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March 30, 2015
Global Hawk UAS in flight. Photo: Northrop Grumman [Avionics Today 03-30-2015] Raytheon Company has been awarded a contract valued at up to $45.7 million by Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems for...
March 27, 2015
Unmanned Aircraft System. Photo: Yann Caradec (Flickr) [Avionics Today 03-27-15] The FAA has introduced an interim policy that will slash some red tape for Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) commercial operators. Under the new policy, the agency will grant operators who have already received Section 333 exemption a “blanket” Certificate of Waiver or Authorization (COA) for flights at or below 200...
March 27, 2015
[Avionics Today 03-27-2015] The U.K. Space Agency has selected Avanti Communications to deploy the Satellite Based Augmentation System for Africa (SBAS-Africa) project. Under a contract through the agency's International Partnership Space Program (IPSP), Avanti will deliver a satellite-based augmentation...
March 27, 2015
[Avionics Today 03-27-2015] Japanese carrier All Nippon Airways (ANA) has finalized a $900 million order for three Boeing 787-10...
March 27, 2015
[Avionics Today 03-27-2015] In light of the recent events of the fatal Germanwings flight 4U9525, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) issued a temporary recommendation for airlines to ensure that at least two crew members, including at least one qualified pilot, are in the flight crew compartment during...
March 26, 2015
The Inmarsat satellite network that will deliver aviation broadband. Photo: Inmarsat [Avionics Today 03-25-2015] Honeywell and Inmarsat’s JetWave MCS 8200 completed over-the-air testing of the onboard datacom system earlier this month, possibly bringing them one step closer to delivering the global broadband to aviation that companies are striving toward and passengers are hungry for. The new system...
March 26, 2015
[Avionics Today 03-26-2015] During a press conference on Thursday, March 26, Lufthansa CEO Carsten Spohr confirmed that evidence from the Germanwings flight 4U 9525 investigation leads to a most likely conclusion that the co-pilot purposely crashed the aircraft. Spohr's comments came following an evaluation of the aircraft's Cockpit Voice Recorder was completed by the French air accident investigation...
March 26, 2015
[Avionics Today 03-26-2015] Textron Aviation is expanding the coverage of its ProAdvantage product support program to the Hawker 125 series, which includes the Hawker 400 series business jets and the 750, 800, 850...
March 26, 2015
[Avionics Today 03-26-2015] China Eastern has selected a Head-up Guidance System (HGS) and Multi-Mode Receiver from Rockwell Collins for 20 Next-Generation Boeing 737 aircraft. Deliveries of the 737s to China Eastern will begin early next year.      With Rockwell Collins’ HGS, airlines in China...
March 26, 2015
[Avionics Today 03-26-2015] Finnair is ready to invest $32.7 million in Wi-Fi connectivity equipage for the majority of its wide-body and narrow-body fleet. The state-run passenger airline confirmed its plans to invest in...
March 25, 2015
[Avionics Today 03-25-2015] Details are emerging regarding the investigation on the Germanwings Airbus A320 passenger jet crash in a remote French Alpine region, although at this time nothing has been confirmed for an actual cause of the accident. Experts with the BEA, the French aviation investigative firm, have recovered the aircraft's cockpit voice recorder and are now searching for the Flight Data...
March 25, 2015
 Passengers in Belo Horizonte airport. Photo: BH airport [Avionics Today 03-25-2015] Ultra Electronics Airport Systems has been awarded a contract by Belo Horizonte International Airport in Brazil to deliver and integrate an Airport Management System (AMS). The software platform for real-time...
March 25, 2015
NATO’s Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) aircraft. Photo: Rockwell Collins [Avionics Today 03-25-2015] Boeing has completed the first test flight of a North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) aircraft with Rockwell Collins’ Flight2 integrated avionics system. The flight deck upgrade includes...
March 25, 2015
Tern UAS phase 2 artist rendering. Photo: DARPA [Avionics Today 03-25-2015] DARPA has awarded prime contracts for Phase 2 of Tern, a joint program between DARPA and the U.S. Navy’s Office of Naval Research (ONR). Tern aims to give forward-deployed small ships the ability to serve as mobile launch and recovery sites for medium-altitude, long-endurance Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS). The two prime...
March 25, 2015
[Avionics Today 03-25-2015] CAE has sold five Full-Flight Simulators (FFS) and simulator update services to customers in North America, Europe, Africa and Asia...
March 24, 2015
[Avionics Today 03-24-2015] In September 2014 ADS-B Technologies completed a 7,000 nautical mile (nm) public flight demonstration of its space-based Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) Link Augmentation System (ALAS). The system has been flying since 2010 and the September flight demonstration proved its ability to deliver a 1090 Extended Squitter (ES) or 978 MHz Universal Access Transceiver...
March 24, 2015
A Germanwings A320. Photo: Wikipedia [Avionics Today 03-24-2015] French officials believe that all 144 passengers and 6 crew on board a Germanwings flight en route to Dusseldorf, Germany have perished in a crash over the French...
March 24, 2015
[Avionics Today 03-24-2015] Innovative Solutions & Support (IS&S) completed the flight testing and customer delivery of its NextGen Flight Management System (FMS) on the Lockheed Martin C-130 military transport aircraft. The flight deck...
March 24, 2015
[Avionics Today 03-24-2015] The FAA made an announcement during last week's Equip 2020 working group meeting that rule-compliant DO-260B Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) equipment has been installed onboard 10,000 U.S.-registered aircraft. According to the agency's latest estimate, between...
March 24, 2015
[Avionics Today 03-24-2015] Santa Barbara, Calif.-based charter operator Silver Air is outfitting its entire fleet of business jets with Gogo Biz mobile broadband Internet. The Silver Air fleet currently features Wi-Fi on the Gulfstream GV, GIV...
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