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April 9, 2014
[Avionics Today April 9, 2014] Air Canada plans on rolling out Gogo's in-flight connectivity service across its North American fleet in May, according to Gogo CEO Michael Small.    Gogo   Currently Air Canada operates two Wi-Fi equipped Airbus A319s, and plans on adding connectivity to its remaining Airbus A319, A320 and A321 narrow-body and Embraer 190 fleet types, as well as its Air...
April 9, 2014
[Avionics Today April 9, 2014] U.S.-based avionics Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) provider Duncan Aviation has expanded its overhaul capabilities with the addition of autopilot diagnostic testing equipment.   Duncan has added new equipment from Honeywell's Bendix...
April 8, 2014
[Avionics Today April 8, 2014] Continuing the recent trend of airlines going digital and paper-free in the in-flight environment, Delta is replacing manuals for its flight attendants with the Nokia Lumia 1520 phablet (phone tablet).      Nokia Lumia Phablet. Photo, courtesy of Delta.   The Atlanta, Ga.-based carrier says it can save more than $1 million annually in reduced aircraft fuel...
April 8, 2014
[Avionics Today April 8, 2014] Sandel Avionics revealed its upgraded Attitude Heading and Reference System (AHRS), SG102/D, swapping out the analog interfaces of the previous generation SG102 (MOD2) for an all-digital format.  Sandel's SG102/D. Photo, courtesy of Sandel Avionics. The avionics retrofit specialist Sandel is releasing the SG102/D for fixed...
April 8, 2014
[Avionics Today April 8, 2014] Japan Airlines is expected to be among the first airlines to try out a new Ground to Orbit (GTO) in-flight connectivity service, 2Ku, which Gogo says will deliver peak connectivity speeds of more than 70 Mbps.    Since first launching five years ago, Gogo, like its competitors, has been trying to increase its in-flight...
April 7, 2014
At the time of going to press, the fate of Malaysian Airlines’ flight MH370 is still unknown. In this day and age of constant connectivity, sophisticated radar and satellite systems, an aircraft has literally vanished for over a week now. On behalf of Avionics Magazine, I would like to say all our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the passengers and staff. Though with every day that...
April 7, 2014
About a decade ago the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) started planning the Next Generation Air Transportation System, NextGen. It’s been quite a roller coaster since then, and NextGen is far from over. It is not an overstatement to call the project colossal: it’s a bureaucratic behemoth of complex parts and countless interdependencies. In short, NextGen is intimidating, massive and slow...
April 7, 2014
In a recent presentation at the Aircraft Maintenance Summit in London, Euroconsult analyst Wei Li said that by the end of 2012 there were 940 commercial aircraft connected by satellites. According to the Paris-based company’s research, there are 2,600 commercial aircraft connected in total. Li said Euroconsult has forecast a 5 percent take rate by passengers, and that there are 56 airlines offering...
April 7, 2014
Companies providing Real Time Operating Systems (RTOS) for the avionics industry face tough challenges as they confront demand for both higher functionality and higher safety requirements. At the center of this dilemma is the effort to certify safety critical systems for multi-core Central Processing Units (CPUs) already on next generation aircraft. Vendors are also addressing security concerns and...
April 7, 2014
“It’s one of the biggest.” That’s what Boeing Middle East President Jeffrey Johnson says about the Middle East’s $550 billion aviation market. But it seems like an understatement. The Middle East market exploded at the Dubai Airshow with a record-breaking $192.3 billion on the books opening day. Boeing led those sales claiming $100 billion the first morning, and then finished...
April 7, 2014
In 2005, Airbus and Boeing introduced an effort to further capabilities for the new 787 and A400M programs, and a new standardization effort was initiated through the Digital Video Subcommittee of ARINC. The aim of the ARINC 818 specification was to provide a robust protocol to handle the high-bandwidth of modern avionics video systems and include the precise timings for line synchronous displays. ARINC...
April 7, 2014
[Avionics Today April 7, 2014] Officials from the Office of Naval Research (ONR) announced two helicopter flight tests with unmanned flight capability that are a major step forward in the military's Autonomous Aerial Cargo/Utility System (AACUS) program.  Using Lockheed Martin's Optimus mission system technology, the ONR team demonstrated the ability to accomplish an autonomous approach and...
April 7, 2014
[Avionics Today April 7, 2014] Lufthansa has received its first Airbus A380 line-fitted with Panasonic Avionics' global broadband in-flight connectivity service.  Airbus first approved...
April 7, 2014
[Avionics Today April 7, 2014] Jeppesen has announced approval from the FAA for the use of the iPad mini in the cockpit when paired with its Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) solutions. The Boeing Digital Aviation subsidiary worked with the FAA FAA Seattle Aircraft Evaluation Group (AEG) to evaluate the...
April 4, 2014
[Avionics Today April 4, 2014] China is facing obstacles to establishing a successful domestic commercial aircraft manufacturing industry, according to a new report from RAND Corp.  In 2008, the Chinese government established the Commercial Aviation Corporation of China (COMAC), in an effort to domestically produce the regional ARJ21 and C919. The report indicates that despite investing billions...
April 4, 2014
[Avionics Today April 4, 2014] The U.S. Air Force RQ-4 Global Hawk Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) has expanded its ability to use satellite communications (SATCOM) links to transfer mission data. According to the manufacturer to the Global Hawk UAS, Northrop Grumman, the...
April 3, 2014
[Avionics Today April 3, 2014] The U.K.'s national air navigation service provider, NATS, is testing a new operational procedure designed to reduce the amount of time aircraft spend circling around in "holding stacks" at London Heathrow Airport.   According to NATS, its XMAN project has conducted the first live trial to reduce holding times at the U.K.'s busiest airport.  The...
April 2, 2014
[Avionics Today April 2, 2014] As the search for the missing Boeing 777 from Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 reaches its fourth week, International Air Transportation Association (IATA) CEO Tony Tyler called on the global aviation industry to produce a better method for tracking aircraft. Officials leading the investigation for MH370 believe that the missing aircraft landed in the southern Indian Ocean...
April 2, 2014
[Avionics Today April 2, 2014] Agusta Westland is adding a new offering to its helicopters destined for search and rescue (SAR) deployment, the MAGIC1 Rugged Display Computer from GE Intelligent Platforms.    The computer is designed to provide a Traffic Collision Avoidance System (TCAS) to pilots flying SAR operations near airborne obstacles, by...
April 2, 2014
[Avionics Today April 2, 2014] Rockwell Collins announced its new Joint Venture (JV) with China Electronics Technology Avionics Company, the Rockwell Collins CETC Avionics Company (RCCAC), which will develop communications and navigation products for the C919 and another aircraft programs in China.    Rockwell Collins...
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