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December 15, 2014
MUOS TRAF antenna. Photo: Lockheed Martin [Avionics Today 12-15-2014] With the United States Navy’s Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) expected to achieve global communications coverage next year, Lockheed Martin recently established a new radio terminal development and certification facility to help put MUOS’ new capabilities into warfighters’ hands faster. Developed by Lockheed...
December 15, 2014
[Avionics Today 12-15-2014] Aircelle, a branch of the Safran group, will produce titanium exhaust systems for the new Boeing 777X commercial jetliner. This is the...
December 15, 2014
[Avionics Today 12-15-2014] Flights are back in the air after a computer failure at National Air Traffic Services (NATS) Swanwick area control center grounded or delayed hundreds of flights across and beyond the U.K. on Friday. The Dec. 12 computer glitch, which NATS confirmed as a technical fault with the flight data system, disrupted airspace for hours and resulted in flight cancellations through the...
December 12, 2014
Operators using the ThalesRaytheonSystems Grand Master 400 radar. Photo: ThalesRaytheonSystems [Avionics Today 12-12-2014] The French defense procurement agency, Direction Générale de l'Armement (DGA), has awarded a contract to ThalesRaytheonSystems to supply the French armed forces with 12 fixed Ground Master 400 radars and four...
December 12, 2014
American Eagle Embraer 175 regional jet rendering. Photo: American Airlines [Avionics Today 12-12-2014] American Airlines and Gogo have announced a contract whereby the aviation connectivity provider will deliver in-flight Wi-Fi services to the air carrier’s...
December 12, 2014
Photo: Boeing [Avionics Today 12-12-2014] Boeing has begun construction on a 7,000-square-foot addition to its research and technology center in Huntsville, Ala. Known as the Center for Applied Simulation and Analytics (CASA), the new lab space will serve as a hub for Boeing...
December 12, 2014
[Avionics Today 12-12-2014] The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) of the Republic of Moldova (RM) has become the first institution of civil aviation from the European Union neighborhood countries to sign the new type of working arrangement with...
December 12, 2014
[Avionics Today 12-12-2014] The Department of Defense (DOD) has assigned F-35 Regional Maintenance, Repair, Overhaul and Upgrade (MRO&U) capability for airframes and engines for the European Region. These initial MRO&U assignments will support near-term engine and airframe F-35 overseas operations and maintenance and will be reviewed and updated in approximately five years. The F-35 Lightning II...
December 12, 2014
[Avionics Today 12-12-2014] Gogo’s success with its Air-to-Ground (ATG) network hasn’t convinced the company to stay safely in this comfort zone; instead, it has prompted the in-flight Internet service provider to expand to satellite. This was the sentiment CEO Michael Small shared with investors at the UBS Global Media and Communications Conference earlier this week. Small believes ATG just...
December 11, 2014
iPad screenshot of WSI Pilotbrief Optima app. Photo: WSI [Avionics Today 12-11-2014] SiriusXM and WSI Corporation have introduced the SiriusXM SXAR1 Portable Aviation Receiver and updated WSI aviation app, which combine with WSI’s Pilotbrief Optima to give...
December 11, 2014
Passenger using ANA Takeoff Mode app. Photo: ANA [Avionics Today 12-11-2014] All Nippon Airways has launched a new smartphone app designed to relax passengers during takeoff. Japan’s largest airline found that 72 percent of United States airline passengers surveyed felt anxious before flying, with takeoff...
December 11, 2014
Air Canada Boeing 777-300 aircraft on runway. Photo: Air Canada [Avionics Today 12-11-2014] Air Canada is the launch customer for...
December 11, 2014
International aviation organizations unite against cyber threats. Photo: college.usatoday.com [Avionics Today 12-11-2014] Five international aviation organizations have signed a new cybersecurity agreement to focus their respective actions on cyber threats against the global aviation system. The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), Airports Council International (ACI), Civil...
December 11, 2014
The F-16 Fighting Falcon. Photo: Wikipedia [Avionics Today 12-11-2014] Ogden Air Logistic Complex (ALC) and Elbit Systems of America recently signed a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) agreement defining how the two entities will collaborate during prospective contract opportunities to support the...
December 11, 2014
[Avionics Today 12-11-2014] The European Commission's new Transportation Commissioner Violeta Bulc is taking major strides toward uniting the region's fragmented Air Traffic Management (ATM) system, making €3 billion ($3.7 billion) in new funding available to help move the Single European Sky (SES) airspace reform project forward. Last week, the EC tasked a group or Air Navigation Service Providers...
December 11, 2014
[Avionics Today 12-11-2014] The Radio Technical Commission for Aeronatics (RTCA) published 21 total new or updated documents (DO) in 2014. These documents are developed by RTCA's Special Committees (SCs) to help to shape the certification and safety of new and existing aviation technology equipment to be implemented onboard aircraft.    Among the new, existing and emerging technology that was...
December 11, 2014
[Avionics Today 12-11-2014] ClipperJet CEO James Occhipinti is looking to bridge the gap between premium first class commercial airline travel and private aviation. When the California-based private jet operator launches ClipperJet in early 2015 it will feature a new "country club"-style business model, according to Occhipinti, in which aircraft connectivity will be key.     ...
December 10, 2014
Technicians at Northrop Grumman's Palmdale (Calif.) Aircraft Integration Center of Excellence conduct final quality inspections on the center fuselage for AM-1. Photo: Northrop Grumman [Avionics Today 12-10-14] Northrop Grumman recently completed the center fuselage for the first F-35 Lightning II aircraft to be ordered by Norway, a Conventional...
December 10, 2014
Tobacco farm workers in Marble Hall, South Africa, carry Solaris seedlings from a nursery to the field. Photo: Boeing [Avionics Today 12-10-14] Boeing and South African Airways (SAA) announced that South African farmers will soon harvest their first crop of energy-rich...
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...
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