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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...
June 14, 2012
Manufacturer Northrop Grumman said Thursday it concluded the first major phase of flight testing the X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator aircraft in May at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. The airworthiness test phase, which comprised 23 flights by two air vehicles, proved that the X-47B will perform properly at all speeds, weights and altitudes associated with the Navy's...
June 8, 2012
Thales was selected by the Civil Aviation Authority of Panama (AAC) to deploy air traffic management systems, including TopSky, for en route and approach segments of the country's airspace, the company said Friday. Thales will supply TopSky ATC, its associated TopSky Simulator (for the training of Panamenian Air traffic control officers)...
June 8, 2012
Navtech signed a multi-year agreement with euroAtlantic airways for provisioning aeronautical electronic charts for the iPad, in a Class 2 electronic flight bag (EFB). Navtech iCharts is an application that brings Navtech...
June 5, 2012
The avionics industry honored the career accomplishments of female aerospace professionals at the Avionics Magazine Women in Technology Awards luncheon in Washington, D.C., on Monday. The awards highlighted women who have risen to the top ranks within the aerospace industry. Throughout their careers, the women have had significant impacts on a vast array of technologies, including unmanned systems, GPS...
May 31, 2012
A new report from ATC Global pegs the emerging global satellite- and ground-based augmentation market at more than $6 billion as the market shifts to more integrated and automated air traffic management (ATM) networks. Ground-Based Augmentation Systems (GBAS) and Satellite-Based Augmentation Systems (SBAS) are becoming increasingly important precision guidance systems for aircraft operations around the...
May 24, 2012
Wireless in-flight entertainment (IFE) is expected to reach a global install-base of nearly 9,000 aircraft by 2021, roughly a third of the global fleet, according to a report by IMS Research. The major U.S.-based carriers in recent months have announced plans to outfit their fleets with connectivity services, whether satellite or air-to-ground. This connectivity can complement the traditional in-flight...
May 17, 2012
U.K-based carrier Virgin Atlantic this week announced it will now allow London-to-New York passengers to make and receive cell phone calls at 35,000 feet. The service, which will also include text messaging capabilities, email and Web via GPRS, is targeted to business travelers, and will limit connectivity to six users at any one time. "The service is intended for use in exceptional situations, when...
May 10, 2012
Photo courtesy GE Aviation GE Aviation instituted two performance based navigation (PBN) procedures at two different terrain constrained airports this week. First, the GE designed PBN flight paths were validated at Jiuzhai Huanglong Airport in the Sichuan Province of China. In this first public PBN project initiated by a Chinese airport, the paths will be available to all approved aircraft...
May 3, 2012
Cobham said it has reached an agreement with Thrane & Thrane's board to increase its stake in the airborne connectivity company. Cobham revised its original offer from last month, increasing its per-share offer by 2.6 percent. Cobham will now own 22.7 percent of the company. "We are very pleased that, by increasing our offer to take account of the dividend for the...
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