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June 19, 2015
[Avionics Today 06-19-2015] Airways New Zealand, the country’s Air Navigation Service Provider (ANSP), keen on bringing satellite-based aircraft tracking to the island nation’s remote oceanic airspace has begun evaluating Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) options alongside Aireon. While a deal isn’t in place yet, the two have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to...
June 19, 2015
[Avionics Today 06-19-2015] The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) has awarded a maximum potential $478 million indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to Data Link Solutions (DLS), a joint venture between BAE Systems and Rockwell Collins, for the production of Multifunctional Information Distribution System...
June 19, 2015
Air Caraibes A350 XWB rendering. Photo: Airbus [Avionics Today 06-19-2015] Air Caraibes has selected Thales to supply the Avant In-Flight Entertainment and Connectivity (IFEC) solutions for their new fleet of six A350 XWB aircraft. Air Caraibes...
June 19, 2015
Diagram of NextGen. Photo: FAA [Avionics Today 06-19-2015] The FAA and the European Union (EU) have announced their intention to extend and expand their cooperative work toward providing seamless air traffic services for aircraft flying between the United States and Europe. FAA Administrator Michael Huerta and the European Commission’s Director General for Mobility and Transport, Joao Aguiar Machado...
June 19, 2015
[Avionics Today 06-19-2015] Boeing officially opened its new research and technology facility in Alabama. The Boeing Research & Technology-Alabama (BR&T-Alabama) center will serve as the company's hub for collaborative technology development with academic institutions and research partners in analytics and simulation in the southeast United States. The facility's...
June 18, 2015
[Avionics Today 06-18-2015] FAA Deputy Administrator Michael Whitaker told lawmakers Wednesday that the long awaited federal rule regulating the commercial operation of small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) will be published by June 2016. Whitaker was pressed about the agency's delays in releasing the rule during a hearing before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, which also featured...
June 18, 2015
Global Hawk UAS. Photo: NASA [Avionics Today 06-18-2015] Northrop Grumman successfully flew a new Open Mission Systems (OMS) architecture on a NASA Global Hawk Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS), demonstrating the ability to rapidly and affordably adapt new capabilities onto unmanned aircraft. The new architecture implementation flight took...
June 18, 2015
An artist's concept of the JSTARS Recap business jet platform proposed by the Lockheed Martin-led team with Raytheon and Bombardier. Photo: Lockheed Martin [Avionics Today 06-18-2015] Raytheon and Bombardier have teamed with Lockheed Martin to deliver what they describe as a low-risk, affordable solution for the United States Air...
June 18, 2015
SITA OnAir FlightTracker combines all available tracking sources to provide positioning. Photo: SITA OnAir [Avionics Today 06-18-2015] Singapore Airlines, Royal Brunei and Norwegian Air Shuttle are the latest carriers to sign-up for SITA OnAir’s Aircom FlightTracker for aircraft tracking. The product uses existing equipment and re-purposes Air Traffic...
June 18, 2015
The ES2 conference brought together representatives from ANSPs to share experience to enhance Safety Management Systems (SMS). Photo: Eurocontrol [Avionics Today 06-18-2015] Chief executive officers, safety directors and safety managers representing 30 European Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs) met in Split, Croatia, earlier this week for the biennial ANSP CEOs’ Safety Conference. The...
June 17, 2015
Airbus ProSky’s AirFlight. Photo: Airbus [Avionics Today 06-17-2015] Ahead of the 2016 International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) requirement for flight tracking, Airbus ProSky, the Air Traffic Management (ATM) subsidiary of Airbus, is partnering with flight-tracking company Flightradar24. Airbus ProSky will use Flightradar24’s aircraft positional data along with other aircraft data and...
June 17, 2015
L-39NG aircraft. Photo: Draken International [Avionics Today 06-17-2015] Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) company Draken International, has signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) to upgrade six L-39 aircraft to the...
June 17, 2015
Alpha Star is the ACJ319 launch customer. Photo: Airbus [Avionics Today 06-17-2015] Riyadh-based Alpha Star, a Middle Eastern “Very, Very Important People (VVIP)” charter operator, has become the first to announce a commitment for an Airbus ACJ319neo. Delivery...
June 17, 2015
Boeing Business Jet Max 9 in flight. Photo: Boeing [Avionics Today 06-17-2015] Boeing Business Jets announced the sale of the first BBJ MAX 9 at the 2015 Paris Airshow to an undisclosed European customer...
June 17, 2015
[Avionics Today 06-17-2015] Your favorite shows aren’t the only things that could be travelling via TV signals; in the not-too-distant future NATS, Thales ATM UK and Roke Manor are looking to track aircraft using those same television frequencies. The team has recently completed a two-year proof of concept trial, demonstrating that standard TV signals used to deliver shows to televisions across the...
June 16, 2015
[Avionics Today 06-16-2015] Airbus Helicopters, Vector Aerospace, and Rockwell Collins have entered into an agreement to jointly develop and market the Pro Line Fusion integrated avionics solution for Airbus Helicopters platforms. The companies will first target AS332 / 532 MK1 helicopter platforms for the upgrades, with...
June 16, 2015
Model of China’s MA700 for which Sagem will provide flight controls. Photo: Sagem [Avionics Today 06-16-2015] Xi'an Aircraft (AVIC group) and Sagem (Safran) signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) providing for the joint development and supply of the cockpit flight controls on China's planned MA700 regional jet. Developed and produced by...
June 16, 2015
Airbus “Smarter Fleet” electronic Flight Folder. Photo: Airbus [Avionics Today 06-16-2015] Following the signature of an agreement at the 2015 Paris Air Show, AirAsia is the launch customer for the latest Airbus “Smarter Fleet” Electronic...
June 16, 2015
GX Aviation. Photo: Inmarsat [Avionics Today 06-16-2015] Honeywell Aerospace and Inmarsat have completed the first phase of hardware and satellite network flight tests for GX Aviation broadband services, which they promise can deliver in-flight wireless connectivity similar to what is available at home or in the office. The JetWave-branded hardware enables airplanes to connect to Inmarsat’s Global...
June 16, 2015
[Avionics Today 06-16-2015] Boeing is continuing to expand its presence in Korea with the recent opening a new avionics maintenance and repair center. Last year the company spent more than $460 million creating new high tech jobs to support both the commercial aerospace research industry as well as the Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF). The new facility will also allow Boeing to greatly reduce its repair...
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