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January 27, 2015
[Avionics Today 1-27-2015] The government-industry Equip 2020 working group held its latest meeting last week to continue addressing obstacles different segments of the industry are facing toward meeting the FAA's Jan. 1, 2020 mandate for Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast Out (ADS-B Out) avionics. One of the major issues the group addressed during the meeting was the challenges facing General...
January 27, 2015
The first Airbus EC135 T2+ helicopter in a planned fleet of modern, twin-engine, rotary-wing aircraft being acquired by the Australian Defense Force (ADF) for its new Helicopter Aircrew Training System (HATS), has successfully completed its first flight in Europe. Under the HATS project, a joint training scheme for both Army and Navy aircrew will utilize approximately 15 EC135 T2+ trainers, along with...
January 27, 2015
Bell Helicopter has received an Approved Training Organization (ATO) certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). With this approval, the Bell Helicopter Training Academy (BTA) is authorized to provide Part-FCL training courses for European customers, including the use of Flight Simulation Training Devices (FSTD) for the Bell...
January 27, 2015
United Rotorcraft, an Air Methods Division, has received Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Supplemental Type Certification (STC) of an Airbus EC130 T2 emergency medical helicopter equipped with a next generation state-of-the-art medical interior and avionics suite. The first completed aircraft was delivered from United Rotorcraft’s facility in Englewood, Colo. The STC was completed in partnership...
January 27, 2015
Academic and simulator instruction for commercial pilots at the former Sim-Industries Brazil Sao Paulo Training Center. Photo: Lockheed Martin [Avionics Today 01-27-2015] Sim-Industries, a commercial aviation training company acquired by...
January 27, 2015
CAE-built CT-156 Harvard flight training device operated as part of the NATO Flying Training in Canada (NFTC) program. Photo: Department of National Defence (DND) [Avionics Today 01-27-2015] CAE has announced it will acquire Bombardier's Military Aviation Training business for approximately $15.9 million...
January 27, 2015
Alaska Air passenger accessing IFE via their personal tablet. Photo: Alaska Air [Avionics Today 01-27-2015] Alaska Airlines In-Flight Entertainment (IFE) offering currently available through passengers Personal Electronic Devices (PEDs), which premiered last month...
January 27, 2015
[Avionics Today 01-27-2015] United Technologies Corp. (UTC) reported its full year 2014 earnings with net income attributable to common shareowners at $6.2 billion, up 9 percent over 2014. Sales were reported at $65.1 billion, also up...
January 27, 2015
Small UAS. Photo: Wikipedia. [Avionics Today 01-27-2015] The FAA has granted two further exemptions for expanded commercial use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) operations, bringing the total to 16 grants. The agency gave new exemptions to AeroCine for aerial cinematography, and to Burnz Eye View for aerial photography and inspections. In...
January 26, 2015
Heli Aviation, LLC, located at Sarasota International Airport, has significantly enhanced its helicopter flight training capabilities with a twin-turbine, dual control, advanced aviation training device (AATD) by ELITE Simulation Solutions. The ELITE S623T is a full crew resource management (CRM) trainer and...
January 26, 2015
Gulf Coast Avionics Corporation has been awarded a contract from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to provide new-generation avionics upgrades for select piston aircraft and turbine helicopters operating in the Agency’s fleet. The contract covers the installation of Garmin EFIS and touchscreen avionics along with...
January 26, 2015
Botswana's Police Service has signed a contract for three new AS350 B3e "Ecureuil" rotorcraft from Airbus Helicopters, equipped with Turbomeca Arriel 2D turbine engines. The...
January 26, 2015
U.S. Navy ALQ-99 aircraft. Photo: U.S. Navy by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Paul Kelly [Avionics Today 01-26-2015] Exelis has received a United States Naval Surface Warfare Center contract valued at $15.3 million to perform essential sustainment work on the...
January 26, 2015
Gogo to install its connectivity systems in more than 500 aircraft. Photo: Gogo [Avionics Today 01-26-2015] Gogo has announced that it is on track for record aircraft installs in 2015. The In-Flight Connectivity (IFC) provider will look to complete more than 500 installations in the coming year of...
January 26, 2015
Model of AVIC’s MA700 on display. Photo: Wikipedia [Avionics Today 01-26-2015] The Aviation Industry Corporation of China’s (AVIC) Aircraft Co. has selected Parker Aerospace to supply the flight control actuation and hydraulic system for the new MA700 regional aircraft. Parker Aerospace will provide fly-by-wire...
January 26, 2015
American's first Boeing 787 Dreamliner departing on its maiden test flight on Jan. 6, 2015. Photo: American Airlines [Avionics Today 01-26-2015] American Airlines officially welcomed its first Boeing 787 Dreamliner last week, making it the second airline in the United States to receive the next-generation...
January 26, 2015
Photo: Raytheon [Avionics Today 01-26-2015] Raytheon has acquired the privately held Sensintel, a provider of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) solutions to the intelligence and special operations markets. Located in Tucson, Ariz., with approximately 50 employees...
January 26, 2015
[Avionics Today 01-26-2015] The FAA has withdrawn a final rule that would have established a new regulation allowing pilots to log more hours using approved Aviation Training Devices (ATDs) toward obtaining an Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) rating. According to a statement regarding the rule withdrawal, the agency received "adverse comments" about the final rule and, by a matter of protocol on the...
January 23, 2015
Embraer E-Jets Second Generation Aircraft. Photo: Business Wire [Avionics Today 01-23-2015] Embraer has selected McMurdo Group to provide complete Emergency Locator Transmitter (ELT) shipsets for their second generation E-Jets, E2. The contract includes McMurdo Group’s Kannad Integra ELTs with the ARINC GPS Interface fitted on the aircraft, and Kannad 406 MHz Survival ELTs for use by crew members in...
January 23, 2015
Small UAV. Photo: ARPAS UK. [Avionics Today 01-23-2015] NATS has signed a safety partnership agreement with ARPAS U.K., the trade association that represents the operators and stakeholders within the community of small Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS), or Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS). The agreement will see NATS and ARPAS U.K. working together to promote the...
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