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May 27, 2015
Gogo’s 2Ku antenna. Photo: Gogo [Avionics Today 05-27-2015] Gogo has received the first of two Standard Type Certificates (STCs) from the FAA that will be required for the next generation 2Ku satellite connectivity service. The initial certification will allow Gogo to conduct...
May 27, 2015
Thomas Global Systems’ TFD-8601 LCD avionics display on board a Rex aircraft. Photo: Thomas Global Systems [Avionics Today 05-27-2015] Thomas Global Systems and the Australian airline Regional Express (Rex) have announced the first deliveries of the LCD TFD-8601 cockpit display, which is designed to replace the traditional cockpit Cathode Ray Tube (CRT) Primary Flight...
May 27, 2015
F-35B landing aboard the USS WASP for the first phase of shipboard operational tests. Photo: U.S. Marine Corps [Avionics Today 05-27-2015] Six U.S. Marine Corps F-35B Lightning II jet aircraft arrived Monday evening aboard the USS WASP off the coast of the United States' Eastern Seaboard to mark the beginning of the first shipboard phase of the F-35B Operational...
May 27, 2015
NATS and Indra have partnered to enhance GBAS and lower congestion at capacity-constrained airports. Photo: NATS [Avionics Today 05-27-2015] NATS and airport and Air Traffic Management (ATM) technology provider Indra Navia have announced a new air traffic enhancement...
May 27, 2015
[Avionics Today 05-27-2015] Rockwell Collins Pro Line Fusion avionics flight deck is making its way onto the factory line for Beechcraft’s King Air turboprop aircraft. The two companies announced at the 2015 European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE) last week that the avionics suite will soon be offered as standard equipment on board the business jets, with touchscreen Primary...
May 27, 2015
Poland’s main political opposition party is calling for the military to halt plans for a $3 billion acquisition of 25 H225M Caracals from Airbus Helicopters. A senior Ministry of Defense advisor told a press conference May 27 that the...
May 27, 2015
The Eastern Region Helicopter Council says 99 percent of 1,059 flights in and out of East Hampton Airport on New York’s Eastern Long Island over the recent holiday weekend complied with noise-abatement procedures, according to published reports. That airport serves the highbrow beach communities collectively known as the Hamptons. Area residents...
May 26, 2015
Sikorsy’s S-97 RAIDER helicopter. Photo: Sikorsky [Avionics Today 05-26-2015] Sikorsky’s S-97 RAIDER marked its first flight at the manufacturer’s West Palm Beach, Fla., facility late last week, flying with UTC...
May 26, 2015
Photo: Exelis [Avionics Today 05-26-2015] Exelis shareholders have approved the merger agreement for the company’s acquisition by Harris Corp., announced earlier this year. More than 97 percent of the shares voted at the special meeting voted in favor of the transaction, representing more than 79 percent of all outstanding shares of Exelis...
May 26, 2015
Transaero’s first Next-Generation 737-800 with line fit in-flight connectivity. Photo: Boeing [Avionics Today 05-26-2015] Boeing has delivered Transaero’s first Next-Generation 737-800...
May 26, 2015
Two NAVAIR AV-8B Harrier II aircraft. Photo: General Dynamics [Avionics Today 05-26-2015] General Dynamics Mission Systems' Future Airborne Capability Environment (FACE) team has delivered the third software release to the U.S. Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR). The software upgrades are loaded into the Mission System Computer (MSC) in AV-8B Harrier II aircraft...
May 26, 2015
The Mi-26T2 heavy-lift helicopter is now in serial production, according to Russian Helicopters. The Rostvertol unit, which has been producing the predecessor Mi-26 military helicopter and commercial Mi-26T since 1980, is manufacturing the -26T2. Rostvertol worked with...
May 26, 2015
The MAGnificent luxury cabin interior for Bell Helicopter's 429 will soon be flying in Russia, the manufacturer says, reporting its first sale there of the light twin with that completion option. Created by...
May 26, 2015
[Avionics Today 05-26-2015] China's Civil Aviation Administration (CAAC) has unlocked a new capability for reducing delays and increasing efficiency at the country's most congested airports that could be ready for live operational use by the end of this year. A recent flight demonstration by Honeywell and Hughes Aerospace showed the benefits of the SmartPath Ground Based Augmentation System (GBAS) for next...
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...
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