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April 29, 2015
DMA-Aero recently released a new reduced vertical separation minimum (RVSM) compliant MPS49 Air Data Test Set, which is applicable for all types of civil and extended range, fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft. The MPS49 has three independent channels for Altitude, Airspeed and Angle of Attack, and is RVSM compliant with a...
April 29, 2015
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has approved an increased maximum gross weight for the MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) MD 900/902 Explorer, following previous approval by the FAA in March 2013. The new max gross weight is 6,770 pounds, a 270-pound increase from the previous limit of 6,500 pounds. MDHI’s twin-engine MD...
April 29, 2015
Aviation and aerospace insurance provider USAIG has announced that, effective April 28, Michael Barrett has rejoined the USAIG team as Senior Vice President, Claims Attorney. Mr. Barrett will be based out of USAIG’s Atlanta, Ga. office...
April 29, 2015
The top priority this year for the U.S. Army’s aviation programs is to spend money allocated to them before funds get snatched back in mid-year budget shuffling, according to the service’s head of those programs. “When we have committed dollars, we have to be able to obligate and disburse them,” the service’s program executive officer (PEO) for aviation programs, Brig. Gen...
April 29, 2015
Artist rendering of Airbus Singapore training center. Photo: Airbus [Avionics Today 04-29-2015] Construction on Airbus’ new Asia Training Centre (AATC) in Singapore is now underway. Due to open in the first quarter of 2016, the new facility will...
April 29, 2015
[Avionics Today 04-29-2015] NASA researchers, working in concert with the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and FlexSys, have successfully completed initial flight tests of a new morphing wing technology for aircraft. According to the researchers, the shape-changing wing has the potential to save millions of dollars annually in fuel costs, reduce airframe weight and decrease aircraft noise during...
April 29, 2015
FAA user consults weather-aware decision support tools in the New York Air Route Traffic Control Center. Photo: Richard Ferris [Avionics Today 04-29-2015] The FAA has selected Harris Corporation for an eight-year, single-award Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract to design and implement a system that will disseminate real-time...
April 29, 2015
K-MAX cargo helicopter UAS. Photo: Lockheed Martin [Avionics Today 04-29-2015] Lockheed Martin, Kaman Aerospace, and Neya Systems have demonstrated the first collaborative unmanned air and ground casualty evacuation using the Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) control segment architecture and K-MAX cargo helicopter. During the March 26 demonstration, a distress call led ground...
April 29, 2015
[Avionics Today 04-29-2015] Global Eagle Entertainment and German antenna developer Quantenelektronische Systeme GmbH (QEST) are teaming up to bring aviation a mechanically steered antenna that will enable global Ku-band connectivity and high speed broadband in-flight. As air traffic all over the globe increases and connectivity becomes ubiquitous in air travel, the companies are looking to provide...
April 28, 2015
International insurance provider Global Aerospace has published a white paper discussing the necessity of managing safety and insuring against risk to promote the success of the fast-growing unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) market. The paper, entitled Unmanned Aviation Risk Management, offers a comprehensive view of crucial risk management topics related to unmanned aviation, including: The integration of...
April 28, 2015
[Avionics Today 04-28-2015] The 2015 general session featuring the joint meetings of the Airlines Executive Engineering Committee and Avionics Maintenance Conference (AEEC | AMC) began Monday, April 27, with an opening session and several symposiums focusing on different aspects of aircraft connectivity and the ongoing NextGen and Single European Sky (SES) airspace modernization projects. Both of these...
April 28, 2015
NASA and Boeing’s ecoDemonstrator. Photo: NASA [Avionics Today 04-28-2015] Over the next two weeks NASA will test non-stick wing coatings on Boeing’s ecoDemonstrator designed to minimize insect residue and help reduce aircraft fuel consumption. During 15 planned flights in Shreveport, La. through May 15, NASA's Environmentally...
April 28, 2015
CAAS air traffic controller. Photo: CAAS [Avionics Today 04-28-2015] NATS has been awarded a contract to work with the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) to advance the growing country’s air navigation services...
April 28, 2015
Canadian Armed Forces Lockheed CP-140 Aurora. Photo: Wikipedia [Avionics Today 04-28-2015] MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates (MDA) has signed two contract amendments with Canada's Department of National Defense to provide software...
April 28, 2015
Cessna’s Citation Latitude, Textron Aviation delivered 33 in the first quarter. Photo: Textron [Avionics Today 04-28-2015] Textron has reported an impressive start to 2015, with first quarter revenues at $3.1 billion, up 7.9 percent from the same period of 2014. While aviation profits were up...
April 28, 2015
FlightSafety International has appointed Robert McGahan as Director, Business Development, Government Training and Simulation. Bob will work with a cross-functional team to identify and pursue new business opportunities for government and military training services and flight simulation equipment. Together they will ensure that FlightSafety offers products and services that are in accordance with current...
April 28, 2015
Tradewind International, LLC, a world-wide buyer and supplier of helicopter parts, announced today that two SA365N Dauphin helicopters accepted last year from CHC Helicopter, where they last saw service in Norway, have been stripped clean. EI-MIP C/N 6119 built in 1984...
April 27, 2015
[Avionics Today 04-27-2015] The Airline Electronic Engineering Committee's (AEEC) upcoming 2015 general session in Prague will feature 15 new ARINC standards for approval. This year's AEEC conference highlights the emerging airspace modernization initiatives, NextGen and Single European Sky with a focus on how airlines will prepare for related equipage requirements. There is also a focus on connecting...
April 27, 2015
The Helicopter Flight Training Center, a world-class facility for pilot and maintenance training, recently introduced CommLab - a simulation lab providing scenario-based training and evaluation for air medical communication specialist. CommLab is the first and only of its kind for seasoned communication...
April 27, 2015
Small Unmanned Aircraft System. Photo: Auburn University [Avionics Today 04-27-2015] Auburn University has received the nation's first FAA approval to operate a new Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Flight School. The UAS school will operate as part...
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