that aerial photographer Raphael Pirker had operated an Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) recklessly over the University of Virginia Campus in 2011. The FAA initially docked...
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