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May 4, 2015
An Airbus A320, the model for which Rockwell will install the EFB interface and communication unit. Photo: Airbus [Avionics Today 05-04-2015] Rockwell Collins has been selected by Airbus to provide the Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) interface and Communication Unit (EICU) for the Airbus A320 and A330 aircraft families. The EICU, which is part of Rockwell Collins’ secure...
May 4, 2015
[Avionics Today 05-04-2015] TrueNorth Avionics recently announced that it has achieved the first FAA Technical Standard Order (TSO) C-159A with its Simphonē Future Air Navigation Systems (FANS-1/A+) capable Data Link Unit (DLU). The Canadian manufacturer first paved the way for development of the DLU with the introduction of its Iridium-based Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System (ACARS)...
May 1, 2015
[Avionics Today 05-01-2015] “As of today, Host is history,” FAA Administrator Michael Huerta announced yesterday morning at a press conference regarding the rollout of the new Air Traffic Control (ATC) En Route Automation Modernization (ERAM) system held at the Washington Reagan National Airport in Arlington, Va. ERAM, which was contracted in 1990 to replace the agency’s antiquated Host...
May 1, 2015
Embraer saw a drop in revenue as biz jet sales slow. Photo: Wikipedia [Avionics Today 05-01-2015] Embraer has released its first-quarter 2015 profits, posting a...
May 1, 2015
Map showing recreational airspace across the U.S. Photo: AirMap [Avionics Today 04-01-2015] AirMap, a free, comprehensive digital map that allows Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) operators to visualize the airspace around them, including areas...
May 1, 2015
Air Tahiti Nui 787-9 Dreamliner, rendering. Photo: Boeing [Avionics Today 05-01-2015] Boeing and Air Tahiti Nui have finalized an order for two 787-9 Dreamliners, valued at $514 million at current list...
May 1, 2015
Limitless Airways Airbus A320. Photo: Limitless Airways [Avionics Today 05-01-2015] AvioCATS, will be using Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) company Commsoft’s IT system, Oases, to...
April 30, 2015
[Avionics Today 04-30-2015] American Airlines was forced to ground flights on Tuesday night and into Wednesday morning due to a glitch with its Electronic Flight Bags (EFBs) application. Around 7 p.m. U.S. Central Time on April 27, the EFB application installed on many of the pilot’s iPads crashed, causing the screens to go black, grounding several dozen flights and causing major delays. American...
April 30, 2015
Rendering of Honeywell’s SmartPath precision landing system. Photo: Honeywell [Avionics Today 04-30-2015] The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) and Air Traffic Management Bureau completed its first flight demonstration of next generation GPS-based precision landing capabilities using Honeywell Aerospace’s SmartPath precision landing system at Shanghai Pudong International Airport...
April 30, 2015
A consortium of European air navigation service providers and airlines has recently been formed to explore optimized descent profiles (ODP) from the upper airspace to terminal maneuvering areas. Photo: Eurocontrol  [Avionics Today 04-30-2015] European Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs) and airlines have formed a consortium to explore Optimized Descent Profiles (ODP) from the upper airspace to...
April 30, 2015
[Avionics Today 04-30-2015] L2 Consulting Services has received a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) from the Japan Civil Aviation Bureau (JCAB) for the installation of the Iridium satellite communications system on Boeing 737-700 and 737-800 aircraft. The original FAA STC (ST10928SC) was...
April 30, 2015
[Avionics Today 04-30-2015] Teledyne has reported a decrease in sales as well as net income for the first quarter of 2015 compared with the same period last year. Sales were reported at $565 million for the first quarter of 2015, compared with sales of $573.5 million for the first quarter of 2014, a drop of 1.5 percent. Net income was $43.7 million for Q1 2015, compared with $45.8 million for Q1 of 2014, a...
April 29, 2015
Artist rendering of Airbus Singapore training center. Photo: Airbus [Avionics Today 04-29-2015] Construction on Airbus’ new Asia Training Centre (AATC) in Singapore is now underway. Due to open in the first quarter of 2016, the new facility will...
April 29, 2015
[Avionics Today 04-29-2015] NASA researchers, working in concert with the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and FlexSys, have successfully completed initial flight tests of a new morphing wing technology for aircraft. According to the researchers, the shape-changing wing has the potential to save millions of dollars annually in fuel costs, reduce airframe weight and decrease aircraft noise during...
April 29, 2015
FAA user consults weather-aware decision support tools in the New York Air Route Traffic Control Center. Photo: Richard Ferris [Avionics Today 04-29-2015] The FAA has selected Harris Corporation for an eight-year, single-award Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract to design and implement a system that will disseminate real-time...
April 29, 2015
K-MAX cargo helicopter UAS. Photo: Lockheed Martin [Avionics Today 04-29-2015] Lockheed Martin, Kaman Aerospace, and Neya Systems have demonstrated the first collaborative unmanned air and ground casualty evacuation using the Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) control segment architecture and K-MAX cargo helicopter. During the March 26 demonstration, a distress call led ground...
April 29, 2015
[Avionics Today 04-29-2015] Global Eagle Entertainment and German antenna developer Quantenelektronische Systeme GmbH (QEST) are teaming up to bring aviation a mechanically steered antenna that will enable global Ku-band connectivity and high speed broadband in-flight. As air traffic all over the globe increases and connectivity becomes ubiquitous in air travel, the companies are looking to provide...
April 28, 2015
[Avionics Today 04-28-2015] The 2015 general session featuring the joint meetings of the Airlines Executive Engineering Committee and Avionics Maintenance Conference (AEEC | AMC) began Monday, April 27, with an opening session and several symposiums focusing on different aspects of aircraft connectivity and the ongoing NextGen and Single European Sky (SES) airspace modernization projects. Both of these...
April 28, 2015
NASA and Boeing’s ecoDemonstrator. Photo: NASA [Avionics Today 04-28-2015] Over the next two weeks NASA will test non-stick wing coatings on Boeing’s ecoDemonstrator designed to minimize insect residue and help reduce aircraft fuel consumption. During 15 planned flights in Shreveport, La. through May 15, NASA's Environmentally...
April 28, 2015
CAAS air traffic controller. Photo: CAAS [Avionics Today 04-28-2015] NATS has been awarded a contract to work with the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) to advance the growing country’s air navigation services...
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