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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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