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January 29, 2015
[Avionics Today 01-29-2015] The Department of Civil Aviation Malaysia has officially declared the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 as an accident under Annexes 12 and 13 of the Chicago Convention. Azharuddin Abdul Rahman, director of Malaysia's...
January 29, 2015
[Avionics Today 01-29-2015] North American transportation safety officials are recommending avionics upgrades and improved capabilities for new and existing aircraft that fly oceanic routes to improve the ability of operators and air traffic controllers to track them. The National Transportation Safety Board's (NTSB) latest set of recommendations follow a year that saw two major incidents involving the...
January 28, 2015
Mitsubishi Regional Jet under construction. Photo: MRJ [Avionics Today 01-28-2015] Japan Airlines (JAL) has signed an agreement with Mitsubishi Aircraft to purchase 32 Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ) aircraft. JAL and Mitsubishi Aircraft signed a...
January 28, 2015
Diagram of ADS-B enabled airspace. Photo: NATS [Avionics Today 01-28-2015] NATS has kicked off a trial to enable General Aviation (GA) pilots to use the full Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) functionality of their Mode S transponders. The trial, which began in December 2014, is being conducted with support from the United Kingdom’s Civil Aviation...
January 28, 2015
WindTracer at Dubai airport. Photo: Lockheed Martin [Avionics Today 01-28-2015] Middle East airport solutions provider Bayanat Airports Engineering & Supplies, in collaboration with Lockheed Martin, has put three WindTracer systems into operation. WindTracer is a Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) system that measures the strength and behavior of wake...
January 28, 2015
The Orion UAS in flight. Photo: Aurora Flight Sciences [Avionics Today 01-28-2015] Aurora Flight Sciences has filed for an official world endurance record following an 80-hour flight by its Orion Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS). Observers from the National Aeronautic Association (NAA) were on hand to inspect the aircraft and witness the...
January 28, 2015
Photo: Boeing [Avionics Today 01-28-2015] Boeing has reported a record fourth-quarter revenue of $24.5 billion on higher deliveries in 2014. Fourth-quarter 2014 core operating earnings increased to $2.3 billion while earnings from operations increased to $2...
January 28, 2015
The Learjet 85. Photo: Bombardier [Avionics Today 01-28-2015] Rockwell Collins CEO Kelly Ortberg sees a possible positive outcome in Bombardier’s Learjet 85 program “pause” announced earlier this month. The problem-plagued midsize business jet program was halted indefinitely, slashing an estimated 1,000 jobs at Bombardier’s Kansas and Mexico facilities in mid-January — leading...
January 27, 2015
[Avionics Today 1-27-2015] The government-industry Equip 2020 working group held its latest meeting last week to continue addressing obstacles different segments of the industry are facing toward meeting the FAA's Jan. 1, 2020 mandate for Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast Out (ADS-B Out) avionics. One of the major issues the group addressed during the meeting was the challenges facing General...
January 27, 2015
Academic and simulator instruction for commercial pilots at the former Sim-Industries Brazil Sao Paulo Training Center. Photo: Lockheed Martin [Avionics Today 01-27-2015] Sim-Industries, a commercial aviation training company acquired by...
January 27, 2015
CAE-built CT-156 Harvard flight training device operated as part of the NATO Flying Training in Canada (NFTC) program. Photo: Department of National Defence (DND) [Avionics Today 01-27-2015] CAE has announced it will acquire Bombardier's Military Aviation Training business for approximately $15.9 million...
January 27, 2015
Alaska Air passenger accessing IFE via their personal tablet. Photo: Alaska Air [Avionics Today 01-27-2015] Alaska Airlines In-Flight Entertainment (IFE) offering currently available through passengers Personal Electronic Devices (PEDs), which premiered last month...
January 27, 2015
Small UAS. Photo: Wikipedia. [Avionics Today 01-27-2015] The FAA has granted two further exemptions for expanded commercial use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) operations, bringing the total to 16 grants. The agency gave new exemptions to AeroCine for aerial cinematography, and to Burnz Eye View for aerial photography and inspections. In...
January 26, 2015
U.S. Navy ALQ-99 aircraft. Photo: U.S. Navy by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Paul Kelly [Avionics Today 01-26-2015] Exelis has received a United States Naval Surface Warfare Center contract valued at $15.3 million to perform essential sustainment work on the...
January 26, 2015
Gogo to install its connectivity systems in more than 500 aircraft. Photo: Gogo [Avionics Today 01-26-2015] Gogo has announced that it is on track for record aircraft installs in 2015. The In-Flight Connectivity (IFC) provider will look to complete more than 500 installations in the coming year of...
January 26, 2015
Model of AVIC’s MA700 on display. Photo: Wikipedia [Avionics Today 01-26-2015] The Aviation Industry Corporation of China’s (AVIC) Aircraft Co. has selected Parker Aerospace to supply the flight control actuation and hydraulic system for the new MA700 regional aircraft. Parker Aerospace will provide fly-by-wire...
January 26, 2015
American's first Boeing 787 Dreamliner departing on its maiden test flight on Jan. 6, 2015. Photo: American Airlines [Avionics Today 01-26-2015] American Airlines officially welcomed its first Boeing 787 Dreamliner last week, making it the second airline in the United States to receive the next-generation...
January 26, 2015
Photo: Raytheon [Avionics Today 01-26-2015] Raytheon has acquired the privately held Sensintel, a provider of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) solutions to the intelligence and special operations markets. Located in Tucson, Ariz., with approximately 50 employees...
January 26, 2015
[Avionics Today 01-26-2015] The FAA has withdrawn a final rule that would have established a new regulation allowing pilots to log more hours using approved Aviation Training Devices (ATDs) toward obtaining an Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) rating. According to a statement regarding the rule withdrawal, the agency received "adverse comments" about the final rule and, by a matter of protocol on the...
January 23, 2015
Embraer E-Jets Second Generation Aircraft. Photo: Business Wire [Avionics Today 01-23-2015] Embraer has selected McMurdo Group to provide complete Emergency Locator Transmitter (ELT) shipsets for their second generation E-Jets, E2. The contract includes McMurdo Group’s Kannad Integra ELTs with the ARINC GPS Interface fitted on the aircraft, and Kannad 406 MHz Survival ELTs for use by crew members in...
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