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December 5, 2014
Aircrew of the F/A 18 Super Hornet carrying the Navy’s (IRST) system. Photo: Navair [Avionics Today 12-05-2014] The Navy’s Infrared Search and Track  (IRST) system received Milestone C acquisition approval, authorizing Low-Rate Initial Production (LRIP) of the sensor pod. The...
December 5, 2014
[Avionics Today 12-05-2014] Airbus Group has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Emerging Fuels Technology (EFT) to promote EFT in the commercialization of technologies to produce sustainable fuels for aviation. Sustainable aviation fuels made from biomass...
December 5, 2014
[Avionics Today 12-05-2014] Air France has recently announced its intent to enter into a three-month In-Flight Connectivity (IFC) trial on short and medium haul routes through French telecommunications provider Orange — who has, in turn, chosen Global Eagle Entertainment (GEE) as its own technology and content partner. The airborne Wi-Fi trial, which will take place this in the summer of 2015 on two...
December 4, 2014
This NVIS-compatible panel is made by Rogerson Kratos. It is installed aboard a Bell 429 that was on display at the Airborne Law Enforcement Assoc. conference in July, 2014. Photo by Ernie Stephens Night vision imaging systems (NVIS) can improve the safety of flying at night dramatically. But the enhanced safety can only be realized with proper implementation of the entire system, and not just the goggle...
December 4, 2014
Years ago, when I first joined the police aviation unit, I was fortunate enough to be partnered with a former Marine Corps CH-46 driver. As the new guy, I was very happy when this more experienced aviator would say, “You have the controls,” and give me command of the aircraft. As I made every effort to fly as smoothly and precisely as possible, there was always some wisdom he would readily...
December 4, 2014
European helicopter management, charter, and training company Starspeed has boosted its capability for off-airfield landings with the purchase of two GL3 Portable Approach Path Indicators. Designed by Bauertech Instruments...
December 4, 2014
[Avionics Today 12-3-2014] The Civil Aviation Department (CAD) of Hong Kong is approaching operational status for a new network of eight Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) ground stations in the Hong Kong flight region. CAD approved Thales to provide its ADS-B ground solutions following a series of stringent acceptance and flight checks to support the International Civil Aviation...
December 4, 2014
[Avionics Today 12-3-2014] Hughes Aerospace and Honeywell Aerospace have announced a partnership with Myanmar's Department of Civil Aviation to bring Performance Based Navigation (PBN) procedures to the nation's busiest airports. In recent years, both companies have embarked on a global initiative to assist airports with redesigning the airways within their airspace to allow them to move away from legacy...
December 4, 2014
[Avionics Today 12-3-2014] The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) concluded its investigation into a lithium-ion battery that caught fire onboard a parked Boeing 787 in 2013. According to the agency's accident investigators, the battery had design flaws and should not have been certified by the FAA.    NTSB officials say that an internal short circuit on the battery, manufactured by GS...
December 4, 2014
[Avionics Today 12-04-2014] Speaking at the Credit Suisse Global Industrials Conference, Bruce Tanner, executive vice president and CFO at Lockheed Martin noted the progress put forth in the last year behind the F-35 Lightning II, Joint Strike Fighter program. The program, touted as the most costly program in the Pentagon’s history, is seeing headway in the way of orders, deliveries and production...
December 4, 2014
USAF personnel working on the SACSS system at Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri, U.S. Photo: U.S. Air Force, Senior Airman Montse Belleau [Avionics Today 12-04-2014] The United States Air Force has awarded Exelis a...
December 4, 2014
Passengers at O’Hare International Airport. Photo: Wikipedia [Avionics Today 12-04-2014] The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced global passenger traffic results for October showing a strengthening in demand growth. Total Revenue Passenger...
December 4, 2014
[Avionics Today 12-04-2014] The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada and the MEDTEQ Consortium have confirmed grants to support the project for real-time telemedicine for emergency medical evacuation by air transport, manned by Star Navigation Systems Group and École de Technologie Supérieure (ÉTS)...
December 4, 2014
CAE flight simulators. Photo: CAE [Avionics Today 12-04-2014] Madrid-based Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) company Iberia Maintenance will...
December 4, 2014
Global Aviation Safety Study emphasizes reliability of air transport. Photo: Allianz Global [Avionics Today 12-04-2014] A new report on aircraft safety released by aviation insurer Allianz Global stresses the safety of air travel despite this year’s aviation disasters, namely the Malaysian Airlines flights MH17 and MH370 tragedies. According to the report, the highly publicized losses of the two...
December 3, 2014
Earlier this year, the high sheriff of Stanislaus County (Calif.) caught some heat for allowing his helicopters to participate in several charitable events that were either outside of the county proper, or involved organizations that were not entities of the county government. One such event occurred on May 15 at the Saddle Creek Resort, just 4 n.m. inside of neighboring Calaveras County. Apparently, a...
December 3, 2014
New Zealand’s Composite Helicopters International has confirmed it plans to continue development of the KC-518 Adventourer despite the all-composite helicopter recently suffering a second crash in its flight-testing program. The KC-518, which has been under development for a couple of years, is described by Composite Helicopters as the world’s first all-composite frameless helicopter. The...
December 3, 2014
Russian Helicopters has delivered its first batch of four Mi-171Sh multirole military transport helicopters to the Ministry of Defense of Peru. Assembled at Russian Helicopters’ Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant, the helicopters have shipped a month ahead of schedule, along with aviation equipment necessary for their operation. The Mi-171Sh helicopters are equipped with onboard systems to boost combat...
December 3, 2014
[Avionics Today 12-03-2014] Boeing has completed the world's first flight using sustainable diesel biofuel in its ecoDemonstrator 787 flight test airplane. The eco-friendly fuel is made from vegetable oils, waste cooking oil and waste animal fats and is already widely available and used in ground transportation. The ecoDemonstrator 757 and 787...
December 3, 2014
The air route network of Eurocontrol member states. Photo: Eurocontrol [Avionics Today 12-03-2014] Eurocontrol is looking to make European airspace more efficient and reduce both CO2 emissions and airline costs by increasing its number of direct route offerings. With a total of 466 direct routes published in...
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