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November 1, 2014
Maintaining a PT6 turboshaft engine. Photo courtesy Pratt & Whitney Canada The bridge between a manufacturer simply supplying an engine to a customer versus committing to it with the operator was brought into the modern era by Rolls Royce’s Power by the Hour (PBH) concept in the early 1980s. While PBH has become a regular feature of supplier/owner maintenance agreements, Safran subsidiary...
November 1, 2014
Powered by a single Rolls-Royce 250-C20W turbine engine, the Enstrom 480B can be an entry-level turbine, or outfitted for higher-level duties. Photo by Ernie Stephens Turbine helicopters have come a long way since 1958 when Charles Kaman had his engineers remove the piston engine from his HH-43 Huskie and replaced it with a T53-L-1B powerplant, making it the world’s first turbine helicopter to go...
October 31, 2014
Sikorsky, together with Polish subsidiary PZL Mielec, is to withdraw from the current competition managed by the Polish Ministry of Defense to supply its armed forces with 70 multi-role helicopters. According to Sikorsky, part of United...
October 31, 2014
Boeing has signed a Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) with six Danish defense companies to further pursue business opportunities in a range of activities that encompass defense and aerospace-related manufacturing, maintenance, software and simulation integration. The companies are: Danish Aerotech, Falck Schmidt Defense Systems, IFAD, Multicut, Systematic and Terma. Although these are elements of...
October 31, 2014
[Avionics Today 10-31-2014] With the FAA’s Call to Action day just behind us and the administration making it clear that they won’t budge on the 2020 ADS-B Out mandate, General Aviation (GA) operators are on the lookout for easy, affordable equipage options. While many operators argue the technology is still too costly, industry alternatives are coming onto the market promising cheap, simple...
October 31, 2014
[Avionics Today 10-31-2014] Bombardier Aerospace's revenues increased by 29 percent to reach $2.6 billion for the three-month period ended Sept. 30, 2014, compared to $2 billion for the same period last fiscal year. Financing income and income taxes (EBIT) totaled $74 million, or 2.9 percent of revenues, for the third quarter, compared to $86 million, or 4.3 percent, for the same period last fiscal year...
October 31, 2014
SESAR JU demonstration workshop [Avionics Today 10-31-2014] A workshop organized by the SESAR Joint Undertaking (SJU) and hosted by Airbus earlier this week brought together 50 participants to discuss the results of ongoing SESAR demonstrations. It also revealed the projected plans from a selection of recently launched larger scale demonstrations, which aim to...
October 31, 2014
A gyroplane. Photo: Wikipedia [Avionics Today 10-31-2014] The U.K. Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has announced it will withdraw the overflight restrictions from the permit operating limitations of factory-built...
October 31, 2014
F-35 Joint Strike Fighter for which Pratt & Whitney supply the propulsion systems. Photo: Pratt & Whitney [Avionics Today 10-31-2014] The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) awarded Pratt & Whitney a modification to a previously awarded contract for the eighth lot of F135 propulsion systems to power F-35 Lightning II aircraft. The...
October 31, 2014
Diagram of Honeywell’s IntuVue 3D weather radar. Honeywell [Avionics Today 10-31-2014] Honeywell Aerospace’s IntuVue 3D Weather Radar System has been selected by the U.S. Navy as part of its upgrade for 14 U.S. Marine Corps KC-130T aircraft.   “Building on a commercial product saves the government critical research and development funds and cycle...
October 30, 2014
The Australian Government has formally announced the Boeing Defense Australia/Thales Australia team as the successful bidders for the new helicopter training program for the Australian Army and Navy. The delayed Helicopter Aircrew Training System (HATS) will be based at HMAS Albatross in Nowra, New South Wales. Boeing and Thales are proposing the use of 15 Airbus Helicopter...
October 30, 2014
Western Power Distribution (WPD) has signed a purchase agreement for a new EC135 P2e from Airbus Helicopters UK. The aircraft will join...
October 30, 2014
Russian Helicopters has completed the delivery of Mi-17V-5 military transport helicopters to the Afghan National Army. Since the contract between Rosoboronexport and the U.S. Department...
October 30, 2014
Industry and FAA collaborate to deliver NextGen technology and benefits. Photo: Aireon [Avionics Today 10-30-2014] Navigating the vast arena of NextGen technologies, procedures and regulations has proven a somewhat daunting task. The FAA, however, looking to provide a realistic roadmap for the program, released a three-year prioritization report earlier this month in an effort to help airports, airlines...
October 30, 2014
Global Eagle and SES team up to provide IFE and IFC. Photo: Aireon [Avionics Today 10-30-2014] Global Eagle Entertainment (GEE) and SES have partnered to deliver global Ku-Band satellite In-Flight Connectivity (IFC) services to airlines. Under this long-term agreement, SES satellites will provide GEE with...
October 30, 2014
Gulfstream 500/600. Photo: Gulfstream [Avionics Today 10-30-2014] Triumph Group has been selected by Gulfstream Aerospace and UTC Aerospace to provide the wing structural components and the nose wheel steering system for the...
October 30, 2014
Jeffrey Q. Palombo, vice president and general manager of Northrop Grumman's Land and Self Protection Systems Division. Photo: Northrop Grumman [Avionics Today 10-30-2014] Northrop Grumman highlighted advances in C4ISR and showcased the future of integrated avionics equipment during an Oct. 28 briefing at the National Press Club. Jeffrey Q. Palombo, vice president and general manager of Northrop Grumman's...
October 30, 2014
Aireon global space-based ADS-B diagram. Photo: Aireon [Avionics Today 10-30-2014] Aireon’s first flight payload for its space-based global air traffic surveillance system has been delivered by Harris Corporation for integration into Iridium NEXT satellites. This is the...
October 29, 2014
U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) officials working from a Royal Navy (RN) warship, HMS Argyll, have uncovered a haul of cocaine valued at more than $16 million that was hidden onboard a private yacht transiting...
October 29, 2014
ACR Electronics has upgraded its MS-2000(M) series of military LED distress lights to the MS-2000(M2) family comprising three types: the MS-2000(M2) Strobe, the Doublefly and the Waterbug.   Photo courtesy ACR Electronics The lights...
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