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June 30, 2014
The U.S. Air Force is moving forward with a derivative of the Sikorsky UH-60M Black Hawk for a Combat Rescue Helicopter (CRH) to replace the HH-60G Pave Hawk fleet. Lockheed Martin is also involved as a major subsystems supplier for the CRH program. There are currently around 100 HH-60Gs in service with the Air Force (active plus reserve) and Air National Guard. The first portion of the long-term...
June 30, 2014
[Aviation Today June 30, 2014] Honda Aircraft Co.'s first production jet completed its maiden flight, a milestone that will bring the airframe manufacturer closer to its goal of getting the aircraft certified and entered into service in 2015.   According to a company statement, the first production version of the HondaJet completed an 84 minute flight from its headquarters in Greesboro, N.C...
June 30, 2014
[Avionics Today June 30, 2014] BAE Systems has unveiled its next-generation cabin system, IntelliCabin, ahead of the 2014 Farnborough Air Show. The U.K. aerospace and defense manufacturer's new cabin concept builds on its past experience supplying cabin systems for the Boeing 777 and 737.   BAE Systems' next generation cabin...
June 30, 2014
[Aviation Today June 30, 2014] Boeing has entered its next generation aerial refueling tanker, the KC-46A, into the open competition for the Republic of Korea's search for its first tanker squadron.  Korea plans to...
June 27, 2014
Northrop Grumman has introduced new cockpit technology designed for both rotary- and fixed-wing platforms. The new system features a partitioned architecture software that can be applied to platforms such as the AH-64D/E Apache, H-60L Black Hawk and CH 47D/F Chinook helicopters and is certifiable under DO-178 standards.  Northrop Grumman’s Mission Equipment...
June 27, 2014
Philadelphia’s Police Department is now able to incorporate hoist rescues into its portfolio of law enforcement, patrol and SAR operations with the addition of a new...
June 27, 2014
Lease Corporation International (LCI) has finalized a leasing agreement with South Africa’s Indwe Aviation. Under the arrangement, Indwe will use a 15-seat AgustaWestland...
June 27, 2014
[Avionics Today June 27, 2014] Alaska Airlines is starting to realize the fuel saving benefits of the FAA's Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) in Seattle, according to testimony from the carrier's vice president of flight operations Gary Beck before the Senate subcommittee on aviation.  The airline is using new flight procedures as a result of the agency's Greener Skies...
June 27, 2014
[Aviation Today June 27, 2014] Serbia has been granted an upgraded aviation safety rating by the FAA. The agency upgraded the eastern European country's rating from a Category 2 to a Category 1. ...
June 27, 2014
[Aviation Today June 27, 2014] Directional Aviation announced the launch of Skyjet, a New York City-based on-demand charter carrier. Greg Richman, current managing director of Sentient Jet Charter, has been appointed president of Skyjet.   "Skyjet is...
June 27, 2014
[Avionics Today June 27, 2014] Chinese carrier Tianjin Airlines is adding a new web-based flight monitoring capability across its fleet of E-Jets, Embraer's Aircraft Health Analysis and...
June 26, 2014
From Boeing’s facility in St. Louis—“Customers need innovation, ideas and affordability. They want more capability at the right time and the right price,” said Chris Chadwick, President and CEO of Boeing Defense, Space and Security, speaking as Boeing was preparing to attend the Farnborough airshow in July. He stated that the company’s general attitude was now to take a...
June 26, 2014
[Avionics Today June 26, 2014] Researchers at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and aerospace and defense company Saab have a new agreement in place to research the use of 4-D trajectory solutions to help reduce the highly congested New York airspace. According to Doug Sweet, director of Air Traffic Management (ATM) at Saab, 4-D trajectory solutions involve "planning and...
June 26, 2014
[Avionics Today June 26, 2014] L&T Technology Services has acquired a 74 percent stake of Thales Software India, the Indian subsidiary of French aerospace and defense company Thales. Under the new...
June 26, 2014
[Avionics Today June 26, 2014] The Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 Integrated Display System (IDS) has been certified by the FAA for upgrading on Pro Line II-equipped Hawker 800 business jets.    Retrofitting...
June 25, 2014
Three helicopter manufacturers have recently introduced new luxury interiors. Bell Helicopter is offering a VVIP cabin designed by Mecaer Aviation Group on the Bell 429 light twin, AgustaWestland is studying a “cocoon seat” concept for the AW169 medium twin and Airbus Helicopters has added customization options to the EC135 Hermes. AgustaWestland has tapped designer Francesca Lanzavecchia to...
June 25, 2014
Australian helicopter charter operator Air Melbourne has launched a Heli-Express service linking Melbourne’s general aviation airport, Moorabbin Airport (MBW), with the central business district and the city’s international airport. The company operates three twin-engine, eight-seat AgustaWestland AW109s seven days a week. The flight between Moorabbin and...
June 25, 2014
Bell Helicopter’s Aeronautical Accessories brand is now supplying North Flight Data Systems’ voice, video and flight data recorders. The system allows Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) operators to meet requirements of the omnibus helicopter safety rule issued by FAA earlier this year. FAA has granted a supplemental type certificate...
June 25, 2014
[Aviation Today June 25, 2014] Malaysia Airlines (MAS) CEO Ahmad Jauhari Yahya called for a "sweeping change" for the Asia Pacific carrier that is still reeling from the loss of flight MH370. The Boeing 777-200 still has not been located four months after disappearing from Air Traffic Control (ATC) radar coverage. Jauhari's remarks came during the airline's annual general meeting in Kuala...
June 25, 2014
[Avionics Today June 25, 2014] A father-son pilot team attempting to fly a single engine Beechcraft Bonanza around the world in 30 days is using some innovative avionics for flight tracking purposes. The "Around the World in 30 Days" team consists of 17 year old Haris Suleman and his father Babar Suleman of Plainfield, Ind., flying the Bonanza from their home with a first stop in Canada and...
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