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September 1, 2014
This X4 UAV is equipped with position lights for added safety. Photo courtesy of Draganfly Innovations Pilots and operators of manned aircraft are under a significant threat as inexpensive microdrones proliferate, while the FAA drags its heels in crafting a regulatory framework that will reduce risks, and permit drones and manned aircraft to peacefully and safely to coexist. The core of the problem is that...
September 1, 2014
Rapco, Inc. of Hartland, Wis., is a manufacturer and distributor of PMA parts for both helicopters and airplanes. Photo courtesy of Rapco A helicopter is, in fact, a very large collection of parts, most of which operate in an extremely violent fashion. Which means, of course, that they have to be replaced on a regular basis – normally during a pre-determined period based on flight time or flight...
September 1, 2014
FFL’s aft cabins, equipped with the latest technology, are accessible by sliding side doors and rear-mounted clamshell doors. Photo by Ernie Stephens If you are in portions of Wisconsin or Illinois, and your life is in immediate danger from illness or accident, you won’t just expect a ride from Flight For Life... you’ll want it! Flight For Life (FFL) was the first air medical program in...
August 29, 2014
Teledyne's WGL Comm+ helps remove the use of floppy disks from the avionics software uploading process. Photo: Teledyne [Avionics Today 08-29-2014] Despite all of the new technology being packed into the data centric architectures of modern airplanes, many airlines and operators still use outdated technology for a crucial part of their operations — floppy disks. Believe it or not, the majority of...
August 29, 2014
Google's UAS developed by Project Wing. Photo: Google [Avionics Today 08-29-14] Google[x], Google’s facility dedicated to advancing technology, finally announced Project Wing, a project set on developing Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) that can quickly transport and deliver goods across a city or into rural areas. The project, which Google[x] has been...
August 29, 2014
The listening center at Southwest Airlines headquarters in Dallas. Photo: Southwest [Avionics Today 08-29-14] Southwest Airlines has unveiled its Listening Center, which integrates social media, traditional media and operational data at the airline’s headquarters in Dallas in order to stay constantly engaged...
August 29, 2014
[Avionics Today 08-29-14] In a partnership with Lockheed Martin, a team of research students and staff from the Warsaw University of Technology in Poland successfully demonstrated the first phase of flight testing and integration of unmanned aircraft...
August 29, 2014
An Embraer L650 flight. Photo: Embraer [Avionics Today 08-29-14] The Embraer Executive Jets service center in Sao Paulo has been named an authorized Rolls-Royce line maintenance center for the AE3007 engines in Brazil. The...
August 29, 2014
Rockwell Collins headquarters Photo: Rockwell Collins [Avionics Today 08-29-14] Rockwell Collins do Brazil has announced plans to double the size of its facility in the...
August 28, 2014
A Northrop Grumman CIRCM. Photo: Northrop Grumman [Avionics Today 08-28-2014] Northrop Grumman's Common Infrared Countermeasures (CIRCM) system recently completed another round of U.S. Army testing by demonstrating its capabilities on a UH-60M Black Hawk helicopter. The flight test was conducted at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Ala.. Northrop’s CIRCM system was subjected to rigorous conditions over a...
August 28, 2014
 Jeppensen FliteDeck Pro EFB on an iPad. Photo: Jeppesen [Avionics Today 08-28-2014] Jeppesen signed a new three-year service contract with Gulf Air, the Kingdom of Bahrain's national carrier, to provide the airline with Jeppesen FliteDeck Pro Electronic...
August 28, 2014
The fan of an IAE V2500 Engine. Photo: Wikipedia [Avionics Today 08-28-2014] IAE International Aero Engines AG has achieved FAA certification of the V2500-E5 engine...
August 28, 2014
[Avionics Today 08-28-2014] Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) received formal approval to undertake an absorption-type split under...
August 28, 2014
 J-Air E170 (top) and E190 (bottom). Photo: Embraer [Avionics Today 08-28-2014] Embraer has signed a firm order with Japan Airlines (JAL) for a total of 15 E-Jets comprising the E170 and the E190 jets models, as well as options for 12 additional aircraft. JAL has 15...
August 28, 2014
[Avionics Today 08-28-2014] Hungary's Air Navigation Service Provider (ANSP) HungaroControl announced the launch of the Central European country's implementation of Controller Pilot Data Link Communications (CPDLC) under the Single European Sky (SES) Air Traffic Management (ATM) modernization project. HungaroControl will finance 80 percent of the $9 million CPDLC deployment, and European Union's (EU)...
August 27, 2014
The Russian operator of a United Nations chartered Mi-8 helicopter that crashed on August 26 in South Sudan has been claimed to have been brought down by rebel ground fire, possibly a rocket-propelled-grenade (RPG). There were three fatalities among the Russian...
August 27, 2014
Although still conducting its investigation into whether senior managers from Finmeccanica’s subsidiary AgustaWestland paid bribes to win a defense contract for 12 AW101 Merlin VIP helicopters, Reuters news agency reports that the Indian Ministry of Defence has banned the Italian defense group from bidding for future defense contracts in...
August 27, 2014
The Pegasus series is a new line of helicopter landing platforms from All Metal MS. The company states that the ‘dollie’ can be maneuvered by one person. There are four dollies in the series, ranging in capacity from 3,800 lbs to 15,000 lbs Deck dimensions begin at 12ft wide x 14ft...
August 27, 2014
A Royal Jordanian Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Photo: Boeing. [Avionics Today 08-27-2014] Boeing and Royal Jordanian Airlines celebrated the delivery of the carrier’s first 787 Dreamliner, which will play a central role in the Amman-based airline’s plan to modernize its...
August 27, 2014
 Atlas Air flight. Photo: Tahir Hashmi (flickr) [Avionics Today 08-27-2014] Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings’ Atlas Air unit will provide expanded operating service for DHL Express’ North American route...
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