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March 4, 2015
[Avionics Today 03-04-2015] Passengers all over the world are eager for airlines to make their Personal Electronic Devices (PED) even more personal while traversing the skies, according to Sita’s 2015 air transport industry insight report. The yearly report, entitled “The Future is Personal,” examines whether passenger expectations, airport infrastructure and airline business models...
March 4, 2015
A Sikorsky Blackhawk helicopter will be infused with more autonomous technology. Photo: Wikipedia [Avionics Today 03-04-2015] The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has awarded Sikorsky an $8 million contract for Phase 1 of the Aircrew Labor In-Cockpit Automation System (ALIAS) program. ALIAS aims to develop and insert new...
March 4, 2015
Sikorsky S-29 in the UK coastguard fleet. Photo: Rockwell Collins [Avionics Today 03-04-2015] Beginning in April, Bristow Helicopters will be beefing up Search and Rescue (SAR) operations in the United Kingdom alongside the Maritime and Coastguard Agency with its Sikorsky S-92 and AugustaWestland AW189 helicopter fleet. The...
March 4, 2015
NATS control tower at Heathrow airport. Photo: NATS [Avionics Today 03-04-2015] NATS and Lockheed Martin have entered a strategic partnership to help support NATS’ deployment of the next generation of Air Traffic Control...
March 4, 2015
Bahrain International Airport. Photo: Bahrain International Airport [Avionics Today 03-04-2015] Aireon and India’s Air Navigation Service Provider (ANSP), the Airports Authority of India (AAI), have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to collaborate on the potential deployment of Automatic Dependent...
March 4, 2015
A Honeywell flight management system. Photo: Honeywell [Avionics Today 03-04-2015] A recently released market report regarding Flight Management Systems (FMS) finds that NextGen will bolster growth in the industry going forward. The Research and Markets...
March 3, 2015
One of the cardinal rules of engineering says that anything made by man can be broken. And one of the cardinal rules of man is that when something is broken, you should try to fix it. But if it can’t be fixed, you’ll just have to get a brand new one. In the aviation world, virtually everything that makes a machine fly can break, so there must be ways to replace those items once they fail, or...
March 3, 2015
The Finnish army has now received 20 NH-90s, although availability rates have caused concern. Photo courtesy of NH Industries “We started our helicopter force from virtually zero, and we have faced a lot of challenges,” said Major General Abdul Wahab Wardak, commander of the Afghan Air Force (AAF) speaking on the second day of the International Military Helicopter conference in London (Jan...
March 3, 2015
The USDA Forest Service has awarded Latitude Technologies the contract to supply Operation Loads Monitoring Systems (OLMS) for deployment by the US Forest Service on government and contractor aircraft engaged in aerial...
March 3, 2015
Bell Helicopter is focusing on its V-280 third-generation tilt-rotor aircraft in light of the Army's aviation restructuring and its decision to use UH-72A Lakota helicopters in training. Company CEO John Garrison told reporters on Monday, though, he didn't agree with the Army's decision to go forward with its massive Aviation Restructure Initiative (ARI), the company is adjusting. "I was very...
March 3, 2015
Guidance Aviation has purchased their first Guimbal Cabri G2 airframe. The original purchase agreement was forged between Bruno Guimbal and John Stonecipher, CEO, Guidance Aviation at Heli-Expo 2014 pending the FAA's issuance of the U.S. Standard Category Airworthiness Certificate. The confirmation comes the same...
March 3, 2015
AgustaWestland's AW609 TiltRotor program has achieved key milestones, the company announced on March 2 at HAI Heli-Expo, and is initiating the production phase in anticipation of the first customer deliveries. The company has expanded the AW609 TiltRotor program to include the AgustaWestland Philadelphia, Pa. facility through its designation as the first final assembly line for the only civil...
March 3, 2015
[Avionics Today 03-03-2015] The Pro Line Fusion is one of the most popular integrated avionics platforms in fixed wing airframes. Now, Rockwell Collins is bringing the system to the commercial helicopter market, displaying a flyable mock version with prototype software at Heli-Expo 2015 in Orlando, Fla. This transfer requires development of the system to handle a wider range of missions than it currently...
March 3, 2015
Satcom Direct’s FlightDeck Freedom Datalink service. Photo: Satcom Direct [Avionics Today 03-03-2015] Satcom Direct’s FlightDeck Freedom data link service now enables Future Air Navigation System (FANS) testing to troubleshoot or validate FANS capabilities and crew...
March 3, 2015
Sikorsky has extended its iFly Sikorsky iPad application to include support for S-76D helicopters. The app replicates common performance calculations outlined in helicopter model-specific flight manuals. Photo: PRNewswire [Avionics Today 03-03-2015] Sikorsky is expanding its iFly Sikorsky  iPad application to include support for...
March 3, 2015
China Eastern Airlines aircraft in flight. The airline took hits from yen depreciation in 2014. Photo: Wikimedia [Avionics Today 03-03-2015] A recent report on the China air transport and airport...
March 3, 2015
[Avionics Today 03-03-2015] The Whitcraft Group has signed a 10-year, $234 million contract to supply parts and assemblies to Pratt & Whitney for the next generation PurePower Geared Turbofan (GTF) engine family. Whitcraft is the latest...
March 3, 2015
Bombardier CS300 in flight. Photo: Bombardier [Avionics Today 03-03-2015] Bombardier’s CSeries aircraft program reached a major milestone with the maiden flight of the CS300 airliner on Friday. The...
March 2, 2015
DJI S-900 with DJI A2 Flight Controller. Photo by Mark Colborn Small unmanned aerial systems (sUAS) stole the show at the Consumer Electronics Show Jan. 6-9 in Las Vegas, Nev. Who would guess that small consumer drones would create such a buzz? But apparently it was the event to attend. Left: Author’s hobby drone: a DJI F550 hexacopter with 2-axis gyro-stabilized GoPro Hero 3 camera. Center: DJI NAZA...
March 2, 2015
Bob Stenberg When money is tight—which, if we’re being honest with ourselves, is almost universally the case in this industry—aerospace buyers focus inward on cost centers rather than outward on the cutting edge. And with the latest drop in oil prices and U.S. defense spending, rotorcraft operators may forgo the next best ride and instead look for subtler ways to extend the life of their...
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