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October 29, 2014
Airbus Defense and Space and DCNS have signed a cooperation agreement to develop a ship-based helicopter UAS capability. This technological partnership will help to speed up the market release of the TANAN vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) tactical helicopter UAS, as it takes into account the naval sector’s requirements and the aircraft’s efficient integration onto all types of armed...
October 29, 2014
[Avionics Today 10-29-2014] FlightAware unveiled several upgrades to its popular web-based flight tracking system at the 2014 National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) convention and exhibition last week. In addition to these upgrades, the flight tracking service provider has moved beyond its core online aircraft flight tracking system with a global Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B)...
October 29, 2014
Thales Searchmaster radar system. Photo: Thales [Avionics Today 10-29-2014] Thales’ new Searchmaster radar system promises to be a multirole surveillance radar with the ability to meet all the surveillance requirements of five mission types: anti-surface warfare, anti-submarine warfare, maritime...
October 29, 2014
 Insitu ScanEagle2 UAS. Photo: Insitu [Avionics Today 10-29-2014] Insitu has announced the newest version of its ScanEagle Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS), the ScanEagle 2. The latest version of the UAS promises to provide...
October 29, 2014
ICAO headquarters. Photo: Doug (flickr) [Avionics Today 10-29-2014] The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has released a statement condemning the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine earlier this year. The 36 State Council of the ICAO, along with Minister of Transport for Malaysia Dato’ Sri Liow Tiong Lai and a high-level...
October 29, 2014
Aquila will provide systems upgrade and training to modernize UK ATM. Photo: Aquila [Avionics Today 10-29-2014] Aquila, a joint venture between NATS and Thales has signed a contract to deliver Marshall, the U.K. Ministry of Defense (MOD) program designed to modernize terminal Air...
October 29, 2014
[Avionics Today 10-29-2014] Safran and Max Aerospace signed an agreement last week in Dehli, India to create the joint venture Max Aero Engines Private Limited...
October 28, 2014
CHC Helicopter has had its longstanding contract with Total E&P UK renewed by an additional seven years with options for a further two years. The new agreement will run from November 2015. CHC operates two Sikorsky S-92 and two...
October 28, 2014
All British and United States Marine Corps (USMC) troops have now left the Camp Bastion – Leatherneck operating base in Helmand Province, Afghanistan and handed over to the 215 Corps of the Afghan National Army (ANA). A joint force of helicopters and aircraft made the final transfer of personnel to Kandahar on Monday, October 27 after the...
October 28, 2014
Two North American sheriff aviation departments have purchased Bell 407GXs from Bell Helicopter. One of the aircraft was purchased by the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office in Arizona, and the other by the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s department in California. The two sheriff...
October 28, 2014
Vector's CAN bus data logger. Photo: Vector [Avionics Today 10–28-2014] Airbus, in need of a unique device for cabin test activities on their A350 XWB test aircraft, asked Vector to build a mobile Controller Area Network (CAN) bus data logger. In February 2014, the German software developer completed its first test trial of its GL1020FTE data logger analyzing CAN data bus communications onboard the...
October 28, 2014
ING Robotics' Serenity UAV. Photo: ING Robotics [Avionics Today 10-28-2014] Canada-based company ING Robotic Aviation has launched the next version of its Serenity fixed-wing Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS), equipped with a wide area rapid mapping capability. The Serenity 1.1 UAS, an extended range and long endurance platform, has a customized commercial...
October 28, 2014
F-35 Lighting II aircraft. Photo: Wikipedia [Avionics Today 10-28-2014] The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) and Lockheed Martin have reached an agreement in principle for the production of 43 F-35 Lightning II aircraft. Officials anticipate the Low-Rate Initial Production lot 8 (LRIP 8) contract to be finalized in the coming weeks. The contract is for fiscal year 2014 with deliveries...
October 28, 2014
E-2D Advanced Hawkeye. Photo: Northrop Grumman [Avionics Today 10-28-2014] The U.S. Navy has declared Initial Operational Capability (IOC) for the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye aircraft. This newest variant of the E-2...
October 28, 2014
MDA will provide UAV ISR services to the Australian Air Force over Afghanistan. Photo: MDA [Avionics Today 10-28-2014] MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates (MDA) has been awarded a $35 million...
October 28, 2014
[Avionics Today 10-28-2014] At the Maritime and Arctic Security and Safety (MASS) conference, in St. John's, NL, Airbus Defense and Space and Provincial Aerospace (PAL) reached a 20-year...
October 27, 2014
DynCorp employee working with aviation support. Photo: Wikipedia [Avionics Today 10-27-2014] DynCorp International has been awarded a contract from the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) to provide aircraft maintenance and logistics...
October 27, 2014
FAA headquarters in Washington, D.C. Photo: Matthew Bisanz via Wikipedia [Avionics Today 10-27-2014] U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx recently awarded $10.2 million in FAA grants to six airports around the country. The grants aim to reduce emissions and improve air quality through the FAA’s Voluntary Airport Low Emission (VALE) program. The six airports include: Albuquerque International...
October 27, 2014
The KC-390 airlift. Photo: Embraer [Avionics Today 10-27-2014] Embraer has rolled out the first prototype of the KC-390 military transport aircraft from the production hangar at the industrial plant of Gavião Peixoto, Brazil. The KC-390 is a joint...
October 27, 2014
Civil UAS in flight. Photo: Wikipedia [Avionics Today 10-27-2014] Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) will conduct a project to define the standards for enabling Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) operations within a controlled airspace while maintaining appropriate safety margins. The project will also address low-level...
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