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February 10, 2015
[Avionics Today 02-10-2015] Some crowding airports are turning to Lockheed Martin’s WindTracer Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) system to help reduce aircraft separations. The LIDAR system measures the strength and behavior of wind vortices caused by arriving and departing aircraft, data that can then be analyzed by participating airports to increase traffic and throughput at rates of up to 30...
February 10, 2015
[Avionics Today 02-10-2015] Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) is transforming Bombardier's Global 5000 business jet into the new generation ELI-3360 Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA). Designed by the organization's ELTA group, the new MPA features an...
February 10, 2015
[Avionics Today 02-10-2015] Harris Corporation reported revenue of $1.21 billion for the second quarter of fiscal 2015. This included the manufacturer's government communication systems division posting a fifth consecutive quarter of year-over-year revenue growth...
February 10, 2015
[Avionics Today 02-10-2015] Gulfstream's flight operations test organization has achieved International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO) Stage 2 certification. The business jet manufacturer's flight department fathers 43 pilots conducting more than 2,200 annual test flights...
February 10, 2015
[Avionics Today 02-10-2015] The U.S. Navy's Air Systems Command has awarded a $270 million contract to Raytheon to provide software, systems and testing support for its fleet of V-22 Osprey aircraft. Under the contract, Raytheon...
February 10, 2015
[Avionics Today 02-10-2015] UTC Aerospace has a new agreement to supply NASA with procurement and installation of NP2000 propellers with electronic propeller control systems for the agency's fleet of P-3 aircraft. The NP2000 will replace the existing HS 54H60 propeller...
February 10, 2015
The Bell Helicopter and Boeing V-22 team recently delivered two MV-22 Osprey flight training simulators to the HMX-1 Presidential Air Lift Squadron, providing Marine aviators with the ability to more efficiently train for their "critical and highly visible transport mission," Boeing said. With the simulators installed at the squadron's headquarters in Quantico...
February 9, 2015
As we were going to press with this issue, I happened to notice two different stories in the mainstream media, both about new startup companies offering helicopter shuttle services. One story was from the Jan. 20 edition of the New York Post, and you can access it from our website at Why take a taxi to the airport when you can take a helicopter? The other was posted the very next day on the Wall Street...
February 9, 2015
The Sikorsky S-70i is manufactured by PZL Mielec in Poland. Photo courtesy of Sikorsky Contrary to the end-of-year rumblings that Sikorsky would withdraw its bid for the Polish military’s requirement for 70 medium-lift utility helicopters, when the announcement of the bidders was made by the Polish Armament Inspectorate on Dec. 30, 2014, Sikorsky’s name was present through subsidiary PZL...
February 9, 2015
Several times over the past couple of months, I was told horror stories about how great candidates for police pilot jobs were disqualified for employment by the polygraph during the application process. And the story was always the same: If it wasn’t because the applicant revealed that they had sampled a controlled dangerous substance (CDS) too many times or too recently, it was because they had lied...
February 9, 2015
[Avionics Today 02-06-2015] The Obama administration's proposed 2016 fiscal year budget request seeks $845 million for capital investments related to NextGen Air Traffic Control (ATC) system modernization, a $53 million increase over the 2015 budget and an indication that the administration wants to see the program accelerated over the next two to three years. While the proposed budget is still far from...
February 9, 2015
[Avionics Today 02-09-2015] Dassault Aviation’s new flagship long-range business jet, the Falcon 8X, has taken to the skies for the first time, a little more than one month after rollout. The aircraft lifted off from...
February 9, 2015
CRJ900 NextGen Aircraft with American Eagle livery. Photo: Bombardier [Avionics Today 02-09-2015] American Airlines has signed a firm confirmation order for...
February 9, 2015
[Avionics Today 02-09-2015] The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) concluded its second High Level Safety Conference (HLSC) yesterday with strong support for its near- and long-term strategic planning and priorities for global aviation safety. The event addressed two major aviation issues from the past year, flight tracking and conflict zone risk...
February 9, 2015
TransAsia ATR-600 aircraft. Photo: ATR [Avionics Today 02-09-2015] Information from the TransAsia flight GE235 Flight Data Recorder (FDR) suggests both engines on the ATR 72-600 had lost power, leading to the fatal, Feb. 4 crash...
February 9, 2015
Interior of the Winnipeg airport. Photo: Winnipeg International Airport [Avionics Today 02-09-2015] The Winnipeg Richardson International Airport is the first airport terminal in Canada to become Leadership in Energy and Environmental...
February 6, 2015
Dr. Roman Sperl and Thomas Hütsch confirming the agreement for both companies to cooperate over the development of training systems and programs. Photo courtesy ADAC A new long-term partnership has been formed to develop synthetic training systems and training programs for helicopter operators in Germany and internationally. ADAC HEMS Academy and Reiser Simulation and Training will cooperate in...
February 6, 2015
PrecisionHawk, UAV manufacturer and Aerial Data Processing and Analysis Company, recently released its Low Altitude Tracking and Avoidance System (LATAS) to aid...
February 6, 2015
Metro Aviation recently obtained a supplemental type certificate (STC) for Airbus Helicopters’ AS350 B3 with Automatic Dependent Surveillance - Broadcast (ADS-B) capability, meeting the FAA’s 2020 deadline. “Metro had the opportunity to obtain the ADS-B STC in conjunction with a fleet order of AS350 B3s. Not only will future aircraft installations benefit from the STC, but we will be able...
February 6, 2015
Book your travel plans now (hopefully, you already have), because HAI Heli-Expo 2015 is almost upon us. This year, the event will be held from March 2 - 5 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla., and more than 20,000 attendees are expected. It will feature professional educational courses, exhibitors, events and seminars that cover all aspects of the helicopter community including military...
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