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October 14, 2013
The government shutdown enters its 14th day Monday, three days after the Senate commerce committee released a report detailing the shutdown's negative impact on FAA and other critical federal agencies.    According to a report released by the committee on Friday, the shutdown has halted the implementation of the nation's largest infrastructure modernization project, NextGen. The multi-billion...
October 11, 2013
Lockheed Martin’s F-35 program has scrapped an alternate helmet testing program in favor of "exclusively" focusing on developing the Rockwell Collins Elbit Systems of America Vision Systems Generation 2 (Gen 2) helmet in an effort to save $45 million on the program.    The program's decision to go with the Rockwell Collins-Elbit helmet erases doubts that were raised by...
October 11, 2013
Rockwell Collins on Friday introduced EVS-3000 enhanced vision system (EVS), which it calls the "most advanced and highest fidelity" EVS in the commercial aviation market.      [EVS-3000. Photo, courtesy of Rockwell Collins.]   The system comes in head-up and head-down...
October 11, 2013
Elkhart, Ind.-based private jet charter carrier Travel Management Company (TMC) has completed the activation of Aircell's new ATG 2000 in-flight voice and Internet systems for its fleet of Hawker 400XPs.    The ATG 2000, launched by...
October 10, 2013
The FACE Consortium is developing an automated method for ensuring that new military avionics systems software complies with the Future Airborne Capability Environment (FACE) technical standard, designed to lower the cost of supporting the portability and reuse of software components across Department of Defense (DoD) aviation systems.      (Aviation Structural Mechanic 3rd Class Frank...
October 10, 2013
Aviation industry groups are continuing their calls for an end to the government shutdown, which entered its 10th day on Thursday, as air traffic controllers continue to work with no pay and manufacturers find operations stalled by the closing of FAA's Aircraft Registry Office.    The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA), National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) and the...
October 10, 2013
Elliot Aviation is seeking supplemental type certification (STC) for installation of Aircell's new ATG 2000 broadband system in the Hawker 800/850/900, King Air 350 and King Air B200/B200GT and Phenom 300.    Aircell released its ATG 2000, a new equipment package providing Internet and voice service...
October 9, 2013
FAA certification workers responsible for providing regulatory approval for aircraft manufactured at Boeing's facility in South Carolina returned to work Tuesday, the company confirmed in a statement to Avionics Magazine on Wednesday. The workers returned after being furloughed for nearly a week due to the government shutdown, which entered its ninth day Wednesday. FAA has recalled more than 800 furloughed...
October 8, 2013
FAA is recalling some of its airline and aircraft safety inspectors furloughed by the government shutdown now entering its eighth day Tuesday.    More than 800 workers from its Office of Aviation Safety were recalled this week. These workers had been deemed nonessential under the Department of Transportation's (DoT) lapse in annual appropriations plan.    Under the limited recall, about...
October 8, 2013
FAA has placed its first production order for new air traffic control (ATC) radios that feature Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), as the agency prepares to replace its legacy analog radios.    The $25 million order was placed with General Dynamics C4 Systems, the company which produces the CM-300/350 UHF and VHF...
October 8, 2013
The Brazilian Air Force fleet of in-service A1M fighter jets and E-99 AEW surveillance aircraft will be retrofitted with new Identification Friend or Foe...
October 7, 2013
The federal government shutdown is entering its second week, but workers at two government contractors, Lockheed Martin and United Technologies Corp., are reversing their plans for furloughs after Congress recalled most of the furloughed Department of Defense (DoD) civilian employees sent home by the shutdown.      (Sikorsky, a UTC company, reversed its decision to furlough 2,000...
October 7, 2013
FAA has selected Kansas State University Salina to test certification standards for small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), part of an effort to begin creating industry standards for certifying unmanned systems for commercial applications within the National Airspace System (NAS).      The university signed a memorandum of agreement with FAA on Aug. 29, under which K-State Salina will use its...
October 4, 2013
The Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) plans on entering its fleet of upgraded C-130T Hercules military transport aircraft into service by 2021, the military unit said Thursday.     (Twenty C-130T Hercules aircraft are scheduled to receive Avionics Obsolescence Upgrades beginning in 2016. Photo, courtesy of NAVAIR.)   The upgrades are scheduled as part of NAVAIR's Avionics Obsolescence Upgrades...
October 4, 2013
Smaller aerospace companies are feeling the biggest impact the federal government shutdown within the aviation industry, which entered its fourth day on Friday, as suppliers and manufacturers are finding their operations stalled by their inability to get new aircraft and aircraft components certified and registered because of FAA furloughs.    Congress remains divided over a continuing resolution...
October 3, 2013
The shutdown of the federal government entered its third day on Thursday, with aviation concerns throughout the United States arguing this shutdown is detrimental to the National Airspace System (NAS) and threatens to derail some critical infrastructure modernization initiatives.   Photo courtesy FAA More than 800,000 federal employees remain furloughed, including more than 15,000 FAA employees. Until...
October 3, 2013
Airlines and operators have increased their mobile air travel services in recent years, but the majority of airline passengers are not yet ready to start buying airline tickets from their smartphones, according to a new survey conducted by SITA.    SITA conducted its 2013 Passenger IT Trends Survey of 2,500 airline passengers at six of the world's busiest airports, including Abu Dhabi, Atlanta...
October 3, 2013
Photo courtesy Northop Grumman FAA issued a multiuse supplemental type certificate (STC) to Northrop Grumman's Air Claw, Quest KODIAK 100-based short take-off and landing aircraft. The multiuse STC validates the quality of design and integration and allows the aircraft to operate without limitation in U.S. airspace, according to the company. It also covers modifications of the KODIAK's...
October 2, 2013
The U.S. Army is upgrading its fleet of RQ-11B Raven unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) through a new $20 million order for Mantis i23 gimbaled sensor payloads from AeroVironment.      (AeroVironment's RQ-11B Raven. Photo, courtesy of AeroVironment.)   The Mantis i23 upgrade will allow the...
October 2, 2013
Gogo subsidiary Aircell unveiled a new equipment package providing Internet and voice service for business jets Monday, ATG 2000.    The new package provides Internet and voice services for light jets and turboprops with fewer users at "affordable" prices, the company said. Travel Management...
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