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November 26, 2013
Phoenix-based aerospace manufacturer Honeywell is under an ongoing contract with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to study the usability of various forms of touch technology, such as cockpit displays, that will help to determine what factors would cause pilots to make more input errors or take longer to perform tasks as compared to traditional manually controlled cockpit interfaces.    ...
November 26, 2013
Rockwell Collins will develop the next generation of software for the Tactical Air Control Party (TACP) close air support system under a new $15 million contract from the U.S. Air Force, the...
November 25, 2013
Northrop Grumman on Monday, Nov. 25 announced the successful flight test of a new active traffic surveillance system with Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) designed to provide U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) aircraft with capabilities required by the FAA's NextGen airspace modernization program. ...
November 22, 2013
Airlines could begin allowing in-flight cell phone calls as early as 2014, according to a statement released by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).    The statement by FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler was released following the recent FAA policy shift to allow the use of personal electronic devices (PEDs) during all phases of flight. Recommendations from the Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC)...
November 22, 2013
Avionics manufacturers reported total combined sales of more than $1.72 billion for the third quarter of 2013, according to the latest quarterly avionics market report released by the Aircraft Electronics Association (AEA) Thursday, Nov. 21.    The trends within the quarterly sales figures indicate the reporting manufacturers are on pace to match or improve upon the total...
November 22, 2013
Turkish airfreight carrier MNG Airlines has agreed to a five-year electronic flight bag (EFB) service contract with Jeppesen, the Boeing Digital Aviation subsidiary said Friday, Nov. 22.    Under the agreement, MNG...
November 22, 2013
BAE Systems U.K. is upgrading its fleet of Cobham Falcon 20 aircraft with the Small Tactical Terminal (STT) KOR-24 to support Link 16 network pre-deployment training, ViaSat said Friday, Nov. 22. ...
November 21, 2013
Successful flight tests of Ground Based Augmentation System (GBAS) landing approaches at Frankfurt and Toulouse-Blagnac Airports represents the Single European Sky ATM Research (SESAR) program's goal of replacing legacy Instrument Landing System (ILS) approaches with satellite based approaches at airports throughout Europe.      A computer generated rendering of an airplane runway approach...
November 21, 2013
Global Eagle Entertainment,which has announced that its WiFi service is now available gate-to-gate to passengers on Southwest Airlines, says it could see a significant spike in revenues, possibly over 10 percent annually.   John Guidon, Chief Technical Officer and Co-Founder of Global Eagle Entertainment told Avionics magazine, “I could easily see it helping us increase revenues but let's wait...
November 21, 2013
Several weeks after expanding commercial airline pilot training rules, the FAA on Thursday Nov. 21 launched a new government-industry team that will focus on studying training issues with the goal of advocating additional best practices for training new commercial airline flight crews.   Earlier this month the agency mandated new commercial airline training provisions...
November 20, 2013
Piaggio Aero's P.1HH Hammerhead unmanned aircraft system (UAS) demonstrator completed its first flight Thursday, Nov. 14 at Sicily's Trapani air base, the Italian aerospace manufacturer announced at the Dubai Airshow.      Hammerhead UAS. Photo, courtesy of Piaggio Aero.   The Hammerhead, a medium altitude, long endurance (MALE) UAS designed to perform intelligence, surveillance and...
November 20, 2013
The first U.S.-based automated airport runway debris detection system is now operational at Boston Logan Airport, the FAA has revealed.    Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) and the FAA provided $1.7 million to install the system through the Airport Technology Research Program, under an...
November 19, 2013
The Middle Eastern region's first aircraft turbulence tracing detection system has been deployed by Lockheed Martin in collaboration with airport systems integrator Bayanat Airports Engineering (BAES) at Dubai International Airport.      Windtracer lidar system at Dubai International Airport. Photo, courtesy of Lockheed...
November 18, 2013
The Dubai Airshow saw the largest product launch in commercial airliner history Sunday, with Boeing receiving agreements for 259 of its new 777X twin-aisle jets, representing a combined value of $95 billion.     Photo: Boeing   Four airlines across Europe and the Middle East committed to the 777X, including Etihad Airways with 25, Lufthansa with 34, Quatar Airways with 50 and Emirates with...
November 18, 2013
During an aircraft-ordering spree on the first two days of the Dubai Airshow, Rockwell Collins announced several orders with state-run Middle East airlines for weather radar, satellite communications and navigation systems, among other avionics products.    The aerospace and defense manufacturer said both Oman Air and Turkish Airlines have selected a full suite of avionics for their...
November 18, 2013
The Italian Air Force has signed an agreement with aerospace manufacturer Alenia Aermacchi at the Dubai Airshow to develop a specialized version of the MC-27J tactical airlifter.     MC-27J. Photo, courtesy of Alenia Aermacchi.   Under the agreement, Alenia...
November 15, 2013
Northrop Grumman completed the first ever demonstration of a Group III (small, tactical) unmanned aircraft system (UAS) equipped with radar jamming technology at the Naval Air Weapons Station in China Lake, Calif., the aerospace and defense manufacturer said Thursday. ...
November 15, 2013
Congress approved a bill that updates regulations on Part 23 aircraft components and technology Thursday, Nov. 14. Called the Small Airplane Act of 2013, H.R. 1848, will requires the FAA to implement the Part 23 Aviation Rulemaking Committee's (ARC) recommendations by Dec. 31, 2015.  “H.R. 1848 is an emphatic statement that overly prescriptive FAA regulations and inefficient bureaucratic...
November 15, 2013
Spanish regional carrier Air Nostrium has signed an agreement with Tempe, Ariz. based StandardAero to provide maintenance for its fleet of aircraft equipped with Honeywell GTCP36-150RJ auxiliary power units...
November 14, 2013
British engineers have demonstrated the use of Ka-band satellite communications (Satcom) to transfer large amounts of data between unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), BAE Systems said Tuesday.      [Taranis, a prototype unmanned combat aircraft developed by BAE Systems was unveiled in 2011. Photo, courtesy of BAE Systems.]   As aviation authorities in the U.S. and Europe prepare to...
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