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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...
February 2, 2012
The Department of Defense (DoD) proposed a series of budget cuts last week, including the slower procurement of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) and the cancellation of the Global Hawk Block 30 unmanned aircraft system (UAS). In its “Defense Budget Priorities and Choices” document issued Jan. 26, the DoD said the military will be smaller and leaner, but will “remain agile, flexible...
January 19, 2012
A program that will overhaul the way information is sent in the National Airspace System (NAS) is picking up steam, with a major contract under the Data Communications program set to be handed out in June. FAA last year sent out a solicitation for bidders for its Data Communications Integrated Services (DCIS) contract, under its Data Comm program, a foundational program of the mutli-billion dollar...
December 22, 2011
The last Gulfstream G200 business jet -- the 250th -- rolled off the production line in Dallas this week, making room for the new, large-cabin Gulfstream G280 scheduled to enter service in the first part of 2012. Gulfstream said the G200 was the first super mid-size business jet to enter the marketplace. It rolled out in 1997 and was certified by FAA in 1998. To date, the aircraft has been certified...
December 15, 2011
AIA President Marion Blakey Despite a sluggish overall economy and major cuts looming in the defense sector, the U.S. aerospace industry saw its eighth straight year of growth in 2011, with annual sales of $218 billion, according to the Aerospace Industries Association’s (AIA) year-end forecast and review. However, 2012 is expected to bring changes. The forecast, issued on Dec. 14, projected...
December 7, 2011
Michael Huerta FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt resigned on Tuesday, following a weekend arrest in Fairfax, Va., for driving under the influence of alcohol. According to a statement posted to the FAA Website on Tuesday, Babbitt, who was named to the agency's top post in 2009, submitted his resignation to Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and it has been accepted. Babbitt has been...
December 1, 2011
Astronics Corp., based in East Aurora, N.Y., paid $24 million to acquire privately held Ballard Technology, an Everett, Wash.-based manufacturer of avionics interface systems for defense and commercial aerospace applications, the company announced Wednesday. An additional purchase consideration of up to $5.5 million may be paid by Astronics if Ballard achieves certain revenue growth targets over...
November 17, 2011
Aviation in the Middle East looks poised for major growth as the industry closes out the Dubai Air Show this week with billions of dollars in new aircraft on the order books. All told, airframe manufacturers Boeing and Airbus each tallied about $20 billion in aircraft orders at the show, which took place Nov. 13 through Nov. 17. Boeing said it saw orders valued at nearly $20 billion excluding options...
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