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February 6, 2015
Photo: Exelis [Avionics Today 02-06-2015] Harris Corporation and Exelis today announced a definitive agreement under which Harris will acquire Exelis in a cash and stock transaction valued at an estimated $4.75 billion. The boards of directors of both...
February 5, 2015
[Avionics Today 02-05-2015] U.K. air navigation service provider NATS is leading a new trial that looks to bypass Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) equipage for General Aviation (GA) operators when it comes to enabling their planes for effective aircraft tracking in the United Kingdom. The one-year trial, which began in late December, banks about 45 participants thus far who are encouraged...
February 5, 2015
[Avionics Today 02-05-2015] The Civil Aeronautics Administration of Taiwan has ordered TransAsia and Uni Air to perform engine inspections on all Taiwanese registered ATR-72 aircraft following the Feb. 4 crash of a TransAsia ATR 72-600 turboprop in Taipei. The TransAsia ATR 72-600 crashed...
February 5, 2015
[Avionics Today 02-05-2015] Northrop Grumman has selected Thales to supply its Flight Management System (FMS) software, i-FMS200, for the avionics...
February 5, 2015
[Avionics Today 02-05-2015] Global Eagle Entertainment (GEE) is jointly designing a new In-Flight Connectivity (IFC) antenna with Quantenelektronische Systeme GmbH (QEST). The new global antenna...
February 5, 2015
[Avionics Today 02-05-2015] The U.S. Air Force has issued a full rate production contract to Boeing to deliver 10 Combat Network Communications Technology (CONECT) upgrade packages for its fleet of B-52 bomber aircraft. Among the avionics upgrades included in...
February 5, 2015
[Avionics Today 02-05-2015] Jeppesen has introduced a new version of its Mobile FliteDeck VFR flight information iPad application. The new version features new weather data features, including graphical weather forecasting data and a weather controller capability, which combines multiple weather data...
February 4, 2015
Business passenger uses Gogo ATG-4 in-flight. Photo: Gogo [Avionics Today 02-04-2015] Gogo will begin introducing its Air-to-Ground (ATG) connectivity system ATG-4 to the business...
February 4, 2015
Northrop Grumman's APG-83 Scalable Agile Beam Radar. Photo: Northrop Grumman [Avionics Today 02-04-2015] Northrop Grumman's APG-83 Scalable Agile Beam Radar (SABR) has received its first production order from Lockheed...
February 4, 2015
[Avionics Today 02-04-2015] The United Kingdom’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) is calling on the aviation industry and decision-makers to be much more ambitious in confronting aviation’s environmental challenges — including improving compensation for communities — or else face the prospect that essential additional runway capacity may never be built. 

In its response to the...
February 4, 2015
Passengers using OnAir mobile and Internet connectivity in-flight. Photo: OnAir [Avionics Today 02-04-2015] At the Aircraft Interiors Middle East (AIME) conference in Dubai, SITA OnAir announced that 13 million people took advantage of its Mobile OnAir network in 2014. The in-flight mobile phone service is available on 15...
February 4, 2015
Interior of a Rockwell Collins Intertrade distribution center. Photo: Rockwell Collins Intertrade [Avionics Today 02-04-2015] Intertrade, a Rockwell Collins subsidiary that distributes new and recertified engine and airframe parts, has opened a...
February 4, 2015
Wes Bush, Northrop Grumman CEO. Photo: Northrop Grumman [Avionics Today 02-04-2015] As the company enters into 2015, Northrop Grumman’s aerospace sector is seeing exciting growth overseas, and is looking to gain a better footing for domestic growth. During the recent fourth quarter 2014 conference call, Northrop Grumman CEO Wes Bush noted that 2014 international sales increased 20 percent across all...
February 3, 2015
[Avionics Today 02-03-2015] Embraer has completed the first test flight of its next generation aerial refueling tanker, the KC-390. During the 85-minute flight, test pilots and flight test engineers evaluated flying qualities and...
February 3, 2015
[Avionics Today 02-03-2015] The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is expanding its aircraft weather research program to new coverage areas. Under a new agreement with Rockwell Collins, the research program will expand to obtain weather data over the upper Midwest, Alaska and areas of the Pacific Ocean to provide the National Weather Service (NWS) with complete weather data for the...
February 3, 2015
[Avionics Today 02-03-2015] Honeywell is flight-testing voice recognition capabilities on an Embraer ERJ170 flight deck, working with pilots and regulators to assess the ability of voice commands to enhance safety and efficiency in airborne scenarios. The engineering and technology team has developed the Honeywell...
February 3, 2015
[Avionics Today 02-03-2015] Parker Aerospace has signed a new agreement with Emirates Airlines to provide aircraft maintenance and engine support for its fleet of Boeing 777s and Airbus A330s/A340s. Under the new agreement, Parker Aerospace will provide guaranteed repair...
February 3, 2015
[Avionics Today 02-03-2015] SAE International Industry Technologies Consortia (ITC) has announced the purchase of ADS Aerospace Technical Standards, a U.K.-based organization that supports aerospace and defense manufacturing with product design standards. Through the purchase, SAE ITC...
February 3, 2015
[Avionics Today 02-03-2015] Hawaiian Airlines is engaging in a connected aircraft flight operations strategy in 2015, dropping paper manuals for Electronic Flight Bags (EFBs) and adding new technology to enhance its weather monitoring capabilities on long-haul oceanic routes. The island-based carrier is in the process of adding EFBs from UTC Aerospace subsidiary Rosemount Aerospace and cockpit-mounted...
February 2, 2015
[Avionics Today 02-02-2015] The FAA’s third and latest report regarding long-term airport capacity needs stresses the application of NextGen technologies and procedures alongside runway improvements to combat airport congestion and delays in an increasingly crowded airspace. The Future Airport Capacity Task (FACT3) report evaluated the factors and trends that contribute to congestion and delays at...
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