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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...
November 4, 2013
Northrop Grumman's MQ-8C unmanned helicopter completed its first flight at the Naval Base Ventura County, Point Mugu, Calif., last week. The flight, operated by a ground-based team from the U.S. Navy and Northrop Grumman, lasted seven minutes within restricted airspace to validate the aircraft's autonomous control systems. A second flight was conducted for nine...
November 1, 2013
Texas A&M University has approved the establishment of a new facility for research and testing of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). The Lone Star Unmanned Aircraft Systems Center (LSUASC), a joint collaboration of Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES), will provide research, testing and...
November 1, 2013
The AirBerlin group has seined a seven-year "Avionics-by-the-hour" (ABTH) agreement with Thales in support of maintenance and spares provisioning for...
October 31, 2013
Airline passengers are now allowed to use personal electronic devices (PEDs) throughout all phases of flight, the FAA said Thursday.    FAA Administrator Michael Huerta made the announcement based on recommendations from the PED Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC), which included representatives from airlines, aircraft manufacturers and in-flight connectivity providers that determined aircraft...
October 30, 2013
The FAA's ability to certify new technologies and aircraft components needs to be greatly improved if the agency wants to support growing demand for certifying NextGen technologies and procedures, according to the Department of Transportation's Office of the Inspector General (OIG).  During a hearing before the House subcommittee on aviation Wednesday, Jeffrey Guzzetti, assistant inspector general for...
October 30, 2013
Northrop Grumman has received a $43 million contract to upgrade the avionics of the U.S. Air Force fleet of E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (Joint Stars).      [E-8C Joint Stars. Photo, courtesy of Northrop Grumman.]     Joint Stars, the airborne command, control, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C2ISR) platform for...
October 29, 2013
CAE is adding a fourth Dassault Falcon 7X full-flight simulator (FFS) to its global training network, the Canadian manufacturer said Tuesday.    The fourth simulator will be ready for...
October 28, 2013
Japan Airlines (JAL) has signed a new contract with Gogo to provide its satellite-based in-flight connectivity service across its commercial fleet of 77 aircraft. Gogo’s Ku-satellite in-flight...
October 25, 2013
FAA Administrator Michael Huerta on Thursday outlined the impact of the the recent 16-day federal government shutdown on his agency's overhaul of the nation's air traffic management system and also called for a restructuring of its funding model during a speech at the Aero Club of Washington D.C.   The shutdown was the latest setback for the FAA, which was forced to trim its 2013 operating budget by...
October 24, 2013
Nextant Aerospace, maker of the Nextant 400XTi remanufactured business jet, signed a $202.5 million agreement with charter company Travel Management Company (TMC) for the conversion of its entire Hawker 400XP fleet. The agreement is for 400XTi conversions on up to 50 aircraft, the companies said.   TMC’s order means Nextant now has firm commitments in place to convert more than 100 aircraft...
October 24, 2013
Future business aircraft cockpits are likely to feature touchscreen enabled primary flight displays and eventually fully integrated touchscreen flight decks, according to avionics manufacturers exhibiting at the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) 2013 convention.     [Pro Line Fusion integrated avionics cockpit with touchscreen controls on King Air 350 turboprop.]   Among the...
October 23, 2013
EL AL Israel Airlines has selected the wireless in-flight entertainment system BoardConnect from Lufthansa Systems for 10 Boeing 737s and 2 Boeing 767s, the companies said Wednesday. Using their laptops, tablet PCs or smartphones, BoardConnect allows EL AL passengers to access on-demand audio and video and other content.  ...
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