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August 27, 2014
An Air China A330 flight. Photo: Allen Watkin [Avionics Today 08-27-2014] One of the world’s largest airlines, Air China, predicts it will save around $8 million a year in fuel costs, thanks to payload and live weather update technology from air transport IT specialist, SITA. Following extensive trials on its international...
August 27, 2014
Qatar Airways’ freshly painted Airbus A350 XWB on the factory lines in Toulouse, France. Photo: Qatar Airways. [Avionics Today 08-27-2014] Qatar Airways, the launch customer of the Airbus A350 Xtra Wide Body (XWB) aircraft is set to receive its first delivery before the...
August 27, 2014
[Avionics Today 08-27-2014] Ryan Hartman's appointment as the chief executive for Insitu comes at a time when the commercial Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) market is rapidly growing with new lucrative opportunities. Insitu recently obtained a restricted type certification to start flying commercial surveillance operations with its Scan Eagle in Alaska, while also performing sense and avoid testing and...
August 26, 2014
The New Zealand Helicopter Association (NZHA) has launched a new initiative designed to further improve flight safety after the country’s helicopter accident rate has plateaued. NZHA chief executive officer John Sinclair notes that the country’s helicopter accident is very good – at around 20 accidents each year – but that figure has plateaued over the last 14 years. The latest...
August 26, 2014
The August edition of the United Kingdom’s Air Accident Investigation Branch (AAIB) bulletin included a correction to its report on EC155 B1 (OY-HJJ) which had a loss of control in the North Sea, November 6, 2013. The summary of the incident from the AAIB is as follows: “Shortly after takeoff from an off-shore platform at night, the...
August 26, 2014
Helicopter operator PHI has achieved Level 4 (the highest level) of the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) voluntary Safety Management System (SMS) pilot program.  PHI has used an integrated SMS for over a decade which enabled it to enter the...
August 26, 2014
Nineteen of Australia's Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) field inspectors were trained by Mornington Sanford Aviation on theoretical...
August 26, 2014
Aerolite recently received an FAA Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) has been awarded to aircraft interior solutions company Aerolite America (a subsidiary of Aerolite Max Bucher) for its...
August 26, 2014
The Air Medical Transport Conference (AMTC) is less than a month away and is being staged at the Music City Center, Nashville, Tenn., from September 22 to 24. Keynote speakers include Bruce Crandall on Monday, September 22. Candall was the first winner of the Helicopter Heroism Award presented by the Aviation/Space Writers Association for two daring nighttime landings under fire to rescue 12 badly wounded...
August 26, 2014
A Northrop Grumman RQ-4 Global Hawk. Photo: Wikipedia [Avionics Today 08-26-2014] With several test flights this summer, the U.S. Air Force believes its RQ-4 Global Hawk Wide Area Surveillance Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) proved its ability to operate with an expanded variety of intelligence exploitation ground stations and collect mission data in more places. The RQ-4 Global...
August 26, 2014
WSI Pilotbrief Optima. Photo: WSI [Avionics Today 08-26-2014] WSI Corporation, a weather data company, and Berry Aviation, a business charter airline, recently announced their continued partnership. BAI performs specialty...
August 26, 2014
Beechraft delivering the T-6C+ aircraft to the Mexican Navy. Photo: Beechcraft [Avionics Today 08-26-2014] Beechcraft, a subsidiary of Textron Aviation, announced the delivery of two T-6C+ military trainers and one King Air 350ER to the Mexican Navy (SEMAR for its name in Spanish). In addition to the aircraft, both contracts with SEMAR include...
August 26, 2014
A Norwegian Airlines Flight. Photo: Airnews [Avionics Today 08-26-2014] Norwegian Air International (NAI) filed its reply to the United States Department of Transportation's (DOT) notice of Aug. 4 requesting comments on the meeting between the U.S. government and the European Commission...
August 26, 2014
[Avionics Today 08-26-2014] Star Navigation Systems Group has signed a Cooperation Framework Agreement (CFA) with Chengdu Spaceon Technology. Spaceon is an aerospace research and product development corporation in China, offering in...
August 26, 2014
[Avionics Today 08-26-2014] Aeromexico has been announced as the launch customer for Gogo's latest In-flight Connectivity (IFC) technology, 2Ku. According to Gogo, the Mexican airline will add 2Ku to at least 20 of its Boeing 737 passenger fleet.     Aeromexico Boeing 737. Photo: Boeing   First introduced in April 2014, 2Ku uses the same low-profile antennas as Gogo's Ground-to-Orbit (GTO)...
August 25, 2014
After more than two weeks on the ground, the Omaha Police Department's Air Support Unit is flying again. Flights had been suspended on Aug. 10 when a routine inspection discovered a serious problem with one of its Bell 206B Jet Rangers.  "We examined one of the fuel filters in the helicopter and saw some...
August 25, 2014
An F-35B aircraft. Photo: Lockheed Martin [Avionics Today 08-25-2014] The Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program is maturing steadily after a number of flight-test milestones achieved in August, including weapons separation, software compatibility and flight hours.   On its...
August 25, 2014
 A Boeing 787 Max 8. Photo: Boeing [Avionics Today 08-25-2014] BOC Aviation placed an order valued at $8.8 billion for 50 Boeing 737 MAX 8s, 30 Next-Generation 737-800s and two 777-300ERs (Extended Range). The order is the largest in BOC Aviation's 20-year history and...
August 25, 2014
A Cathay Pacific Airways cargo flight. Photo: Cathay Pacific Airways [Avionics Today 08-25-2014] Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific Airways and Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) recently announced the...
August 25, 2014
An Air Canada flight. Photo: Air Canada [Avionics Today 08-25-2014] Air Canada has released its third corporate sustainability report, which evaluates the airline’s 2013 performance in safety, environment, employee well-being, and company community involvement. The Montreal-based airline’s third annual report, “Citizens of the...
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