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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...
October 8, 2014
Customers Using SmartSky 4G LTE Network. Photo: SmartSky Networks [Avionics Today 10-08-2014] SmartSky Networks has announced it will launch the United States’ first airborne 4G LTE-based network, SmartSky 4G, for both commercial airlines and business aviation in 2016. According to the company, the technology will provide more than 10 times the typical speed and...
October 8, 2014
UH-60L Blackhawk helicopter. Photo: Wikipedia [Avionics Today 10-08-2014] Northrop Grumman is currently developing the next generation of Black Hawk helicopter cockpit display systems using ANSYS system and software simulation solutions. Northrop is using ANSYS...
October 8, 2014
[Avionics Today 10-08-2014] The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science & Technology Directorate has awarded Elbit Systems of America a contract to deliver a technology demonstration for a mission critical secure broadband services solution for first responders and public safety users. This demonstration will include WideBridge, a solution that integrates mission-critical capabilities with...
October 8, 2014
Workers at a Lockheed Martin Commercial Engine Solutions facility. Photo: Lockheed Martin [Avionics Today 10-08-2014] European Aviation has signed a...
October 8, 2014
Bombardier Challenger 604 aircraft. Photo: Bombardier [Avionics Today 10-08-2014] Marshall Aerospace and Defense Group has entered into a conditional letter of agreement with Bombardier to develop a Future Air Navigation System (FANS) 1/A...
October 7, 2014
Boeing’s 747-8 freighter aircraft. Photo: Boeing [Avionics Today 10-07-2014] Boeing has released a report projecting air cargo traffic to grow at an annual rate of 4.7 percent over the next 20 years, with global air freight traffic expected to more than double by 2033. World air cargo traffic took a hit after the global economic downturn of 2009 and...
October 7, 2014
NASA’s TAIGA technology system is capable of showing pilots the altitude of nearby terrain via color. Photo: ARC/Joseph Rios via NASA [Avionics Today 10-07-2014] NASA has formally delivered to Alaskan officials a new technology that could help pilots flying over the vast wilderness expanses of the northern-most state. The Traffic and Atmospheric...
October 7, 2014
Raytheon headquarters in Waltham, Mass. Photo: Wikipedia [Avionics Today 10-07-2014] The U.S. Air Force has awarded Raytheon a $19.5 million contract for engineering and manufacturing development of a new expeditionary radar. The radar will detect, identify and track drones, missiles and...
October 7, 2014
CAE flight simulators. Photo: CAE [Avionics Today 10-07-2014] CAE and Japan Airlines (JAL) have entered into a joint venture to provide flight crew training services across Northeast Asia...
October 7, 2014
Artist rendering of the Inmarsat I-5 satellite. Photo: Boeing [Avionics Today 10-07-2014] TECOM, designer and manufacturer of antenna systems, and Inmarsat have established a Memorandum of Arrangement (MOA) to manufacture Global...
October 7, 2014
[Avionics Today 10-07-2014] It’s no secret that with the introduction of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter many challenges have emerged. For both the avionics market and for the militaries that rely on the aircraft and its secure mission capabilities in combat, the new F-35 brings a good deal of advantages but also important obstacles. F-35, F-16 fly together at Luke AFB. Photo: Lockheed Martin...
October 6, 2014
Photo: Airbus [Avionics Today 10-06-2014] The Qantas Airlines Airbus A380 has begun flying the world’s longest airline route, according to Airbus. This is the route spanning from Sydney, Australia to Dallas/Fort Worth airport in Texas. On the journey...
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