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August 19, 2013
South American carrier LAN Airlines recently began testing a new in-flight connectivity system from Thales on an Airbus A320.      The system, TopSeries AVA, is being flight tested on an Airbus A320. According to Thales, the system allows passengers to connect their own portable...
August 19, 2013
NASA recently presented the prototype software to FAA for a tool designed to help air traffic controllers reduce delays.    The software, called the Precision Departure Release Capability (PDRC), has automation features that will help controllers by accelerating the process that determines the time an aircraft can begin taxiing toward a runway. Tests of the software have shown that...
August 16, 2013
Satellite-based Wi-Fi provider Global Eagle signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to jointly develop the necessary infrastructure to support Chinese airlines, as they begin to increase access to...
August 16, 2013
AeroVironment on Wednesday announced a new "Teaming Agreement" with Indian aerospace engineering firm Dynamatic to begin manufacturing unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in India.    Under the agreement...
August 16, 2013
Curtiss-Wright Controls will provide its aircraft computer system (ACS) for use on Eclipse's new 550 twin-engine business jet.      (Eclipse 550. Photo, courtesy of Eclipse.)   Shipments of the ACS began in December, and are scheduled through 2016. The ACS is an avionics...
August 14, 2013
Chinese manufactured unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) made their debut in the United States on Tuesday at AUVSI's Unmanned Systems 2013 in Washington D.C.   Ewatt, a Wuhan, Hubei Province-based company, is showcasing a collection of UASs used for inspecting power lines in China. The company is building an $18 million UAS industrial park, which will have an initial capability of producing up to 200...
August 14, 2013
The Aerospace State Association (ASA) on Tuesday at AUVSI's Unmanned Systems 2013 advised state and local governments to consider requiring warrants for government surveillance of individuals with unmanned aircraft systems (UAS).    Warrants were among a list of recommendations developed by ASA in collaboration with other state governmental organizations, as the group seeks to provide guidance...
August 14, 2013
AeroVironment received a $13.5 million order from the United States Army.  The order – the final portion of a contract valued at $59.6 million – includes RQ-11B Raven unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), miniature gimbaled payloads and initial spares packages. Delivery of systems, spares and payloads is scheduled for completion by Sept. 15. AeroVironment...
August 14, 2013
Researchers from Harvard have teamed up with Aurora Flight Sciences to use their optionally piloted aircraft (OPA), the Centaur, to measure carbon isotopes on melting permafrost in Alaska. The research team is flying low level manned flights, currently with the Centaur, though the Aurora team will be looking to perform unmanned flights with Harvard in the future, as the project will be an ongoing annual...
August 13, 2013
The Navy’s Communications and GPS Navigation Program Office (PMW/A 170) mounted a Small Antenna System on an Aerostar UAV then placed it in a room lined with signal-absorbent material, where it was subjected to GPS jamming signals at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md. Part of an initiative to protect GPS technologies on small UAV, the Navy conducted the tests in July to demonstrate how...
August 13, 2013
LOT Polish Airlines have chosen ARINC’s GLOBALink ACARS data link program to provide the airline data for its new Boeing 787 Dreamliners. LOT Polish Airlines is the flag carrier of Poland and is the first European operator of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. The new Boeing 787 incorporates several changes in the way passenger jets are designed, including...
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...
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