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January 5, 2015
Q400 NextGen aircraft. Photo: Bombardier Commercial Aircraft [Avionics Today 1-05-2015] GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS) has signed a firm purchase agreement for five Q400 NextGen aircraft. The company has also taken options...
January 5, 2015
AirAsia aircraft. Photo: Zennie Abraham (flickr) [Avionics Today 1-05-2015] Eight days into the search and rescue mission for AirAsia flight QZ8501, the search operation area has been expanded to the eastern portion of the Java Sea following the underwater current forecast. The search and rescue efforts led by The National Search and Rescue Agency (BASARNAS) Republic of Indonesia continue as previously harsh...
January 5, 2015
[Avionics Today 01-05-2015] China's first domestically produced regional airliner, ARJ21-700, has achieved certification from the country's aviation authority after more than a decade of development. The 90-seat medium range regional jet was designed to compete with aircraft from manufacturers such as Embraer and Bombardier. However, it is highly unlikely that the ARJ21 will be competitive with either...
December 31, 2014
QZ8501 flight path and search area. Photo: Wikipedia [Avionics Today 12-31-2014] The National Search and Rescue Agency (BASARNAS) Republic of Indonesia has confirmed the recovery of seven remains from the debris of the QZ8501 crash. The remains were transported to the military base in Pangkalan Bun, Borneo, according to a statement released by...
December 31, 2014
[Avionics Today 12-31-2014] Gulfstream Aerospace has received approval from the FAA to install the Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast Out (ADS-B Out) avionics system on the G150 aircraft. ADS-B Out installation for the G150 will include replacement of the aircraft’s existing transponders with DO-260B-compliant units...
December 31, 2014
[Avionics Today 12-31-2014] The Netherlands, Poland and Norway have decided to prepare negotiations with Airbus Defence & Space for the acquisition of a fleet of A330 MRTT multirole transport and air-to-air refueling aircraft. Bahrain International Airport. Photo: Bahrain International Airport The initiative...
December 31, 2014
[Avionics Today 12-31-2014] Canada has announced a ban on transporting lithium metal batteries as cargo on passenger flights in the country. This comes alongside a suite of amendments to Canada's Transport of Dangerous Goods Regulations (TDGR), including new labeling and Emergency Response Assistance Plan (ERAP) requirements for certain dangerous goods. In 2014, the International Civil...
December 31, 2014
Finnair aircraft on runway. Photo: RHL Images (Flickr) [Avionics Today 12-31-2014] Finnair has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Doric Asset Finance GmbH for the sale and leaseback of six ATR72...
December 31, 2014
[Avionics Today 12-31-14] Rohde & Schwarz has recently announced that its fully IP-based VCS-4G voice communications system has been delivered for integration into a third mobile tower in Indonesia. But this most recent development is just the tip of the iceberg for the scalable technology that aims to provide communication between Air Traffic Controllers (ATCs) and pilots. This year alone, the company...
December 30, 2014
[Avionics Today 12-29-2014] A recently released report from the Canadian Government has opened the door to fighter jet competition. Adding to hot debate regarding the purchase of 65 F-35s by the Canadian government, the report finds that the F-35 Lighting Strike Fighter Jet may not have an advantage over other aircraft when it comes to flying missions most likely required by the country. F-35A rendering...
December 30, 2014
AirAsia Airbus A320-200 aircraft [Avionics Today 12-30-2014] AirAsia and the National Search and Rescue Agency Republic of Indonesia (BASARNAS) have confirmed reports that the debris found in the Java Sea early Tuesday is from flight QZ8501. The AirAsia flight lost contact with Jakarta Air Traffic Control (ATC) on the morning of Dec. 28 en route from Surabaya, Indonesia to Singapore, prompting an extensive...
December 30, 2014
Transaero Airlines Boeing 747-346. Photo: WikiCommons [Avionics Today 12-30-2014] The Russian government has pledged its financial support to Russian airline Transaero after the airline...
December 30, 2014
[Avionics Today 12-30-2014] Singapore Technologies Engineering announced that Visiontech Investment, a wholly owned subsidiary of the global Maintenance Repair and Overhaul (MRO)...
December 30, 2014
Embraer Phenom 300. Photo: Embraer Executive Jets [Avionics Today 12-30-2014] Embraer Executive Jets and private aviation operator NetJets have signed an agreement to convert 10 Signature Series...
December 30, 2014
Embraer Phenom 300. Photo: Embraer Executive Jets [Avionics Today 12-30-2014] After six years of development, the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) has finally certified the country’s first homemade regional jet, the Commercial Aircraft Association of China’s...
December 29, 2014
Boeing 767-2C takes off from Paine Field, Wash. Photo: Boeing [Avionics Today 12-29-2014] Boeing and the United States Air Force have successfully completed the first flight of the KC-46 tanker test program. The plane, a Boeing 767-2C, took off...
December 29, 2014
An AirTran Airways flight. Photo: Wikipedia [Avionics Today 12-29-2014] Southwest Airlines has flown the last AirTran Airways revenue flight, marking near complete integration of AirTran into the low-cost carrier. Southwest acquired AirTran in 2011 with the aim to extend its...
December 29, 2014
Pictured in the photo from left to right: Steve Hill, Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED), Representative Joe Heck , Governor of Nevada, Brian Sandoval, Sensurion Aerospace CEO, Captain Joe Burns, Senator Dean Heller hold Magpie MP-1 UAS. Photo: Sensurion Aerospace [Avionics Today 12-29-2014] Sensurion Aerospace became the first manufacturer to receive a Special Airworthiness...
December 29, 2014
[Avionics Today 12-29-2014] The search for missing AirAsia flight QZ8501 that was all but halted overnight resumed in daylight hours, with officials set to expand the search for the commercial airliner on Tuesday. The aircraft disappeared from Indonesian airspace yesterday, Dec. 28 at 7:24 a.m. Singapore time about halfway through its flight path from Surabaya, Indonesia to Singapore. The Airbus A320-200...
December 26, 2014
[Avionics Today 12-26-2014] The FAA issued a $350 million contract modification to Raytheon to continue its deployment of the Standard Terminal Automation Replacement System (STARS) at Air Traffic Control (ATC) centers throughout the National Airspace System (NAS). According to Raytheon, under the new funding modification, STARS will be implemented at 135 ATCs through September 2017.     ...
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