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April 8, 2014
The U.S. Helicopter Safety Team (USHST) has released a follow-up report to its initial helicopter accident analysis from 2011. The report, conducted by the U.S. Joint Helicopter Implementation Measurement Data Analysis Team (JHIMDAT), analyzes U.S. civil helicopter accidents from 2009 to 2011, and compares the...
April 8, 2014
L-3 Communications Aerospace has received a $24.7-million modification to an existing U.S. Army...
April 8, 2014
Boeing has granted Lord Corporation a two-year contract to integrate and qualify an improved vibration control system (IVCS) for the CH-47 Chinook. Lord IVCS controls steady state and transient vibration, and the technology operates...
April 8, 2014
[Avionics Today April 8, 2014] Continuing the recent trend of airlines going digital and paper-free in the in-flight environment, Delta is replacing manuals for its flight attendants with the Nokia Lumia 1520 phablet (phone tablet).      Nokia Lumia Phablet. Photo, courtesy of Delta.   The Atlanta, Ga.-based carrier says it can save more than $1 million annually in reduced aircraft fuel...
April 8, 2014
[Aviation Today April 8, 2014] NetJets is targeting a mid-year launch for its China-based joint venture, NetJets China, pending government approval of an operating certificate, the Berkshire Hathaway company said.   The joint venture is to be launched in collaboration between the U.S.-based NetJets and two Chinese investment firms, Hony Jinsi Investment Management and Fung Investments.   NetJets...
April 8, 2014
[Avionics Today April 8, 2014] Sandel Avionics revealed its upgraded Attitude Heading and Reference System (AHRS), SG102/D, swapping out the analog interfaces of the previous generation SG102 (MOD2) for an all-digital format.  Sandel's SG102/D. Photo, courtesy of Sandel Avionics. The avionics retrofit specialist Sandel is releasing the SG102/D for fixed...
April 8, 2014
[Aviation Today April 8, 2014] Swiss Aviation Training (SAT) is introducing the latest version of the Virtual Maintenance Trainer (VMT) for the Airbus A320 to its training program for aircraft maintenance technicians. ...
April 8, 2014
[Avionics Today April 8, 2014] Japan Airlines is expected to be among the first airlines to try out a new Ground to Orbit (GTO) in-flight connectivity service, 2Ku, which Gogo says will deliver peak connectivity speeds of more than 70 Mbps.    Since first launching five years ago, Gogo, like its competitors, has been trying to increase its in-flight...
April 7, 2014
One of the United Kingdom’s busiest medical airlift providers – Midlands Air Ambulance Charity – has put its newest rotorcraft in operation: an Airbus Helicopters EC135 T2e, becoming the first fully-owned fleet member for this...
April 7, 2014
AgustaWestland's eight-seat twin-engine GrandNew helicopter began a six day demonstration tour of New Zealand on April 4. The tour started in New Plymouth on the west coast of North Island and will also include stops in, among others, Wellington, Dunedin and Wanaka before...
April 7, 2014
The U.S. Navy has unveiled a $100-million program to fund the development of newer, more autonomous helicopter drones. The program, which will likely be a key subject at the Navy League’s annual Sea-Air-Space Conference in Washington, DC, this week, aims to further reduce the need to have a trained aviator in the loop. Unlike current unmanned systems, the new technology will be expected to solve...
April 7, 2014
[Avionics Today April 7, 2014] Officials from the Office of Naval Research (ONR) announced two helicopter flight tests with unmanned flight capability that are a major step forward in the military's Autonomous Aerial Cargo/Utility System (AACUS) program.  Using Lockheed Martin's Optimus mission system technology, the ONR team demonstrated the ability to accomplish an autonomous approach and...
April 7, 2014
[Aviation Today April 7, 2014] CAE ended its fiscal year 2014 with an industry record of 48 total Level D Full-Flight Simulators (FFS) sold, the Canadian flight simulation manufacturer said.  The company's fiscal year ended on...
April 7, 2014
[Avionics Today April 7, 2014] Lufthansa has received its first Airbus A380 line-fitted with Panasonic Avionics' global broadband in-flight connectivity service.  Airbus first approved...
April 7, 2014
[Avionics Today April 7, 2014] Jeppesen has announced approval from the FAA for the use of the iPad mini in the cockpit when paired with its Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) solutions. The Boeing Digital Aviation subsidiary worked with the FAA FAA Seattle Aircraft Evaluation Group (AEG) to evaluate the...
April 4, 2014
[Avionics Today April 4, 2014] China is facing obstacles to establishing a successful domestic commercial aircraft manufacturing industry, according to a new report from RAND Corp.  In 2008, the Chinese government established the Commercial Aviation Corporation of China (COMAC), in an effort to domestically produce the regional ARJ21 and C919. The report indicates that despite investing billions...
April 4, 2014
[Aviation Today April 4, 2014] Kenya Airways has received its first Boeing 787, which the state run carrier plans to use to expand its long-haul operations, according to Boeing.  Kenya Airways' Boeing 787. Photo, courtesy of Boeing.  The African airline is scheduled to receive...
April 4, 2014
[Aviation Today April 4, 2014] Lockheed Martin has approved a new repair center, AeroWorx, for its Hologram Product Program for C-130B-H, L-100 and F-16 aircraft.  The...
April 4, 2014
[Avionics Today April 4, 2014] The U.S. Air Force RQ-4 Global Hawk Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) has expanded its ability to use satellite communications (SATCOM) links to transfer mission data. According to the manufacturer to the Global Hawk UAS, Northrop Grumman, the...
April 4, 2014
Bell Helicopter announced it has signed a purchase agreement with the Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC) for eight Bell 412EP helicopters. The aircraft will be delivered to the Philippine Department of National Defense (DND) fully configured and equipped with...
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