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January 17, 2014
While the FAA made a significant advancement in the integration of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) into the National Airspace System (NAS) for commercial with the announcement of six testing sites, manufacturers and industry experts believe the nation is lagging behind other countries in taking advantage of this new technology. The blame is lay on a lack of regulatory development and market-stunting...
January 17, 2014
Holt Integrated Circuits has introduced a new ARINC 429 line receiver family with integrated lightning protection circuitry.    According to the Mission Viejo, Calif.-based supplier of integrated circuits for avionics, the new receiver family has...
January 16, 2014
General Aviation (GA) pilots and operators received increased access to financing options for upgrading their aircraft with avionics mandated by the FAA’s NextGen airspace modernization program with a new partnership between NextGen GA Fund and the Aircraft Electronics Association (AEA).    FreeFlight System's RANGR 978 ADS-B solution. Photo, courtesy of FreeFlight Systems.    ...
January 16, 2014
Rockwell Collins has a final agreement with Beijing Bluesky Aviation Technology to establish a joint venture flight simulation company.    LeAnn Ridgeway, vice president and general manager, Simulation and Training Solutions for Rockwell Collins, (right front) and Mr. Jin Dongsheng...
January 15, 2014
Raytheon has named Thomas Kennedy as its new CEO, to succeed William Swanson who will step down from the post March 31, 2014.      Thomas Kennedy will take over as CEO of Raytheon on March 31, 2014. Photo, courtesy of Raytheon.   Swanson has served as Raytheon's CEO since 2003 and will continue to...
January 15, 2014
Elbit Systems has been awarded a $15 million contract from Israel's Ministry of Defense to provide avionics upgrades for the Israeli Air Force's (IAF) fleet of C-130 military transport aircraft.    Under...
January 15, 2014
Northrop Grumman announced an award for a phase three navigation system related contract from the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory to continue improving geo-registration accuracy for positioning and pointing applications for the nation's war fighters.   "We continue to refine our new positioning and...
January 15, 2014
Sagem has been awarded a contract to develop five additional Sperwer tactical drones to be deployed by the French army.      Sperwer tactical drone system. Photo, courtesy of Sagem...
January 13, 2014
Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport has deployed a new high altitude arrival procedure, Point Merge, to integrate inbound flights and increase the number of flights that air traffic controllers can manage simultaneously.    Point Merge is implemented by setting a merge point in the airspace near the airport and then drawing arcs further out that are centered on the defined point. The procedure was...
January 13, 2014
Sikorsky has completed the maiden test flight of the modernized version of its S-61T helicopter with upgraded avionics from Cobham.    The upgrades were provided by the...
January 10, 2014
The U.S. Air Force (USAF) is seeking to upgrade the onboard avionics systems for their T-1A trainer jets to modernize and maintain current capabilities within the National Airspace System, according to a Request for Information posted on Thursday, Jan. 9.      T-1A trainer aircraft. Photo, courtesy of U.S. Air Force.    Under the request, the Air Force is...
January 9, 2014
Craig Olson has been named vice president of the business and regional systems unit, Rockwell Collins said Friday, Jan. 3.      Craig Olson, vice president and general manager, Business and Regional Systems for Rockwell...
January 9, 2014
China Eastern Airlines' new Airbus single aisle fleet will feature surveillance systems, flight management systems and head up displays' from Thales, the French aerospace manufacturer said Thursday, Jan. 9.    The Chinese carrier will add Thales' latest avionics solutions to a fleet of 60 Airbus A320s that it purchased for $5.4 billion in 2012. Delivery of those aircraft is scheduled to begin...
January 9, 2014
Duncan Aviation has completed its second Falcon 900B Universal Avionics EFI-890R cockpit retrofit upgrade, the Lincoln, Neb.-based aircraft service provider said Thursday, Jan. 9.      Duncan Aviation recently completed its...
January 7, 2014
In-flight connectivity over Canadian airspace has entered a new era as the first phase of Gogo's air-to-ground (ATG) Wi-Fi network went live in the region on Monday, Jan. 6.    Once complete, Gogo will have the first ever air-to-ground network deployed within...
January 7, 2014
BAE Systems has appointed Gerard DeMuro, formerly of General Dynamics, as the new chief executive of its U.S. operations, the U.K.-based aerospace and defense manufacturer said Tuesday, Jan. 7.    DeMuro will take over the position on Feb. 1, succeeding Linda Hudson, the first woman to lead a major U.S. aerospace and defense contractor. The...
January 7, 2014
Northrop Grumman's MQ-4C Triton Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) has completed nine test flights, reaching the half-way point of envelope expansion testing with the U.S. Navy.      Triton UAS. Photo, courtesy of Northrop Grumman.   The testing allows the engineers to validate the Triton's ability to operate at a range of different altitudes...
January 6, 2014
Safran has combined its aircraft electrical power systems operations into one business with the formation of Labinal Power Systems, the French partner of the world's biggest producer of engines for single-aisle aircraft said Monday, Jan. 6.    Labinal includes Safran Power, which specializes in onboard power systems and Aerosource, a provider of Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) services for...
January 6, 2014
Phillippe Merlo has been appointed the new director of air traffic management (ATM) at Eurocontrol, the European provider of air navigation services said Monday, Jan. 6.    Merlo will oversee the organization's ATM and research and development, including relations with international...
January 6, 2014
Poland is looking to expand its military air navigation performance with a $76 million purchase of new Exelis GCA-2020 Airport Surveillance Radar (ASR) and Precision Approach Radar (PAR) systems.    The systems will be installed on Polish Air Force and Navy aircraft...
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