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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...
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 6, 2013
FAA Administrator Michael Huerta said the ground infrastructure for the nation's automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) will be ready for operations by next year.     (An ITT Exelis ADS-B Ground Station. Photo, courtesy of ITT Exelis.)   Huerta, speaking at the RTCA Symposium on Wednesday, said the entire United States will be covered by more than 700 ADS-B ground radio...
May 30, 2013
The integration of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) into civilian airspace presents the next frontier in the air transportation industry. And it is one that faces numerous technological, regulatory and public perception issues as it moves forward towards its 2015 deadline.     (Boeing Phantom Eye, a liquid hydrogen-powered high altitude long endurance (HALE) UAS used for persistent intelligence...
May 23, 2013
Boeing began flight testing a new package of upgrades to the engines and avionics of one of its flagship aircraft this week, the 747-8 Intercontinental. The Performance Improvement Package (PIP), includes enhancements to the large passenger aircraft’s GE-2nx engines and Flight Management Computer (FMC), continuing a string of upgrades that Boeing has installed over the past two years to improve fuel...
May 10, 2013
In-flight connectivity could be faster and accessible to more commercial and business aircraft in a few years, under a proposal from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to establish a terrestrial-based air-to-ground mobile broadband service for aircraft flying in the National Airspace System (NAS).   The proposal would establish an air-to-ground Internet service first proposed to the...
May 9, 2013
The U.S. Air Force's B-52 Stratofortress fleet is receiving a major digital upgrade from Boeing, helping the airframe manufacturer to provide a foundation for continued modernization of the military's longest serving bomber airplanes.      (B-52 Bomber. Photo, courtesy of Boeing.)   The upgrades are part of a new $76 million Combat Network Communications Technology (CONECT) contract...
April 15, 2013
FAA is dismissing claims made by Hugo Teso, a German information technology consultant, that aircraft navigation systems can be hacked using a smartphone application and desktop computer.    Last week, during a cyber security conference in Amsterdamn, Teso, who is also a commercial pilot, demonstrated the ability to hack into a virtual airplane by sending radio signals to its flight-management...
April 3, 2013
NASA recently demonstrated another example of how unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) are used for civilian purposes, by launching AeroVironment’s Dragon Eye UAS into the San Jose, Costa Rica Turrialba Volcano’s sulfur dioxide plume to study its chemical environment. (The three Dragon Eye unmanned aircraft systems used by NASA for the study. Photo, courtesy of NASA/Randy Berthold) The “In...
February 28, 2013
FAA Administrator Michael Huerta told the House Subcommittee on Aviation on Wednesday his agency cannot avoid furloughing its employees under its $600 million in automatic spending cuts scheduled to take effect this week. Additionally, Huerta said the cuts could result in delays and cancellations at the nation's busiest airports. The hearing occurred two days before the $85 billion in across-the-board...
February 13, 2013
A day after President Barack Obama called for an alternative to the upcoming sequester, Democrats on the House Appropriations Committee released a report outlining the impact of the $1.2 trillion in federal spending cuts scheduled to occur in two weeks, including the impact to FAA’s operating budget. According to the report, the Office of Management and Budget will sequester $85 billion in federal...
February 12, 2013
The multi-billion dollar general aviation industry had increases in aircraft shipments and declines in airplane billings in 2012, results that the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) called a “mixed bag." According to GAMA's annual State of the General Aviation Industry report, the 2,133 airplane shipments in 2012 was an increase of less than 1 percent year over year, with airplane...
January 24, 2013
ITT Exelis filed a formal protest with FAA over the $331 million datacomm contract awarded to Harris Corp. in September, Avionics Magazine has learned. The protest, which was filed in November with FAA's Office of Dispute Resolution for Acquisition (ODRA) for review, asks the agency to review "aspects of the evaluation that warrant further review," ITT said in a...
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