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August 21, 2014
The NYPD has chosen to install Trakka and Helinet Technologies’ A800 Trakkabeam Tactical Helicopter Searchlight on the department’s new...
August 21, 2014
The MD 530G scout attack helicopter has just completed its ‘live fire’ qualification exercises at the Yuma Proving Grounds, Ariz., according to MD Helicopters. This included the .50 caliber and 7.62mm weapons, as well as laser-guided and unguided rockets. According to the company, the MD 530G live fire tests included the firing of four Raytheon TALON laser guided rockets at distances ranging...
August 21, 2014
The Mississippi Department of Public Safety (DPS) Highway Air Operations has had a Cloud Cap Technology TASE 400HD airborne imaging system installed on its new Airbus Helicopter AS350 B3e by UTC Aerospace Systems. The TASE 400HD delivers day/night thermal imagery which the DPS states will be used to support a variety of missions including police patrols...
August 21, 2014
ACSS Saferoute CDTI Assisted Visual Separation technology. Photo: ACSS [Avionics Today 08-21-2014] ACSS, an L-3 and Thales company, received Supplemental Type Certification (STC) approval from the FAA for the SafeRoute ADS-B solutions on the Airbus A320. SafeRoute is a set of avionics capabilities that uses...
August 21, 2014
[Avionics Today 08-21-2014] XTAR, LLC signed an agreement with Leidos, a technology solutions provider for national security missions, to support testing of manned Airborne Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (AISR) aircraft serving U.S. military missions. The...
August 21, 2014
An Emirates SkyCargo Boeing 777F. Photo: Emirates [Avionics Today 08-21-2014] Starting Sept. 21, Emirates SkyCargo is introducing a weekly air freighter service from Basel, Switzerland to Dubai. The new air cargo operation aims to supplement...
August 21, 2014
An EasyJet flight. Photo: EasyJet [Avionics Today 08-21-2014] British carrier EasyJet has opted to move toward paperless cockpit operations by eliminating traditional paper-based navigation charts in favor of digital ones — reducing fuel and paper costs to the airline. At the end of May 2014, the airline switched to Lido/eRouteManual...
August 21, 2014
Roger Bone, President Boeing U.K. and Ireland. Photo: Boeing [Avionics Today 08-21-2014] Roger Bone, president of Boeing U.K. and Ireland, will retire at the end of September with Michael Arthur to assume the post starting Oct. 1, Boeing announced. During Bone’s time as...
August 21, 2014
[Avionics Today 08-21-2014] The FAA's deployment of the Standard Terminal Automation Replacement System (STARS) aspect of its NextGen program is at risk of cost overruns and delays, according to a memo sent to the agency from the Department of Transportation's Office of the Inspector General (OIG). The memo, made public by the OIG, claims that the deployment of the STARS technology suffers from unstable...
August 20, 2014
Bell Helicopter distributor for Australia and New Zealand, Hawker Pacific, is undertaking a demonstration tour in the two countries of a Bell 429 helicopter in emergency medical service (EMS) configuration. The tour is the first time the region has seen the type in EMS configuration and comes as operators in Australia and New Zealand expand and upgrade their fleets in the face...
August 20, 2014
Hoist and winch company Breeze Eastern has announced that it will establish an Innovation and New Product Development Center in Fredericksburg, Va. The center will be managed by Brad Repp, the newly appointed vice president of product development. Repp recently served as the chief technology officer for HDT Global and his familiarity with the engineering and business community in Virginia was one of the...
August 20, 2014
An autonomous resupply, reconnaissance, surveillance and target-acquisition demonstration was been completed using a Lockheed Martin unmanned Squad Mission Support System (SMSS) deployed by a Kaman K-MAX unmanned helicopter.  The test between Lockheed Martin and the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) was held at Fort Benning, Ga. and labeled...
August 20, 2014
A Garmin Pilot System. Photo: Garmin [Avionics Today 08-20-2014] Garmin Pilot, the flight path and weather navigation system that pilots can access via iPhone or iPad, will be extending coverage to...
August 20, 2014
A U.S. Air Force F16 in Flight. Photo: Wikipedia [Avionics Today 08-20-2014] The newest configuration of Lockheed Martin’s F-16 Fighting Falcon, the F-16 V, integrated a new Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar — a major capability milestone. The...
August 20, 2014
El Al Airlines Flight. Photo: Wikipedia [Avionics Today 08-20-2014] Israeli airline El Al released its 2014 second quarter financial report, with $571.5 million in revenue this quarter compared to $529.7 million for the second quarter...
August 20, 2014
Diagram of the VYCON flywheel system. Photo: VYCON [Avionics Today 08-20-2014] VYCON, designer and manufacturer of environmentally friendly energy storage flywheel systems, announced the purchase of three of VYCON’s kinetic energy storage flywheel systems by the Benito Juárez International Airport (AICM) in Mexico City. AICM is the second largest airport in Latin America, serving more...
August 20, 2014
A Royal Air Maroc Flight. Photo: Aero Icarus (Flickr) [Aviation Today 08-20-2014] Global Eagle Entertainment (GEE), provider of content, connectivity and digital media solutions to...
August 20, 2014
[Avionics Today 08-20-2014] Eurocontrol is "more prepared" to assist with operators dealing with volcanic ash, the agency said in response to a report of an increased risk of the Bárðarbunga volcano system erupting. Iceland's Met Office said in a statement that there were "strong indications of ongoing magma movement" and raised its aviation warning to orange, the second...
August 19, 2014
[Avionics Today 08-19-14] California-based embedded-systems software company Wind River is upping the ante on their VxWorks Real-Time Operating System (RTOS) by introducing a virtualization profile for its next-generation version. The virtualization profile for VxWorks extends scalability capabilities of the...
August 19, 2014
Pilatus PC-12 EVS Sensor. Photo: Pilatus [Avionics Today 08-19-2014] Pilatus Centre Canada (PCC) has been granted a Transport Canada Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for the recently developed Pilatus PC-12 Enhanced Vision Systems (EVS).  PCC chose the Lexavia LFS6000 EVS Sensor as the heart of the system, which is available with either 320 x 240 resolution or 640 x 480...
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