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July 20, 2015
Airbus A330 in flight, the last to receive EASA ROPS approval. Photo: Airbus [Avionics Today 07-20-2015] Airbus has achieved European Aviation Safety Administration (EASA) certification of its innovative Runway Overrun Prevention System (ROPS) technology on A330 family aircraft. ROPS is an on-board cockpit alerting...
July 20, 2015
[Avionics Today 07-20-2015] Northrop Grumman demonstrated in recent test flights that the U.S. Air Force's Open Mission Systems (OMS) architecture standards can be successfully integrated across multiple systems and platforms. Due to the success of these flights, new capabilities can now be integrated rapidly and...
July 20, 2015
S-76D Sikorsky helicopter. Photo: Sikorsky Photo by Ned Dawson [Avionics Today 07-20-2015] Lockheed Martin is set to acquire helicopter-manufacturer Sikorsky Aircraft from United Technologies Corp. (UTC) at $9 billion — a price effectively reduced to approximately $7.1 billion, after taking into account tax benefits resulting from the transaction. The acquisition is subject to...
July 20, 2015
Beechcraft King Air 250 at the Experimental Aircraft Association AirVenture in Oshkosh where it is making its North American debut. Photo: Textron [Avionics Today 07-20-2015] The FAA has awarded Beechcraft type certification for the latest version of its new production Beechcraft King Air 250 turboprop fitted...
July 20, 2015
[Avionics Today 07-20-2015] Sikorsky's S-97 Raider development and flight testing team is preparing for the second flight of its next generation aircraft, the multi-mission S-97 Raider helicopter, expected to occur next month. The helicopter features a unique integration of mature technologies based on the X2 Demonstrator, along with a technological breakthrough in the networked distributed Integrated...
July 17, 2015
[Avionics Today 07-17-2015] Duncan Aviation has joined the Robotic Skies network of service centers optimized to provide certification, maintenance and repair for the emerging commercial unmanned aircraft fleet. Duncan...
July 17, 2015
[Avionics Today 07-17-2015] ForeFlight has teamed up with Garmin to provide connectivity with Garmin avionics, broadening the flight planning, in-flight and connectivity capabilities available to pilots. When connected to Garmin Flight Stream, pilots...
July 17, 2015
[Avionics Today 07-17-2015] The European Commission (EC) has published the report it received from a task force led by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) to investigate the crash of Germanwings Flight 9525. Assembled in May 2015 at the request of EU Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc, the task force analyzed the...
July 17, 2015
Flirtey delivery UAS. Photo: Flirtey [Avionics Today 07-17-2015] Today, the first FAA-approved Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) package delivery will kick off at a field hospital in Wise, Va. The Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership at Virginia Tech received a FAA certification to conduct research flights earlier this month and will be delivering pharmaceuticals and other medical supplies at a free medical...
July 17, 2015
[Avionics Today 07-17-2015] Elbit Systems’ new Skylens wearable Head-Up Display (HUD) is well on its way to making its debut aboard ATR-600 series aircraft in a move that has the potential to open up new possibilities within the Enhanced Flight Vision Systems (EFVS) market. With Elbit Systems recently achieving Proof of Concept (POC) certification, Avionics Magazine caught up with Elbit...
July 16, 2015
[Avionics Today 07-16-2015] Satcom Direct’s FlightDeck Freedom now supports aircraft equipped with Rockwell Collins CMU-1000 datalink systems as well as aircraft equipped with a Universal Avionics UniLink UL-800/801 Communications Management Unit (CMU) operating simultaneously with Honeywell’s Aircraft Flight Information Services...
July 16, 2015
Garmin Panel. Photo: Business Wire [Avionics Today 07-16-2015] Garmin International has expanded its Connext wireless cockpit ecosystem, which broadens compatibility to include the Garmin aera 796/795 aviation portable GPS, ForeFlight Mobile and Jeppesen Mobile FliteDeck. Through the...
July 16, 2015
Pilatus PC-7 of the Royal Netherlands Air Force. Photo: Wikipedia [Avionics Today 07-16-2015] The Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) has selected Intertrade, a Rockwell Collins company that provides used aircraft and engine parts, to supply avionics repair chain management...
July 16, 2015
[Avionics Today 07-16-2015] Aurora Flight Sciences received official notification from the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) on July 1 that its Orion aircraft set the world record for duration of flight for a remotely controlled Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV). The unmanned aircraft flew an 80-hour, 2-minute and 52-second flight last December, earning the award for longest...
July 16, 2015
[Avionics Today 07-16-2015] With the FAA well on its way to publishing a final rule on Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) integration into the National Airspace System (NAS), small businesses are calling for faster and more lucid regulation. Representatives from industry, entrepreneurs and UAS activist organizations gathered with lawmakers in Washington, D.C., at the “Taking Flight: Small Business...
July 15, 2015
V-22 Osprey. Photo: Boeing [Avionics Today 07-15-2015] The United States Navy has awarded Bell Boeing, a strategic alliance between Bell Helicopter and Boeing, a contract to deliver five Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft to Japan, marking the first sale of the aircraft through the U.S. government’s...
July 15, 2015
[Avionics Today 07-15-2015] IBC Advanced Alloys has delivered its first completed Beralcast azimuth gimbal housing components to Lockheed Martin for the F-35 Lightning II Electro Optical...
July 15, 2015
[Avionics Today 07-15-2015] The round-the-world flight of Solar Impulse II, a completely solar powered aircraft, has been suspended until early spring 2016 due to irreparable damage to the aircraft’s batteries, which overheated during flight. The solar-powered airplane will stay in Hawaii until early spring 2016. Solar Impulse II on its flight from Nagoya, Japan to Hawaii, U.S. Photo: Solar Impulse...
July 15, 2015
[Avionics Today 07-15-2015] Lufthansa Technik will begin maintenance work on its first aircraft from Spirit Airlines at its newly opened location in Puerto Rico on July 21. According to Lufthansa Technik (LHT) Chief Executive Officer Elmar Lutter, the new facility provides an opportunity for the German airline's maintenance wing to eventually tap into the Latin American airline market.     ...
July 15, 2015
Embraer aircraft. Photo: Wikipedia [Avionics Today 07-15-2015] Embraer has seen a pickup in business jet deliveries in the second quarter of 2015 and has recorded a record backlog of more than $22.9 billion. During second quarter, the company delivered 27 jets to the...
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