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July 10, 2014
[Avionics Today July 10, 2014] Boeing signed its second major connected aircraft deal in less than a month, announcing a new partnership with General Dynamics to release the Tri-Band radar dome (radome) in the fourth quarter of 2015. According to a spokesperson for Boeing's cabin connectivity team, the company sees a need for flexibility in the passenger cabin connectivity market.  The Tri-band...
July 10, 2014
[Avionics Today July 10, 2014] Canada has completed its nationwide implementation of Controller Pilot Data Link Communications (CPDLC), according to the country's Air Navigation Service Provider (ANSP) NAV Canada. This marks largest domestic implementation of this technology to date, as European airspace currently features the technology and the United States is still in the trial phase with it under...
June 27, 2014
[Avionics Today June 27, 2014] Alaska Airlines is starting to realize the fuel saving benefits of the FAA's Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) in Seattle, according to testimony from the carrier's vice president of flight operations Gary Beck before the Senate subcommittee on aviation.  The airline is using new flight procedures as a result of the agency's Greener Skies...
June 19, 2014
[Avionics Today June 19, 2014] Nav Canada is approaching the completion of the rollout of its nationwide Instrument Landing System (ILS) replacement program. The Canadian Air Navigation Service Provider (ANSP) announced an order to acquire 15 Normarc 7000B ILS systems from Indra Navia over the next three years, during the final phase of the ILS replacement program. Nav Canada will deploy a total of...
June 5, 2014
[Avionics Today June 5, 2014] Benefits from the FAA's NextGen aviation infrastructure modernization project are taking shape in the Houston Metroplex, where last week a total of 50 new airspace procedures--aimed at allowing airlines to take advantage of modern avionics systems and Performance Based Navigation (PBN) flight procedures--went into effect.   The Houston project is part of the FAA's...
May 27, 2014
[Avionics Today May 27, 2014] The concept of using an aviation computing cloud to track flight data in real time gained traction at a two-day conference in Kuala Lumpur focused on improving aircraft tracking following the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines’ Flight MH370. Ahmad Shabery Cheek, Malaysia's minister of communications and multimedia, called for the two day ITU summit during the World...
May 22, 2014
[Avionics Today May 22, 2014] AT&T, the giant U.S. telecommunications company, has been making waves in recent months. Its deal to acquire DirecTV is a huge statement of intent, and a gateway into the lucrative DTH market in the United States.    It is also planning to launch in-flight connectivity services in combination with Honeywell next year. An AT&T source who requested anonymity...
May 1, 2014
[Avionics Today May 1, 2014] Last September, Honeywell released a survey that found nearly 90 percent of passengers would give up an amenity on their flight in order to access a faster in-flight wireless connection. In response, two of the biggest names in telecommunications and avionics, AT&T and Honeywell, are partnering to launch a 4G LTE-based in-flight connectivity service available for...
April 17, 2014
[Avionics Today April 17, 2014] 2014 marks the 65th year since the Airlines Electronic Engineering Committee meetings first began to convene jointly with the Avionics Maintenance Conference. Since those first meetings, aircraft avionics systems technology has exploded and AEEC/AMC has grown alongside into a new age of technology.     AMC/AEEC Conference Keynote speaker, Claude Chidiac, aviation...
April 11, 2014
[Avionics Today April 11, 2014] Avionics Magazine recently caught up with Wind River to discuss how its VxWorks Multiple Independent Levels of Security (MILS) Platform provided a separation kernel-based security foundation for a new avionics communication system designed to enable F-22 and F-35 avionics systems to communicate with each other.  Wind River, an Intel Corp. subsidiary, says the...
April 10, 2014
[Avionics Today April 10, 2014] Would you believe that just 30 lines of computer code might have saved Air France flight 447 from crashing into the Atlantic Ocean in 2009? Carlos Varela, an experienced pilot and associate professor of computer science at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, believes so. Through funding from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Varela and his research group...
April 4, 2014
[Avionics Today April 4, 2014] China is facing obstacles to establishing a successful domestic commercial aircraft manufacturing industry, according to a new report from RAND Corp.  In 2008, the Chinese government established the Commercial Aviation Corporation of China (COMAC), in an effort to domestically produce the regional ARJ21 and C919. The report indicates that despite investing billions...
March 21, 2014
[Avionics Today March 21, 2014] Initial Operating Capability (IOC) for the first phase of the Data Communications (Data Comm) Air Traffic Management (ATM) technology under the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) NextGen program is on track for 2016, according to a National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) official involved with the program.   Data Comm is one of the most...
March 14, 2014
[Avionics Today March 14, 2014] The Aircraft Electronics Association (AEA) released its 2013 year-end avionics market report at its annual convention showing global General Aviation (GA) avionics sales reaching more than $2.4 billion last year, a 6.9 percent increase over 2012.    This is the second annual avionics market report released by AEA, capturing sales of all business and GA aircraft...
March 5, 2014
[Avionics Today March 5, 2014] President Barack Obama's 2015 proposed budget received criticism from the aviation community, as the proposal would cut funding for NextGen, delays aircraft and avionics certifications, and impose a $100 per flight user fee on commercial and business aviation operations.    The FAA's budget request includes $836 million in base NextGen funding, which is $65 million...
February 14, 2014
[Avionics Today Feb. 14, 2014] Europe features one of the most congested and complex airspaces in the world, with 28 different major airspace navigation service providers managing 26,000 flights per day. The EU is trying to ease that congestion with its Single European Sky ATM Research (SESAR) project, which is now entering the deployment phase.     Michael Standar, Chief Strategies and...
January 30, 2014
[Avionics Today January 30, 2014] The Avionics Maintenance Summit (AVM) in London held an avionics session where industry executives discussed a number of key industry issues. David Bowen, Head of ATM Operations at SESAR Joint Undertaking spoke about the latest developments with the SESAR initiative. Bowen said the focus is to bring fragmented ATM research to into a coherent managed framework, calling...
December 27, 2013
The iPad Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) solution was only recently considered a wild card in the paper-free flight bag process, but with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) allowances and apps from Jeppesen, Lufthansa Systems and Navtech, the tablets are now in cockpits worldwide. Jeppesen’s FliteDeck Pro became available for iPad August 2012 and was...
November 7, 2013
The FAA is on track to develop the airworthiness standards and certification requirements necessary to integrate unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) into the National Airspace System (NAS) by its targeted goal of 2015, FAA Administrator Michael Huerta said Thursday.     ScanEagle, the first UAS to perform a commercial flight within the NAS.   The agency released its UAS Integration Roadmap...
October 31, 2013
Five major U.S. carriers, including United Airlines, have agreed to equip aircraft over the next six years with digital avionics that enable data communications between pilots and air traffic controllers, a significant milestone for FAA's NextGen program.  With the announcement of United and four other unnamed airlines, Harris Corp., which was awarded FAA's $331 million Data Communications Integrated...
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