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September 24, 2013
Global Eagle has a new agreement with satellite communications provider Thaicom to begin developing in-flight connectivity service for airlines within the Asia Pacific region.    Row 44, a Global Eagle subsidiary, will provide the hardware and...
September 24, 2013
The U.S. Air Force began demonstrating the next generation of air combat training and testing aircraft last week, completing the first flight of a converted F-16 jet with no pilot in the cockpit.      (QF-16 takes off remotely piloted at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla. Photo, courtesy of Master Sergeant J. Scott Wilcox.)   The QF-16 Full Scale Aerial Target, a retired F-16 jet...
September 23, 2013
FAA Administrator Michael Huerta on Friday told industry and government officials the fiscal uncertainty due to sequestration poses a threat to the agency's multibillion-dollar NextGen program.    Speaking at the annual public meeting of the NextGen Institute, Huerta said the sequester is "no way to run a business" and "no way to run a government."   "The biggest...
September 23, 2013
The U.S. Navy's first MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned helicopter completed ground testing and engine runs during its initial testing Friday at Naval Base Ventura Country Point Mugu, Calif.      (MQ-8C Fire Scout at Naval Base Ventura County Point Mugu, Calif., on Sept. 20 to prepare the system for flight operations...
September 23, 2013
Pacific Coast Avionics has completed a panel upgrade that added ADS-B "In" and "Out" functions to a completely redesigned cockpit on a Citation V business jet operated by Westwood Development Corp.     (Citation V upgraded panel. Photo, courtesy of Pacific Coast...
September 20, 2013
Sequestration and its impacts on the defense industry are here to stay and will dampen defense spending in the near term, according to Rockwell Collins President and CEO Kelly Ortberg. In announcing financial guidance for fiscal year 2014, Ortberg said he expects "market conditions to be similar to what we experienced this year. “Our assumption is that sequestration is here to stay and, in...
September 20, 2013
FAA on Thursday dedicated a new air traffic control tower at Palm Springs airport that incorporates "green" money-saving features.    The tower has been operational since July, though FAA officials traveled to the airport Thursday to...
September 19, 2013
Hundreds of aviation professionals gathered in Atlantic City, N.J., this week to hear about NextGen technologies, implementation and challenges at Avionics Magazine’s third annual Avionics for NextGen conference.   Frank Lobiondo, chairman of the House subcommittee on aviation Congressman Frank LoBiondo (R-N.J.), chairman of the House subcommittee on aviation, kicked off the conference, saying...
September 19, 2013
Northrop Grumman is flight testing a radar system that will provide its Triton unmanned aircraft system (UAS) with 360-degree views of ocean and coastal regions.      (Triton UAS. Photo, courtesy of Northrop Grumman.)   Currently the manufacturer is using a Gulfstream II surrogate aircraft to perform "risk-reduction tests" of the Multi-Function Active Sensor (MFAS) off the...
September 19, 2013
Beechcraft's AT-6 light attack jet is the first fixed-wing aircraft to perform air to ground communications using the Single Channel Ground and Airborne Radio System Situational Awareness (SINCGARS SA) Waveform capability.      (Beechcraft's AT-6 light attack jet. Photo, courtesy of Beechcraft.)   SINCGARS...
September 18, 2013
FAA on Tuesday issued a new airworthiness directive (AD) requiring airlines to inspect more all aircraft equipped with Honeywell emergency locator transmitters (ELT).    The directive requires inspections of Boeing, McDonnell Douglas, Airbus, Lockheed Martin, ATR and Dassault Aviation SA aircraft, to ensure that the ELTs do not pose risks that could lead to a fire. FAA’s AD is identical to the...
September 17, 2013
Rockwell Collins has a new long-term service agreement to provide avionics maintenance for a fleet of more than 300 passenger jets operated by Illinois-based aerospace and defense contractor AAR.    Under the 10-year agreement...
September 13, 2013
The number of incidents involving aircraft flying too close to each other within the National Airspace System (NAS) doubled to 4,394 in 2012, according to an air traffic safety report issued by FAA on Thursday.    FAA attributes the spike to increased reporting of the incidents, rather than an increase in the incidents themselves. The agency employed a new system that automatically records every...
September 13, 2013
Airport authorities and aviation officials launched the National Aeronautical Center (NAC), the U.K.'s first testing center for the development of operations of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in civilian airspace, on Monday at two airports near Wales.     (Insitu's ScanEagle UAS, an aircraft recently issued a commercial UAS certificate in the U.S. Photo, courtesy of Insitu.)   Launched as a...
September 12, 2013
Avionics equipment manufacturers and in-flight entertainment and connectivity service providers announced a series of new partnerships and service offerings designed to enhance passengers' in-flight experience at this week's Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX) and International Flight Services Association (IFSA) Expo in Anaheim, Calif.     Gogo announced a new service, Gogo...
September 12, 2013
FAA's ability to assess the conditions of its facilities, such as air traffic control towers and research laboratories, is hindering its ability to properly manage its long-term capital investments and ultimately implement key components of NextGen, according to a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report released Tuesday.  FAA's Air Traffic Organization (ATO) is facing a maintenance backlog...
September 12, 2013
The Lockheed Martin/Northrop Grumman joint venture Longbow obtained a $51 million foreign military sales (FMS) contract to provide upgraded radar systems for the Korean military's fleet of...
September 11, 2013
The Navy is continuing the development of its Unmanned Combat Air System Demonstration (UCAS-D) program, recently completing another phase of its Autonomous Aerial Refueling (AAR) tests with an optionally piloted Learjet.      (Calspan Learjet, shown with inert probe in aerial refueling observation position, flies as a surrogate autonomous aircraft and is outfitted with the X-47B‘s...
September 11, 2013
FAA Administrator Michael Huerta voiced his concerns about the sequestration government spending cuts during a speech at an aviation conference in New Jersey Monday.   In March, the sequester reduced FAA's 2013 $16 billion operating budget by $637 million, forcing the agency to furlough its air traffic controllers, leading to flight delays prior to a legislative fix that transferred funds from the...
September 10, 2013
Panasonic Avionics is looking to boost in-flight connectivity speeds for commercial airlines flying over South America, as the company announced it will begin using Telesat's new Anik G1 satellite in the region.    Telesat deployed Anik G1 in May with the goal of meeting the growing demand for satellite communications over South America. Aircraft equipped with...
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