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December 21, 2015
[Avionics Today 12-21-2015] Bombardier's CS100 has received its Transport Canada Type Certification following the completion of 3,000 flight testing hours. Obtaining the Type Certificate for the CS100 aircraft paves the way for the delivery and entry into service of the CS100 aircraft with first operator Swiss...
December 21, 2015
[Avionics Today 12-21-2015] LATAM Airlines Group, made up of LAN Airlines and TAM Airlines, has taken delivery of its first A350 XWB in Toulouse, France. In doing so, TAM will become the first airline in the Americas to operate the all-new airliner and the fourth worldwide. TAM’s aircraft is...
December 21, 2015
[Avionics Today 12-21-2015] The recent completion of the fourth edition of the Single European Sky ATM Research (SESAR) Joint Undertaking's System Wide Information Management (SWIM) Master Class shows that various aviation stakeholders are increasingly becoming aware of the SWIM concept and its practical usage in enhancing Air Traffic Management (ATM). According to SESAR, the Master Class has become an...
December 18, 2015
A sought-after high-altitude pilot, a team that improved IFR procedures for Boston HEMS and members of the largest maritime rescue ever recorded are among the rotorcraft industry professionals recognized this year by Helicopter Assn. International.  HAI's Salute to Excellence Awards “recognize those who, through either a single act or a lifetime of service and dedication, exemplify the best of...
December 18, 2015
The Chance-Vought/LTV tilt-wing XC-142A at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Air Force Five U.S. museums with military themes made a top-20 list compiled by the entertainment and business review website Yelp.   Yelp based its ratings on the number of reviews its users posted on the website and the star ratings they assigned to the museums.  ...
December 18, 2015
CEOs do a lot of talking. As the face of the company, they push out yearly guidance, put a positive spin on bad news, field analyst questions as gracefully and effortlessly as prima ballerina, and sometimes — if we’re lucky — take a couple of jabs at their competitors. As 2015 comes to a close we’ve put together a little quiz for you to test your knowledge of some of this...
December 18, 2015
Millions of dollars in additional funding and other supportive legislation may go toward rotary-wing technology in FY16, thanks to efforts led by American Helicopter Society International and other technology groups. The President is expected next week to sign a defense budget deal the U.S...
December 18, 2015
Rockwell Collins Pro Line Fusion flight deck. Photo: Rockwell Collins [Avionics Today 12-18-2015] Rockwell Collins’ Pro Line Fusion advanced avionics system has been type...
December 18, 2015
Photo: GEE [Avionics Today 12-18-2015] Global Eagle Entertainment (GEE) has struck a deal with Shareco to launch GEE’s Airconnect In-Flight Connectivity (IFC) solution aboard 10 aircraft operated by the Hainan Airlines (HNA) Group of China. Shareco will lead the commercial and operational planning for the program...
December 18, 2015
[Avionics Today 12-18-2015] Boeing has delivered the first 767-300 Boeing Converted Freighter (BCF) to SF Airlines, making it the first BCF owned by an airline in China. The delivery took place at Boeing supplier ST Aerospace Services in Singapore, where the conversion work was performed. It is the first of five 767BCFs the...
December 18, 2015
TAM Airlines receiving its first A350 XWB. Photo: Airbus [Avionics Today 12-18-2015] LATAM Airlines Group, made up of LAN Airlines and TAM Airlines, has taken delivery of its first A350 XWB in Toulouse, France. TAM is the first airline in the...
December 18, 2015
UTC CEO Gregory Hayes. Photo: UTC [Avionics Today 12-18-2015] United Technologies Corp. Chief Executive Officer Gregory Hayes announced a restructure for the aerospace and building systems company on Dec. 10, which will cost about $1.5 billion over the next three years. With the company closing its $9 billion sale of Sikorsky aircraft to Lockheed Martin in November, UTC — the parent company for UTC...
December 17, 2015
Image courtesy of Robinson Helicopter Robinson Helicopter’s development of a lighter R44 is not a sign that the smaller R22 (with which the company was launched) may be phased out. There had been some speculation the two-seat R44 Cadet, which pares 200 lb from...
December 17, 2015
The FAA is evaluating an industry proposal to ease the path for certification of single-engine helicopters for operations under instrument flight rules certification and expects to respond in the next few months, the agency told R&WI.   The agency maintains that single-engine IFR helicopter certification is allowed today. But several industry leaders say the FAA’s requirements for...
December 17, 2015
The Kashmir valley. Photo courtesy of Harsha Narasimhamurthy / CC BY 2.0 Helicopter tourism now will be offered for the first time in Kashmir to boost the local economy and to improve public perceptions of that Northwestern Indian region—long the object of a three-country dispute.  The Jammu and Kashmir Tourism Department has been granted approval to offer helicopter tours over the city of...
December 17, 2015
Photo: Korea Airport Corp. [Avionics Today 12-17-2015] Rockwell Collins has implemented an Air-to-Ground (ATG) aviation communications network for Korea Airports Corporation (KAC), the service provider for airline and civil aviation communications in South...
December 17, 2015
Delta Air Lines Boeing 737. Photo: Wikimedia [Avionics Today 12-17-2015] Delta Air Lines has announced it will add up to 20 Embraer 190 and 20 new Boeing 737-900ER jets acquired through a new agreement with Boeing. The agreement is part of the...
December 17, 2015
Virgin America A320. Photo: Virgin America [Avionics Today 12-17-2015] Virgin America has announced plans acquire 10 new Airbus A321neo aircraft. Virgin America Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Peter Hunt expressed a liking for the aircraft earlier this month and indicated the airline would continue to invest in the A321 as the workhorse of its fleet. The 10 new A321neos are slated...
December 17, 2015
Premier Aviation maintenance facility. Photo: Marketwire [Avionics Today 12-17-2015] Premier Aviation Overhaul Center and Republic Airways Holdings (Republic) have signed a long-term agreement for Premier to...
December 17, 2015
[Avionics Today 12-17-2015] While budgetary concerns as a result of the 2011 Budget Control Act (BCA) have restricted Research and Development (R&D) funding in the U.S. aerospace market for the last five years, Deloitte’s latest report on the sector finds that companies are discovering ways to push innovation forward nonetheless. While the commercial market continues to see increases in...
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