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April 23, 2014
[Avionics Today April 23, 2014] Canadian avionics manufacturer Flyht’s Automated Flight Information Reporting System (AFIRS) has achieved 1 million flights onboard aircraft.  The AFIRS system was first introduced in 2005, and has been installed on over 400...
April 22, 2014
Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), or simply drones, are becoming more of a buzzword worldwide. Be it for its wide range of possible uses, controversies around privacy concerns, or disputes around their legality, the discussions are hot right now. With the Association of Unmanned Vehicles Systems International (AUVSI) Unmanned Systems 2014 conference around the corner, we...
April 22, 2014
Although in the U.S. NextGen is still six years away and European mandates are speculated to be less-than-firm, long-range jet providers like Gulfstream, Dassault and Cessna are equipping their new production aircraft with the capabilities to handle the new requirements. Operators are reaping the benefits of GPS-guided Wide Area Augmentation System/Localizer Performance with Vertical Guidance (WAAS-LPV)...
April 22, 2014
  A pilotless F-16 during flight. Photo: Boeing The U.S. Air Force expects the unmanned QF-16 to challenge fighter pilots and air defenders with a Full-Scale Aerial Target (FSAT) representative of a fourth-generation fighter threat. Like the QF-4 it will replace, the agile QF-16 will fly either manned or unmanned and work with existing telemetry/control systems. Boeing Global Services & Support...
April 22, 2014
One core airspace modernization technology, Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B), is a top priority in worldwide mandates with upgrade deadlines fast approaching for Europe and the United States. As a technology that will revolutionize routing, safety and position awareness, ADS-B will bring pilots pinpointed aircraft position in non-radar airspace, new flight plan options and re-routes that...
April 22, 2014
Just five years ago, the idea of the futuristic aircraft known as Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) dotting our skies seemed more like talk of UFO sightings than future tech, but now, “I think you’ve got to be pretty deluded to think that we’re not going to have unmanned aircraft in the National Airspace,” says Craig Woolsey, director of the Virginia Center for Autonomous Systems and...
April 22, 2014
The Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) treatment of very small UAS is creating a serious problem. While the agency deserves considerable credit for its hard work on projects to transition to the integration of UAS with manned aircraft in the civil airspace, the FAA has been a bit tone deaf when it comes to treatment of very small UAS vehicles where the operator desires to use the vehicle for...
April 22, 2014
[Avionics Today April 22, 2014] The search for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 Boeing 777 aircraft is nearing the 50th day, and while there have been hundreds of theories on what happened, the families of the missing victims and the search crew looking for the aircraft will not know what happened until the flight data and cockpit voice recorders are recovered.  ISMS box from Star...
April 22, 2014
[Avionics Today April 22, 2014] Bombardier has launched the Consortium for Aerospace Research and Innovation in Canada (CARIC), an initiative aimed at uniting the Canadian aerospace industry, university and research institution leaders to advance aerospace technology.    Organized in collaboration with Industry...
April 22, 2014
[Avionics Today April 22, 2014] Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. announced a successful flight test of an optionally piloted Black Hawk Helicopter, part of the manufacturer's ongoing work with the U.S. Army to provide autonomous cargo delivery.   Under Sikorsky's Manned/Unmanned Resupply Aerial Lifter (MURAL) program, the Optionally Piloted...
April 21, 2014
[Avionics Today April 21, 2014] The Civil Aviation Authority of Panama (AAC) announced the inauguration of a new approach and en-route radar Air Traffic Control (ATC) center that has the capability to manage the entire airspace of Canada...
April 21, 2014
[Avionics Today April 21, 2014] The FAA announced the first of its six Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) research test sites, North Dakota, is ready to begin testing. North Dakota's Department of Commerce has received a Certificate of Authorization (COA) to begin using a Draganflyer X4ES UAS at the Northern Plains testing...
April 21, 2014
[Avionics Today April 21, 2014] Mercury Systems announced a new $3.2 million contract from an undisclosed defense prime contractor to provide signal processing modules for an Unmanned...
April 18, 2014
[Avionics Today April 18, 2014] This summer's Royal International Air Tattoo show in Fairford will feature the first flight of the F-35 Lightning II, according to an announcement from the U.K. Ministry of Defense (MOD).  The UK's first F-35 Lightning II during a test flight. Photo, courtesy of Lockheed Martin. Lockheed Martin's next-generation fighter jet has faced several delays to reaching...
April 18, 2014
[Avionics Today April 18, 2014] Boeing has selected the T3CAS Integrated Surveillance System and the FA2100 Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR) and Flight Data Recorder (FDR) system as standard avionics for its KC-46A Military Tanker program, according to a new announcement from L-3. L-3's T3CAS is an advanced integrated surveillance system featuring a Traffic Alert & Collision Avoidance System (TCAS)...
April 17, 2014
[Avionics Today April 17, 2014] 2014 marks the 65th year since the Airlines Electronic Engineering Committee meetings first began to convene jointly with the Avionics Maintenance Conference. Since those first meetings, aircraft avionics systems technology has exploded and AEEC/AMC has grown alongside into a new age of technology.     AMC/AEEC Conference Keynote speaker, Claude Chidiac, aviation...
April 17, 2014
[Avionics Today April 17, 2014] The initial launch of Space-based Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) is on track for early 2015, with the full 66 satellite constellation network scheduled for full deployment in 2019, said Jeff Cochrane, manager of Communication Navigation Service (CNS) Design for NAV Canada. Toronto Air Traffic Control tower. Photo, courtesy of Aireon. Cochrane gave a...
April 16, 2014
[Avionics Today, April 16] CAE Oxford Aviation Academy has launched the next phase of enrollment on the easyJet Multi-Crew Pilot Licence (MPL) First Officer Program. A total of 24 cadets will be selected to commence MPL training for easyJet over the next 12 months. This is an opportunity for aspiring...
April 16, 2014
[Avionics Today April 16, 2014] AirAsia signed an agreement to implement the Airbus Managed Inventory (AMI) service for its A320 and A330 fleets at bases in Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok. The AMI service ensures...
April 15, 2014
[Avionics Today April 15, 2014] Icelandair has completed installation of Emteq's 115VAC Quasar II lighting system to its first Boeing 757 aircraft.    Emteq's Quasar II has a two-inch node resolution with customizable colors, and Icelandair worked with the aircraft...
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