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October 1, 2014
An Airbus Helicopters (formerly Eurocopter) EC225 Super Puma operated by Vancouver-based CHC Helicopter heads outbound from a platform. Photo by Anthony Pecchi, Provided by CHC   Aircraft leasing was, for years, the sole province of the fixed-wing, commercial airline world. But, in the last few years, rotorcraft leasing has gone from being a niche player to a multi-million dollar, highly competitive...
October 1, 2014
The Northrop Grumman upgrade UH-60V glass cockpit that will be installed into U.S. Army UH-60L Black Hawks. Photo courtesy Northrop Grumman Redstone Defense Systems has selected Northrop Grumman to supply its integrated...
October 1, 2014
ATC Towers at the Chicago O’Hare Airport. Photo: Wikipedia [Avionics Today 10-01-2014] Following Friday’s fire at the Chicago Air Route Traffic Control Center (ZAU) in Aurora, Ill., the FAA is managing high levels of air traffic in and out of the Chicago-area airports. Authorities have confirmed an FAA contractor set the fire in the basement of the ATC center, leading to damage that caused the...
October 1, 2014
Air traffic controllers at the Bristol Airport. Photo: NATS (flickr) [Avionics Today 10-01-2014] Bristol Airport has become the first major U.K. airport to introduce RNAV1 Performance Based Navigation (PBN) Standard Terminal Arrival Routes (STARs). The system uses satellite navigation coupled with technology fitted to the aircraft, which replaces...
October 1, 2014
Army launching the Puma UAS. Photo: AeroVironment [Avionics Today 10-01-2014] AeroVironment has received three firm fixed-price orders...
October 1, 2014
REACT4C modeling chain set to reduce emissions. Photo: Eurocontrol [Avionics Today 10-01-2014] Dr. Volker Grewe, the leader of a study on a concept to reduce emissions through optimized flight routes as part of the European Union’s Reducing Emissions from Aviation by Changing Trajectories for the benefit of Climate (EU REACT4C) project, has been awarded the Stuttgart Airport Company Aviation Award...
October 1, 2014
Patee Sarasin Nok Air CEO (center left) with Suphajee Suthumpun, Thaicom CEO (center right). Photo courtesy of Nok Air [Avionics Today 10-01-2014] The first flight to use Thaicom’s new satellite-based In-Flight Connectivity (IFC) service in...
October 1, 2014
[Avionics Today 10-01-2014] The solar-powered Zephyr Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) has completed a flight at more than 61,000 feet above the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA) approved the flight test, which was conducted jointly between Airbus Defence and Space with the Emirates Institution for Advanced Science and Technology (EIAST). Airbus Defence and Space said this...
September 30, 2014
ARGUS International has entered into a sponsorship agreement with the Public Safety Aviation Accreditation Commission (PSAAC), also known has the Airborne Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission, that recognizes ARGUS’s support of PSAAC as the official...
September 30, 2014
ELITE Simulation Solutions has opened the first international ELITE Simulation Training and Safety Management Centers, known as ELITE Sim Centers, in Orlando, Fla. and in Dubendorf, Switzerland.  ...
September 30, 2014
Russian Helicopters and Concern Radio-Electronic Technologies (KRET), both part of State Corporation Rostec, have started testing the Mi-171A2 helicopter kitted out with the KBO-17 on-board avionics suite. Hovering tests will take places at the National Helicopter Building Centre in the Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant flight-test complex. KBO-17 avionics have been fitted to the first test model of the...
September 30, 2014
[Avionics Today 09-30-2014] Airbus has received type certification for its A350-900 wide body passenger jet from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). The EASA approval clears Airbus for delivery of the first A350 before the end of the year to launch customer Qatar Airways.      Airbus A350 formation flight - landing. Photo: Airbus.   Approval was issued following an extensive...
September 30, 2014
The AVIC MA-700 regional airliner equipped with Rockwell Collins Pro Line Fusion avionics system. Photo: Rockwell Collins [Avionics Today 09-30-2014] The Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) has selected Rockwell Collins’ Pro Line Fusion advanced avionics system for the airline’s new MA-700...
September 30, 2014
The M-346 trainer aircraft in flight. Photo: Wikipedia [Avionics Today 09-30-2014] The Israel Air Force (IAF) has inaugurated a new flight training center for the M-346 advanced trainer aircraft, affectionately named “Lavi” by the IAF, at Hatzerim Air Force Base. Elbit Systems, the Israel-based prime...
September 30, 2014
The first US built A-29 Super Tucano aircraft. Photo: Embraer [Avionics Today 09-30-2014] The Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) and Embraer Defense & Security have presented the first United States-built A-29 Super Tucano light air...
September 30, 2014
Diagram of ADS-B airspace. Photo: FAA [Avionics Today 09-30-2014] Exelis, as the prime contractor responsible for the FAA execution of the Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) program, reports it is delivering surveillance coverage requirements on budget and on schedule. However, despite the terms of the original contract...
September 30, 2014
Jeppessen’s FliteDeck Pro displayed on a tablet. Photo: Jeppesen [Avionics Today 09-30-2014] Widerøe, a regional carrier of Scandinavia, recently gained authorization for paperless flight operations...
September 29, 2014
The first group of third-year students at the Syzran campus of the Zhukovsky and Gagarin Air Force Academy's Military Training Centre have completed training on new Ansat-U helicopters designed and built at Kazan Helicopters, a Russian Helicopters company (a subsidiary of Oboronprom, part of State Corporation Rostec). Previously Ansat-U helicopters were undergoing operation testing, and students were...
September 29, 2014
Australian company One Atmosphere hopes to have its Pegasus Aircraft Buoyancy System (ABS) certificated for use on civil helicopters within 12 to 18 months. Pegasus is a lightweight, bolt-on/bolt-off buoyancy system that inflates automatically when the helicopter impacts water. It can quickly float an aircraft up to 10 tons in weight from a depth of 10 meters and keep it afloat for four hours. The system...
September 29, 2014
Six unmanned aerial system (UAS) motion picture companies recently convinced the FAA that they could safely film TV and movie scenes with drones. The FAA granted numerous exemptions to Part 21 and 91 regulations. Airworthiness certification processes were waived and an “on-demand” maintenance schedule was accepted. Each company was required to submit both a detailed Motion Picture and...
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