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December 16, 2015
AgustaWestland’s No. 2 AW609 broke up in midair during high-speed tests in late October, R&WI has learned, and international accident and crime investigators are combing through data from telemetry, flight recorders, systems designs and wreckage for clues as to why.    Among other areas, investigators are working to ensure they understand the design and function of the software laws for...
December 16, 2015
The Arrius 2R. Photo by Philippe Stroppa, courtesy of Turbomeca Certification of the Bell 505 appears on target for 2016 following type certification of Bell Helicopter’s first Turbomeca engine. The French company recently received EASA approval of its Arrius 2R, a 504-shp turbine that reduces...
December 16, 2015
Aeromobile has launched an in-flight 3G network. Photo: Aeromobile  [Avionics Today 12-16-2015] AeroMobile, mobile network operator, in conjunction with Panasonic Avionics, has launched an in-flight 3G network. The...
December 16, 2015
Norwegian Air Shuttle Boeing 737-800. Photo: Norwegian Air Shuttle [Avionics Today 12-16-2015] The Norwegian Group has extended the Total Base Maintenance Support (TBS) contract with Lufthansa Technik for its Boeing 737-800 fleet. The Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) contract...
December 16, 2015
The 41 Eurocontrol member states met during the annual Provisional Council meeting. Photo: Eurocontrol [Avionics Today 12-16-2015] Eurocontrol member states have decided to extend Eurocontrol’s mandate to operate military Air Traffic Control (ATC) services in addition to the current civilian ATC services out of the agency’s Maastricht Upper Area Control Centre (MUAC). The extension pertains to...
December 16, 2015
The European Commission has adopted new rules for more stringent aircraft tracking. Photo: European Commission [Avionics Today 12-16-2015] The European Commission has adopted new rules for flight recorders, underwater locating devices and aircraft tracking systems, addressing the issues raised by the...
December 16, 2015
[Avionics Today 12-16-2015] The Aerospace Industry Association’s (AIA) year-end event in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday touted several of the year’s policy and industry accomplishments in the aerospace and defense arenas, but kept its focus on undertakings still necessary to bolster the industry going forward. Though U.S. aerospace manufacturers can look forward to expanding government budgets in...
December 16, 2015
State-owned aviation companies in Russia and China expect a contract by the middle of 2016 regarding their advanced heavy-lift helicopter (ALH) concept, rather than in 2015 as previously believed.   According to Sputnik...
December 15, 2015
Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), India’s state-owned aerospace company, plans to develop an indigenous turboshaft jet engine for 7,000-lb and 10,000- to 16,000-lb class helicopters, a move one official believes might help the country become a “global hub of aeronautical development.” Hindustan announced its plan...
December 15, 2015
Two former helicopter test pilots are among the team of astronauts that successfully docked today at the International Space Station. American astronaut Timothy Kopra, British astronaut Timothy Peake and Russian cosmonaut Yuri Ivanovich Malenchenko blasted off on a Soyuz rocket out of Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 5:03 p.m. local time. Despite trouble with the automatic rendezvous system, commander...
December 15, 2015
Waypoint Leasing has closed an agreement to provide multiple aircraft for offshore support services in Brazil by Omni Taxi Aereo, the Limerick, Ireland-headquartered lessor said. The deal is with...
December 14, 2015
The U.S. Air Force’s 801st Special Operations Aircraft Maintenance Squadron has been named this year’s winner of the Phoenix Award for Maintenance Excellence, which is presented annually to the military’s best field-level maintenance unit. The squadron’s mission is to...
December 14, 2015
Finmeccanica denied that it has received an offer from Boeing to buy AgustaWestland’s British unit and said that unit is not for sale, the...
December 14, 2015
The new FAA small-drone registration rule requires aircraft owners to pay $5 for the required paperwork.  That fee is required for registration of any aircraft (manned or unmanned), per FAA procedures and congressional guidance. “The fee is the same for registering a Cessna 172 or a Boeing 787,” U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said Monday in announcing the registration rule...
December 14, 2015
U.S. Air Force C-130H Hercules aircraft. Photo: Wikimedia [Avionics Today 12-14-2015] The U.S. Air Force has awarded Raytheon a $29.6 million contract to install MXF-626K Very High Frequency (VHF) communications systems on 178 C-130H Hercules aircraft. The upgrade ensures C-130 radios comply with...
December 14, 2015
The European Commission will be supporting the ATM Data as a Service (ADaaS) three-year project between Slovenia Control and EUROCONTROL’s Maastricht UAC (MUAC). Photo: Eurocontrol [Avionics Today 12-14-2015] The European Union’s Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) will be co-financing the $2.7 million ATM Data as a Service (ADaaS) three-year project between Slovenia Control and...
December 14, 2015
[Avionics Today 12-14-2015] International Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) company Strat Aero has acquired Aero Kinetics, the first company to file for FAA Type Certification for multi-rotor unmanned aircraft. The acquisition of Aero Kinetics is valued at $24...
December 14, 2015
Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive Akbar Al Baker receives an aircraft model from Mark Burns, president, Gulfstream. Photo: Gulfstream [Avionics Today 12-14-2015] Gulfstream Aerospace formally...
December 14, 2015
[Avionics Today 12-14-2015] In a move to reign in Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) as numbers flourish, Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary Anthony Foxx alongside FAA Deputy Administrator Michael G. Whitaker announced on Monday, Dec. 14, that all small UAS owners must register their aircraft no later than Feb. 19, 2016. The new rule pertains to UAS owners who had previously operated an unmanned...
December 14, 2015
[Avionics Today 12-15-2015] RDD Enterprises, an experimental aircraft research, design and development firm, has announced a major upgrade for Lancair IV and IV-P airframes. The conversion, carrying the LX7 moniker, replaces the original...
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