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December 23, 2015
Leaders of New Zealand’s aviation and farmer communities are pressing their campaign to remove suspended wires that pose hazards to helicopters and other agricultural aircraft.    The New Zealand Agricultural Aviation Assn. launched the "Down to the Wire"...
December 23, 2015
The aerial firefighting industry in the U.S. already is bracing for another bad season in 2016, and the concerns have a Cabinet secretary picking a fight with Congress.    The industry is winding down from one of the most destructive wildland fire seasons ever experienced in the American west, according to the American Helicopter Services and Aerial Firefighting Assn. “The industry is...
December 23, 2015
[Avionics Today 12-23-2015] Embraer Executive Jets has started deliveries of its newest business jet, the Legacy 450. Corporate technology provider LMG received the first Legacy 450, a mid sized business...
December 23, 2015
[Avionics Today 12-23-2015] SAE International is creating a new committee to develop a packaging performance standard for the safe shipment of lithium batteries as cargo on aircraft. The global standards development organization is creating the committee in response to a request from the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the first formal tasking ICAO has issued to SAE International. ...
December 23, 2015
[Avionics Today 12-23-2015] Northrop Grumman has completed the successful first test flight of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization's (NATO) Alliance Ground Surveillance Management Agency (NAGSMA) first Alliance Ground Surveillance (AGS) aircraft. A derivative of the wide-area surveillance Global Hawk, the unmanned aircraft...
December 23, 2015
[Avionics Today 12-23-2015] NAV CANADA has launched a $125 million multi-year project to upgrade Terminal Surveillance Radar (TSR) at 12 sites. The project will be phased in starting with five major airports with work underway in Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, Montreal and Hamilton, Ontario.      Aeromexico's modern fleet is now flying at Toronto Pierson International Airport. Photo: Nav...
December 23, 2015
[Avionics Today 12-23-2015] Single European Sky ATM Research Joint Undertaking (SESAR JU) leadership recently announced their formal approval of the 2015 update of the European ATM Master Plan. Serving as the central planning tool for defining European ATM modernization priorities, the Master Plan features an avionics roadmap targeting increased equipment harmonization and standardization between SESAR and...
December 22, 2015
A Southern California group has graduated from seeking voluntary helicopter noise abatement procedures to petitioning for regulations from the FAA.   Starting in October, the Los Angeles Area Helicopter Noise Coalition filed four petitions of rulemaking requesting that the FAA enact new Special Federal Aviation Regulations (SFARs) for Los Angeles County. The petitions would set minimum altitudes for...
December 22, 2015
Robertson Fuel Systems will be sold to the aerospace and electronics firm HEICO Corp. Private-equity investment firm American Securities LLC said it had reached a definitive agreement to sell the provider of fuel containment and ballistic tolerance systems for $255 million and expects to close the deal by Feb. 19, 2016. The sale is subject to U.S. anti-trust reviews...
December 22, 2015
  Photo courtesy of besopha / CC BY-SA 2.0   Following a reversal of French military budget cuts, the country’s defense procurement agency has re-committed to attack-helicopter orders it previously canceled.    France’s Délégation Générale pour...
December 22, 2015
[Avionics Today 12-22-2015] The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today announced a comprehensive settlement agreement with Boeing that resolves multiple pending and potential enforcement cases. Under the agreement, Boeing pledged to implement and improve several certification processes to further enhance the airworthiness and continued...
December 22, 2015
[Avionics Today 12-22-2015] Airbus has announced a new agreement to acquire 100 percent of the shares of the Navtech group of companies. The U.K.-based Navtech currently provides Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) solutions, aeronautical charts, and other flight...
December 22, 2015
[Avionics Today 12-22-2015] BAE Systems has received a five-year $278.5 million contract from the U.S. Air Force to support the Instrumentation Radar Support Program (IRSP). The aerospace and defense manufacturer has been managing the IRSP program since 1985, providing support for...
December 22, 2015
[Avionics Today 12-22-2015] The U.S. Navy’s Avionics Component Improvement Program (AvCIP) is prepared to accept proposals, from U.S. Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) program offices, to award more than $10 million in funding toward fiscal 2017 projects, officials announced in December. The AH-1Z Viper’s turret control assembly circuit card was one of 13 proposals to receive funding from the...
December 22, 2015
[Avionics Today 12-22-2015] 2015 was a major year of progress, learning about equipage challenges and program re-alignment for the FAA's NextGen Automatic Surveillance Broadcast (ADS-B) Out mandate initiative. Throughout the year, the agency worked closely with the aviation industry through its Equip 2020 initiative to provide education for operators, installers and pilots about what ADS-B solutions are...
December 21, 2015
The FAA’s recently published drone registration rule provides a few hints about what commercial drone applicants might expect in 2016. The Dec. 16 Interim Final Rule most immediately applies to drone hobbyists operating under the “model aircraft” definition—aircraft used for non-commercial purposes and within visual line of sight. These applicants have been provided an online...
December 21, 2015
Photo courtesy of Robinson Helicopter On Dec. 18, Robinson Helicopter’s 700th R66 Turbine rolled off the production line roughly five years after its initial FAA certification. Serial Number 700, a pop-out float-equipped Turbine Marine, will be delivered to Robinson dealer Air Technology Belgium—making the aircraft...
December 21, 2015
  Photo courtesy of the U.S. Marine Corps / Cpl. Christopher R. Rye   Erickson Incorporated has made its fourth delivery of Sikorsky CH-53E Super Stallion tail pylons to the U.S. naval fleet.   The company was contracted by Sikorsky on June 24, 2013, to supply the five...
December 21, 2015
[Avionics Today 12-21-2015] Production on the Beluga XL aircraft MSN001 has begun, as Airbus reports that the first cut of the rear fuselage has been achieved in Spain. Final assembly of MSN001, which will be the first Beluga XL to fly, is scheduled...
December 21, 2015
[Avionics Today 12-21-2015] The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has issued a Direct Final Rule to better narrow the focus of the notification requirement in 49 C.F.R. § 830.5(a)(10) concerning certain resolution advisories.        NTSB Investigator-in-Charge Dan Bower documenting damaged section of Delta flight 1086 that skidded off the runway at LaGuardia Airport...
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