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April 14, 2014
[Avionics Today April 14, 2014] The FAA has completed the nationwide implementation of the ground-based infrastructure for its Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) radio network under the NextGen program.    ADS-B is one of the biggest core NextGen programs, designed to provide traffic information to controllers and situational awareness...
April 11, 2014
[Avionics Today April 11, 2014] Germany's Lufthansa Technik has signed an agreement to build a new aviation Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) facility at Rafael Hernández International Airport in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico.  Lufthansa Technik Puerto Rico will oversee the operations at the facility, which will provide MRO services for short and medium haul aircraft. With plans to...
April 11, 2014
[Avionics Today April 11, 2014] Avionics Magazine recently caught up with Wind River to discuss how its VxWorks Multiple Independent Levels of Security (MILS) Platform provided a separation kernel-based security foundation for a new avionics communication system designed to enable F-22 and F-35 avionics systems to communicate with each other.  Wind River, an Intel Corp. subsidiary, says the...
April 11, 2014
[Avionics Today April 11, 2014] The U.S. Naval Air Systems Command's (NAVAIR) X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) completed its first night flight over Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md. The Navy completed a series of night flights with the X-47B. Photo of...
April 10, 2014
[Avionics Today April 10, 2014] Would you believe that just 30 lines of computer code might have saved Air France flight 447 from crashing into the Atlantic Ocean in 2009? Carlos Varela, an experienced pilot and associate professor of computer science at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, believes so. Through funding from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Varela and his research group...
April 10, 2014
[Avionics Today April 10, 2014] Japan Airlines is expected to be among the first airlines to try out a new Ground to Orbit (GTO) in-flight connectivity service, 2Ku, which Gogo says will deliver peak connectivity speeds of more than 70 Mbps.         The Gogo One test aircraft. Photo, courtesy of Gogo.   Since first launching five years ago, Gogo, like its competitors, has been...
April 10, 2014
[Avionics Today April 10, 2014] Officials from the Office of Naval Research (ONR) announced two helicopter flight tests with unmanned flight capability that are a major step forward in the military's Autonomous Aerial Cargo/Utility System (AACUS) program.   Using Lockheed Martin's Optimus mission system technology, the ONR team demonstrated the ability to accomplish an autonomous approach and...
April 10, 2014
[Avionics Today April 10, 2014] Bombardier's latest midsize business jet, the Learjet 85, completed its first flight, the Canadian airframe manufacturer said.      Bombardier's Learjet 85 makes its first flight in Wichita, Kan. Photo, courtesy of Bombardier.   Equipped with Rockwell Collins' Pro Line Fusion avionics, the Learjet 85 reached an altitude of 30,000 feet and an air speed of...
April 10, 2014
[Avionics Today April 10, 2014] Telefonix has a new agreement to develop an onboard server, the ACPU-2, for Gogo's in-flight connectivity service.  ACPU-2 features ARINC 429, expanded Gigabit Ethernet ports supported by a Layer 2/3 Gigabit...
April 10, 2014
[Avionics Today April 10, 2014] Embedded safety and software security provider LynuxWorks announced the "upcoming availability" of its LynxOS-178.2.2.3, an FAA Level A Real-Time Operating System (RTOS).  LynxOS-178 is the first Commercial-off-the-Shelf (COTS) system...
April 9, 2014
[Avionics Today April 9, 2014] Southwest Airlines has selected BAE Systems to serve as its provider of Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) services for the Full Authority Digital Engine Controls (FADEC) for its...
April 9, 2014
[Avionics Today April 9, 2014] Air Canada plans on rolling out Gogo's in-flight connectivity service across its North American fleet in May, according to Gogo CEO Michael Small.    Gogo   Currently Air Canada operates two Wi-Fi equipped Airbus A319s, and plans on adding connectivity to its remaining Airbus A319, A320 and A321 narrow-body and Embraer 190 fleet types, as well as its Air...
April 9, 2014
[Avionics Today April 9, 2014] U.S.-based avionics Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) provider Duncan Aviation has expanded its overhaul capabilities with the addition of autopilot diagnostic testing equipment.   Duncan has added new equipment from Honeywell's Bendix...
April 8, 2014
[Avionics Today April 8, 2014] Continuing the recent trend of airlines going digital and paper-free in the in-flight environment, Delta is replacing manuals for its flight attendants with the Nokia Lumia 1520 phablet (phone tablet).      Nokia Lumia Phablet. Photo, courtesy of Delta.   The Atlanta, Ga.-based carrier says it can save more than $1 million annually in reduced aircraft fuel...
April 8, 2014
[Avionics Today April 8, 2014] Sandel Avionics revealed its upgraded Attitude Heading and Reference System (AHRS), SG102/D, swapping out the analog interfaces of the previous generation SG102 (MOD2) for an all-digital format.  Sandel's SG102/D. Photo, courtesy of Sandel Avionics. The avionics retrofit specialist Sandel is releasing the SG102/D for fixed...
April 8, 2014
[Avionics Today April 8, 2014] Japan Airlines is expected to be among the first airlines to try out a new Ground to Orbit (GTO) in-flight connectivity service, 2Ku, which Gogo says will deliver peak connectivity speeds of more than 70 Mbps.    Since first launching five years ago, Gogo, like its competitors, has been trying to increase its in-flight...
April 7, 2014
At the time of going to press, the fate of Malaysian Airlines’ flight MH370 is still unknown. In this day and age of constant connectivity, sophisticated radar and satellite systems, an aircraft has literally vanished for over a week now. On behalf of Avionics Magazine, I would like to say all our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the passengers and staff. Though with every day that...
April 7, 2014
About a decade ago the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) started planning the Next Generation Air Transportation System, NextGen. It’s been quite a roller coaster since then, and NextGen is far from over. It is not an overstatement to call the project colossal: it’s a bureaucratic behemoth of complex parts and countless interdependencies. In short, NextGen is intimidating, massive and slow...
April 7, 2014
In a recent presentation at the Aircraft Maintenance Summit in London, Euroconsult analyst Wei Li said that by the end of 2012 there were 940 commercial aircraft connected by satellites. According to the Paris-based company’s research, there are 2,600 commercial aircraft connected in total. Li said Euroconsult has forecast a 5 percent take rate by passengers, and that there are 56 airlines offering...
April 7, 2014
Companies providing Real Time Operating Systems (RTOS) for the avionics industry face tough challenges as they confront demand for both higher functionality and higher safety requirements. At the center of this dilemma is the effort to certify safety critical systems for multi-core Central Processing Units (CPUs) already on next generation aircraft. Vendors are also addressing security concerns and...
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