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June 24, 2013
American Airlines has replaced its paper flight manuals with electronic flight bags and discontinued paper revisions to terminal flight charts.      The airline completed testing of its iPad EFB in April, and has been granted approval from FAA to use EFBs during all phases of flight on all of its current fleet of...
June 24, 2013
FAA on Friday announced its decision to delay an ongoing safety assessment of the use of personal electronic devices (PEDs) during all phases of flight on commercial aircraft.    In January, the agency assembled a government-industry aviation rulemaking committee (ARC) tasked with determining the safety risks associated with expanding the in-flight use of PEDs on commercial flights. The ARC is...
June 24, 2013
Public perception of the integration of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) into civilian airspace is becoming less negative, according to two recently released public opinion polls.  (The AutoCopter, a portable unmanned helicopter equipped with cameras, designed to provide aerial crop surveillance. Photo, courtesy of PR News/AutoCopter.) According to polling results released Monday by the Association for...
June 21, 2013
Taiwan carrier EVA Air announced a package of new avionics upgrades from Rockwell Collins Thursday at the Paris Air Show.    The package includes the "full suite" of Rockwell Collins cockpit avionics...
June 21, 2013
Ten years ago, investors told pilots Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg that their plan to build a solar-powered airplane would never work. It would never fly.       Yet on Sunday Piccard successfully landed the Solar Impulse airplane at Washington Dulles International Airport, the fourth leg of a 45-day coast-to-coast trip across the United States, in a solar-powered aircraft with the...
June 20, 2013
Teledyne Controls returned to the Paris Air Show in 2013 after a 10-year absence with a big presence, announcing a series of new products and contracts with international customers. The company signed a Technical Services Agreement (TSA) with Boeing to certify its Terminal Cellular System (TCS) on the Boeing 787. This will give operators an option for effectively providing each aircraft with an IP...
June 20, 2013
Thales introduced the international aviation community to its future cockpit avionics concept on the first day of the Paris Air Show, the "Avionics 2020" cockpit.       (Thales 2020 Avionics Cockpit. Photo, courtesy of Thales.)   The cockpit is evolved from the one display for a cockpit interactive solution (ODICIS) demonstrator that Thales unveiled at the 2011 Paris...
June 20, 2013
The 2013 Paris Air Show has featured multi-billion dollar aircraft orders, groundbreaking partnerships and some innovative new technological concepts from some of the world's biggest aerospace companies. Although the show has not ended yet, Avionics Magazine has some of the biggest news from the show thus far, starting with commercial aircraft orders, followed by avionics news.  Also, be sure to...
June 20, 2013
Airbus confirmed a new Traffic Alert and Collision Avoidance System (TCAS) as standard for its A320 family aircraft at the Paris Air Show on Wednesday,  the T3CAS...
June 19, 2013
Thales demonstrated the results of its in-flight entertainment (IFE) research and development efforts at the Paris Air Show on Tuesday, displaying flat-screen displays designed for aircraft cabins with eye-tracking and gesture-control capabilities.     (Stuart Dunleavy of Thales, demonstrating the in-flight gesture control system. Photo: Avionics Magazine)   Stuart Dunleavy, Thales vice...
June 19, 2013
Safran, in partnership with Honeywell, introduced an electronic green taxi system (EGTS) for commercial aircraft at the Paris Air Show on Tuesday. The system is designed to improve operational efficiency, save fuel and reduce delays. Air France signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to study the technology.   Carl Esposito, vice president of sales and marketing at Honeywell, told Avionics Magazine...
June 18, 2013
Esterline CMC Electronics’ (CMC) IntegriFlight GPS Landing System has been granted a FAA Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for GPS Localizer Performance with Vertical (LPV) Guidance approach operations on Boeing B737 Classics. Logic-Air Aviation Services of Mirabel...
June 18, 2013
Rockwell Collins had a busy second day at the 2013 Paris Air Show, announcing deals for its avionics systems with Houston, Texas-based helicopter operator Bristow Group, Xiamen Airlines and China Southern Airlines.      (Rockwell Collins launched its new HeliSure situational awareness system at the Paris Air Show on Monday. Photo, courtesy of Rockwell Collins.)   Bristow has a new...
June 17, 2013
Esterline CMC Electronics has been awarded a contract by Borsigh to supply its TacView Portable Mission Display for the U.S. Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve Command Real Time Information in the Cockpit (RTIC) Full Rate Production (FRP) program. The contract covers dual installations of the TacView system on board a total of 56...
June 17, 2013
Cobham has introduced the AVIATOR S satcom terminal and antenna system, aimed at the air transport market. The company said the development of the AVIATOR S series system was driven by the latest specifications formulated by the Air Transport Air-to-Ground-Communications working group (ARINC 781), along with anticipated requirements for safety services and network domain separation for air traffic...
June 17, 2013
Lockheed Martin on the first day of the 2013 Paris Air Show signed an agreement with Quebec-based CAE, designating the flight training company as a preferred in-country provider of F-35 training support.      (Steve O’Bryan, of Lockheed Martin--right--signing the MoU with Gene...
June 14, 2013
Airbus completed the maiden flight on Friday with its new twin-engine wide-body aircraft, the A350 XWB. The first flight was completed about two weeks ahead of the airframe manufacturer's deadline, lasting four hours before landing at France's Toulouse-Blagnac Airport.      (Airbus A350 XWB makes maiden flight. Photo, courtesy of Airbus.)   The maiden flight begins a year-long...
June 14, 2013
Park Air Systems, Northrop Grumman's U.K.-based air traffic management subsidiary, has a new agreement with Dutch Caribbean Air Navigation Service Provider (DC-ANSP) to build a ground-to-air communications system for the Curacao Flight Information Region. ...
June 13, 2013
The LONGBOW Limited Liability Company, a joint venture of Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman, received a $90.6 million contract to provide Saudi Arabia with LONGBOW Fire Control Radars (FCR) for the AH-64 Apaches...
June 13, 2013
Hundreds of thousands of visitors are expected at Le Bourget airfield next week for the 50th annual International Paris Airshow, bringing together commercial and military aircraft and technology displays. Avionics Magazine has a preview of what to expect next week from some of the biggest companies in the industry.    Commercial    Boeing Boeing will be performing daily flights with its...
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