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September 1, 2015
Washington firefighters used a camera-equipped drone last week to identify targets for helicopters to drop water. State officials deployed the fixed-wing ScanEagle UAV to about 9,500 ft above the Paradise Fire in Olympic National Park...
September 1, 2015
Carter Aviation Technologies is planning flight demonstrations of its Slowed Rotor/Compound four-place aircraft this month and next, with a tour throughout the U.S. to follow. The Personal Air Vehicle demonstrator is essentially fixed-wing aircraft, the company says, but uses a very simple rotor...
September 1, 2015
Brazil's helicopter market is sliding amid the nation's severe economic crisis, according to Bloomberg Business. The country's helicopter fleet size is on track for the...
September 1, 2015
[Avionics Today 09-01-2015] Cargo airline FedEx Express, which operates the world’s fourth largest fleet, has its eyes on major fleet modernization initiatives to introduce newer, more operationally efficient aircraft into the fleet. Earlier this summer, the Memphis, Tenn.-based airline announced the purchase of 50 Boeing 767-300F aircraft scheduled for delivery between 2018 and 2023 to the tune of...
September 1, 2015
[Avionics Today 09-01-2015] GE has completed the sale of its U.S. fleet services business to Element Financial Corporation in a transaction valued at approximately $5 billion. Also, GE’s sale of its Mexican, Australian and New Zealand fleet businesses to Element...
September 1, 2015
A-Variant (CTOL) LRIP F-35 aircraft. Photo: JSF [Avionics Today 09-01-2015] The U.S. Air Force has awarded a follow-on contract of $4.1 million to Cree, a wide-bandgap semiconductor electronics company. The new funding will enable the qualification of a high-performance power electronic module developed for the F-35...
September 1, 2015
Maintenance technicians working on an aircraft. Photo: Southwest Airlines [Avionics Today 09-01-2015] The global narrow-body aircraft Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) market is expected to grow at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of almost 4 percent from 2015 to 2019, according to a new...
September 1, 2015
Embraer has chosen Atlas Air as a European sales representative. Photo: Wikipedia [Avionics Today 09-01-2015] Embraer Executive Jets has added Atlas Air Service as its...
August 31, 2015
EagleEye Systems, Inc. sold its "smart" UAV operating system to its first U.S. customer. Public service workers in New Jersey's Bergen County Office of Emergency Management will deploy OS-equipped drones for SAR and emergency situations. According to the...
August 31, 2015
A US Air Force "Reaper" drone takes off at Creech Air Force base in June 2014. Photo: US Air Force/Senior Master Sgt. Cecilio Ricardo [Avionics Today 08-31-2015] Boston Engineering has won a $150,000 contract from the U.S. Air Force to enhance its Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)...
August 31, 2015
[Avionics Today 08-31-2015] The U.S. Air Force has awarded Northrop Grumman Corporation a position on the Training Systems Acquisition III (TSA III) indefinite...
August 31, 2015
Boeing P-8A Poseidon aircraft. Photo: Boeing [Avionics Today 08-31-2015] Boeing will provide the first P-8A Poseidon maritime surveillance aircraft for Australia and additional P-8As for the U.S. Navy following a $1.49 billion contract award for 13 aircraft. The order includes nine aircraft for the U.S. Navy and four Poseidon...
August 31, 2015
Embraer’s Legacy 450 business jet received FAA certification. Photo: Embraer [Avionics Today 08-31-2015] Embraer Executive Jets’ new Legacy 450 business jet has received type certification...
August 31, 2015
Robinson Helicopter is offering the Genesys Aerosystems HeliSAS and autopilot on R44s and R66s equipped with Aspen Avionics' primary flight display. The Torrance, Calif., manufacturer had made the Genesys stability augmentation system on R66s fitted with...
August 31, 2015
Aviation officials are reviewing Montana's aerial firefighting procedures in an effort to clear the state's UH-1Hs to aid overloaded fleets battling regional wild land fires. More than 100 fires are burning in Montana and...
August 31, 2015
2015 has been a huge year in terms of acquisitions, consolidations and mergers across various segments of the global aviation industry. Several of these acquisitions will have a major impact on the aircraft connectivity market, airspace modernization projects in the U.S. and Europe — NextGen and the Single European Sky — and the introduction of new innovative solutions going forward for end...
August 28, 2015
While China’s market is taking a hit, aviation is alive and well! Connectivity is making waves with Gogo set to launch aircraft testing of its 2Ku solution and Delta’s latest flight attendant app taking to the skies, not to mention that the sharing economy is making way for new aircraft, or hoping to. Think you’re up to snuff on this week’s latest in aviation? Take our quiz and find...
August 28, 2015
Hong Kong Airlines signed an agreement earlier this summer at the Paris Air Show with AirCom Pacific to install IFEC systems on-board Hong Kong Airlines aircraft. Photo: Aero Icarus (Wikimedia) [Avionics Magazine 08-28-2015] AirCom Pacific, a new In-Flight Entertainment and Connectivity (IFEC) provider dedicated to the Asia Pacific, plans to launch its service in the first quarter of 2016. The company...
August 28, 2015
Defensive measures against small UAS were a major focus at this year's Black Dart exercise organized by the U.S. Defense Department. Many results from this year's 20 or so engagements were kept secret, but one allegedly involved a U.S. Marine Corps sniper...
August 28, 2015
Sept. 4 is the deadline for a $100 discount on registration for Rotor & Wing International’s Rotorcraft Certification Summit Oct. 27 near Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. At the one-day summit, top industry and...
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