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March 7, 2014
Airbus A350 XWB Completes High Altitude Testing in Bolivia The A350 XWB development aircraft, MSN3, is in Bolivia where it will perform a series of tests at the high altitude airfields of Cochabamba and La Paz. Courtesy of Airbus. Bolivia’s high-altitude airfields of Cochabamba and La Paz played host to a series of tests for the second A350 XWB flight-test aircraft, the MSN3. The flight-testing...
March 7, 2014
Gulf Air Promotes Middle East Hub at Bahrain Airshow Gulf Air Airbus A330-300. Courtesy of Airbus. Bahrain national carrier Gulf Air signed a number of fleet maintenance and improvement agreements, totaling $150 million, at the Bahrain International Airshow. On the first day of the show, the airline signed a $100 million five-year service extension agreement with Rolls-Royce for its fleet of Trent...
March 7, 2014
Raytheon Names Kennedy New CEO Thomas Kennedy. Courtesy of Raytheon Raytheon has named Thomas Kennedy as its new CEO, to follow William Swanson who steps down from the post March 31, 2014. Swanson has served as Raytheon’s CEO since 2003 and will continue to serve as chairman of the board of directors during the leadership change. Kennedy will take over the fourth largest defense contractor in the...
March 7, 2014
New Zealand Air Force Selects Beechcraft T-6C Trainers Beechcraft T-6 Trainer. Courtesy of Beechcraft. The Royal New Zealand Air Force has issued a new contract to Beechcraft to provide its T-6C Texan II turboprop aircraft to modernize the nation’s military pilot training capabilities. Under the new contract, Beechcraft will provide a fleet of 11 T-6C Texan II aircraft, two CAE simulators and...
March 7, 2014
Established in 2010 and backed by the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) and the Army’s Program Executive Office (PEO) Aviation, the Open Group’s Future Airborne Capability Environment (FACE) Consortium is an aviation-focused professional group aiming to standardize avionics software, drive software reuse, slash development costs and reduce time to market. FACE is not just another...
March 7, 2014
Brazil is a country the size of the United States or Europe with a growing middle class and a booming aviation industry; yet growth is leaving infrastructure in the dust, at risk of buckling beneath demand. Too few airports, too-high fuel prices, Neanderthal Air Traffic Management (ATM), a critical shortage of qualified professionals and an outdated tax system from the days when flying was for the...
March 7, 2014
In the final days of 2013, efforts to boost broadband connectivity onboard Air Transport (AT) and business aircraft got a big push with the launch of the first Inmarsat Global Xpress (GX) satellite and JetBlue’s Fly-Fi service. These two events, signaling the entry of Ka-band services into the AT market, topped off a year of growth and innovation in service and technology offerings for an industry...
March 7, 2014
Can an airline really unify a divided country? It was such a grand claim that marked the creation of Air Côte d’Ivoire, national airline of the Ivory Coast. CEO René Décurey thinks the answer is yes, the airline can do it. After a decade of civil unrest and outright war demolished airport infrastructure in Côte d’Ivoire, the new nationally-supported airline is...
March 7, 2014
German avionics manufacturer AIM has introduced a new smart tool set for avionics maintenance engineers handling ARINC429 testing.    Photo, courtesy of AIM.    The new solution is structured around AIM's ANET429-x Ethernet-based databus interface. AIM equipped the new ANET box with Wi-Fi capability that allows it to interface with a Windows 8.1-based Commercial-Off-The-Shelf (COTS)...
March 7, 2014
Sandel Avionics has received FAA approval for its first HeliTAWS Approved Model List (AML) Supplemental Type Certificates for Part 27 and Part 29 helicopters.      Photo, courtesy of Sandel Avionics.   The AML-STC allows for appropriate reuse compliance data across TC data sheets.  Under the approval, Sandel's models can be used more progressively, by updating...
March 7, 2014
Garmin has introduced a series of avionics upgrades for G1000-equipped King Air 200 and 300 series aircraft aimed at brining pilots and operators into compliance with future U.S. airspace requirements.      Photo, courtesy of Garmin.   Among the new operational features...
March 7, 2014
U.K.'s Air Traffic services company NATS' Chief Executive Richard Deakin has joined the governing council of the Air Traffic Management Research Institute (ATMRI) in Singapore.   ...
March 6, 2014
Global airlines started 2014 with a combined 4.5 percent increase in global air freight traffic and 7.8 percent increase in international passenger demand for January compared to the same period a year ago, according to the International Air Transport Association's (IATA) latest global Air Traffic (AT) report.    Carriers based in the Middle East lead all regions for growth in both categories...
March 6, 2014
Aerocivil Colombia and Airbus ProSky's Metron Aviation announced a new agreement to deploy the "Metron Harmony" Air Traffic Flow Management (AFTM) system to improve Air Traffic Management (ATM) in Colombia's airspace.    Airbus ProSky CEO Paul-Franck Bijou calls Colombia "one of the fastest growing air traffic markets."...
March 6, 2014
Virgin America is adding the eeCrewConnect Crew Member notifications platform from 2e Systems, following a new agreement from the two companies.    The system provides flight deck notifications to the flight...
March 6, 2014
The Thales-developed Watchkeeper Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) has been issued a Release to Service by the U.K. Ministry of Defence.      Thales Watchkeeper UAS. Photo, courtesy of Richard Seymour.   According to Thales, Watchkeeper is a...
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...
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