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August 13, 2013
UTC Aerospace Systems has received a contract to supply Cloud Cap Technology TASE400 stabilized camera payloads for maritime operations on Saab's Skeldar unmanned aerial system (UAS). The company said units supplied by the company's operations...
August 13, 2013
Increasing demand for air transport is expected to lend momentum to the global in-flight entertainment and connectivity market as airlines try to differentiate and gain a competitive advantage, according to an analysis by Frost & Sullivan released Tuesday. "The market will witness strong consolidation as in-flight entertainment and connectivity suppliers aim to create a one-stop shop for...
August 13, 2013
Lockheed Martin and Piasecki Aircraft are in phase three of a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) contract to develop a prototype of what could be the next generation of unmanned military air cargo transportation, the Transformer. Lockheed is showcasing a small scale development model of the system at AUVSI Unmanned Systems 2013 this week. The Transformer is a high-speed self-contained flight...
August 12, 2013
Rockwell Collins has agreed to purchase Annapolis, Md.-based aviation-information management provider ARINC for $1.39 billion from the investment firm Carlyle Group.    The aerospace and defense company is looking to expand its business with ARINC's ground-based navigational networks, and increase its in-flight entertainment offerings. According to a statement, the purchase will shift Rockwell...
August 12, 2013
AeroVironment recently completed a nine-hour test flight with a solar-powered variant of its Puma small unmanned aircraft system (UAS).    The Puma was equipped with Gallium Arsenide efficiency solar cells from Alta Devices for the solar-powered flight.    “This...
August 12, 2013
South Korea's fleet of AH-64E Apache military attack helicopters are receiving night vision upgrades, under terms of a $223 million contract with Lockheed Martin.    (Lockheed's M-TADS/PNVS system. Photo...
August 12, 2013
Qatar Airways has renewed its five-year service agreement with Jeppesen to add electronic flight bag (EFB) services to its commercial air operations.    Under the new agreement, the Middle Eastern carrier will add...
August 9, 2013
Cassidian's "SmartRadar" system recently completed flight test from the German air base in Hohn aboard a Learjet 35.      (Cassidian's SmartRadar – shown here in its demonstrator pod configuration. Photo, courtesy of...
August 9, 2013
Virgin Atlantic Cargo will begin allowing customers to track their air freight shipments in real time, after approving the Sentry FlightSafe tracking device for its aircraft.     Sentry FlightSafe...
August 8, 2013
The Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International will host Unmanned Systems 2013, its 40th annual gathering of the unmanned systems industry, in Washington D.C. next week, and Avionics Magazine has a preview of what to expect.   Beginning Monday, there will be 600 companies exhibiting their unmanned products for about 7,000 attendees from 40 different countries. AUVSI has planned more...
August 8, 2013
The U.S. Navy recently completed flight tests of its new data network on a Boeing EA-18G Growler.    The network features sensor system upgrades that will allow aircrews to share targeting data in real time...
August 7, 2013
In-flight connectivity provider Gogo on Wednesday issued its first quarterly earnings report as a publicly traded company, reporting a net loss of $72.6 million for the second quarter, five times the net loss of $13.1 million seen in the same period last year.      The company attributes the net loss to increased expenses, including $44.8 million from accounting for derivative instruments...
August 7, 2013
Rockwell Collins has secured a one-year contract to begin developing new software analysis tools for verifying the safety of avionics systems on future commercial aircraft.    NASA is looking to evaluate the safety of the increasing complexity of avionics...
August 6, 2013
Rockwell Collins announced Aug. 5 that its new TTR-2100 Traffic Alert and Collision Avoidance System (TCAS) for aircraft has received FAA certification.   The traffic computer, which enables NextGen traffic surveillance, is now available for new and existing Boeing aircraft, with Airbus and Bombardier platforms to follow, Rockwell Collins said...
August 6, 2013
Northrop Grumman will provide the Scalable Agile Beam Radar (SABR) for U.S. Air Force and Taiwan F-16 fighter jets, after winning a competition by Lockheed Martin looking to prolong the life of F-16 legacy aircraft with a radar upgrade program.      (F-16 Falcon. Photo, courtesy of Lockheed Martin.)   SABR...
August 5, 2013
British Airways’ new Airbus A380 and Boeing 787s are equipped with the Thales-provided TopSeries In-Flight Entertainment System.   The airline, which has ordered a total of 12 A380s and 24 787s, took delivery in the United Kingdom of the first A380 in July and first two 787s in June. The second A380 is due to be...
August 5, 2013
NavAero has completed electromagnetic interference and rapid decompression testing for fourth-generation iPad tablet computers.   According to the company, the RTCA DO160 Section G testing is a value-added service that will allow them to achieve...
August 5, 2013
Curtiss Wright Controls announced a $21 million contract from Irkut Corp. to supply the flight data recording system for Irkut's MC-21 narrow body passenger jet.   The company's avionics division will supply the ISSKOR data recorder system, which integrates flight...
August 2, 2013
FreeFlight Systems on Thursday announced TSO authorization from FAA for its RANGR FDL-978-XVR ADS-B transceiver family.    The transceiver provides ADS-B In and ADS-B Out capability within a single...
August 2, 2013
Cassidian's airborne idenfitification-friend-or-foe (IFF) systems were put to the test during the recent Bold Quest '13 exercise, held in North Carolina to test U.S. and NATO allied nations' combat identification systems during simulated missions.      Equipment from Cassidian's...
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