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August 15, 2014
Russian Helicopters has added a certified a Brazilian service center to its expanding network worldwide that also includes South Korea, Canada and Spain. Run by Helipark Taxi Aereo e Manutencao Aeronautica, Brazil, this move is aimed at assisting the expansion of the Ka-32 type in Latin American.  Helipark has operated its own Ka-32A11BC since 2012. it is used primarily for external cargo sling loads...
August 15, 2014
South Africa’s Minister of Environmental Affairs, Edna Molewa, announced in August that the World Wildlife Fund - South Africa (WWF-SA) was preparing for its 10th annual translocation of breeding population of black rhinos to more secure areas to help safeguard and hopefully increase numbers. Helicopters have been used in previous years by WWF-SA to assist in the capture and relocation of black...
August 14, 2014
UPS Airlines (N288UP) MD-11F climbs just after taking off at Sydney. Airport Flight. Photo: Wikipedia [Avionics Today 08-14-2014] One year after the fatal crash of United Parcel Service (UPS) flight 1354, UPS pilots are calling for an end to the exclusion of all-cargo airline operators from FAR Part 117 — the new pilot rest and operating rules Congress enacted to mitigate pilot fatigue. While Part 117...
August 14, 2014
Photo: Wikipedia [Avionics Today 08-14-2014] Elbit Systems, an Israel-based defense and electronics company, will supply an undisclosed Latin American country with...
August 14, 2014
Northrop Grumman Offices. Photo: Northrop Grumman [Avionics Today 08-14-2014] United States Air Force Weather (AFW) awarded Northrop Grumman an Indefinite Deliver, Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract valued at $300 million. The contract promises AFW continued help...
August 14, 2014
Stock Photo [Avionics Today 8-14-2014] Dover Air Force Base awarded Versar a $98.3 million firm, fixed-price task order to repair the runway at the Delaware base. This task order was awarded under...
August 14, 2014
A Saudi Airlines Flight. Photo: Fasal Akram Ether (Flickr) [Avionics Today 08-14-14] Saudi Airlines has applied a Business Intelligence (BI) solution with Microsoft to analyze, visualize and share data in a unified way. The solution...
August 14, 2014
[Avionics Today 08-14-2014] August marks the first year of operations for Wheels Up — a first year that saw the New York-based private aviation company sign up 575 new members, raise $75 million in equity and reach more than 40 flights in a single day. Now, the company is on track to reach 1,200 members and more than 40 business jets by the end of 2014, with a planned expansion to Europe coming in...
August 13, 2014
A helicopter tour of Manhattan is a must-do activity for many visitors to New York City. But residents who live along the Hudson River, which runs between New Jersey and the most scenic parts of the city, are renewing their decades-long attempt to bring a halt to such tours. Citing noise from low-flying helicopters as reducing their quality of life, citizens who live and work near the Hudson are receiving...
August 13, 2014
PHI, Inc. has achieved the highest level, Level 4, of the Federal Aviation Administration’s voluntary Safety Management System (SMS) pilot program. The SMS program is quickly becoming a standard in the industry, being recognized by the Joint Planning and Development Office (JPDO), International...
August 13, 2014
Australian aviation regulator, the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) has responded to the Australian Helicopter Industry Association’s (AHIA) criticisms of the proposed Part 61 (flight crew licensing) regulations, accusing the AHIA of being “wide of the mark” in a number of its claims. The new regulations are designed to bring Australia’s rules in line with International Civil...
August 13, 2014
Today's announcement that the U.S. Army Aviation Technology Directorate (AATD) has selected both the Boeing/Sikorsky partnership and Bell Helicopter to move forward and build their versions of the high speed Joint Multi Role Technology Demonstrator (JMR TD) comes as no surprise. It does leave question marks over the other...
August 13, 2014
A Gulfstream 280 Flight Photo: Gulfstream [Avionics Today 08-13-2014] Gulfstream opened this year’s Latin American Business Aviation Exhibition & Conference (LABACE) by noting “remarkable growth” in the region’s bizjet market. The business jet manufacturer opened the conference by announcing its fleet in Latin America has grown by nearly 70 percent since 2009. The company has...
August 13, 2014
Engineered Propulsion Systems Vision 350. Photo: Diesel Technology Forum [Avionics Today 08-13-2014] Allen Schaeffer, executive director of the Diesel Technology Forum, believes the general aviation industry in the United States appears to be reaching a new diesel evolution phase...
August 13, 2014
A Boeing Maritime Surveillance Plane. Photo: Boeing [Avionics Today 08-13-2014] Boeing is set to begin offering global customers the Enhanced Medium Altitude Reconnaissance and Surveillance System Risk Reduction Prototype (ERRP) now that the tactical surveillance aircraft has received Supplemental...
August 13, 2014
Los Angeles International Airport. Photo: Google Images [Avionics Today 08-13-2014] NICE Systems and AECOM Technology Corporation will help Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) extend its situation management capabilities from the control room to the field. The airport deployed the NICE Situator Enterprise Geographical Information...
August 13, 2014
Dessault Falcon 2 in Flight. Photo: Dessault [Avionics Today 08-13-2014] The Dassault Aircraft Services branch in Sorocaba, Brazil, will undergo a major expansion in the coming months in order to better accommodate the demands of domestic and other South American customers. The expansion will add 10,000 square feet...
August 13, 2014
[Avionics Today 08-13-2014] The FAA announced operational status for the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University's Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) testing site. Virginia is the last of the agency's six UAS testing sites nationwide to achieve operational status.      Aeryon's Sky Ranger UAS will be used at the Virginia Tech testing site. Photo: Aeryon   Virginia's testing...
August 12, 2014
Australian helicopter charter operator Air Melbourne has launched a Heli-Express service linking Melbourne’s general aviation airport, Moorabbin Airport (MBW), with the central business district and the city’s international airport. The company operates three twin-engine, eight-seat AgustaWestland AW109s seven days a week. The flight between Moorabbin and...
August 12, 2014
The U.S. National Park Service has put a policy memorandum into effect that prohibits the use of unmanned aircraft in all of the country’s national parks. Following noise, nuisance and safety complaints from park visitors and staff, NPS enacted a policy requiring UAV operators to obtain special permission to use any kind of unmanned aircraft in the parks. Jeffrey Olson, spokesman for the National...
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