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January 5, 2015
The University of Maryland (UMD) Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Test Site, located in California, Md., has received a Certificate of Waiver or Authorization (COA) from the FAA to fly the Talon 240, designed...
January 5, 2015
Members of the 82nd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron conducting simulated exercises. Photo by USAF Staff Sergeant Caleb Pierce With the reduction in general defense spending now slicing capability from virtually every area across the military spectrum, the skills and dedicated assets of personnel recovery (PR) and combat search and rescue (CSAR) forces appear to be easy pickings when it comes to saving money...
January 5, 2015
An Israeli Air Force F-16. Photo: Master Sgt. Kevin J. Gruenwald/U.S. Air Force [Avionics Today 1-05-2015] The Israeli Ministry of Defense (IMOD) has awarded Elbit Systems an approximately $90 million contract for the maintenance of the Israeli Air Force's...
January 5, 2015
[Avionics Today 1-05-2015] The United Kingdom’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has published the first of what will be regular updates on its progress in the General Aviation (GA) sector. The CAA has launched an initiative to make the GA sector “more proportionate and evidence-based,” which involves...
January 5, 2015
Sierra Nevada Corporation’s Mobile Tower System. Photo: Sierra Nevada Corporation Google Plus [Avionics Today 1-05-2015] Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) has been awarded a $17 million follow-on Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) contract by the United States Army to manufacture Mobile Tower Systems (MOTS). The contract includes production of five AN/TSQ-135 MOTS, as well as engineering and...
January 5, 2015
Q400 NextGen aircraft. Photo: Bombardier Commercial Aircraft [Avionics Today 1-05-2015] GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS) has signed a firm purchase agreement for five Q400 NextGen aircraft. The company has also taken options...
January 5, 2015
AirAsia aircraft. Photo: Zennie Abraham (flickr) [Avionics Today 1-05-2015] Eight days into the search and rescue mission for AirAsia flight QZ8501, the search operation area has been expanded to the eastern portion of the Java Sea following the underwater current forecast. The search and rescue efforts led by The National Search and Rescue Agency (BASARNAS) Republic of Indonesia continue as previously harsh...
January 5, 2015
[Avionics Today 01-05-2015] China's first domestically produced regional airliner, ARJ21-700, has achieved certification from the country's aviation authority after more than a decade of development. The 90-seat medium range regional jet was designed to compete with aircraft from manufacturers such as Embraer and Bombardier. However, it is highly unlikely that the ARJ21 will be competitive with either...
December 31, 2014
Three companies have signed a tripartite agreement on strategic partnership: state corporation Rostec, Italian industrial group Finmeccanica and the Rosneft oil company. Under the agreement, the HeliVert plant near Moscow, a joint enterprise between Finmeccanica’s AgustaWestland and Rostec’s Russian Helicopters, will begin producing medium commercial AW189 helicopters for Russia and the...
December 31, 2014
The FAA has released Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin (SAIB) SW-15-07, alerting owners and operators of specific Airbus Helicopters models to several reports of Shur-Lok nuts suffering loss of tightening torque. Airbus Helicopters uses the Shur-Lok nut as a retainer of the tail rotor...
December 31, 2014
On Dec. 16, the U.S. Navy and Northrop Grumman successfully flew an MQ-8C Fire Scout for the first time from the guided-missile destroyer, USS Jason Dunham, off the Virginia coast. After more than a year of land-based testing at Point Mugu, California, the MQ-8C Fire Scout grew its sea legs, making 22 takeoffs and 22 precision landings while operated from the ship's ground control station.  ...
December 31, 2014
QZ8501 flight path and search area. Photo: Wikipedia [Avionics Today 12-31-2014] The National Search and Rescue Agency (BASARNAS) Republic of Indonesia has confirmed the recovery of seven remains from the debris of the QZ8501 crash. The remains were transported to the military base in Pangkalan Bun, Borneo, according to a statement released by...
December 31, 2014
[Avionics Today 12-31-2014] Gulfstream Aerospace has received approval from the FAA to install the Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast Out (ADS-B Out) avionics system on the G150 aircraft. ADS-B Out installation for the G150 will include replacement of the aircraft’s existing transponders with DO-260B-compliant units...
December 31, 2014
[Avionics Today 12-31-2014] The Netherlands, Poland and Norway have decided to prepare negotiations with Airbus Defence & Space for the acquisition of a fleet of A330 MRTT multirole transport and air-to-air refueling aircraft. Bahrain International Airport. Photo: Bahrain International Airport The initiative...
December 31, 2014
[Avionics Today 12-31-2014] Canada has announced a ban on transporting lithium metal batteries as cargo on passenger flights in the country. This comes alongside a suite of amendments to Canada's Transport of Dangerous Goods Regulations (TDGR), including new labeling and Emergency Response Assistance Plan (ERAP) requirements for certain dangerous goods. In 2014, the International Civil...
December 31, 2014
Finnair aircraft on runway. Photo: RHL Images (Flickr) [Avionics Today 12-31-2014] Finnair has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Doric Asset Finance GmbH for the sale and leaseback of six ATR72...
December 31, 2014
[Avionics Today 12-31-14] Rohde & Schwarz has recently announced that its fully IP-based VCS-4G voice communications system has been delivered for integration into a third mobile tower in Indonesia. But this most recent development is just the tip of the iceberg for the scalable technology that aims to provide communication between Air Traffic Controllers (ATCs) and pilots. This year alone, the company...
December 30, 2014
On Dec. 23, the Texas Game Wardens unveiled their new Airbus AS350 B3e helicopter. The aircraft will enhance the department’s statewide law enforcement apparatus and assist with its search and rescue and disaster response efforts.   Photo by Chase Fountain, Texas Parks & Wildlife Department 2014 The new AS350 B3e is outfitted with the latest law enforcement technology and emergency response...
December 30, 2014
Russian Helicopters' new light multirole commercial Ansat with hydro-mechanical controls has received an additional certification from the Aviation Register of the Interstate Aviation Committee (IAC AR), authorizing it for commercial passenger transport operations. Commercial deliveries are due to start in 2015.   Photo courtesy Russian Helicopters This confirms that the Ansat meets aviation...
December 30, 2014
[Avionics Today 12-29-2014] A recently released report from the Canadian Government has opened the door to fighter jet competition. Adding to hot debate regarding the purchase of 65 F-35s by the Canadian government, the report finds that the F-35 Lighting Strike Fighter Jet may not have an advantage over other aircraft when it comes to flying missions most likely required by the country. F-35A rendering...
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