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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...
January 10, 2013
Cessna said Thursday it has begun the initial production run of its Citation M2 light business jet, with certification on track for second quarter of 2013. Unit 800 is slated for demonstrator purposes, and is expected to roll off the assembly line this April, the company said. The front and aft cabin assemblies for the light business jet are built at Cessna's Wichita, Kan., facility and are then...
December 13, 2012
The Solar Impulse team has already set the record for the world’s longest fully solar-powered flight, and now it plans to take its four-engine plane that weighs less than an SUV around the world powered by nothing but the sun. (Solar Impulse aircraft) The Solar Impulse aircraft is powered by the 12,000 solar cells that rest below the solar panels on the upper part of the wings. The cells capture the...
November 30, 2012
As negotiations continue between the White House and Congress over how to avoid the highly publicized fiscal cliff, U.S. aerospace and defense manufacturers are bracing themselves for what could happen if the worst-case scenario comes true. Lawmakers from both parties are trying to come up with a compromise with the White House to avoid the automatic $1.2 trillion in government spending cuts starting Jan...
November 15, 2012
Thales on Thursday said it will pay an undisclosed sum to acquire Sysgo AG, the German supplier of operating system products, middleware, and software services for the real-time and embedded market. Thales said the acquisition will strengthen its leadership in embedded computing solutions for mission-critical applications. At the same time, it will bring Sysgo access to the market for Thales solutions...
November 1, 2012
A team of researchers at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University has received funding for a project to assess the performance of pilots when they land small airplanes at small airports using an approach normally employed at airports with longer runways. The results could help shed light on the feasibility of letting small aircraft use GPS-aided approaches for small airports, according to the...
October 24, 2012
With less than two weeks remaining until the presidential election, the candidates addressed the issue of sequestration on Monday, saying they both would like to see that scenario avoided, but offered little in the way of specifics on how to see it doesn't happen. Aerospace Industries Association President Marion Blakey said she and International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers President...
October 18, 2012
In-flight entertainment and communications systems provider Panasonic Avionics, of Lake Forest, Calif., signed an agreement with operator Asia Satellite Telecommunications (AsiaSat) to secure additional Ku-band capacity on the AsiaSat 5 satellite, an agreement that will bring new capacity and improve in-flight connectivity service over the Middle East and India. The agreement builds on an...
October 11, 2012
GPS is precious resource for the aviation industry and must be protected from threats, intentional or otherwise, according to panelists on an Avionics Magazine Webinar this week. What started out as military-only network has exploded so that everyone, everywhere is connected via GPS. For aircraft operators, the systems are invaluable, providing benefits that allow pilots to safely and efficiently...
September 27, 2012
The U.S. Air Force’s C-5M program has fixed some of the problems that arose during two major modernization initiatives for the transport aircraft and is working to repair the others, according to the Air Force and prime contractor Lockheed Martin. Lockheed Martin designed and successfully tested software changes to reduce the false alarm rate and improve the fault isolation rate of the jet’s...
September 25, 2012
The NextGen Institute’s annual public meeting brought together top government and industry aviation leaders to discuss the progress of FAA’s implementation of NextGen, and the challenges that lie ahead, though speakers could provide few specifics as to how to address problems that have delayed full-scale implementation. “As a business proposition, it’s essentially a...
September 13, 2012
AIA President Marion Blakey The automatic $1.2 trillion cut from U.S. government spending over the next 10 years scheduled for Jan. 2 could have a devastating impact on the full-scale implementation of NextGen, according to the chief of the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA). NextGen is the biggest aviation investment in U.S. history. The upgrades could nearly double the number of...
August 14, 2012
FAA’s multi-billion dollar air transportation system modernization initiative could face severe delays and possible budget cuts as a result of sequestration, according to a report from the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA). The report, which included a 20-year analysis of the economic impact of sequestration, predicted FAA’s $15.9 billion budget would be reduced by $1 billion annually over...
August 8, 2012
A passenger tracking system from from Amor Group allows airports to better manage flows of people before they board the aircraft. BluFi, the Glasgow, Scotland-based Amor Group’s airport passenger tracking system, combines Bluetooth and Wi-Fi to track airport passengers movement through airport terminals. The system, delivered by partner company BlipSystems, allows terminal operators to track a sample...
July 26, 2012
Private aircraft manufacturer Volta Volaré and its partners are researching the possibilities of bringing hybrid composite materials to cockpit avionics. Volta Volaré, which earlier this year launched the four-seat, GT4 hybrid electric private aircraft, is teaming up with ElectriPlast Corp., a Fort Washington, Pa.-based manufacturer of non-corrosive, electrically conductive resin-based...
July 12, 2012
Rivals Airbus and Boeing tallied billions of dollars in new aircraft orders at this week’s Farnborough Air Show, but concerns about the global economy keep the total aircraft sales below last year’s Paris Air Show. Boeing was the big winner in the order race. Over the past week, Boeing announced orders and commitments for 396 airplanes, valued at more than $37 billion. Among the big orders...
July 5, 2012
A new airline passenger survey focusing on U.S. travellers’ experience of in-flight Wi-Fi found that more than 60 percent of passengers who used cabin Wi-Fi are likely to use it again in the future, according to a report released this month from IMS Research. According to the survey, more than 40 percent of respondents who have flown in the past year have used Wi-Fi service, either as part of a...
June 28, 2012
The potential cuts in defense spending will have a dramatic impact on the aerospace industry and on the U.S. economy in general, without Congressional action on sequestration, according to a panel in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday. An Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) panel discussion presented the uncertainty facing defense and aerospace manufacturers throughout the United States, as they await...
June 21, 2012
Integrating commercial and military avionics into the U.S. Air Force’s new KC-46A aerial refueling tanker will be a significant challenge, so program leaders are keeping an especially close eye on that effort, according to the general who oversees the aircraft’s development. The program, with prime contractor Boeing, will integrate a new aerial refueling operator station, fuel transfer...
June 15, 2012
The Department of Defense needs to analyze the impacts of future funding levels and its supply chain for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) to avoid more cost overruns and program delays, according to a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report released Friday. The JSF has been extensively restructured in the last two years to address relatively poor cost, schedule and performance outcomes. And the...
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