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October 10, 2014
Lockheed Martin’s Digital Range Training System (DRTS) which encompasses  the DAGIR range. Photo: Lockheed Martin [Avionics Today 10-10-2014] Lockheed Martin has delivered Digital Air Ground Integration Range (DAGIR) to the U.S. Army, which allows ground...
October 10, 2014
A SCANTER radar site in Denmark. Photo: Terma [Avionics Today 10-10-2014] NATS has released a statement detailing a single radar that can provide traditional airport surveillance functions and mitigate against the effects of wind turbines. NATS reports that the technology may be a step closer to deployment...
October 10, 2014
The Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. Photo: Boeing [Avionics Today 10-10-2014] Boeing has delivered to Virgin Atlantic Airways the airline's first 787-9 Dreamliner. Virgin is the first European carrier...
October 10, 2014
The Avidyne MLB100 978MHz ADS-B datalink receiver. Photo: Avidyne [Avionics Today 10-10-2014] Avidyne Corp. has introduced the MLB100 Datalink Receiver for Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) In. The MLB100 is designed to provide ADS-B traffic and Flight Information System-Broadcast (FIS-B) weather information for display on Avidyne’s IFD540 and IFD440...
October 10, 2014
[Avionics Today 10-10-2014] Jeppesen and Honeywell Aerospace have introduced the Integrated Navigation Data Service (INDS) Data Manager for Windows, a cloud-based database update delivery service...
October 9, 2014
Well, friends, I saw something that confused me so much I had to read it three times to make sure I hadn’t misunderstood. But I hadn’t. There was actually an article in the August 31 edition of the Las Vegas Review-Journal that said several politicians are “pushing to scale back the 1033 program.” The Defense 1033 Excess Property program puts surplus military equipment into the...
October 9, 2014
Helicopter operator PHI has achieved Level 4 (the highest level) of the FAA’s voluntary Safety Management System (SMS) pilot program. PHI has used an integrated SMS for over a decade which enabled it to enter the FAA’s voluntary program...
October 9, 2014
[Avionics Today 10-09-2014] The FAA has certified Gulfstream Aerospace’s G650ER long-range business jet, verifying the airworthiness of the aircraft's design and clearing the way for G650ER deliveries to begin...
October 9, 2014
Spring Airlines sharklet wing tips. Photo: PR Newsire [Avionics Today 10-09-2014] Spring Airlines, a low-cost carrier based in Shanghai, China, has signed an agreement with Airbus for sharklet retrofit of its A320...
October 9, 2014
Chicago O’Hare Airport. Photo: O’Hare Airport. [Avionics Today 10-09-2014] The FAA reports that flights at Chicago airports appear to be back on track after a fire set by an FAA contractor at the Chicago En Route Center in...
October 9, 2014
Boeing engineers Stephanie Mount and Chuck Renneberg examine the low-profile phased array antenna. Photo: Boeing. [Avionics Today 10-09-2014] Boeing has completed environmental and performance qualification testing on the aircraft satellite communications antenna system it is developing...
October 9, 2014
Changeout of an A380 thrust reverser’s inner fixed structure (IFS) is performed at Aircelle Europe Services’ new building in Pont-Audemer, France. Photo: Aircelle [Avionics Today 10-09-2014] Aircelle, a subsidiary of Safran, has inaugurated a new building for its...
October 9, 2014
[Avionics Today 10-09-2014] National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) aviation investigators have significantly increased their ability to discover the causes of aircraft accidents and incidents. The agency is now using a tool that gives them web-based access to real time aircraft surveillance of every commercial flight throughout the National Airspace System (NAS) with the Symphony OpsVue data and...
October 8, 2014
As the last quarter of 2014 begins, those who work and play with unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) - often referred to by the less technical term “drones” - continue watching for more FAA guidance regarding their remotely operated vehicles. To date, the agency has been moving slowly and uncharacteristically quietly towards establishing regulations that will allow UAVs to safely share the National...
October 8, 2014
Igor Sikorsky aboard an early version of his VS-300. Photo courtesy of Sikorsky Does the truth matter in defense reporting – or does it get in the way of a good story? While most observers would immediately think of an eager journalist trying to file a story, it can equally be attributed to the ‘good news’ centric defense establishment. The fear factor within the ranks of the United...
October 8, 2014
Puma HC2 on the tarmac in Portugal. Photos by Andrew Drwiega Three of the Royal Air Force’s (RAF) new Puma HC2 helicopters from 230 Squadron flew to the Ovar airbase in Portugal during July to take part in their first major foreign exercise since being upgraded by manufacturer Airbus Helicopters. The occasion was the annual European Defence Agency’s (EDA) Hot Blade Exercise that was taking...
October 8, 2014
The crucial importance of safety in rotary wing operations is highlighted with the Safety Workshop on the final day of Helitech International, taking place in Amsterdam RAI from October 14 to 16. Hosted by the European Helicopter Safety Team (EHEST) and the International Helicopter Safety Team (IHST), the workshop will focus on the key elements impacting rotorcraft safety, including flight training, risk...
October 8, 2014
Vector Aerospace, located at Stand M 40 at Helitech International, will showcase its expanding range of capabilities in the civil and parapublic rotary wing sector. Vector Aerospace in the UK now also operates as a Sikorsky approved Service Centre for the S-76 twin-engine medium helicopter platform, as well as having the capability to provide field support for the S-92 medium helicopter. Earlier this...
October 8, 2014
Helitech International 2014 will feature for the first time a dedicated USA Pavilion attracting companies that have previously not exhibited at a trade-show outside the United States. This new feature, presented in partnership with the U.S. Commercial Service, offers participating exhibitors an ideal platform to showcase their products and technologies to an international market and brings visitors the...
October 8, 2014
[Avionics Today 10-08-2014] Boeing Network and Space Systems (N&SS) and Panasonic Avionics have partnered to develop a broadband, electronically steered phased array antenna for commercial airliners. The antenna will deliver in-flight Wi-Fi through Panasonic’s eXconnect broadband service while reducing fuel burn and emissions through a reported 65 percent reduction in weight compared to...
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