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October 23, 2013
Teledyne Technologies has been awarded a contract from Boeing to develop and supply the aircraft data acquisition systems for the Boeing Next Generation 737 and 737 MAX and the new information management system for the 777, Next -Generation 737, 737 MAX and 747-8 production aircraft.  The data acquisition and information management systems includes two newly-developed...
October 22, 2013
Astronics subsidiary Astronics Advanced Electronic Systems has been selected to supply its COREPOWER Electrical Power Distribution System (EPDS) for a fifth OEM aircraft program. Additionally, Astronics delivered its first EPDS to its launch customer. This integrated aircraft power management distribution system is now entering the flight test phase of the certification path for widespread use in business...
October 22, 2013
Beechcraft announced Tuesday Hawker/Beechjet 400 operators may now choose the Garmin G5000 flight deck as an option in the Hawker 400XPR upgrade program. The upgrade includes several factory approved airframe modifications -- superior aerodynamics of genuine Hawker winglets, the increased power of the Williams International FJ44-4A-32 engines along with optional Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 or Garmin G5000...
October 22, 2013
Dassault Aviation unveiled the Falcon 5X twinjet at the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) annual event in Las Vegas. With eight passengers, the Falcon 5X will have a range of 5,200 nm at M.80. It will be powered by 11,450-lb thrust Snecma Silvercrest engines. The combination of sophisticated aerodynamics and ultra-efficient engines will permit the Falcon 5X to be as much as...
October 22, 2013
Embraer Executive Jets has selected Rockwell Collins’ HGS-3500 and new multi-spectral EVS-3000 enhanced vision system as options on its mid-light Legacy 450 and mid-size Legacy 500. According to Rockwell Collins, the HGS-3500 head-up system conforms to the flight deck’s structure and improves access to airports during low-visibility conditions. The EVS utilizes the first...
October 22, 2013
Enstrom Helicopter selected L-3 Aviation Products' Trilogy ESI-2000 Electronic Standby Instrument as an additional safety feature option for the 480B helicopter platform.   “The Trilogy ESI complements the new Enstrom glass panel by mirroring the layout of the primary display,” said Ralph DeMarco, vice president of sales and marketing for L-3 Aviation Products. “This translates into...
October 21, 2013
Business jet manufacturers are expected to deliver 9,250 new business jets over the next 10 years, nearly 800 fewer deliveries than was forecasted for the same period a year ago, according to Honeywell's annual Business Jet Aviation Forecast issued Sunday night. Honeywell's annual guidance for the business aviation market, launched on the eve of the...
October 21, 2013
Honeywell has signed an agreement with ARINC Direct to bring Inmarsat's GX Aviation Kz-band solution to the business aviation market. GX Aviation, scheduled to be available in early 2015, will utilize Ka-band satellites both to provide much higher broadband speeds than existing services, and consistent global coverage. Faster speeds will give business jet operators, owners and passengers the ability to...
October 21, 2013
Global Eagle Entertainment, the parent company of Row 44, acquired Travel Entertainment Group Equity Limited, the U.K.-based parent company of IFE Services Limited from GCP Capital Partners LLP for about $36 million in cash. IFE Services is a provider of in-flight entertainment services to airlines and cruise lines worldwide.  The acquisition expands Global Eagle’s leadership in delivering...
October 21, 2013
OnAir will provide a range of its in-flight connectivity products on Associated Air Center’s (AAC) Boeing B747-800i VVIP completion program, for an undisclosed customer. This marks the first time Boeing’s flagship aircraft type has been equipped with OnAir’s GSM and Wi-Fi connectivity, OnAir said. The OnAir solution, comprising both Internet OnAir and Mobile OnAir, will be installed by...
October 21, 2013
Charter and management company Clay Lacy Aviation will deploy the new Gogo Text & Talk service aboard its charter fleet. Gogo Text & Talk is an exclusive new service from Aircell that allows passengers to use their own smartphones for calling and texting in flight – with their own mobile number. The service mimics the native features and operation of the passenger’s...
October 21, 2013
The Chinese Aeronautical Radio Electronics Research Institute (CARERI) selected Barco’s 15.4-inch display head for integration into the cockpit of COMAC’s C919 commercial airliner series. The first display heads are scheduled for delivery in 2014. CARERI research institute is developing the cockpit for the new aircraft. Each C919 cockpit will be equipped with five of Barco’s Display Head...
October 21, 2013
AeroVironment introduced a series of enhancements to its RQ-20A Puma AE small unmanned aircraft system that include new features and capabilities. Enhancements include the advanced propulsion system and smart battery technology; precision navigation system with secondary GPS; and a redesigned...
October 21, 2013
Cessna announced at NBAA its Citation Latitude mid-size business jet is on schedule for its first prototype flight in the first quarter of 2014. “We have nearly finished with the Latitude wing, and the Latitude fuselage is almost complete. The team is looking forward to showing some outstanding features to Latitude customers. The Garmin...
October 18, 2013
Business jet deliveries have not recovered from the economic recession that began in 2008, and manufacturers are facing the possibility of being stuck in a "lost decade" according to a new report from aerospace and defense analysts at Citigroup.    The report states that between 2000 and 2008, demand for small and medium-sized business jets increased by 109 percent compared to the...
October 18, 2013
Garmin recently announced the release of its new D2 watch, designed to provide navigation and avionics readouts for pilots from their wrist.      [Garmin D2 watch. Photo, courtesy of Garmin.]   The D2 features the ability for pilots to create fly-over waypoints of their current locations, as well as...
October 18, 2013
Sales of aerospace products declined by 2 percent to $2.97 million in the third quarter of 2013 compared to the same period a year ago, Honeywell said Friday in its quarterly earnings report.   The aerospace and defense manufacturer attributed the decline to a drop in sales of its defense and space products, the result of declining national defense...
October 17, 2013
The National Business Aviation Association's (NBAA) annual meeting and exhibition opens next week in Las Vegas, and Avionics Magazine has a preview of what to expect from some of the biggest companies in the industry.      [Dassault Falcon 2000S, one of the business jets that will be on display at NBAA 2013. Photo, courtesy of Dassault.]   Although sales of business jets continue to...
October 17, 2013
Aircraft maintenance provider Chicago Jet Group (CJG) announced planned certifications for retrofit installations of a future air navigation system (FANS) 1/A+ and controller-pilot datalink communications (CPDLC) retrofit for the Dassault Falcon 900 and Gulfstream G-IV business jets.    The retrofit meets the upcoming Eurocontrol Link 2000+ mandate for CPDLC to supplement voice...
October 16, 2013
The U.S. Navy has issued a $34.5 million contract to Northrop Grumman to provide upgraded Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) systems for the French Navy's fleet of E-2C Hawkeyes early warning and battle management aircraft.      [E-2C Hawkeye. Photo, courtesy of Northrop Grumman.]  ...
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