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July 21, 2015
[Avionics Today 07-21-2015] Boeing released a new forecast showing continued strong demand for commercial airline pilots and maintenance technicians as the world's airlines add 38,000 airplanes to the global fleet over the next 20 years. Boeing's 2015 Pilot and Technician Outlook projects that between 2015 and 2034, the world will require 558,000 new commercial airline pilots and 609,000 maintenance...
July 21, 2015
[Avionics Today 07-21-2015] The FAA has awarded ATCorp a Multiple Award Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract to provide specialized engineering and technical labor resources to support the FAA's Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) and other FAA...
July 21, 2015
Photo: UTC [Avionics Today 07-21-2015] Following the company’s announcement to sell Sikorsky Aviation to Lockheed Martin for $9 billion, United Technologies Corp. (UTC) reported lackluster second quarter earnings. Sales of $16.3 billion decreased by 5 percent, reflecting the impact of adverse foreign exchange and absence of the prior year Sikorsky Canadian Maritime Helicopter Program adjustment...
July 21, 2015
Aspen Avionics Lynx NGT-9000. Photo: Aspen Avionics [Avionics Today 07-21-2015] Aspen Avionics and L-3 have announced an agreement to offer an Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) compliant integrated system that includes the Aspen primary and multi-function displays and L-3’s Lynx NGT-9000 MultiLink Surveillance...
July 21, 2015
[Avionics Today 07-21-2018] Inmarsat announced last week that by 2018, under the European Space Agency's (ESA) Iris Precursor program, the air-to-ground communications support for initial 4-D flight path control will be in place to begin tracking aircraft trajectories in European airspace in four dimensions: latitude, longitude, altitude and time. ESA and Inmarsat have completed the final design review for...
July 20, 2015
Airbus A330 in flight, the last to receive EASA ROPS approval. Photo: Airbus [Avionics Today 07-20-2015] Airbus has achieved European Aviation Safety Administration (EASA) certification of its innovative Runway Overrun Prevention System (ROPS) technology on A330 family aircraft. ROPS is an on-board cockpit alerting...
July 20, 2015
[Avionics Today 07-20-2015] Northrop Grumman demonstrated in recent test flights that the U.S. Air Force's Open Mission Systems (OMS) architecture standards can be successfully integrated across multiple systems and platforms. Due to the success of these flights, new capabilities can now be integrated rapidly and...
July 20, 2015
S-76D Sikorsky helicopter. Photo: Sikorsky Photo by Ned Dawson [Avionics Today 07-20-2015] Lockheed Martin is set to acquire helicopter-manufacturer Sikorsky Aircraft from United Technologies Corp. (UTC) at $9 billion — a price effectively reduced to approximately $7.1 billion, after taking into account tax benefits resulting from the transaction. The acquisition is subject to...
July 20, 2015
Beechcraft King Air 250 at the Experimental Aircraft Association AirVenture in Oshkosh where it is making its North American debut. Photo: Textron [Avionics Today 07-20-2015] The FAA has awarded Beechcraft type certification for the latest version of its new production Beechcraft King Air 250 turboprop fitted...
July 20, 2015
[Avionics Today 07-20-2015] Sikorsky's S-97 Raider development and flight testing team is preparing for the second flight of its next generation aircraft, the multi-mission S-97 Raider helicopter, expected to occur next month. The helicopter features a unique integration of mature technologies based on the X2 Demonstrator, along with a technological breakthrough in the networked distributed Integrated...
July 17, 2015
[Avionics Today 07-17-2015] Duncan Aviation has joined the Robotic Skies network of service centers optimized to provide certification, maintenance and repair for the emerging commercial unmanned aircraft fleet. Duncan...
July 17, 2015
[Avionics Today 07-17-2015] ForeFlight has teamed up with Garmin to provide connectivity with Garmin avionics, broadening the flight planning, in-flight and connectivity capabilities available to pilots. When connected to Garmin Flight Stream, pilots...
July 17, 2015
[Avionics Today 07-17-2015] The European Commission (EC) has published the report it received from a task force led by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) to investigate the crash of Germanwings Flight 9525. Assembled in May 2015 at the request of EU Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc, the task force analyzed the...
July 17, 2015
Flirtey delivery UAS. Photo: Flirtey [Avionics Today 07-17-2015] Today, the first FAA-approved Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) package delivery will kick off at a field hospital in Wise, Va. The Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership at Virginia Tech received a FAA certification to conduct research flights earlier this month and will be delivering pharmaceuticals and other medical supplies at a free medical...
July 17, 2015
[Avionics Today 07-17-2015] Elbit Systems’ new Skylens wearable Head-Up Display (HUD) is well on its way to making its debut aboard ATR-600 series aircraft in a move that has the potential to open up new possibilities within the Enhanced Flight Vision Systems (EFVS) market. With Elbit Systems recently achieving Proof of Concept (POC) certification, Avionics Magazine caught up with Elbit...
July 16, 2015
[Avionics Today 07-16-2015] Satcom Direct’s FlightDeck Freedom now supports aircraft equipped with Rockwell Collins CMU-1000 datalink systems as well as aircraft equipped with a Universal Avionics UniLink UL-800/801 Communications Management Unit (CMU) operating simultaneously with Honeywell’s Aircraft Flight Information Services...
July 16, 2015
Garmin Panel. Photo: Business Wire [Avionics Today 07-16-2015] Garmin International has expanded its Connext wireless cockpit ecosystem, which broadens compatibility to include the Garmin aera 796/795 aviation portable GPS, ForeFlight Mobile and Jeppesen Mobile FliteDeck. Through the...
July 16, 2015
Pilatus PC-7 of the Royal Netherlands Air Force. Photo: Wikipedia [Avionics Today 07-16-2015] The Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) has selected Intertrade, a Rockwell Collins company that provides used aircraft and engine parts, to supply avionics repair chain management...
July 16, 2015
[Avionics Today 07-16-2015] Aurora Flight Sciences received official notification from the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) on July 1 that its Orion aircraft set the world record for duration of flight for a remotely controlled Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV). The unmanned aircraft flew an 80-hour, 2-minute and 52-second flight last December, earning the award for longest...
July 16, 2015
[Avionics Today 07-16-2015] With the FAA well on its way to publishing a final rule on Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) integration into the National Airspace System (NAS), small businesses are calling for faster and more lucid regulation. Representatives from industry, entrepreneurs and UAS activist organizations gathered with lawmakers in Washington, D.C., at the “Taking Flight: Small Business...
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