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July 12, 2013
Boeing will expand its support of an Australian air defense command and control system, Vigilare, under a new five-year $60 million contract announced Thursday with the Australian Department of Defense.    Boeing Defense Australia (BDA) will provide engineering, maintenance, training and system updates for...
July 11, 2013
The U.S. Navy on Wednesday conducted the first arrested landing onto an aircraft carrier with Northrop Grumman's X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) carrier demonstration aircraft.      (The X-47B aboard USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) after safely landing. During the July 10 test, the X-47B caught the 3 wire with the aircraft’s tailhook. Photo, courtesy of NAVAIR.)   After...
July 11, 2013
Charter carrier Danish Air Transport has a new three-year charting and electronic flight bag (EFB) service agreement with Jeppesen to begin using a combination of onboard and mobile EFBs.      (Jeppesen's iPad-based EFB. Photo, courtesy of...
July 11, 2013
Malaysia Airlines is upgrading its Airbus A380 fleet with Lufthansa Systems' Airport Mapping Database Lido/AMDB, which will provide the data necessary to operate the Onboard Airport Navigation System currently installed on the flight...
July 10, 2013
Thales on Tuesday named Dominique Giannoni as the new chief executive of its California-based in-flight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) business.      Giannoni first joined the company as the...
July 10, 2013
Rockwell Collins on Wednesday announced restructuring within the leadership of its commercial systems business.      (Left to Right: Steve Timm, vice president and general manager, Air Transport Systems; Jeff Standerski, vice president and general manager, Business and Regional Systems; Greg Irmen, vice president and general...
July 10, 2013
The House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure on Wednesday passed the Small Airplane Revitalization Act of 2013, which aims to reduce regulations and certification costs for smaller airplanes that are regulated under FAA's Part 23 rule.    If passed by the House, the bill would establish a 2015 deadline for implementing recommendations from FAA's Part 23 Reorganization Aviation...
July 9, 2013
Philippine Airlines (PAL) is the first airline to launch commercial flights featuring the TriaGnoSys in-flight GSMConneX connectivity hardware.    The first PAL aircraft to be retrofitted with GSMConneX is a Boeing 777-300ER.  According to TriaGnoSys, GSMConneX will allow passengers to...
July 9, 2013
The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) isn't giving up its fight regarding the FAA-imposed air traffic controller (ATC) fees for its annual AirVenture show, as the organization is now asking a federal appeals court to review the payments.    Last week, EAA filed a petition with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit Court of Chicago. The petition is the result of FAA's notification to EAA...
July 9, 2013
Air France and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines are launching trial flights featuring in-flight Wi-Fi connectivity provided by Panasonic Avionics, the company said Thursday.    The trial phase will last for the remainder of...
July 8, 2013
The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) signed a new five-year $435 million contract to keep BAE Systems as its in-service provider on its fleet of Hawk 127 lead-in jet fighter fleet.      (RAAF Hawk 127...
July 8, 2013
The P-8A Poseidon, Boeing's next-generation military derivative of the 737-800, is ready for introduction into the U.S. Navy fleet, according to a report issued by the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) last week.      (A P-8A Poseidon conducts a weapons test with the Harpoon. Photo, courtesy of U.S. Navy.)   According to NAVAIR, the report confirmed the P-8A Poseidon as being...
July 3, 2013
Teledyne Controls' Wireless GroundLink (WGL) data transfer technology has been installed on a Superjet SSJ100 for Aeroflot, marking the first time a Teledyne Controls...
July 3, 2013
Norwegian and Panasonic Avionics are developing an Android-powered in-flight entertainment system. Norwegian’s passengers will be able to use select Android apps that are pre-loaded onto the system. “We’re constantly looking at new ways technology can enhance our passengers’ experience and believe that the edginess of the universe offered by...
July 2, 2013
Universal Display Corp., of Ewing, N.J., has been awarded a $225,000 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I program from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Under the program, titled “Novel Energy-Saving Phosphorescent OLED Lighting Products,” Universal Display will partner with and subcontract IDD Aerospace/Zodiac Lighting Solutions to evaluate and demonstrate the potential for...
July 2, 2013
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) sent a letter to FAA urging the agency to modify its air traffic control procedures to ensure safe separation between aircraft during "go-around" maneuvers. The letter follows the investigation of five incidents in which commercial jetliners came within hazardous proximity of other aircraft while arriving or departing at major U.S...
July 2, 2013
Boeing selected BAE Systems to provide the spoiler control electronics for the new Boeing 737 MAX. The spoiler control electronics will be developed at the company’s Endicott, N.Y., facility and manufactured at its Fort Wayne, Ind., facility. Delivery of the 737 MAX is planned for 2017...
July 2, 2013
Global Eagle Entertainment's Row 44 subsidiary will offer free live TV and on-demand shows on Southwest Airlines via DISH Network, the companies announced Tuesday. Row 44 first launched its live TV platform on Southwest Airlines in the summer of 2012.  After a successful pilot phase, it was rolled out to all WiFi-equipped Boeing 737-700 and -800...
July 1, 2013
Inmarsat said Monday the first fully assembled Inmarsat-5 satellite has successfully completed mechanical testing at Boeing’s manufacturing facility in El Segundo, Calif. The satellite, one of three that will comprise Inmarsat’s new Global Xpress Ka-band broadband network, will move to the next phase of testing as preparations continue for launch later this year, the company said. The recently...
July 1, 2013
Irish aviation services company Eirtech Aviation signed an aircraft interior wiring modification contract with Southwest Airlines to install FAA-mandated kits of select 737s. Eirtech Aviation’s team in Shannon developed the system, which involves the...
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