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March 26, 2015
PPG Industries’ aerospace transparencies group is producing the transparencies for the S-97 RAIDER™ rotorcraft prototype rolled out by Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. PPG designs and manufactures the transparencies at its Sylmar, Calif., facility, and has delivered ship sets to Sikorsky for two S-97 prototypes. The 14-square-foot windshields are constructed with polycarbonate laminates for high-impact...
March 26, 2015
Bell Helicopter has announced multiple letters of intent (LOIs) with three Middle Eastern operators. The company received a LOI from BBM Inc. for a Bell 505 Jet Ranger X and a Bell 525 Relentless, from K Aircraft Leasing for two Bell 525s, and...
March 26, 2015
AgustaWestland has signed a contract with the UK Ministry of Defense (MoD) covering the third five-year period of the 25-year Integrated Merlin Operational Support (IMOS) contract. The latest contract, valued at approximately £580 million (approximately €790 million), provides a comprehensive availability-based support package for the UK MoD's fleet of AW101 Merlin helicopters for the period of...
March 26, 2015
The Inmarsat satellite network that will deliver aviation broadband. Photo: Inmarsat [Avionics Today 03-25-2015] Honeywell and Inmarsat’s JetWave MCS 8200 completed over-the-air testing of the onboard datacom system earlier this month, possibly bringing them one step closer to delivering the global broadband to aviation that companies are striving toward and passengers are hungry for. The new system...
March 26, 2015
[Avionics Today 03-26-2015] During a press conference on Thursday, March 26, Lufthansa CEO Carsten Spohr confirmed that evidence from the Germanwings flight 4U 9525 investigation leads to a most likely conclusion that the co-pilot purposely crashed the aircraft. Spohr's comments came following an evaluation of the aircraft's Cockpit Voice Recorder was completed by the French air accident investigation...
March 26, 2015
[Avionics Today 03-26-2015] Textron Aviation is expanding the coverage of its ProAdvantage product support program to the Hawker 125 series, which includes the Hawker 400 series business jets and the 750, 800, 850...
March 26, 2015
[Avionics Today 03-26-2015] China Eastern has selected a Head-up Guidance System (HGS) and Multi-Mode Receiver from Rockwell Collins for 20 Next-Generation Boeing 737 aircraft. Deliveries of the 737s to China Eastern will begin early next year.      With Rockwell Collins’ HGS, airlines in China...
March 26, 2015
[Avionics Today 03-26-2015] Finnair is ready to invest $32.7 million in Wi-Fi connectivity equipage for the majority of its wide-body and narrow-body fleet. The state-run passenger airline confirmed its plans to invest in...
March 25, 2015
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department has chosen Vector Aerospace to to perform a 7,500 hour major inspection (G check) and 12-year inspection on one of the department's three Airbus Helicopters AS332L1 Super Pumas. The inspection will also include...
March 25, 2015
Avionica, a satellite communications equipment manufacturer known for its multiple safety certifications for airliners, has installed its suite of mini-Quick Access Recorders (miniQAR) on more than 75 helicopters, and most are streaming data over the company’s 3G/4G cellular module.      Avionica miniQAR III installed on an EC635. Photo courtesy of...
March 25, 2015
On March 24, 2015, at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., officials from the International Paris Air Show said that a sizeable presence was expected from helicopter industry companies at this year’s event. Addressing the press were four officials from the French Aerospace Industries Association (GIFAS), which organizes the show, including: Emeric d’Arcimoles, chairman and chief...
March 25, 2015
[Avionics Today 03-25-2015] Details are emerging regarding the investigation on the Germanwings Airbus A320 passenger jet crash in a remote French Alpine region, although at this time nothing has been confirmed for an actual cause of the accident. Experts with the BEA, the French aviation investigative firm, have recovered the aircraft's cockpit voice recorder and are now searching for the Flight Data...
March 25, 2015
 Passengers in Belo Horizonte airport. Photo: BH airport [Avionics Today 03-25-2015] Ultra Electronics Airport Systems has been awarded a contract by Belo Horizonte International Airport in Brazil to deliver and integrate an Airport Management System (AMS). The software platform for real-time...
March 25, 2015
NATO’s Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) aircraft. Photo: Rockwell Collins [Avionics Today 03-25-2015] Boeing has completed the first test flight of a North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) aircraft with Rockwell Collins’ Flight2 integrated avionics system. The flight deck upgrade includes...
March 25, 2015
Tern UAS phase 2 artist rendering. Photo: DARPA [Avionics Today 03-25-2015] DARPA has awarded prime contracts for Phase 2 of Tern, a joint program between DARPA and the U.S. Navy’s Office of Naval Research (ONR). Tern aims to give forward-deployed small ships the ability to serve as mobile launch and recovery sites for medium-altitude, long-endurance Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS). The two prime...
March 25, 2015
[Avionics Today 03-25-2015] CAE has sold five Full-Flight Simulators (FFS) and simulator update services to customers in North America, Europe, Africa and Asia...
March 24, 2015
This month, at the 12th edition of the Dubai International Humanitarian Aid & Development Conference & Exhibition (DIHAD), Airbus Helicopters will discuss its commitment to international peacekeeping and humanitarian efforts. The company will emphasize its helicopter solutions that can provide air transport efficiency to...
March 24, 2015
The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Safety Committee has released its third annual list of Top Safety Focus Areas, highlighting two primary safety issues – loss of control in flight (LOCI) and runway excursions – which, according to the committee’s research, shows should be primary risk-mitigation targets for all operators. The committee also identified the following safety...
March 24, 2015
Northrop Grumman has selected the Wind River 653 Platform for its latest helicopter digitization avionics mission equipment package to be integrated onto the Black Hawk UH-60V helicopter. As a part of the Wind River product portfolio of safe and secure operating systems, VxWorks 653 is a commercial...
March 24, 2015
[Avionics Today 03-24-2015] In September 2014 ADS-B Technologies completed a 7,000 nautical mile (nm) public flight demonstration of its space-based Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) Link Augmentation System (ALAS). The system has been flying since 2010 and the September flight demonstration proved its ability to deliver a 1090 Extended Squitter (ES) or 978 MHz Universal Access Transceiver...
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