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July 29, 2015
Qatar Airways aircraft. Photo: Qatar Airways [Avionics Today 07-29-2015] Qatar Airways has issued a statement from its headquarters in Doha, Qatar, to negate rumors that the airline is in talks to pursue a commercial stake in SpiceJet.    “There is no interest from the airline to engage in a...
July 29, 2015
[Avionics Today 07-29-2015] Northrop Grumman Chief Executive Officer Wesley Bush sees opportunity on the horizon in the military Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) market. The company announced its second quarter 2015 earnings earlier today, predicting likely budget constraints in the coming year created by the Budget Control Act and possible further sequestration in 2016. Despite upcoming funding gaps, Bush...
July 28, 2015
 The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) yesterday called on U.S. senators to reauthorize the Export-Import (Ex-Im) Bank by supporting an amendment to the highway bill that it will likely consider in a rare Sunday session. Since 2012, the Ex-Im Bank has provided loan guarantees of more than $1.9 billion to general aviation manufacturers, acting when commercial banks will not...
July 28, 2015
The 525 Relentless won’t be delivered to its first operators until 2017, Textron Chairman and CEO Scott Donnelly told financial analysts today in explaining the Bell Helicopter parent’s second-quarter earnings. The 525 first...
July 28, 2015
F/A 18 Super Hornet. Photo: Boeing [Avionics Today 07-28-2015] The U.S. Navy has awarded Harris Corporation a two-year, $29 million, full-rate production contract to provide key avionics components that will enhance targeting capabilities...
July 28, 2015
[Avionics Today 07-28-2015] The U.S. Air Force has awarded TASC, a subsidiary of Engility Holdings, a $67 million contract to provide Systems Engineering and Integration (SE&I) for GPS Directorate, the agency responsible for ensuring the space-based satellite navigation system is operational. The contract has a two-year base with...
July 28, 2015
Vietnam Airlines Boeing 787 Dreamliner, rendering. Photo: Boeing [Avionics Today 07-28-2015] Boeing and Vietnam Airlines have struck a five-year exclusive pilot-training agreement to support the Hanoi-based airline’s 787 Dreamliners. Under the agreement, Boeing Flight Services, a...
July 28, 2015
WestJet is launching wireless connectivity on its flight routes. Photo: WestJet [Avionics Today 07-28-2015] WestJet has started rolling out its new In-Flight Entertainment (IFE) system featuring wireless In-Flight Connectivity (IFC). Called WestJet Connect, the system will be activated on all of WestJet's Boeing 767ER aircraft and more than 30 percent of WestJet's Boeing...
July 28, 2015
The makers of Encyclopedia Britannica will now provide training management at PHI, Inc. The global helicopter transport provider purchased Fox—a Web-based, commercial-off-the-shelf software platform to manage training and scheduling—from Britannica...
July 27, 2015
[Avionics Today 07-27-2015] China’s Shandong Hairuo General Aviation has ordered six Cessna Skyhawk 172 aircraft. This is the second order of Skyhawks Shandong Hairuo General Aviation placed this year, the first being an order for two Cessna Skyhawks for training purposes in April. The new aircraft will...
July 27, 2015
Photo: Star Navigation [Avionics Today 07-27-2015] Star Navigation Systems Group has signed a framework agreement with an undisclosed avionics system manufacturer to...
July 27, 2015
[Avionics Today 07-27-2015] Brazilian Air Force Air Traffic Control (ATC) network has awarded Harris Corporation and CPqD, a private organization focused on information and communications technologies, a two-year contract...
July 27, 2015
China Eastern Airlines aircraft. Photo: Delta [Avionics Today 07-27-2015] China Eastern Airlines and Delta Air Lines have signed an agreement to expand their partnership and better connect Delta's global network with China Eastern, one of the leading airlines in China. The agreement will include a $450 million investment by Delta to acquire a...
July 27, 2015
Rockwell Collins connectivity segment looks to offset other market softness. Photo: Rockwell Collins [Avionics Today 07-27-2015] Rockwell Collins has tightened its 2015 full year forecast as a lacking commercial aftermarket and slowing business aviation programs pump the brakes on top line growth. In the company’s third quarter 2015 conference call on Friday, Rockwell Collins Chief Executive Officer...
July 27, 2015
Drug traffickers are now believed responsible for the June 5 emergency landing of a U.S. government helicopter along the U.S./Mexican border, according to the Free Beacon. The Airbus Helicopters...
July 27, 2015
Airbus Helicopters has achieved Factory Acceptance of HATS01, the first of fifteen helicopters of the H135 family (EC135 T2+) for the Helicopter Aircrew Training System (HATS) for the Australian Defence Force (ADF). Under the JP 9000 Phase 7 HATS project, a new joint helicopter training system for...
July 27, 2015
Andy Dunn, vice president of business development at Harris. Photo: Harris [Avionics Today 07-28-2015] Earlier this year, Harris bought Exelis in a deal worth almost $5 billion. This should lead to improvements in terms of what Harris can offer in Electronic Warfare (EW), a key target for the company. Andy Dunn, vice president of business development at Harris, told Avionics Magazine that, under the new...
July 24, 2015
[Avionics Today 07-23-2015] While the commercial airline world has an abundance of In-flight Connectivity (IFC) solutions and technologies available, IFC providers and manufacturers are still trying to find the sweet spot for aircraft connectivity in the lower end of the General Aviation (GA) market. During the 2015 Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) AirVenture show, spanning July 20-23...
July 24, 2015
[Avionics Today 07-24-2015] Northrop Grumman Corporation has set out a critical-enabling framework for fifth-generation Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR). The integrated framework has the opportunity to improve nearly every aspect...
July 24, 2015
Boeing and Japanese partners signing an agreement for 777X production. Photo: Boeing [Avionics Today 07-24-2015] Boeing and Japanese partners have signed a formal agreement for significant work on Boeing’s new 777X airplane. The agreement finalizes last year’s announcement by Boeing, Japan Aircraft Industries (JAI), and Japan Aircraft Development Corporation (JADC) of a Memorandum of Agreement...
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