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September 30, 2014
Diagram of ADS-B airspace. Photo: FAA [Avionics Today 09-30-2014] Exelis, as the prime contractor responsible for the FAA execution of the Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) program, reports it is delivering surveillance coverage requirements on budget and on schedule. However, despite the terms of the original contract...
September 30, 2014
Jeppessen’s FliteDeck Pro displayed on a tablet. Photo: Jeppesen [Avionics Today 09-30-2014] Widerøe, a regional carrier of Scandinavia, recently gained authorization for paperless flight operations...
September 29, 2014
The first group of third-year students at the Syzran campus of the Zhukovsky and Gagarin Air Force Academy's Military Training Centre have completed training on new Ansat-U helicopters designed and built at Kazan Helicopters, a Russian Helicopters company (a subsidiary of Oboronprom, part of State Corporation Rostec). Previously Ansat-U helicopters were undergoing operation testing, and students were...
September 29, 2014
Australian company One Atmosphere hopes to have its Pegasus Aircraft Buoyancy System (ABS) certificated for use on civil helicopters within 12 to 18 months. Pegasus is a lightweight, bolt-on/bolt-off buoyancy system that inflates automatically when the helicopter impacts water. It can quickly float an aircraft up to 10 tons in weight from a depth of 10 meters and keep it afloat for four hours. The system...
September 29, 2014
Six unmanned aerial system (UAS) motion picture companies recently convinced the FAA that they could safely film TV and movie scenes with drones. The FAA granted numerous exemptions to Part 21 and 91 regulations. Airworthiness certification processes were waived and an “on-demand” maintenance schedule was accepted. Each company was required to submit both a detailed Motion Picture and...
September 29, 2014
Phones and tablets can now stay connected throughout flight on European airlines. Photo: EASA [Avionics Today 09-29-2014] The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has announced that it will now allow Portable Electronic Devices (PEDs) to remain on and connected throughout nearly all phases of flight on commercial...
September 29, 2014
Lockheed Martin’s Lightning II aircraft. Photo: Wikipedia [Avionics Today 09-29-2014] The Republic of Korea finalized its formal selection of the Pratt & Whitney-powered F-35A Lightning II aircraft for its F-X fighter acquisition program, announcing its intent to sign the Letter of Offer...
September 29, 2014
Coptersafety's AW139 full flight simulator (FFS) has received EASA Level D certification from the Finnish CAA (Trafi) and is...
September 29, 2014
Lockheed Martin Chairman, President and CEO Marillyn Hewson. Photo: Lockheed Martin [Avionics Today 09-29-2014] Lockheed Martin Chairman, President and CEO Marillyn Hewson shared her vision for the future in a speech to 500 of the aerospace and defense manufacturer’s engineering, technical and scientific professionals on Wednesday. In her speech, Hewson outlined the company’s technology...
September 29, 2014
Indra headquarters in Madrid, Spain. Photo: Indra [Avionics Today 09-29-2014] Indra, an Air Traffic Management (ATM) systems provider based in Spain, has signed a $22 million contract with Brazilian airport infrastructure company Infraero to install 24 radio navigation Doppler VHF Omni Radio / Distance Measuring Equipment (DVOR/DME) stations...
September 29, 2014
ATM conference stresses technology to compensate for rising air traffic in Asia-Pacific. Photo: Boeing [Avionics Today 09-29-2014] Air Traffic Management (ATM) professionals from North and South America, Europe, Russia, Africa, Middle East, Asia Pacific and China met in Beijing at the Air Traffic Control (ATC) Global Exhibition and Conference last week. The event was organized with full backing from...
September 29, 2014
[Avionics Today 09-29-2014] The FAA is working with its Air Traffic Controllers (ATC) and technicians to restore normal flight operations in and out of Chicago-area airports following an incident that occurred at the Chicago Air Route Traffic Control Center (ZAU) in Aurora, Ill. Authorities have confirmed that an FAA contractor reportedly set a fire in the basement of the regional ATC center leading to...
September 26, 2014
[Avionics Today 09-26-2014] The last 10 years have seen dramatic economic growth for Latin America, Mexico and the Caribbean. Flourishing in tandem with the rise in industry and business is, of course, the need for business jets. ┬áCabin of Embraer Legacy 500 business jet. Photo: Embraer “There is certainly an improvement in the Latin American business jet market. Recent sales results have produced a...
September 26, 2014
FAA Headquarters in Washington, D.C. Photo: Matthew Bisanz via Wikipedia Avionics Today 09-26-2014] The Global Gateway Alliance, a nonprofit created in 2012 to address airport infrastructure challenges at the New York metropolitan area, is calling for the FAA to set on a hard deadline for NextGen completion. Global Gateway Alliance Chairman Joe Sitt and Executive Director Stephen Sigmund made a...
September 26, 2014
Airbus A320neo and crew after first flight. Photo: Airbus [Avionics Today 09-26-2014] The maiden flight of the A320neo, the first of its model to fly, has landed back at Toulouse-Blagnac Airport in France after successfully completing its first flight, which lasted around two and a half hours. The A320neo, powered by Pratt & Whitney PW1100G-JM engines, lifted off from Blagnac at...
September 26, 2014
Two trainees with First Secretary Enock Aroni of the Kenyan High Commission. Photo: Marketwired [Avionics Today 09-26-2014] ING Robotic Aviation is conducting a 10-day maintenance course for East Africa-based Keymerging Technologies on the Responder, a small rotary wing...
September 26, 2014
The Bombardier CS300 in flight. Photo: Bombardier [Avionics Today 09-26-2014] Bombardier has announced that a wholly owned affiliate of Macquarie AirFinance...
September 26, 2014
The FAA has granted the use of commercial UAS on TV and movie sets. Photo: Wikipedia [Avionics Today 09-26-2014] The United States Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced the department has granted regulatory exemptions to six aerial photo and video production companies, the first step to allowing the film and television industry the use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) in the National Airspace...
September 25, 2014
MD Helicopters owner Lynn Tilton has been awarded the 2014 Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Achievement Award. It was presented in recognition of her entrepreneurial dedication to American industry through her company, Patriarch Partners. Only those who have participated in...
September 25, 2014
At a ‘sundown ceremony’ on August 28, the U.S. Marine Corps officially retired its UH-1N fleet after over 40 years of service. The ceremony was held at the Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base, New Orleans. The honor of presenting the aircraft during the ceremony was given to Marine Light Attack Squadron 773, Detachment A, Marine Aircraft Group (MAG) 49. Manufactured by...
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