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February 27, 2015
If you’ve already planned to attend the HAI Safety Symposium (NTSB – Managing Risk in Public Helicopter Operations) from 8:00–10:00 in room S310 on Monday, March 2 at HAI Heli-Expo 2015, be sure to also add to your diary, and attend, the Safety Directors Forum (Your Helicopter Crashed – Now What?) right after, from...
February 27, 2015
Breeze Eastern Corporation plans to partner with Priority 1 Air Rescue for customer training. Under the terms of the 36-month service agreement, Breeze-Eastern’s commercial and military customers have the option to choose Priority 1 for operational...
February 27, 2015
Bell Helicopter's Aeronautical Accessories brand has been issued new Supplemental Type Certificates (STCs) by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for multiple aftermarket product offerings for the Bell 429 and a portable crane for the Bell 407. The Bell 429 expanded offerings include: Helicopter Emergency Egress Lighting System (HEELS), which identifies exits and provides general illumination in the...
February 27, 2015
Lockheed Martin C-130J virtual maintenance trainer. Photo: Lockheed Martin [Avionics Today 02-27-2015] The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) has awarded Lockheed Martin Australia a contract to supply a...
February 27, 2015
[Avionics Today 02-27-2015] CPI Aerostructures has won a $49 million indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract from the U.S. Air Force to provide structural modification kits for the T-38C Pacer Classic III (PC III) aircraft structural modification program. The T-38C is a twin engine, two seat, supersonic jet trainer used by Air Education Training Command (AETC) for...
February 27, 2015
Garmin G600 and GTN 750 avionics. Photo: Business Wire [Avionics Today 02-27-2015] Garmin has announced the helicopter-specific GDL 84H and GDL 88H Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) data link solution. The systems meet...
February 27, 2015
JAL passenger using Wi-Fi in flight on a smartphone. Photo: JAL [Avionics Today 02-27-2015] Japan Airlines (JAL) is expanding its In-Flight Connectivity (IFC) services on both international and domestic...
February 27, 2015
Gogo has reported a record year for 2014. Photo: Gogo [Avionics Today 02-27-2015] Gogo announced big earnings yesterday in its yearly report, with revenue for the full year 2014 up 24 percent over 2013...
February 27, 2015
[Avionics Today 02-27-2015] The European Commission (EC) has decided to delay its mandate for operators to equip their aircraft with Controller-Pilot Data Link Communications (CPDLC) until February 2020. Technical issues related to the radio frequency environment and the ground-based data link communications infrastructure led to the EC amending its existing regulation, which would have mandated CPDLC...
February 26, 2015
Blue Sky Network (BSN), a leading global provider of satellite tracking and fleet management solutions for land mobile, maritime and aviation assets, has made significant upgrades to SkyRouter’s extensive Alert Notification system.   SkyRouter is Blue Sky Network’s cloud-based web portal and mapping solution, which communicates with remote devices over the Iridium Satellite Network. It...
February 26, 2015
Robinson R44 helicopters have returned to the air in Australia and New Zealand after a temporary grounding of the type following concerns over cracked rotor blades. Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority grounded all R44s on the Australian register fitted with C016-7 main rotor blades on Feb...
February 26, 2015
FAA Deputy Administrator for NextGen Pamela Whitley and NetJets Global Chief Operating Office and President of NetJets Aviation Bill Noe shake hands after signing new five year agreement for development and implementation of NextGen projects. Photo: Business Wire [Avionics Today 02-26-2015] Private aviation operator NetJets, alongside Ohio State University (OSU), has struck a new 5-year agreement with the...
February 26, 2015
[Avionics Today 02-26-2015] Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) and remote sensing provider PrecisionHawk has formed a new partnership with Canadian agricultural coaching organization Agri-Trend. Under the new partnership, PrecisionHawk's data collection, sensing and analysis tools will be offered to farmers throughout the U.S. and Canada through the...
February 26, 2015
[Avionics Today 02-26-2015] The U.S. Air Force has awarded a $35 million contract to Raytheon to provide aircraft integration and technical support on an advanced bomb carriage and release system for its fleet of aircraft. According to Raytheon, the new system will allow the Air Force and Navy...
February 26, 2015
[Avionics Today 02-26-2015] Honda Aircraft is currently installing the first HondaJet flight simulator at the manufacturer's headquarters in Greensboro, N.C. Honda developed the full motion Level D simulator in partnership with...
February 26, 2015
Bell Helicopter has sold and delivered 16 new Bell 407GXs to BBM Inc. of Reno, Nev. The aircraft will be operated in the Middle East, and configured to suit a changing variety of urgent mission profiles, ranging from casualty evacuation (CASEVAC) to reconnaissance. The aircraft were presented to Fred Hees...
February 26, 2015
[Avionics Today 02-26-2015] The Canadian Department of National Defense is upgrading its Lockheed CP-140 Aurora aircraft with advanced airborne satellite communication systems from ViaSat in cooperation with L-3 Electronic System Services (ESS). The collaboration on...
February 26, 2015
[Avionics Today 02-26-2015] Intelsat and ITC Global will provide ground-to-ground satellite communication services to Solar Impulse, a completely fuel-free aircraft, during its first round-the-world solar flight. The round-the-world mission...
February 25, 2015
Sikorsky Helicopters handed over the first of four S-92s to Bond Helicopters Australia at the Australian International Air Show, which took place at Avalon Airport, Victoria, from Feb. 24 to March 1. A second S-92 was delivered in Brisbane. Bond Helicopters Australia ordered four of the 19-seaters for operation in the...
February 25, 2015
The California Highway Patrol (CHP) Office of Air Operations has selected Becker Avionics' Becker DVCS6100 Digital Audio system and Polycon wireless communication system for integration into their recent purchase of new fleet replacement helicopters and...
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