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December 10, 2014
A UAS used to inspect power lines.  [Avionics Today 12-10-14] The FAA granted five new regulatory exemptions for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) operations to four companies representing several industries that promise to benefit from UAS technology: Trimble Navigation Limited, VDOS Global, Clayco and Woolpert. These companies want to fly UAS to perform operations for aerial surveying, construction...
December 10, 2014
The Rohde and Schwarz R&S VCS-4G voice communications system. Photo: Rohde & Schwarz [Avionics Today 12-10-14] Rohde & Schwarz has delivered a fully IP-based VCS-4G voice communications system to the...
December 10, 2014
A chart showing Swiftbroadband coverage. Photo: Satcom Direct [Avionics Today 12-10-14] Satcom Direct will increase Inmarsat’s SwiftBroadband connection speeds through its Satcom Direct Router (SDR), which will support the ability to bond and aggregate multiple streaming connections in-flight. This...
December 10, 2014
[Avionics Today 12-10-2014] The European Space Agency (ESA) and Europe’s Single European Sky ATM Research Joint Undertaking (SESAR JU) program are teaming up and taking steps to boost efficiency in worldwide aircraft tracking, capacity and management through satellite-based communications. ESA’s Iris  program looks to create a satellite solution for advanced aviation communications and has...
December 9, 2014
[Avionics Today 12-09-2014] NASA plans to deliver a representative test article of a futuristic hybrid wing body aircraft to Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va., for structural testing this Thursday. The large test...
December 9, 2014
Photo: Triumph Group [Avionics Today 12-09-2014] Spirit AeroSystems has reached an agreement to transfer the Gulfstream wing work packages at its facility in Tulsa, Okla., to Pennsylvania-based aerospace components provider, Triumph Group. The transfer includes both the G650...
December 9, 2014
Boeing reports happy outlook for 2015 competitive aircraft financing. Photo: Boeing [Avionics Today 12-09-2014] Boeing’s “2015 Current Aircraft Finance Market Outlook” indicates decades of predictable returns have led to unprecedented diversity, efficiency and volume of financing for commercial airplanes. According...
December 9, 2014
UAS and controller. Photo: Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership (MAAP) [Avionics Today 12-09-2014] Textron’s unmanned systems division has announced a certificate of authorization to start Aerosonde Small Unmanned Aircraft System (SUAS) operations with the Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership (MAAP). This is...
December 9, 2014
Embraer 500 Training Simulator. Photo: Embraer [Avionics Today 12-09-2014] Embraer and FlightSafety International completed the training of the first class of pilots for the new Legacy 500 executive jet. The...
December 9, 2014
[Avionics Today 12-09-2014] In an effort to assist with air transportation of aid workers and patients infected by the recent outbreak of the Ebola virus, Lufthansa has donated one of its aircraft, originally scheduled for retirement, to the German Foreign Office. With onboard communications provided by Panasonic Avionics, the three entities — Lufthansa, Panasonic Avionics and the German Foreign...
December 8, 2014
[Avionics Today 12-8-2014] Singapore Airlines (SIA) has signed a 10-year agreement with Parker Aerospace to provide support for its fleet of Boeing 777s. Under the agreement, Parker will provide maintenance, inventory pooling...
December 8, 2014
[Avionics Today 12-8-2014] Boeing Business Jets (BBJ) announced a new order from Swiss private charter operator Comlux for two BBJ MAX 8s on the first day of the Middle East...
December 8, 2014
[Avionics Today 12-8-2014] The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) is investigating a series of near mid-air collisions between European passenger jets and military aircraft in recent months. According to a statement released by the agency, the European Commission requested the...
December 8, 2014
[Avionics Today 12-8-2014] Garmin unveiled its new Flight Stream 110/210 "Bluetooth wireless gateway," which enables connectivity and communication between select Garmin avionics and Garmin...
December 8, 2014
[Avionics Today 12-8-2014] Bristow Helicopters is adding broadband connectivity to its fleet of Search and Rescue (SAR) S-92 helicopters. The rotorcraft operator has a new agreement with Iridium to use its speedy OpenPort broadband service via the Thales LiveAero system.      First S-92 helicopter delivered to Bristow Group Inc. on Sept 8, 2014, for search-and-rescue service in the United...
December 5, 2014
The Qatar Airways A350 XWB first flight. Photo: Airbus [Avionics Today 12-05-2014] Airbus and Qatar Airways have announced that the official delivery of the world’s first customer A350-900 aircraft will take place on Dec. 13, 2014 in...
December 5, 2014
Bombardier Learjet 45. Photo: Wikipedia [Avionics Today 12-05-2014] Transport Canada has granted Star Navigation Systems Group a final Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) to install its STAR-A.D.S. system on a Learjet 45 aircraft operated by Skyservice Business Aviation. The STAR-A.D.S...
December 5, 2014
Commissioner Violeta Bulc with Richard Deakin Signing the alliance agreement. Photo: NATS [Avionics Today 12-05-2014] The modernization of European airspace took a major step forward with the European Commission’s (EC) appointment of a unique aviation industry partnership to coordinate and synchronize more than $3.6 billion worth of upgrades to the...
December 5, 2014
Aircrew of the F/A 18 Super Hornet carrying the Navy’s (IRST) system. Photo: Navair [Avionics Today 12-05-2014] The Navy’s Infrared Search and Track  (IRST) system received Milestone C acquisition approval, authorizing Low-Rate Initial Production (LRIP) of the sensor pod. The...
December 5, 2014
[Avionics Today 12-05-2014] Airbus Group has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Emerging Fuels Technology (EFT) to promote EFT in the commercialization of technologies to produce sustainable fuels for aviation. Sustainable aviation fuels made from biomass...
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