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December 23, 2015
[Avionics Today 12-23-2015] Single European Sky ATM Research Joint Undertaking (SESAR JU) leadership recently announced their formal approval of the 2015 update of the European ATM Master Plan. Serving as the central planning tool for defining European ATM modernization priorities, the Master Plan features an avionics roadmap targeting increased equipment harmonization and standardization between SESAR and...
December 22, 2015
[Avionics Today 12-22-2015] The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today announced a comprehensive settlement agreement with Boeing that resolves multiple pending and potential enforcement cases. Under the agreement, Boeing pledged to implement and improve several certification processes to further enhance the airworthiness and continued...
December 22, 2015
[Avionics Today 12-22-2015] Airbus has announced a new agreement to acquire 100 percent of the shares of the Navtech group of companies. The U.K.-based Navtech currently provides Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) solutions, aeronautical charts, and other flight...
December 22, 2015
[Avionics Today 12-22-2015] BAE Systems has received a five-year $278.5 million contract from the U.S. Air Force to support the Instrumentation Radar Support Program (IRSP). The aerospace and defense manufacturer has been managing the IRSP program since 1985, providing support for...
December 22, 2015
[Avionics Today 12-22-2015] The U.S. Navy’s Avionics Component Improvement Program (AvCIP) is prepared to accept proposals, from U.S. Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) program offices, to award more than $10 million in funding toward fiscal 2017 projects, officials announced in December. The AH-1Z Viper’s turret control assembly circuit card was one of 13 proposals to receive funding from the...
December 22, 2015
[Avionics Today 12-22-2015] 2015 was a major year of progress, learning about equipage challenges and program re-alignment for the FAA's NextGen Automatic Surveillance Broadcast (ADS-B) Out mandate initiative. Throughout the year, the agency worked closely with the aviation industry through its Equip 2020 initiative to provide education for operators, installers and pilots about what ADS-B solutions are...
December 21, 2015
[Avionics Today 12-21-2015] Production on the Beluga XL aircraft MSN001 has begun, as Airbus reports that the first cut of the rear fuselage has been achieved in Spain. Final assembly of MSN001, which will be the first Beluga XL to fly, is scheduled...
December 21, 2015
[Avionics Today 12-21-2015] The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has issued a Direct Final Rule to better narrow the focus of the notification requirement in 49 C.F.R. § 830.5(a)(10) concerning certain resolution advisories.        NTSB Investigator-in-Charge Dan Bower documenting damaged section of Delta flight 1086 that skidded off the runway at LaGuardia Airport...
December 21, 2015
[Avionics Today 12-21-2015] Bombardier's CS100 has received its Transport Canada Type Certification following the completion of 3,000 flight testing hours. Obtaining the Type Certificate for the CS100 aircraft paves the way for the delivery and entry into service of the CS100 aircraft with first operator Swiss...
December 21, 2015
[Avionics Today 12-21-2015] LATAM Airlines Group, made up of LAN Airlines and TAM Airlines, has taken delivery of its first A350 XWB in Toulouse, France. In doing so, TAM will become the first airline in the Americas to operate the all-new airliner and the fourth worldwide. TAM’s aircraft is...
December 21, 2015
[Avionics Today 12-21-2015] The recent completion of the fourth edition of the Single European Sky ATM Research (SESAR) Joint Undertaking's System Wide Information Management (SWIM) Master Class shows that various aviation stakeholders are increasingly becoming aware of the SWIM concept and its practical usage in enhancing Air Traffic Management (ATM). According to SESAR, the Master Class has become an...
December 18, 2015
CEOs do a lot of talking. As the face of the company, they push out yearly guidance, put a positive spin on bad news, field analyst questions as gracefully and effortlessly as prima ballerina, and sometimes — if we’re lucky — take a couple of jabs at their competitors. As 2015 comes to a close we’ve put together a little quiz for you to test your knowledge of some of this...
December 18, 2015
Rockwell Collins Pro Line Fusion flight deck. Photo: Rockwell Collins [Avionics Today 12-18-2015] Rockwell Collins’ Pro Line Fusion advanced avionics system has been type...
December 18, 2015
Photo: GEE [Avionics Today 12-18-2015] Global Eagle Entertainment (GEE) has struck a deal with Shareco to launch GEE’s Airconnect In-Flight Connectivity (IFC) solution aboard 10 aircraft operated by the Hainan Airlines (HNA) Group of China. Shareco will lead the commercial and operational planning for the program...
December 18, 2015
[Avionics Today 12-18-2015] Boeing has delivered the first 767-300 Boeing Converted Freighter (BCF) to SF Airlines, making it the first BCF owned by an airline in China. The delivery took place at Boeing supplier ST Aerospace Services in Singapore, where the conversion work was performed. It is the first of five 767BCFs the...
December 18, 2015
TAM Airlines receiving its first A350 XWB. Photo: Airbus [Avionics Today 12-18-2015] LATAM Airlines Group, made up of LAN Airlines and TAM Airlines, has taken delivery of its first A350 XWB in Toulouse, France. TAM is the first airline in the...
December 18, 2015
UTC CEO Gregory Hayes. Photo: UTC [Avionics Today 12-18-2015] United Technologies Corp. Chief Executive Officer Gregory Hayes announced a restructure for the aerospace and building systems company on Dec. 10, which will cost about $1.5 billion over the next three years. With the company closing its $9 billion sale of Sikorsky aircraft to Lockheed Martin in November, UTC — the parent company for UTC...
December 17, 2015
Photo: Korea Airport Corp. [Avionics Today 12-17-2015] Rockwell Collins has implemented an Air-to-Ground (ATG) aviation communications network for Korea Airports Corporation (KAC), the service provider for airline and civil aviation communications in South...
December 17, 2015
Delta Air Lines Boeing 737. Photo: Wikimedia [Avionics Today 12-17-2015] Delta Air Lines has announced it will add up to 20 Embraer 190 and 20 new Boeing 737-900ER jets acquired through a new agreement with Boeing. The agreement is part of the...
December 17, 2015
Virgin America A320. Photo: Virgin America [Avionics Today 12-17-2015] Virgin America has announced plans acquire 10 new Airbus A321neo aircraft. Virgin America Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Peter Hunt expressed a liking for the aircraft earlier this month and indicated the airline would continue to invest in the A321 as the workhorse of its fleet. The 10 new A321neos are slated...
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