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March 31, 2015
The Army's new Improved Turbine Engine Program (ITEP) is the service's "number one" priority, according to its acquisition chief. Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology Heidi Shyu said Monday the Army wants a new turbine engine so its helicopters can fly in high and hot conditions anywhere in the world. ITEP's increased range, she said, will also save the Army...
March 31, 2015
New York City-based L-3 Communications has been selected to upgrade the U.S. Army’s UH-60L Black Hawk helicopters to the UH-60V configuration. The company reports that the L-3 DS will provide its newest generation 10.4-inch digital electronic instrument panel displays for the UH-60V cockpit...
March 31, 2015
Blackhawk UH-60V cockpit upgrade. Photo: Northrop Grumman [Avionics Today 03-31-2015] Northrop Grumman has selected L-3 Aviation’s Display Systems (L-3 DS) business to supply...
March 31, 2015
[Avionics Today 03-31-3015] During its March meeting, the RTCA Program Management Committee (PMC) approved a new document, DO-358, which provides the Minimum Operational Performance Standards (MOPS) for Flight Information Services Broadcast (FIS-B).      Flight Information Services Broadcast (FIS-B) transmits graphical national weather service products, temporary flight restrictions...
March 31, 2015
Dassault Falcon Service completes first scheduled C-Check on Falcon 7X. Photo: Dassault Falcon Service [Avionics Today 03-31-2015] Dassault Falcon Service (DFS) service center has completed an initial C-check on an...
March 31, 2015
CH-47F Chinook. Photo: Boeing [Avionics Today 03-31-2015] The U.S. Army is equipping its CH-47F Chinook helicopters with a Rockwell Collins Required Navigation Performance-Area...
March 31, 2015
[Avionics Today 03-31-2015] Northrop Grumman Corporation's Electronic Systems sector is repositioning its Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance and Targeting Systems Division (ISR&TSD) to expand focus on the growing airborne and space ISR business. The former ISR&TSD is being...
March 31, 2015
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has announced fraud charges against Lynn Tilton, CEO of MD Helicopters, and her New York-based firms accused of hiding the poor performance of loan assets in three collateralized loan obligation (CLO) funds they manage. According to the SEC’s Enforcement Division, Tilton and her Patriarch Partners firms have breached their fiduciary duties and...
March 30, 2015
[Avionics Today 03-30-2015] During a House Subcommittee on Aviation hearing last week, lawmakers heard testimony from experts across different segments of the aviation industry deciphering the possibility of removing the Air Traffic Organization (ATO) from within the FAA. The committee heard testimony from leadership at American Airlines, the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA), and the...
March 30, 2015
The first shipment of UH-72A Lakota helicopters began arriving at the Army’s flight training facility at Fort Rucker, Ala., during the week of March 23, according to Army spokesperson Lisa Eichhorn. They will soon become the primary rotorcraft trainer for Army, thus beginning the phase-out out of the TH-67 Creek, the military designation for the Bell 206B Jet Ranger...
March 30, 2015
The Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force (MSDF) commissioned the 814-foot DDH-183 Izumo in Yokohama on March 25, making it the largest helicopter aircraft carrier ever built. The 21,495-ton ship – the first of two planned for its class – has a flight deck that can launch and recover any rotorcraft, including U.S. Marine Corps V-22 Osprey tilt rotors, which are...
March 30, 2015
United Rotorcraft, an Air Methods Division, has received a new contract to complete an Airbus EC130 T2 emergency medical services (EMS) demonstrator for Airbus Helicopters in Grand Prairie, Texas. The aircraft completion will take place at United Rotorcraft’s Decatur, Texas facility and will include medical interior, avionics, exterior lighting accessories, and full aircraft paint. The...
March 30, 2015
ATCs overlook operations from inside the Heathrow tower. Photo: NATS (flickr) [Avionics Today 03-30-2015] Time-Based Separation (TBS), a new way of separating arriving aircraft by time instead of distance in order to cut delays caused by strong winds has gone live at Heathrow Airport as part of a phased introduction this year. Traditionally, Air...
March 30, 2015
HondaJet in flight. Photo: HondaJet [Avionics Today 03-30-2015] The FAA has granted the HondaJet Provisional Type Certification (PTC) design approval for the jet based on certification testing, design reviews and analyses...
March 30, 2015
[Avionics Today 03-30-2015] The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and Madagascar’s Civil Aviation Authority, alongside other transportation organizations, adopted a new Declaration on the Sustainable Development of Air Transport in Africa, following a meeting in Madagascar last week...
March 30, 2015
Global Hawk UAS in flight. Photo: Northrop Grumman [Avionics Today 03-30-2015] Raytheon Company has been awarded a contract valued at up to $45.7 million by Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems for...
March 27, 2015
Unmanned Aircraft System. Photo: Yann Caradec (Flickr) [Avionics Today 03-27-15] The FAA has introduced an interim policy that will slash some red tape for Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) commercial operators. Under the new policy, the agency will grant operators who have already received Section 333 exemption a “blanket” Certificate of Waiver or Authorization (COA) for flights at or below 200...
March 27, 2015
Airbus Group has delivered to the U.S. Army the first UH-72A Lakota helicopter to come off the Airbus Helicopters Inc. production line configured for the Lakota’s latest mission, as the service’s initial-entry training helicopter. The aircraft will join seven Lakotas previously in the Army inventory that have already been modified to the training configuration and fielded to Fort Rucker, Ala. in...
March 27, 2015
[Avionics Today 03-27-2015] The U.K. Space Agency has selected Avanti Communications to deploy the Satellite Based Augmentation System for Africa (SBAS-Africa) project. Under a contract through the agency's International Partnership Space Program (IPSP), Avanti will deliver a satellite-based augmentation...
March 27, 2015
On March 26, 2015 in Tessara, the Italian Army took delivery of an additional NH90 Tactical Transport...
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