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October 28, 2014
Vector's CAN bus data logger. Photo: Vector [Avionics Today 10–28-2014] Airbus, in need of a unique device for cabin test activities on their A350 XWB test aircraft, asked Vector to build a mobile Controller Area Network (CAN) bus data logger. In February 2014, the German software developer completed its first test trial of its GL1020FTE data logger analyzing CAN data bus communications onboard the...
October 28, 2014
ING Robotics' Serenity UAV. Photo: ING Robotics [Avionics Today 10-28-2014] Canada-based company ING Robotic Aviation has launched the next version of its Serenity fixed-wing Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS), equipped with a wide area rapid mapping capability. The Serenity 1.1 UAS, an extended range and long endurance platform, has a customized commercial...
October 28, 2014
F-35 Lighting II aircraft. Photo: Wikipedia [Avionics Today 10-28-2014] The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) and Lockheed Martin have reached an agreement in principle for the production of 43 F-35 Lightning II aircraft. Officials anticipate the Low-Rate Initial Production lot 8 (LRIP 8) contract to be finalized in the coming weeks. The contract is for fiscal year 2014 with deliveries...
October 28, 2014
E-2D Advanced Hawkeye. Photo: Northrop Grumman [Avionics Today 10-28-2014] The U.S. Navy has declared Initial Operational Capability (IOC) for the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye aircraft. This newest variant of the E-2...
October 28, 2014
MDA will provide UAV ISR services to the Australian Air Force over Afghanistan. Photo: MDA [Avionics Today 10-28-2014] MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates (MDA) has been awarded a $35 million...
October 28, 2014
[Avionics Today 10-28-2014] At the Maritime and Arctic Security and Safety (MASS) conference, in St. John's, NL, Airbus Defense and Space and Provincial Aerospace (PAL) reached a 20-year...
October 27, 2014
DynCorp employee working with aviation support. Photo: Wikipedia [Avionics Today 10-27-2014] DynCorp International has been awarded a contract from the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) to provide aircraft maintenance and logistics...
October 27, 2014
FAA headquarters in Washington, D.C. Photo: Matthew Bisanz via Wikipedia [Avionics Today 10-27-2014] U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx recently awarded $10.2 million in FAA grants to six airports around the country. The grants aim to reduce emissions and improve air quality through the FAA’s Voluntary Airport Low Emission (VALE) program. The six airports include: Albuquerque International...
October 27, 2014
The KC-390 airlift. Photo: Embraer [Avionics Today 10-27-2014] Embraer has rolled out the first prototype of the KC-390 military transport aircraft from the production hangar at the industrial plant of Gavião Peixoto, Brazil. The KC-390 is a joint...
October 27, 2014
Civil UAS in flight. Photo: Wikipedia [Avionics Today 10-27-2014] Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) will conduct a project to define the standards for enabling Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) operations within a controlled airspace while maintaining appropriate safety margins. The project will also address low-level...
October 27, 2014
Triton UAS. Photo: US Navy [Avionics Today 10-27-2014] The second of three MQ-4C Triton test aircraft made its debut at Naval Air Station Patuxent River...
October 27, 2014
[Avionics Today 10-27-2014] Five years ago, aircraft cabin connectivity was considered a luxury for commercial and private air transportation providers. Today, in the business aviation world, connectivity is not only an expectation, but also a crucial part of the decision-making process when considering what company or aircraft a traveler decides to use.     The interior cockpit of a Wheels Up...
October 24, 2014
The Sagem side stick unit. Photo: Sagem [Avionics Today 10-24-2014] Sagem introduced a prototype of its new active Side Stick Unit (SSU) for civil airplanes and helicopters at NBAA this year. The side stick controller...
October 24, 2014
Honeywell and Jeppesen have introduce cloud-based navigation service and software for business jets. Photo: Honeywell [Avionics Today 10-24-2014] Jeppesen and Honeywell Aerospace have introduced the Integrated Navigation Data Service (INDS) Data Manager for Windows, a...
October 24, 2014
NAV Canada demonstrates GHG and fuel reductions in ongoing efficiency initiative. Photo: NAV Canada [Avionics Today 10-24-2014] A fuel efficiency initiative led by NAV Canada has successfully demonstrated the viability and safety of aircraft varying speeds (Mach) and altitudes while transiting the unsurveilled airspace over the North Atlantic (NAT). The project, titled Egage II, was conducted in...
October 24, 2014
Qatar Airways first A380 in flight. Photo: Qatar Airways  [Avionics Today 10-24-2014] Qatar Airways’ first Airbus A380 entered service this month as a fully connected aircraft...
October 24, 2014
The Piper Super Cub, a vintage aircraft now exempt from certain CAA regulations. Photo: Wikipedia [Avionics Today 10-24-2014] The U.K.’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has announced that it will scrap the need for U.K. regulatory validation for airworthiness design changes, originally approved overseas, to a...
October 24, 2014
[Avionics Today 10-24-2014] In-Flight Connectivity (IFC) company SmartSky Networks has been making quite a splash since it’s emergence at the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) in Orlando, Fla., earlier this week. With claims that the company’s 4G LTE Air-to-Ground (ATG) network will provide more than 10 times the typical speed and capacity of networks currently in the market, the...
October 23, 2014
The F-5 aircraft. Photo: Wikipedia [Avionics Today 10-23-2014] Elbit Systems has been awarded contracts totaling $85 million from an unspecified Asian country for an...
October 23, 2014
Airbus A350 XWB and A330. Photo: Airbus [Avionics Today 10-23-2014] The Common Type Rating has been approved for Airbus A350XWB and A330 aircraft. The new regulatory approval means that pilots who are qualified and current on the A330 can...
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