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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...
October 21, 2013
Business jet manufacturers are expected to deliver 9,250 new business jets over the next 10 years, nearly 800 fewer deliveries than was forecasted for the same period a year ago, according to Honeywell's annual Business Jet Aviation Forecast issued Sunday night. Honeywell's annual guidance for the business aviation market, launched on the eve of the...
September 19, 2013
Hundreds of aviation professionals gathered in Atlantic City, N.J., this week to hear about NextGen technologies, implementation and challenges at Avionics Magazine’s third annual Avionics for NextGen conference.   Frank Lobiondo, chairman of the House subcommittee on aviation Congressman Frank LoBiondo (R-N.J.), chairman of the House subcommittee on aviation, kicked off the conference, saying...
August 22, 2013
FAA on Thursday named retired Air Force Major General Edward L. Bolton Jr. as the new assistant administrator for NextGen, Avionics Magazine has learned. (Edward L. Bolton Jr. Photo, courtesy of Department of Defense.) Bolton began his Air Force career as an enlisted cost and management analyst. He was commissioned in 1983...
August 16, 2013
Unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) manufacturers, government officials and major aerospace company executives were focused on the future of the unmanned industry, and the safe integration of UAS into the National Airspace System (NAS) at the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International's (AUVSI) Unmanned Systems 2013 conference. Military commanders shared updates on some of the latest UAS from...
August 1, 2013
Rockwell Collins on Thursday announced the selection of company President Kelly Ortberg as its new CEO, succeeding Clay Jones, who announced his retirement from the aerospace and defense manufacturer in April after 34 years. (Kelly Ortberg, newly appointed Rockwell Collins CEO. Photo, courtesy of Rockwell Collins.) Ortberg first joined Rockwell Collins in 1987 as a program manager for its multi-functional...
July 31, 2013
ViaSat on Tuesday announced it has received blanket license radio station authorization for Ka-band aeronautical earth stations, which provides regulatory approval for airborne Ka-band service across the United States.      (Photo: ViaSat.)   The license will permit...
July 29, 2013
FAA issued the first restricted type certificates to permit commercial operations with unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) recently, authorizing Insitu's Scan Eagle X200 and AeroVironment's PUMA to begin flying commercial missions within the National Airspace System (NAS).      (AeroVironment's hand-launched Puma UAS. Photo, courtesy of AeroVironment.)   The new type certificates mark...
July 11, 2013
Raytheon has edged out several competitors for the opportunity to develop a new U.S. Navy airborne system to jam enemy radar and communications. But it may be too early for Raytheon to celebrate, as the losing bidders have not ruled out a protest, and long-term funding remains uncertain.     (Boeing EA-18G Growler. Photo, courtesy of Raytheon.)   Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) on July 8...
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