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July 3, 2014
[Aviation Today July 3, 2014] Boeing has reported 181 total commercial aircraft deliveries for the second quarter of 2014, a 7 percent increase over the same period a year ago.  Leading the way...
July 3, 2014
[Avionics Today July 3, 2014] Air Malta is swapping out its paper-based flight manuals for Electronic Flight Bags (EFBs). The national carrier of Malta recently received authorization to begin flying with the Jeppesen FliteDeck Pro iPad EFB.   The island carrier is looking to use the switch to EFBs to reduce...
July 2, 2014
In the case of most helicopter door and window modifications, necessity is certainly the mother of invention. An independent company talks with operators, surveys the market, and designs a modification that makes a product better or easier to use. Air tour operators want maximum visibility for passengers, so the OEM door is removed and replaced with a large window. This applies in law enforcement...
July 2, 2014
Forward-looking infrared (FLIR) cameras are used for a host of military and civilian rotary wing applications, everything from law enforcement and pipeline patrol to detecting oil spills around drilling platforms and locating oil reserves under ice in Alaska. Law enforcement operators use them to locate marijuana fields. An operator with a FLIR camera can fly over a quarry and by comparing the current...
July 2, 2014
Rostvertol, a production facility for Russian Helicopters, is celebrating its 75th anniversary during 2014. The production plant was established in 1939 and initially produced gliders...
July 2, 2014
[Avionics Today July 2, 2014] The FAA's new rule allowing airline passengers to connect to in-flight Wi-Fi networks from takeoff to landing has not increased the percentage of passengers using their Personal Electronic Devices (PEDs) on commercial flights in the United States, according to a new study.  Photo, courtesy of Gogo. Depaul University's Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Development...
July 2, 2014
[Aviation Today July 2, 2014] Polish charter carrier Enter Air has partnered with French aerospace company OpenAirlines to implement Skybreathe into its flight operations. Skybreathe is an innovative software application that...
July 2, 2014
[Avionics Today July 2, 2014] Moscow-based Nordwind Airlines has selected Fokker Services’ iPad Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) for its mixed fleet of Airbus and Boeing passenger jets. ...
July 1, 2014
Air-One Emergency Response Coalition supplies helicopter support for a variety of roles, including law enforcement and SAR. Photo by Bruce S. Edwards For those police departments that cannot afford to spend hundreds of thousands – if not millions – of dollars per year to operate an aircraft of their own, the usual remedy is to ask a neighboring agency that has one for assistance. But what...
July 1, 2014
Diagram showing AVX Aircraft’s offering for the Joint Multi-Role competition. Renderings courtesy of AVX Aircraft Coaxial compound and tiltrotor aircraft are making news thanks to the U.S. Army’s search for the next-generation platform to replace its Sikorsky Black Hawk and Boeing Apache helicopter fleets from 2035 onward. While both technologies have been around for many years and to differing...
July 1, 2014
The tip speed of an H-60 tail rotor is nearly 700 fps. Without proper balancing, excessive tail rotor vibrations can insidiously cause equipment damage and airframe fatigue. Photo courtesy PEO Aviation, U.S. Army If you own or operate a helicopter, you’d probably like to boost your company’s profit margin. Right? Wouldn’t hurt to reduce your maintenance expenditures either. It’d be...
July 1, 2014
The U.S. National Park Service has put a policy memorandum into effect that prohibits the use of unmanned aircraft in all of the country’s national parks. Following noise, nuisance and safety complaints from park visitors and staff, NPS enacted a policy requiring UAV operators to obtain special permission to use any kind of unmanned aircraft in the parks. Jeffrey Olson, spokesman for the National...
July 1, 2014
Boeing officials have confirmed that there will be at least one further version of the AH-64 attack helicopter and probably two more versions of its CH-47 heavy lift helicopter before any aircraft developed through the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Future Vertical Lift (FVL) initiative are fielded. Boeing’s outgoing director of attack helicopters, Mike Burke, stated that the Apache AH-64E was a...
July 1, 2014
[Aviation Today July 1, 2014] Airbus is looking to begin a flight-testing campaign with its re-engined A320neo passenger jet in September. The French airframe manufacturer finished assembling the first member of the A320neo family, MSN61, which will be the first aircraft to join its development fleet.    Airbus rolls out the first A320neo. Photo, courtesy of Airbus.   New engine options...
July 1, 2014
[Avionics Today July 1, 2014] Spanish carrier Iberia has added OnAir's in-flight connectivity solution to its transatlantic routes. Passengers flying on Iberia aircraft between Europe and the Americas will have access to OnAir's in-flight Wi-Fi and GSM solutions.  According to OnAir, Iberia provides...
July 1, 2014
[Avionics Today July 1, 2014] A consortium co-funded by the Single European Sky ATM Research (SESAR) Joint Undertaking has validated a new Air Traffic Management (ATM) procedure that can help better manage the flow of incoming flights during peak hours at congested airports in Europe, a time-based procedure called...
July 1, 2014
[Avionics Today July 1, 2014] Rockwell Collins is launching a new FANS 1/A+ and Controller Pilot Data Link (CPDLC) truing course under an exclusive agreement signed with data link training provider Kobev International.  The aerospace and defense...
June 30, 2014
Airbus Helicopters EC225 above an offshore oil rig. Photo by Anthony Pecchi, courtesy of Airbus Helicopters Airbus Helicopters is in discussions with potential customers in the Asia-Pacific region on possible purchases following a recent successful tour of the EC175 and EC145 T2 in the region. Asia is an area where Airbus sees great potential for its products and the manufacturer has been focused on...
June 30, 2014
A resident of the City of North Pole, Alaska, has pled guilty to one count of assaulting U.S. military personnel performing official duties. The incident occurred when Daniel Lee Slayden aimed spotlights and fired mortar-launched fireworks at U.S. Army helicopters flying out of Fort Wainwright’s Ladd AAF (FBK) in the fall of 2013. Court documents show that Slayden had recently purchased a home in the...
June 30, 2014
The U.S. Air Force is moving forward with a derivative of the Sikorsky UH-60M Black Hawk for a Combat Rescue Helicopter (CRH) to replace the HH-60G Pave Hawk fleet. Lockheed Martin is also involved as a major subsystems supplier for the CRH program. There are currently around 100 HH-60Gs in service with the Air Force (active plus reserve) and Air National Guard. The first portion of the long-term...
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