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November 13, 2013
On the 10-year anniversary of the original Primus Epic platform, Honeywell unveiled an upgraded "Epic 2.0" version with access to the aerospace and defense manufacturer's SmartView synthetic vision system, among other new features.      [PHoto, courtesy of Honeywell.]   The upgraded flight deck also features an ADS-B Out function, WAAS LPV approaches and Honeywell's IntuVue...
November 13, 2013
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) is looking to certify in-flight cell phone calls, the agency said Wednesday along with announcing the approval of the use of personal electronic devices (PED) during all phases of flight.    European officials will publish guidance by the...
November 13, 2013
U.K.-based discount carrier EasyJet is looking to equip some of its aircraft with a volcanic ash detection system by the end of next year, the carrier said Wednesday.      [During testing, an A340-300 fitted with the AVOID sensor flew towards the artificial ash cloud and successfully identified it from distances of 37 miles. Photo, courtesy of Airbus.]   The European airline completed a...
November 13, 2013
Jeppesen has upgraded its FliteDeck Pro electronic flight bag (EFB) iPad solution to begin automatically displaying airport taxi diagrams based on user-configured speed settings, the Boeing Digital Aviation subsidiary...
November 12, 2013
The Taiwan Air Force is the first of what could be several nations to receive an upgrade from Lockheed Martin that will add Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) technology to its fleet of F-16 fighter jets.      [SMS-652 SwitchBox. Photo, courtesy of Curtiss-Wright Controls.]   Lockheed Martin selected Curtiss-Wright Controls Defense Solutions, based in Ashburn, Va., to provide its SMS-652 SwitchBox...
November 12, 2013
American Airlines received its first Airbus A319 equipped with the Runway Overrun Prevention System (ROPS), Airbus said Tuesday.    ROPS, an onboard cockpit technology designed to increase situational awareness during landing, recently achieved certification from the FAA for the A320 family aircraft, including the A319, A320ceo (current engine option) and...
November 12, 2013
The U.S. Air Force has issued a new task order to General Dynamics Information Technology to provide modernized base-level network security boundary support at all active Air Force and Air National Guard bases...
November 12, 2013
Airbus has formed a new joint agreement with Panasonic Avionics and Lufthansa Technik to retrofit all in-service A380s with broadband connectivity and mobile phone services.    Under the agreement, the first of its kind for Airbus, Panasonic and...
November 11, 2013
Lufthansa Technik has become the newest member of the Latin American and Caribbean Air Transport Association (ALTA), the latest step for the Deutsche Lufthansa group subsidiary's goal of expanding its presence in the Latin American aviation market.    According to a statement, the maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) provider is...
November 11, 2013
Gogo is raising its 2013 high-end outlook to $325 million and is looking to expand its network to more foreign carriers, following a big third quarter earnings report, the Itasca, Ill.-based in-flight connectivity provider said Monday.    During the third quarter, total revenue increased to $85.4 million, up 48 percent from the same period a year ago, despite a segment loss for North America...
November 11, 2013
Boeing has received an $8.3 million contract to provide the replacement or refurbishment of...
November 11, 2013
The U.S. Air Force issued a $19.7 million option exercise (P0050) to an exiting cost-plus-fixed fee...
November 8, 2013
The German Air Force has entered its new long-range air defense radar system, the Ground Master 400 (GM 400), into service. Produced by ThalesRaytheonSystems, a transatlantic joint venture between Thales and Raythoen, the system is the first of six radar systems that will replace the former Thomson-CSF MPR radars, which...
November 8, 2013
Albuquerque, N.M.-based aviation software provider Ultramain Systems (USI) has announced a new service, Ultramain efbSolutions, designed to assist airlines in transitioning from paper-based flight manuals to paperless cockpits featuring electronic flight bags (EFBs).    USI said the efbSolutions team will work directly with airline EFB project teams to assist with certifying EFBs, paperless...
November 8, 2013
Lockheed Martin's Skunk Works, the aerospace and defense manufacturer's advanced technology solutions division, revealed its latest hypersonic strike aircraft project this week, the SR-72.      [Computer rendering of SR-72. Photo, courtesy of Lockheed Martin.]   Designed to travel as an unmanned aircraft system (UAS) at Mach 6, six times the speed of sound, the SR-72 will go twice the...
November 7, 2013
The U.K.’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) is considering the implementation of the wider availability of instrument-based approach procedures at smaller airports throughout Britain. On Tuesday, Nov. 5, the CAA asked pilots, air traffic controllers and operators to submit comments and suggestions on which potential airports can go from using ground-based navigational aids to...
November 6, 2013
Rockwell Collins has unveiled a new simulation and training center in Burgess Hill, West Sussex, U.K. The new facility will manufacture "high-contrast, display and projector systems for use in highly-immersive simulation and training applications for commercial and military...
November 5, 2013
American Airlines passengers can begin using their personal electronic devices (PEDs) during all phases of flight after the carrier received FAA approval for the expanded use Tuesday. The expansion was granted to American's entire mainline fleet as well as regional aircraft operated by their subsidiary American Eagle Airlines. Last week, the FAA announced its new...
November 4, 2013
Boeing is almost ready to bring a series of avionics and engine upgrades to its flagship 747-8 aircraft, claiming a further reduction in burn of 1.8 percent. The airframe manufacturer began flight testing the initial performance of the GEnx-2B Performance Improvement Package (PIP) in May, and is now finishing up the flight test program with the first PIP-equipped 747-8 expected to enter service by the end...
November 4, 2013
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has issued a $2.3 million contract to AeroVironment to develop a medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aircraft system (UAS) that can operate from small ships providing intelligence...
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