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March 5, 2014
[Avionics Today March 5, 2014] President Barack Obama's 2015 proposed budget received criticism from the aviation community, as the proposal would cut funding for NextGen, delays aircraft and avionics certifications, and impose a $100 per flight user fee on commercial and business aviation operations.    The FAA's budget request includes $836 million in base NextGen funding, which is $65 million...
March 5, 2014
[Avionics Today March 5, 2014] Curtiss Wright has introduced its first rugged XMC single board computer, XMC-109, designed to increase processing applications with a low energy footprint.   XMC-109. Photo, courtesy of Curtiss-Wright.   The single board...
March 5, 2014
[Avionics Today March 5, 2014] The Boeing Maritime Surveillance Aircraft (MSA) demonstrator completed its first flight, proving airworthiness.   MSA flight test aircraft. Photo, courtesy of Boeing.    Field Aviation, a Canadian aircraft modification company, conducted the flight-testing for Boeing. A Bombardier Challenger 604's aircraft...
March 5, 2014
[Avionics Today March 5, 2014] Honeywell's BendexKing has received a letter of approval from the FAA for its KLR Lift Reserve Angle of Attack (AoA) indicator for installation in certified General Aviation (GA) aircraft.    KLR 10 is designed to provide awareness for how much lift remains during...
March 5, 2014
[Avionics Today March 5, 2014] Israeli airline EL AL will be the European launch customer for ViaSat's Exede in-flight connectivity service.    The two companies are...
March 4, 2014
[Avionics Today March 4, 2014] Rockwell Collins subsidiary Intertrade is expanding with a new distribution center at London Heathrow Airport.   Operated by SDV Logistics, the facility will initially house...
March 4, 2014
[Avionics Today March 4, 2014] Private aviation service provider NetJets is introducing NetJets Connects, an in-flight connectivity service that allows...
March 4, 2014
[Avionics Today March 4, 2014] The U.K. Department for International Development will deploy Honeywell's SmartPath Ground-Based Augmentation System (GBAS) at St. Helena's airport, scheduled to open in 2016.   SmartPath is the only...
March 4, 2014
[Avionics Today March 4, 2014] Spirit Airlines has selected the Exelis aircraft surveillance solution, Sypmhony OpsVue, to provide visual tracking of its aircraft fleet while on the ground.   The Spirit fleet is equipped with ADS-B...
March 3, 2014
Eurocontrol has announced a decision to move forward with establishing six Centralized Services (CS) centers, achieving a major milestone in the  Single European Sky ATM Research (SESAR) program.    The decision was announced following approval from 40 Eurocontrol member states to establish the CS facilities, which are aimed at providing Air Traffic Management (ATM) services that will...
March 1, 2014
Honeywell SVS alerting system. Photo courtesy of Honeywell From any helicopter pilot or owner’s perspective, these are some amazing times. Especially when you look at all the capabilities that are available today. From synthetic vision, to terrain and obstacle awareness, to infrared-based enhanced vision systems (EVS); to GPS navigation, traffic, weather and just about anything else you want, the...
February 28, 2014
Airlines and operators in the United States are reluctant to upgrade their aircraft avionics due to a lack of clearly defined long-term benefits of key NextGen initiatives, according to a new report from the Department of Transportation's (DOT) Inspector General (IG). These upgrades are necessary to enable the FAA to increase National Airspace System (NAS) capacity and help airspace users save fuel.  ...
February 28, 2014
The Air Strato electrically powered unmanned aircraft system (UAS) has completed its first takeoff and landing. Designed by European aerospace company ARCA Space, the Air Strato completed a short flight reaching an altitude of 82 feet and then...
February 28, 2014
Florian Guillermet has been appointed the new deputy executive...
February 28, 2014
Northrop Grumman's Australian subsidiary, Northrop Grumman Australia Pty Limited, has completed its acquisition of Australian aerospace and defense company Qantas Defence Services.    The acquisition will allow Northrop Grumman to...
February 27, 2014
Photo courtesy of Rolls-Royce   [Avionics Today Feb. 27, 2014] Rolls-Royce shared details about its next generation engine designs, which the company believes could be ready within the next 10 years.    Building on the success of its Trent family of engines, Rolls-Royce is looking to...
February 27, 2014
[Avionics Today Feb. 27, 2014] Super Puma operators are in need of new Flight Management Systems (FMS) to replace their legacy systems, and Universal Avionics believes it has the solution to fulfill their need, according to a report released by the Tucson, Ariz.-based manufacturer during Heli-Expo 2014.   Search and Rescue (SAR) and offshore oil and gas helicopter pilots fly in some of the most...
February 27, 2014
[Avionics Today Feb. 27, 2014] Airbus Helicopters added Precision Aviation Services (PAS) to its authorized service center network, the two companies announced during the Heli-Expo 2014 show.    PAS is the first Atlanta, Ga.-based center to be added to the Airbus global service network.     "There's 22 service centers in North America, they...
February 27, 2014
  Photo courtesy of Esterline   [Avionics Today Feb. 27, 2014] The Esterline CMC Electronics (CMC) CMA-9000 Flight Management System (FMS) and CMA-5024 have earned European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certification on the EC175 helicopter.  Airbus Helicopters' EC175 is a medium-sized twin-engine helicopter that is used across a variety of operations, including oil...
February 26, 2014
[Avionics Today Feb. 26, 2014] Universal Avionics has unveiled the cursor control for the display system on its new avionics package for the Next Generation MD Explorer flight deck.  The display control is...
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