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June 29, 2015
[Avionics Today 06-29-2015] United Airlines and Azul Brazilian Airlines today announced a new strategic partnership in which United will acquire an approximate 5 percent stake in Azul, Brazil's third-largest airline, paving the way for the carriers to cooperate on a range of customer benefits...
June 29, 2015
[Avionics Today 06-29-2015] Single European Sky ATM Research (SESAR) members  recently completed the first phase of a validation exercise at Paris – Charles de Gaulle Airport aimed at improving the safety for vehicles operating on airport runways. Conducted by the SESAR European Airports Consortium (SEAC), together with its partners DSNA and Eurocontrol, the exercise validated the use of an...
June 29, 2015
[Avionics Today 06-29-2015] Cirrus Aircraft announced a partnership with the Saint Louis University's Parks College of Engineering, Aviation, and Technology to add SR20 trainer aircraft to its flight training fleet. The delivery of these new airplanes marks the latest selection of SR-series Cirrus aircraft to provide a technologically advanced, easy-to-fly modern...
June 29, 2015
[Avionics Today 06-29-2015] The aeronautical industry needs to be bolder, and start embracing the possibility of failures or risk associated with new technologies before they reach the market, says Tom Enders, CEO of Airbus Group. During his keynote speech at the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Aviation 2015 conference, the Airbus chief executive outlined several initiatives that...
June 26, 2015
Two unmanned aircraft flying near California firefighting aircraft in closed airspace June 24 “could’ve killed everybody in the air,” a U.S. Forest Service official told a press conference called to highlight the incident. Forest Aviation Officer Mike Eaton, a tactical air supervisor, said a red or orange fixed-wing drone...
June 26, 2015
Longtime FAA executive Jay Pardee, who pioneered the agency’s shift from reactive to proactive and predictive safety initiatives over the last 20 years, died suddenly June 12. “Many of us at the FAA are policy people,” one Pardee colleague and friend said. “Jay lived and breathed safety his entire career.” That 44-year career included helping in the mid-1990s to...
June 26, 2015
A new program has been created to help FAA employees feel "comfortable coming forward with safety concerns,” according to U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. The Safety Review Process (SRP), an 18-month pilot program initiated on June 25 by...
June 26, 2015
[Avionics Today 06-26-2015] Aviation services provider Erickson Inc., has contracted with Chilcott to provide flight currency training for the Fuerza Aerea Uruguaya (FAU), Uruguayan Air Force helicopter pilots. Under the...
June 26, 2015
Littelfuse TVS HR diodes. Photo: Littelfuse [Avionics Today 06-26-2015] Littelfuse has introduced six new series of Transient Voltage Suppression (TVS) diodes that are up-screened for use in aerospace applications. The 5KP/15KPA/30KPA-HR and...
June 26, 2015
ExelAire Falcon 900EX EASy II. Photo: ExelAire [Avionics Today 06-26-2015] Greg Brinkman has been named president of ExcelAire, a private jet charter and management company headquartered at MacArthur...
June 26, 2015
[Avionics Today 06-26-2015] The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the International Transport Forum (ITF) have established a new agreement to engage in joint research and events as well as exchanges of information and staff.   Building on existing cooperative programs to better...
June 26, 2015
[Avionics Today 06-26-2015] NASA has green-lit efforts to study six transformative projects that aim to bolster our understanding of new technological capabilities within the realm of aviation. The six ideas were chosen from a total pool of 17  proposals from industry experts and range from environmentally friendly electric propulsion, to technology that may expand autonomy for Unmanned Aircraft...
June 25, 2015
Era Group has opened a new 35-acre super base in Houma, La., composed of a passenger terminal and climate-controlled hangar, which will house more than 30 aircraft and facilitate approximately 15,000 passengers per month traveling to and from offshore oil and gas...
June 25, 2015
Icelandic airport. Photo: Isavia [Avionics Today 06-25-2015] Aireon has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Icelandic Air Navigation Service Provider (ANSP), Isavia to explore the implementation of space-based Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) surveillance over the Reykjavik Flight Information Region (FIR) and the Reykjavik Oceanic Control Area (OCA). Isavia is...
June 25, 2015
[Avionics Today 06-25-2015] The United Kingdom’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) is looking to cut the number of serious airspace infringements at six of the highest risk air traffic zones in the U.K by as much as 50 percent over the next 12 months. Working teams, made up of local pilots, airport operators, air traffic controllers and CAA representatives, in each of the hotspots, have agreed on...
June 25, 2015
Boeing 747-8 aircraft being loaded with cargo. Photo: Boeing [Avionics Today 06-25-2015] Boeing has confirmed that, beginning March 2016, the manufacturer will reduce the 747-8 production rate from 1.3 airplanes per month to one per month. “The market drives our production rate and we adjust accordingly to keep...
June 25, 2015
C-17 training at Altus Air Force Base, Okla. Photo: Boeing [Avionics Today 06-25-2015] Boeing has delivered the 28th C-17 Globemaster III aircrew training simulator to the U.S. Air Force, completing the services’ goal of a national system for C-17 training. Boeing completed the first of these centers in 1992 at Charleston Air Force Base, Charleston, S.C., including one aircrew simulator...
June 25, 2015
July 9 is the deadline for submitting comments on the Public Safety Aviation Accreditation Commission (PSAAC) draft standards on airborne search and rescue (SAR). Interested parties can download the draft standards at...
June 25, 2015
“The bottom line is the autorotation remains a necessary skill” and all helicopter pilots need to maintain mastery of it, the head of Flight Operations for AgustaWestland Philadelphia told a recent briefing for 50 pilots and operators organized by the FAA Safety Team. The executive, Patrick McKernan, was one of...
June 25, 2015
[Avionics Today 06-25-2015] Under a new draft Advisory Circular (AC), the FAA has proposed a set of requirements for airspace users to create an Airborne Network Security Program (ANSP). The AC lays out "an acceptable means" for operators to obtain operational approval for securing the onboard computer networks of certified aircraft.          Air to ground aircraft...
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