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September 19, 2014
Sapphire for ATC Communications. Photo: Northrop Grumman [Avionics Today 09-19-2014] Northrop Grumman Park Air Systems, Northrop Grumman’s U.K.-based air traffic management subsidiary, announced the introduction of a new line-up of Air Traffic Control (ATC)...
September 19, 2014
[Avionics Today 09-19-2014] The MQ-4C Triton Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) arrived at Naval Air Station Patuxent River in Maryland this week after completing its inaugural cross-country ferry flight, bringing the Navy closer to delivering this UAS capability to the fleet. Thales Top Sky ATC system. Photo: Thales The cross-country flight marked the transition from initial flight test, which established...
September 19, 2014
Michael Whitaker, deputy administrator and chief NextGen officer at the FAA. Photo: ATCA [Avionics Today 09-19-2014] There’s a long road ahead, but nothing will get in their way. That was the sentiment at the NextGen Institute’s public forum yesterday in which speakers from the FAA and private sectors discussed the goals and shortcomings of NextGen implementation. The NextGen Institute, a...
September 18, 2014
Gogo 2Ku dual antennas. Photo: Gogo [Avionics Today 09-18-2014] Following swiftly on the heels of Gogo’s recent announcement to provide In-Flight Connectivity (IFC) to Vietnam Airlines, the connectivity...
September 18, 2014
Flight deck of an Airbus A330. Photo: Wikipedia [Avionics Today 09-18-2014] Intrepid Aviation has announced the acquisition of one A330-300 equipped with two General Electric CF6-80E1A4 engines. The...
September 18, 2014
Hawaiian Airlines Boeing 767. Photo: Wikipedia [Avionics Today 09-18-2014] Hawaiian Airlines will become the first commercial airline to install Inmarsat’s SwiftBroadband for flight deck applications, including Safety Services, on its Boeing 767-300s. The airline will use the system for Aircraft Communications...
September 18, 2014
The 787-9 and 737 MAX in Avolon's livery. Photo: Avolon [Avionics Today 09-18-2014] Boeing and Avolon, a leasing company, have finalized an order for six 787-9...
September 18, 2014
Embraer's Super Tucano Aircraft. Photo: Wikipedia [Avionics Today 09-18-2014]  Embraer has selected the Rockwell Collins EP-80 Image Generator and accompanying database for its Super Tucano flight simulator. The Rockwell...
September 18, 2014
[Avionics Today 09-19-2014] Globalstar, in collaboration with ADS-B Technologies, recently completed a four-day 7,000-mile flight test of a dual-link Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) system. The space-based ADS-B Link Augmentation System, or ALAS, is capable of tracking an aircraft’s location for every second of its trip. Flight path of Globalstar's ADS-B test flight. Photo...
September 17, 2014
[Aviation Today 09-17-14] Already underway, this year’s Congress-backed National Aerospace Week looks to draw awareness to the United States aerospace industry, bolster government funding, and widen debate on topics such as NextGen, Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) and warfighters. “[National Aerospace Week] is a good opportunity to draw attention, nationally, to a critical, cutting edge...
September 17, 2014
The Kontron ACE Flight 600 4G LTE server. Photo: Kontron [Avionics Today 09-17-2014] Kontron has introduced the ACE Flight 600 general-purpose airborne server with an integrated 4G LTE modem. This is an upgrade to the previous ACE Flight Server platform and allows three times more wireless content to be loaded...
September 17, 2014
The Fuselage Automated Upright Build (FAUB) robotic manufacturing system. Photo: KUKA Systems [Avionics Today 09-17-2014] When the Boeing 777X twin-aisle passenger jet goes into full production for its debut in 2020, it will be a full robot takeover when it comes to riveting. Each fuselage will be built using...
September 17, 2014
The Airbus A350 XWB. Photo: Airbus [Avionics Today 09-17-2014] Building on Honeywell’s agreement with Inmarsat to exclusively develop, produce and distribute the onboard hardware that will enable users to connect to Inmarsat's GX Aviation network, Honeywell Aerospace and Thales have...
September 17, 2014
[Avionics Today 09-17-2014] Panasonic Avionics is introducing EMV-compliant Near-Field Communication (NFC) technology in its In-Flight Entertainment (IFE) systems. Passengers and crew will be able to use NFC-enabled smart...
September 17, 2014
A United Express Embraer E175 jet. Photo: Embraer [Avionics Today 09-17-2014] Republic Airways, already the operator of the largest E-Jets fleet in the world, has signed a contract with Embraer to purchase 50 of the manufacturers’ E175...
September 16, 2014
Vietnam Airlines flight. Photo: Wikipedia [Avionics Today 09-16-2014] Gogo has won bidding to provide Vietnam Airlines with In-Flight Connectivity (IFC) services on the airline’s fleet of Boeing 787 aircraft and a majority of its Airbus A350 aircraft. While both companies are currently negotiating...
September 16, 2014
Bombardier Global 8000 business aircraft. Photo: Bombardier business aircraft [Avionics Today 09-16-2014] Bombardier Business Aircraft will be the launch business manufacturer for Honeywell Aerospace’s JetWave Ka-Band satellite connectivity system. Honeywell's JetWave hardware supports Inmarsat's forthcoming Jet ConneX service which, when it goes live in 2015, will provide business jet...
September 16, 2014
Pratt and Whitney F135 engine. Photo: Joint Strike Fighter Program [Avionics Today 09-16-2014] Pratt and Whitney and the U.S. Air Force have completed qualification for F135 engine testing at Tinker Air Force Base in Okla. The testing will take place at the base’s Oklahoma City Air Logistics Complex (OC-ALC), which is also qualified to perform maintenance...
September 16, 2014
Kontron Cab-n-Connect 28VDC designed for use in business jets and regional aircraft. Photo: Kontron [Avionics Today 09-16-2014] Kontron is looking to help airlines and other aircraft customers test out In-Flight Connectivity (IFC) through its avionics Systems Integration Lab (SIL) located at its North American headquarters in Poway, Calif. Built with the purpose of...
September 16, 2014
A Northrop Grumman RQ-4 Global Hawk. Photo: Wikipedia [Avionics Today 09-16-2014] The U.S. Air Force has awarded Northrop Grumman a $354 million primarily firm-fixed-price contract to expand their RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aircraft system (UAS) fleet by three...
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