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May 20, 2015
[Avionics Today 05-20-2015] Elbit Systems of America, through its Rockwell Collins ESA Vision Systems (RCEVS) joint venture, has entered into a NavSea Crane contract funded by United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) to integrate the Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing System (JHMCS) II onboard the AC-130W aircraft. The...
May 20, 2015
[Avionics Today 05-20-2015] Gogo is looking to 2Ku deployment and additional Air-to-Ground (ATG) capacity to enable the connected aircraft and expand revenue capabilities. Speaking at the J.P. Morgan Global Technology, Media and Telecom Conference yesterday, Gogo Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Norman Smagley laid out the In-Flight Connectivity (IFC) provider’s plans to drive...
May 19, 2015
[Avionics Today 05-19-2015] The 2015 European Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition (EBACE) brings updates around flight testing programs, new product announcements and more. But European business aviation operators are also hoping that the new technology and jets on display at EBACE will start to offer more tangible flight operational benefits under the Single European Sky program, according to...
May 19, 2015
Photo: ViaSat   [Avionics Today 05-19-2015] Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation has selected ViaSat as the sole source Ku-band equipment supplier to outfit Gulfstream's large cabin business jets with ViaSat Yonder...
May 19, 2015
Swiftbroadband coverage chart. Photo: Satcom Direct   [Avionics Today 05-19-2015] Inmarsat announced flight and lab tests of High Data Rate (HDR) capabilities for SwiftBroadband have been successfully completed. The new service, developed by Inmarsat, Honeywell Aerospace and...
May 19, 2015
The Gulfstream G500 takes off on its first flight. Photo: Gulfstream [Avionics Today 05-19-2015] Gulfstream Aerospace announced that the all-new G500 successfully completed its first flight. The G500 is part of Gulfstream’s new family of...
May 19, 2015
Gogo Vision user. Photo: Gogo   [Avionics Today 05-19-2015] Gogo is launching an enhanced version of its Gogo Vision wireless In-Flight Entertainment (IFE) and information service. This version brings a wider range of Hollywood entertainment to business aircraft and the ability to view content on Personal Electronic Devices (PED). Gogo Vision serves up approximately 200 on-demand movies and...
May 18, 2015
[Avionics Today 05-18-2015] TrueNorth Avionics announced today at the European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE) taking place in Geneva, Switzerland that AMAC Aerospace has installed the company’s Simphone Global System for Mobile (GSM) communication for a Boeing 747-8I aircraft completion. The Simphone Mobile GSM is a private GSM system designed for business...
May 18, 2015
[Avionics Today 05-18-2015] Gulfstream Aerospace’s development programs for its all-new aircraft family, the Gulfstream G500 and G600, are well under way, with two of five G500 flight-test aircraft complete and the remaining three in production. The G500 has completed its operational checks and is undergoing taxi validation prior to first flight. Gulfstream G500. Photo: Gulfstream...
May 18, 2015
[Avionics Today 05-18-2015] New production of Beechcraft’s King Air turboprops will soon feature Rockwell Collins Pro Line Fusion avionics system as standard equipment.  The company is pairing the new avionics with upgraded cabin features and expects certifications on all three models to occur in the upcoming months. King Air cockpit with Rockwell Collins Pro Line Fusion avionics. Photo: Textron...
May 18, 2015
[Avionics Today 05-18-2015] Rockwell Collins has entered into a strategic partnership with International Communications Group (ICG) to offer its eRouter (ERT-100 and ERT-120) smart cabin routers to the company’s ARINCDirect business aviation customers. ARINCDirect routing map. Photo: ARINCDirect For business aviation...
May 18, 2015
[Avionics Today 05-15-2015] When it comes to improving operations through connectivity, System Wide Information Management (SWIM) is making a big splash, but in enabling SWIM and a whole host of other NextGen applications to the fullest extent, the little-talked-about Aeronautical Mobile Airport Communications System (AeroMACS) could be the next big thing. AeroMACS is a new broadband data link that has the...
May 15, 2015
NASA’s initial depiction of sonic boom footprint integrated with real-time, local-area moving map. Rockwell Collins will develop conceptual cockpit display using the data to investigate how to best show this to pilots. Photo: Rockwell Collins [Avionics Today 05-15-2015] NASA has awarded Rockwell Collins a two-year contract to develop a conceptual cockpit display that will provide a visual...
May 15, 2015
ACSS T3CAS. Photo: ACSS [Avionics Today 05-15-2015] L-3 and Thales joint venture ACSS has announced that its XS-950 Mode S Transponder and T3CAS Surveillance System have been certified by Airbus to DO-260B, the highest level of ADS-B Out capability. The T3CAS is an advanced integrated surveillance system...
May 15, 2015
[Avionics Today 05-15-2015] The FAA awarded Direct User Access Terminal (DUATS) II contracts to Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) and Lockheed Martin to provide operational Internet-based automated pre-flight services. The period of performance for the resulting contracts will be a one-year base period...
May 15, 2015
Photo: NATS [Avionics Today 05-15-2015] NATS reports that air traffic in the United Kingdom increased by 1.2 percent in April compared to the same month last year, with no en-route delay attributable to NATS for 99.95 percent of flights. Last month NATS managed 192,843 flights, with a 6.4 percent increase of transatlantic arrivals/departures leading the...
May 15, 2015
[Avionics Today 05-15-2015] Bombardier has announced another scale back in production, this time regarding its Global 5000 and Global 6000 aircraft, with reductions for the business jets beginning next month. The company will slash approximately 1,750 jobs at its plants in Montreal, Toronto and Belfast through 2016 as a result, adding to the pile of nearly 1,000 position cuts that were made when the...
May 14, 2015
Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. Photo: Boeing [Avionics Today 05-14-2015] Boeing and TUI Group have finalized an order for one 787-9 Dreamliner with an option for another. The order is valued at $257 million at current list prices. TUI Group also announced that it will substitute two...
May 14, 2015
[Avionics Today 05-14-2015] The Commercial UAS Modernization Act, introduced by Senators Corey Booker, D-N.J., and John Hoeven, R-N.D., aims to establish an interim rule governing small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) operations in U.S. airspace. Both lawmakers are looking to reduce the regulatory burden commercial operators currently face and maximize the use of FAA UAS test sites to jumpstart the...
May 14, 2015
TAM Airlines’ first A350 XWB in final assembly. Photo: Airbus [Avionics Today 05-14-2015] Airbus has announced the first A350-900 for TAM Airlines is progressing well in the Final Assembly Line (FAL) in Toulouse, France. The manufacturer...
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