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August 6, 2015
The San Diego Air & Space Museum will soon have an SH-60B Seahawk on display. The retired airframe, based off the U.S. Army's UH-60 Black Hawk, is one of three original prototypes Sikorsky built...
August 5, 2015
To accommodate the increasing interest of tech companies in commercial drone operations, technology giant Amazon hopes to secure a designated section in airspace for its very own delivery capabilities. Last week at NASA's Unmanned Aerial Systems Traffic Management (UTM) Convention, the company...
August 5, 2015
Reports that helicopter support for offshore oil and gas operations in the Gulf of Mexico is dead “are greatly exaggerated,” said Era Group President, CEO and CFO Chris Bradshaw paraphrasing Mark Twain in discussing the company’s second-quarter...
August 5, 2015
New reports on helicopter sales and shipments point to softness in used aircraft sales and in the impact of the offshore sector's decline on new deliveries. JETNET LLC said used turbine helicopter sales declined 12.2 percent in the first half of the year compared to 2014’s first six months. While used piston sales rose 14.4 percent over that period, the Utica, N.Y.-based analysis firm said asking...
August 5, 2015
[Avionics Today 08-05-2015] SITA OnAir is working on different methods to augment support for the communications that occur daily on its worldwide air-to-ground Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System (ACARS) services network. While the communications traffic on the network has certainly increased since airlines started its widespread use in the 1980s, the air transport communications and...
August 5, 2015
Holistic lighting aboard the Dreamjet, La Compagnie Boeing 757-200. Photo: STG Aerospace [Avionics Today 08-05-2015] STG Aerospace has completed installation of a saf-Tglo SuperSeal UltraLite (SSUL) emergency floorpath marking system with OverCarpet and a liTeMood...
August 5, 2015
Mitsubishi Regional Jet. Photo: Mitsubishi [Avionics Today 08-05-2015] Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation opened and started full operations of the Seattle Engineering Center (SEC) in Seattle, Wash., which aims to assist with certification...
August 5, 2015
Check-in desks at Athens airport in Greece. Photo: Wikipedia [Avionics Today 08-05-2015] The Greek Air Traffic Controllers Association (GATCA) organized a 4-hour strike scheduled today, Aug. 5, which has effected hundreds of...
August 5, 2015
[Avionics Today 08-05-2015] Wildlife strike reporting for both commercial and general aviation airports continues to increase, according to a new report by wildlife expert Richard A. Dolbeer, who published the report at the request of the FAA. The report shows that 47 percent of the wildlife strikes that occurred from 2009 to 2013 were reported to the FAA’s...
August 4, 2015
An MH-65 is one of two U.S. Coast Guard icons that adorn a U.S. stamp issued today to commemorate the 225th anniversary of that service's founding. The Airbus Dolphin joins the three-masted Coast Guard cutter Eagle, known as "America's tall ship," on the stamp, which the U.S. Postal Service said...
August 4, 2015
CHC Helicopter reportedly plans to cut as many as 50 jobs in Aberdeen, Scotland following a downturn in oil prices. In reporting the cuts, the British Airline Pilots' Association called on the U.K. and Scottish...
August 4, 2015
Lockheed Martin on Aug. 3 deployed the first components of a UAS traffic management (UTM) system that the company hopes will increase situational awareness between manned and unmanned aircraft. UAS operators can now access the company's online Flight Service Pilot...
August 4, 2015
[Avionics Today 08-04-2015] Working with an industry partner, Airbus has developed a “connected” glasses tool for technicians to wear on the A330 final assembly line. The glasses enable precise positioning — down to the millimeter — during the cabin installation marking process, when operators designate the exact location where seats and cabin furnishings should be affixed inside...
August 4, 2015
Elbit Systems MUSIC DIRCM, rendering. Photo: Elbit Systems [Avionics Today 08-04-2015] Elbit Systems has won two contracts for its Music family of Directed Infrared Countermeasures (DIRCM) airborne multi-spectral self-protection systems. The first contract is a follow-on agreement from an unspecified Asian...
August 4, 2015
An Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS). Photo: EASA [Avionics Today 08-04-2015] The European Aviation Safety Administration (EASA) has launched a public consultation for the introduction of a European regulatory framework for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) and concrete proposals for the regulation of low-risk UAS operations. The deadline for comments is Sept. 25, after which EASA plans to submit a technical...
August 4, 2015
[Avionics Today 08-04-2015] The Aircraft Electronics Association (AEA) has released second-quarter 2015 Avionics Market Report, which finds that in the first six months of the year, total worldwide business and General Aviation (GA) avionics sales amounted to more than $1.1 billion as reported by the participating companies. Sales during the second-quarter months of April, May and June...
August 4, 2015
Cobham Satcom aims to position itself as a growing presence on the In-Flight Connectivity (IFC) landscape. The company supplies equipment to airlines to help them enable the next generation of connectivity services on their fleet. This includes major U.S. airline Hawaiian Airlines, which is currently running a key connectivity trial alongside Cobham that will likely come to an end over the next few months...
August 3, 2015
The F-35B Lightning II has achieved initial operating capability with the U.S. Marine Corps, which has authorized its worldwide deployment and use in combat. The short takeoff and vertical landing (STOVL) variant of...
August 3, 2015
Maintenance, repair and overhaul provider Heli-One has revamped its website to a “responsive” format that provides more functionality to users primarily visiting via mobile...
August 3, 2015
Erickson Inc. is outfitting its heavy-lift S-64 Aircranes with certified Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) systems that allow them to transmit satellite-enabled positional data to ATC and...
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