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November 7, 2014
[Avionics Today 11-7-2014] NASA believes its current ongoing green aviation project is one step closer to developing technology that could make future airliners quieter and more fuel efficient. The agency completed a successful flight test of a wing surface that can "change shape in flight."   The Adaptive Compliant Trailing Edge (ACTE) project is a joint effort...
November 7, 2014
[Avionics Today 11-7-2014] Surf Air has received its first Pilatus PC-12 NG business jet, the first of 15 on order for the Broomfield, Colo.-based private airline. The PC-12 NG will join a fleet of three legacy PC-12s that Surf Air currently...
November 6, 2014
[Avionics Today 11-6-2014] The benefits of the FAA's close collaboration with the aviation industry and unions on NextGen implementation is starting to become more evident; especially the agency's close work with the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA). One example of this is the continued progress transitioning Air Traffic Control (ATC) facilities from the legacy Common Automated Radar...
November 6, 2014
[Avionics Today 11-06-2014] Rockwell Collins announced the addition of new features to its ARINC Direct Flight Operations System (FOS) to increase flight operations efficiency for flight dispatchers, schedulers and pilots.ARINC Direct is part of the company's new Information Management Services...
November 6, 2014
[Avionics Today 11-06-2014] The French Defense Procurement Agency (DGA) and the U.K. Ministry of Defense (MOD) have launched the feasibility phase of the U.K.-French Future Combat Air System (FCAS) program. During the feasibility phase, both agencies are...
November 6, 2014
[Avionics Today 11-06-2014] Bombardier has appointed Munich, Germany-based Lufthansa CityLine as an Authorized Service Facility (ASF) for its CRJ700 and CRJ900 aircraft. With the new approval, Lufthansa CityLine...
November 6, 2014
[Avionics Today 11-06-2014] Raytheon has begun the flight-testing phase of the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency's (DARPA) Persistent Close Air Support (PCAS) program. The 18-month, $25.5 million program is designed to improve the speed of close air support to soldiers on the battlefield, and enable combat aircrews, ground troops and Joint Terminal Attack Controllers (JTACs) to...
November 6, 2014
[Avionics Today 11-06-2014] Vistara, a newly launched joint venture airline between Singapore Airlines and Tata Sons based in New Delhi, has signed a long term Flight Hour Services Tailored Support Package (FHS-TSP) agreement with Airbus. Under the agreement, Airbus will...
November 5, 2014
CAA released a series of training videos for pilots in order to mitigate human error in flight. Photo: CAA [Avionics Today 11-05-2014] The U.K. Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has launched an initiative to improve potential situations where human error may cause air transportation accidents. The training initiative, named Crew Resource...
November 5, 2014
A demonstration of the metaAir technology by Lamda Guard. Photo: Lamda Guard [Avionics Today 11-05-2014] Lamda Guard is helping tamp down laser interference in the cockpit with its metaAIR solution. The solution uses an array of nano-particles of specific periodic geometry...
November 5, 2014
Photo: FEAM [Avionics Today 11-05-2014] F&E Aircraft Maintenance (FEAM), a Miami-based Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) company...
November 5, 2014
JetBlue aircraft in flight. Photo: JetBlue [Avionics Today 11-05-2014] Verizon Enterprise Solutions signed a five-year agreement with...
November 5, 2014
Icing on a plane. Photo: Wikipedia [Avionics Today 11-05-2014] The FAA has issued a final rule that broadens the coverage of its icing certification standards. The updated standards require U.S. manufacturers to show that transport airplanes can operate safely in freezing drizzle or freezing rain — conditions that constitute the icing environment known as Supercooled Large Drops (SLD). The...
November 5, 2014
[Avionics Today 11-5-2014] The Radio Technical Commission for Aeronautics (RTCA) announced a new partnership with the International Air Transport Association (IATA) focusing on modernizing Air Traffic Management (ATM) in Latin America. Both organizations are looking to accelerate Communication, Navigation and Surveillance/ATM through the Aviation System Block Upgrades (ASBUs) model launched in 2013 by the...
November 4, 2014
[Avionics Today 11-04-2014] The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) has released the 2014 third quarter General Aviation (GA) aircraft shipment report, with signs the industry is recovering. Total worldwide GA airplane shipments increased 5.7 percent to 1,678, and billings rose to $16 billion...
November 4, 2014
Terminal 2 Ramp at Dubai International Airport. Photo: Wikipedia [Avionics Today 11-04-2014] Searidge Technologies has announced that the its remote situational awareness and zone occupancy surface management system is now in operation at Dubai International Airport (DXB). Searidge, which provides surface management solutions to Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs) and airports, aims the...
November 4, 2014
ANA 777X aircraft. Photo: Boeing [Avionics Today 11-04-2014] Boeing and All Nippon Airways (ANA) are teaming up to implement operational improvements for ANA’s commercial aircraft fleet. The improvements are...
November 4, 2014
F-35C Lightning II aboard a US Navy aircraft carrier. Photo: US Navy [Avionics Today 11-04-2014] The Navy’s F-35C Lightning II carrier variant Joint Strike Fighter conducted its first arrested landing aboard an aircraft carrier off the coast of San Diego. Navy test pilot Cmdr. Tony Wilson landed F-35C test aircraft CF-03 aboard USS Nimitz's (CVN 68)...
November 4, 2014
The Beats Music application on Southwest flights. Photo: Southwest [Avionics Today 11-04-2014] Southwest Airlines has partnered with Beats Music to provide a “uniquely curated” music experience...
November 4, 2014
[Avionics Today 11-4-2014] The FAA's "call to action" day last week resulted in the formation of the Equip 2020 working group. According to the agency, the Equip 2020 group is tasked with working with commercial and General Aviation (GA) operators to identify the key barriers they are facing when it comes to equipping their aircraft with Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast Out (ADS-B Out)...
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