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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...
December 3, 2014
Thales Avant IFE system. Photo: Thales [Avionics Today 12-03-2014] Japan Airlines’ (JAL) new Boeing 787-8, which entered into revenue service on Dec. 1, has become the first carrier in...
December 3, 2014
ICAO offices. Photo: Doug (flickr) [Avionics Today 12-03-2014] The third meeting of the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO’s) Task Force on Risks to Civil Aviation arising from Conflict Zones (TF-RCZ), established following the downing of Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200 flight MH17, arrived at a what the organization describes as a successful conclusion. At the final meeting...
December 3, 2014
BizJet International facility. Photo: BizJet International [Avionics Today 12-03-2014] BizJet International Sales and...
December 3, 2014
[Avionics Today 12-3-2014] At the 2013 Dubai Airshow Boeing launched the latest variant of its 777 family, the 777X, six years ahead of its projected entry into service. Since then, the wide-body jet has attracted a healthy demand, with 300 orders and commitments from six different customers; and Boeing indicates they will achieve firm configuration on the 777X in 2015. But the aircraft manufacturer still...
December 2, 2014
In the September issue, I wrote about laser strikes on aircraft. Since that article was written, in fact predating that article, there has been an effort underway to get the FAA to consider formulating some guidelines for eye protection devices from laser strikes. As I said in the previous article, I don’t think a regulation or full-blown rule change is necessary. A well written Advisory Circular...
December 2, 2014
AgustaWestland has delivered the fifth and final AW109 GrandNew light twin helicopter to Intermountain Life Flight of Utah. The delivery comes as Intermountain Life Flight begins to expand EMS and SAR service coverage to patients throughout the western United States.   AW109 GrandNew. Photo courtesy AgustaWestland A next-generation variant of the AW109S...
December 2, 2014
Closeup of workers at the Prestwick ATC Centre. Photo: NATS [Avionics Today 12-02-2014] The NATS Control Centre in Prestwick, Scotland and NAV Canada’s Control Centre in Gander, Newfoundland have implemented a shared oceanic Air Traffic Control (ATC) system. The new system aims to assist controllers as they direct...
December 2, 2014
The E-2D Advanced Hawkeye Integrated Training System [Avionics Today 12-02-2014] Rockwell Collins has been selected by the United States Navy to provide an upgrade to the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye Integrated Training System...
December 2, 2014
Boeing corporate offices. Photo: Boeing [Avionics Today 12-02-2014] Boeing will continue to repair and supply the guidance systems of the Minuteman III Intercontinental Ballistic Missile...
December 2, 2014
DFS Merignac facility rendering. Photo: Dassault [Avionics Today 12-02-2014] To service a growing fleet, Dassault Falcon Service has announced plans to build a heavy Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO)...
December 2, 2014
[Avionics Magazine 12-02-2014] Textron’s TRU Simulation + Training plans to establish a new maintenance training facility for current model Cessna and Beechcraft aircraft to be located on the Textron Aviation Mid-Continent campus in Wichita...
December 2, 2014
[Avionics Today 12-02-2014] Lufthansa Technik (LHT), the aircraft maintenance wing of German airline Lufthansa, is strengthening its presence in the Americas with a new overhaul facility, Lufthansa Technik Puerto Rico. The company recently broke ground on the 215,000 square foot facility located in Aguadillo, which will be ready to start providing base maintenance for Airbus A320s in July 2015. Spirit...
December 1, 2014
FDC/Aerofilter manufactures this PMA filter for the Bell 206L-1, L-3 and L-4. Image courtesy of FDC/Aerofilter Protecting the power plant from the worst effects of the ingestion of particles has always been a problem. But when United States military helicopter forces began operating in the dusty environments of Iraq, and then the even worse and oft quoted “talcum powder” environment experienced...
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