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September 5, 2013
General Dynamics Advanced Integration Systems has edged out competitors to win a 18-month, $6.1 million contract to upgrade the mission computers for the U.S. Navy's fleet of AV-8B Harrier II fighter jets.      (An AV-8B Harrier II assigned to takes off of the flight deck of the USS Kearsarge, at sea. Photo, courtesy of U.S. Marine Corps.)    Under the contract, General Dynamics...
September 4, 2013
Airbus on Wednesday announced a new agreement with China's Air Traffic Management Bureau (ATMB) to begin modernizing the nation's air traffic system.    The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) authorized the new partnership, which calls for Airbus ProSky--the air traffic management subsidiary of Airbus--to focus on launching four projects this year, including; air traffic flow...
September 4, 2013
The French Military is retrofitting its fleet of 50 Puma transport helicopters with SN4500 cockpit displays from Sandel Avionics.      (French military Puma with SN4500 displays. Photo, courtesy of Sandel.)   The SN4500...
September 4, 2013
Northrop Grumman's Euro Hawk unmanned aircraft system (UAS) set an endurance record with a flight over Manching Air Base, Germany, last month that lasted 25.3 hours.      (The Euro Hawk, with a wingspan of 130.9 feet, flies over Germany's Manching Air Base. Photo, courtesy of Northrop Grumman.)...
September 4, 2013
Turkish Airlines has selected the EP-8000 image generation system from Rockwell Collins for its flight simulation platform.      (C-17 image generated from EP-8000. Photo, courtesy of Rockwell Collins.)   The EP-800 is a...
September 3, 2013
IFE Services has a new partnership agreement with Betria Interactive to begin introducing the FlightPath3D moving map to commercial aircraft.      (FlightPath3D moving map. Photo, courtesy of Betria.)   FlightPath3D, an in-flight moving mapping service, was recently deployed on flights for...
September 3, 2013
Russian Helicopters is ready to bring the VIP version of its Mi-171 to the corporate transportation market after receiving type...
September 3, 2013
FAA's policy regulating the scheduling of its air traffic controller workforce needs improvement to mitigate its impact on fatigue, controller performance and agency costs, according to a new report released by the Department of Transportation's Office of the Inspector General (OIG).    After a series of highly publicized incidents in 2011 where air traffic controllers either fell asleep or...
September 3, 2013
Garmin is currently developing a G5000 avionics retrofit for Beechjet 400A and Hawker 400 XP jets.      (An illustration of what the Beechjet 400A G5000 cockpit will look like. Photo, courtesy of Garmin.)   The recently reorganized Beechcraft Corp. no longer produces either...
August 30, 2013
Rockwell Collins has reached a firm agreement to sell its spectrographic instrumentation subsidiary Kaiser Optical to Endress+Hauser for an undisclosed sum.  Rockwell Collins CEO Kelly Ortberg said the move will allow his company to focus on its core markets. Kaiser Optical was first acquired...
August 29, 2013
FAA recently began initial deployment of a new time-based air traffic metering tool at all 20 en route air traffic control centers across the United States, the Time-Based Flow Management (TBFM) system, which is designed to improve the flow of aircraft within congested airspace.      (An air traffic controller working with radar. Photo, courtesy of NATCA.)   TBFM, which will replace the...
August 29, 2013
Honeywell received orders for a total of 126 of its avionics suites from Russian airlines Aeroflot and UTair, and aircraft leasing firm Aviation Capital Services (ACS).      (Honeywell's Intuvue 3D weather radar was among the avionics...
August 28, 2013
ViaSat has been selected as the supplier of the Small Tactical Terminal (STT) KOR-24A to upgrade battlefield communications capabilities for the U.S. Army fleet of AH-64E Apache helicopters.    The Army is pursuing a "sole source solicitation" of ViaSat, the company...
August 27, 2013
Honeywell on Tuesday announced a new agreement with the Siberian Aeronautical Research Institute (SibNIA) to supply 300 TPE331-12UAN turboprop engines for the Russian fleet of Antonov An-2 biplanes.    The agreement was announced at the MAKS 2013...
August 27, 2013
Russian Helicopters subsidiary Kamov issued a contract to Curtiss-Wright Controls to provide flight testing avionics on the new Ka-62 cargo transport helicopter.  ...
August 27, 2013
NASA's Langley Research Center issued a small business innovation research (SBIR) contract to Michigan Aerospace Corp. (MAC) for production of an optical air data system that can detect conditions aloft when...
August 26, 2013
Korean Air has renewed its contract agreements to keep ARINC as it primary satellite communications (Satcom) provider.    The contract renewal will keep ARINC's AviNet Airport, Type...
August 23, 2013
Delta is continuing its investment in in-flight technology systems, as the carrier plans to launch a new in-flight connectivity service for its flight attendants next week.    The service, provided by Gogo and accessed through Windows Phone 8 handheld devices, will allow flight...
August 22, 2013
The Department of Defense (DOD) needs to continue assessing potential duplication and overlap of the capabilities for its $7 billion investment in a next generation airborne electronic surveillance jamming system, according to a report released Tuesday by the Government Accountability Office (GAO).     (Boeing EA-18G fighter jet. Photo, courtesy of Boeing.)   In July, Naval Air Systems...
August 22, 2013
FAA on Thursday named retired Air Force Major General Edward L. Bolton Jr. as the new assistant administrator for NextGen, Avionics Magazine has learned. (Edward L. Bolton Jr. Photo, courtesy of Department of Defense.) Bolton began his Air Force career as an enlisted cost and management analyst. He was commissioned in 1983...
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