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June 12, 2015
Erickson Inc. has secured two contracts important to its goal of building a stronger presence in Alaska. For the first contract, Repsol, already an Erickson customer in the South American region, will use Erickson's medium-lift helicopters to provide oil and gas transport—as well as...
June 12, 2015
The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency is dispatching two Black Hawks to southeast Texas to fortify border patrols there a week after one of its Airbus EC120s was hit by ground fire. The...
June 11, 2015
Metro Aviation has begun flight testing IRIS, a flight data monitoring, tracking and communications tool that the company says promises to improve the safety of helicopter missions. Using ViaSat's geosynchronous satellite...
June 11, 2015
Aiming to boost the interest of U.S. children in the sciences, Sikorsky Aircraft is challenging children to design an eco-friendly helicopter that addresses potential challenges of 2050. The fifth annual Sikorsky Helicopter 2050 Program and Challenge, which kicked off June 1 and will run...
June 11, 2015
AgustaWestland AW101. Photo: Wikipedia [Avionics Today 06-11-2015] Honeywell Aerospace will supply its Laseref VI Inertial Navigation System (INS) to the the Finmeccanica-AgustaWestland AW101 helicopter. According to Honeywell, the inertial navigation technology will make it easier for...
June 11, 2015
[Avionics Today 06-11-2015] Rockwell Collins has released a major upgrade to the User Interface (UI) for the ARINC Advanced Information Management (AIM) security platform. The new AIM UI incorporates technology aimed to improve...
June 11, 2015
A Hawaiian Airlines Boeing 767–300. Photo: Wikipedia [Avionics Today 06-11-2015] L2 Consulting Services received an FAA-approved Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for the installation of the Cobham Satcom Aviator SwiftBroadband Satellite Communications System on Hawaiian Airlines 767-300 series aircraft, using Inmarsat's Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System (ACARS) Ground...
June 11, 2015
High fidelity model of the flow from an aircraft engine exhaust nozzle showing the complex interactions of the high velocity jets, which generate acoustic waves. Photo: GE Global Research [Avionics Today 06-11-2015] Scientists at GE Global Research want to help enable future supersonic air travel by addressing existing challenges around engine noise. Global Research will explore new methods for reducing...
June 11, 2015
[Avionics Today 06-11-2015] As airlines grapple with ways to draw the most value from passenger connectivity, a fully free service is likely to stay out of reach for some time. In-Flight Connectivity (IFC) has turned into a boon for many satellite operators, along with other parts of the industry, but service providers cited the cost in Mbps as a reason passenger IFC may never be completely free. ...
June 10, 2015
United Technologies Corp. is expected to update the financial community on its plans for the future of Sikorsky Aircraft on June 15 when it briefs analysts and investors at the Paris Air Show on its overall business activities. UTC’s plans for the briefing, scheduled for broadcast live on www.utc.com at 9 a.m. Paris time on Monday, come after a week of reports about interest from other aerospace...
June 10, 2015
June 30 is the nomination deadline for the Night Vision Awards to be presented at July's Airborne Law Enforcement Association (ALEA) Expo 2015 in Houston. Presented every other year, the awards are intended to...
June 10, 2015
AgustaWestland plans to begin work in August on the first AW609 TiltRotor to be produced at its Philadelphia facility. The aircraft set for production at the Northeast Philadelphia Airport site is the fourth AW609 prototype...
June 10, 2015
Boeing ecoDemonstrator 787. Photo: Boeing [Avionics Today 06-10-2015] Honeywell and Boeing have successfully demonstrated how airports that experience frequent visibility issues such as low cloud cover or fog will be able to implement future Honeywell SmartPath versions that enable these Category III (CAT III) landings to reduce delays and diversions due to bad weather.   Using Honeywell’s...
June 10, 2015
Photo: Flynas [Avionics Today 06-10-2015] Flynas, a low cost airline of Saudi Arabia, has added Virus Guard disinfectant wet wipes and sprays to its in-flight hygiene, to protect passengers from viruses such as Middle East Respiratory...
June 10, 2015
Swiftbroadband coverage chart. Photo: Satcom Direct [Avionics Today 06-10-2015] Rockwell Collins announced that its ARINC aviation communications network is playing a central role in enabling Hawaiian Airlines’ operational evaluation of the Future Air Navigation Systems (FANS) using Inmarsat’s SwiftBroadband (SBB) service. SBB enables voice and Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting...
June 10, 2015
Aquila Micro thermal UAV payload. Photo: Liteye Systems [Avionics Today 06-10-2015] DRS Technologies announced Liteye Systems’ new Aquila Micro product as the first commercial Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) thermal payload to receive a "Powered by DRS" product...
June 10, 2015
[Avionics Today 06-10-2015] On the first day of the Global Connected Aircraft Summit (GCAS), attendees heard perspectives on In-Flight Connectivity (IFC) from five different airlines, all with different perspectives on one of the industry's hottest topics right now. Executives and managers from United Airlines, Saudia Airlines, Icelandair, and Nok Air all had unique perspectives on the business models...
June 9, 2015
Aerolineas Argentinas Airbus A330-200 aircraft. Photo: Airbus [Avionics Today 06-19-2015] Airbus and Aerolineas Argentinas have signed a strategic agreement to establish the first Airbus maintenance training collaboration in South America at the airline’s...
June 9, 2015
Boeing's ecoDemonstrator 757 aircraft. Photo: Boeing [Avionics Today 06-19-2015] Boeing has released its 2015 Environment Report highlighting the company's increased use of renewable energy, testing of environmentally promising technologies, and other...
June 9, 2015
An Intelsat EpicNG satellite. Photo: Intelsat [Avionics Today 06-09-2015] Intelsat has introduced IntelsatOne Flex for distribution partners serving the commercial air transport market. IntelsatOne Flex aggregates Intelsat’s global and Intelsat EpicNG High Throughput Satellite (HTS) fleet and the IntelsatOne terrestrial network into a simplified ecosystem that enables Intelsat’s distribution...
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