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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...
April 26, 2012
Photo/Capt. Richard Barker, U.S. Army KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - With its smaller frame and dual turboprop engines, the C-27J Spartan aircraft may not look like much. However, to soldiers on the ground, the C-27J is a reliable method of receiving mission essential supplies delivered over impassible terrain within hours of making a request. Since beginning operations in August 2011, two C-27J aircraft...
April 12, 2012
Recent headlines about possible threats to the GPS network is bringing new life to the discussion about the vulnerability and potential backups to the ubiquitous system. Despite the defeat of the LightSquared broadband proposal, the threat of GPS interruption, intentional or otherwise, remains a reality for the aviation industry, experts say. According to researchers in the U.K., using its Sentinel GPS...
April 5, 2012
Avionics manufacturers, dealers and installers cannot wait for the economic recovery and “must take back the industry,” according to speakers at this week’s Aircraft Electronics Association’s (AEA) International Convention and Trade Show. The event, held at the Gaylord Convention Center in National Harbor, Md., run through tomorrow. Paula Derks, association president...
March 29, 2012
NASA's Ikhana, a modified MQ-9 Predator B, glides in for landing at Edwards Air Force Base at the conclusion of the first checkout test flight of the ADS-B on a UAS. (Photo NASA/Tony Landis) An Ikhana MQ-9 unmanned aircraft system (UAS) with Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) flew for the first time this month, as part of a collaborative effort between NASA and FAA. The NASA Dryden...
March 22, 2012
In-flight connectivity has undergone a dramatic and rapid evolution in just a few years, with the aircraft morphing from one of the last cell-phone free zones to being airborne Wi-Fi hotspots capable of near broadband speeds. Those years have been brutal, with several company causalities along the way. And the companies that have remained, or “survived,” have had and must continue to adapt to...
March 15, 2012
An EA-18G Growler of Electronic Attack Squadron VAQ-138 aircraft takes off following a stop on Crete returning to Whidbey Island, Wash., after a six-month deployment to Iraq. The Growler uses ALQ-99 pods and is the target platform for the NGJ. (U.S. Navy photo by Paul Farley/Released) The Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) Next Generation Jammer (NGJ) program office said it expects to release a Request For...
March 8, 2012
Hundreds of air traffic management professionals have converged on Amsterdam this week for the ATC Global conference to discuss airspace modernization efforts and unveil new technologies aimed at improving efficiency and safety and reducing aviation’s impact on the environment. Vendors from around the world demonstrated technologies ranging from air traffic controller displays in the towers to...
March 1, 2012
FAA, industry partners and a group of U.S. airlines, including Delta Airlines and US Airways, launched the Metroplex initiative, part of the Next Generation Air Transportation System, in Atlantic and Charlotte, N.C., in an effort to make air traffic control more efficient and help airlines improve on-time performance. The Metroplex initiative – which includes the optimization of...
February 23, 2012
Thousands descended on Singapore last week for the biannual Singapore Airshow, and by the end of the week, the event tallied $30 billion in new commercial and military aircraft orders, signaling strength in the Asian market. The Asian market represents a big growth area for the industry, with particular emphasis on the business jet market. Gulfstream announced a joint venture (JV) with Beijing Capital...
February 16, 2012
The aviation industry has reason to celebrate this week, following a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) statement on Tuesday that it intends to revoke its initial waiver for LightSquared's proposed national broadband network. The move came after a study conducted by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and released this week found that there is no reliable way to...
February 9, 2012
Aviation concerns went before a House subcommittee on Wednesday touting the importance of the GPS network to the industry, but urged lawmakers to defend the integrity of the GPS network from potential interferences and/or jamming. The House Subcommittee on Aviation called the hearing to assess the importance of the GPS signal, particularly with respect to the proposed LightSquared broadband network and its...
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