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May 22, 2015
Sikorsky Aircraft’s “big bet” on future vertical lift, the S-97 Raider, flew for the first time this morning on “quite the aggressive" flight test card.   Sikorsky Aircraft's S-97 RAIDER(TM) helicopter achieved successful first flight at the Sikorsky Development Flight Center in West Palm Beach, Fla., May 22, 2015. Photo courtesy of Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation The...
May 22, 2015
Russian Helicopters has launched a 3D modelling app allowing users to learn about  - and in some cases, go on virtual tours - of the company's helicopter models. The app is compatible with computers and laptops running the Windows or Mac OS. This is the first development of its kind in Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). The app is built like a 3D construction kit and makes it...
May 22, 2015
Unmanned aircraft system. Photo: FAA [Avionics Today 05-22-2015] The FAA has made it simpler for the six Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) test sites to conduct research by giving them “blanket” authorizations to fly public aircraft operations throughout the National Airspace System (NAS) at or below 200 feet. The FAA expects this improved access for the test sites will provide more...
May 22, 2015
Bell Helicopter has announced the signed purchase agreement for a Bell 429 at HeliRussia that will operate in extreme cold weather conditions in Siberia. “The Bell 429’s superior performance in extreme cold weather conditions was a key decision factor for our client,” said Alexander Evdokimov, general director, Jet Transfer. “This aircraft will provide our client with an extremely...
May 22, 2015
HBM GEN7tA transient recorder and data acquisition system. Photo: HBM [Avionics Today 05-22-2015] HBM, a manufacturer of data acquisition systems, analysis and calibration software, has introduced the new HBM GEN7tA transient recorder and data acquisition system. The system can acquire and...
May 22, 2015
A French AWACS aircraft patrols the skies as part of a routine mission. The French AWACS fleet is in the midst of the Mid-Life Upgrade that modernizes the capabilities on board. Photo: Boeing [Avionics Today 05-22-2015] Boeing has achieved Initial Operating Capability (IOC) of the modernized French Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) fleet with delivery of the second of four upgraded aircraft and...
May 22, 2015
A320neo with LEAP-1A engines. Photo: Airbus [Avionics Today 05-22-2015] The first A320neo equipped with CFM International LEAP-1A engines completed its maiden flight in Toulouse, France earlier this week. The flight lasted 4 hours and 25 minutes during which tests were performed...
May 22, 2015
[Avionics Today 05-22-2015] FlightAware is continuing to expand the capabilities of its global flight tracking and flight data technology, launching a new network for tracking non-ADS-B-equipped aircraft at the 2015 European Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition (EBACE) in Geneva. Beyond the new product launch though, the Texas-based flight tracking company is also looking to expand its flight...
May 21, 2015
Bell Helicopter has received approval from Brazil’s Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil (ANAC), the national civil aviation authority of Brazil, for three of its products applicable on Bell 407 platforms to be distributed through its Aeronautical Accessories brand. Specifically designed for the Bell 407GXP, the Expanded Area Instrument Panel replaces the standard...
May 21, 2015
Airbus Helicopters’ H145M has been certified by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) airworthiness authority, clearing the way for the military type approval and initial two deliveries of the multi-role twin-engine military rotorcraft before the end of the year. The first customer is the Bundeswehr (German Armed Forces), who has ordered 15 rotorcraft to be operated by the...
May 21, 2015
Agustín Rossi, Defense Minister of the Republic of Argentina, has announced the country's interest in buying more airframes from Russian Helicopters. Rossi recalled that, in 2011, Argentina purchased two Mi-171E helicopters to supply polar stations in Antarctica, and to perform search and rescue operations. “Currently, we are studying the possibility of purchasing more,” the minister...
May 21, 2015
[Avionics Today 05-21-2015] As lawmakers consider a major change to the current structure of the FAA as both a safety regulator and Air Navigation Service Provider (ANSP), representatives of commercial airlines and business aviation operators are divided on how to move forward. In a hearing before the Senate commerce committee on Tuesday, May 19, Ed Bolen, president of the National Business Aviation...
May 21, 2015
The last week was one of highs and lows for the Bell-Boeing V-22 tiltrotor. On May 16, U.S. special-operations troops were flown into southeastern Syria to kill a senior Islamic State in Syria (ISIS) leader there. Reportedly, CV-22s from the Air Force Special Operations joined Sikorsky Aircraft MH-60 Black Hawks in carrying the commandos on that mission. Described as the first successful raid by American...
May 21, 2015
IFE systems on board an Avianca Airbus A330. Photo: Javier Franco (Wikipedia) [Avionics Today 05-21-15] Avianca Holdings has selected Global Eagle Entertainment (GEE) to provide the In-Flight Entertainment (IFE) service onboard its subsidiary airlines...
May 21, 2015
Cathay is one of the airlines participating in the sustainable program trials. Photo: Airbus [Avionics Today 05-21-15] Airbus has launched the Sustainable Aviation Engagement Program, a long-term partnership program set up to help airlines reduce their environmental footprint through a tailored offering of services and expertise. Based on four pillars — aircraft technology...
May 21, 2015
The King Air cockpit fitted with Rockwell Collins Pro Line Fusion Avionics. Photo: Rockwell Collins [Avionics Today 05-21-15] TRU Simulation + Training will provide entitlement training for Textron Aviation customers who purchase new production Beechcraft King Air 250, 350i/ER and...
May 21, 2015
Textron officials announce EASA certification for the CJ3+. Photo: Textron [Avionics Today 05-21-15] Cessna Aircraft Company’s Citation CJ3+ has received type certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), paving the way for deliveries to begin in Europe later this year. The CJ3+ has also achieved...
May 20, 2015
[Avionics Today 05-20-2015] Honeywell Aerospace will offer a full suite of satellite communication solutions to Gulfstream’s new G500 and G600 aircraft. The suite includes the AMT-700 antenna, which will be standard on all new G500/G600 aircraft, and provides improved voice and data connectivity in the cabin and cockpit through the Inmarsat SwiftBroadband service...
May 20, 2015
[Avionics Today 05-20-2015] Communications equipment manufacturer Avionica has seen a surge in business aviation adopting its miniQAR MK III and 3G wireless module with its avSYNC software for flight data management and Flight Operational Quality Assurance (FOQA) services.   “Avionica's avSYNC data transfer...
May 20, 2015
Sabre flight planning with its Airspace Flow Manager. Photo: Sabre [Avionics Today 05-20-2015] Sabre Corporation has enhanced its AirCentre Flight Explorer solution using Planefinder data to offer additional...
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