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March 5, 2015
Embraer saw fairly flat revenues in 2014. Photo: Wikipedia [Avionics Today 03-05-2015] Embraer saw fairly flat revenues in its 2014 earnings report at just under a 1 percent bump over 2013 earnings. The $6.3...
March 5, 2015
[Avionics Today 03-06-2015] Gogo is gearing up for the United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to authorize the sale of Air-to-Ground (ATG) mobile broadband in the 14 – 14.5 Ghz range on a secondary license basis, an auction that could ultimately bring more than just spectrum to their business. Speaking at the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media and Telecom Conference Wednesday...
March 4, 2015
Last month, the Department of Defense (DoD) released its Fiscal Year 2016 (FY16) Presidential Budget request which came in at $534.3 billion, divided accordingly: Army $126.5 billion; Navy $161 billion; and Air Force $153.9 billion. Procurement is allocated a 20 percent share of the budget at $107.7 billion. Among the objectives is the rebalancing toward the Asia-Pacific region, although security and...
March 4, 2015
You’re sitting in the hangar “fat, dumb and happy,” as my boss used to say, when you hear the sound that sends chills through your entire body every single time. It’s that terrified cry for back-up coming over the radio that signals something is so wrong, the officer on the other end can’t even pretend to be calm. Within minutes, you’re en route with the collective...
March 4, 2015
Bell Helicopter has announced the sale of 15 Bell 407GX airframes to the Mexican Air Force (FAM) with deliveries to begin this year. The aircraft will be configured for a variety of parapublic missions. As the primary aircraft operating branch of the Mexican Armed Forces, the FAM covers the entire country, with 18 military air bases located across...
March 4, 2015
The North American CEOs of two helicopter contractors told Rotor & Wing they believe the Army's controversial Aviation Restructure Initiative (ARI) is here to stay. "It seems like, considering the actions the Army's taking, that it's a done deal," AgustaWestland North America CEO Robert LaBelle said Monday here on the eve of the Helicopter Association International's (HAI) Heli-Expo show...
March 4, 2015
On Tuesday, March 3 at HAI Heli-Expo 2015, Robinson Helicopter President Kurt Robinson declared 2014 a successful year for the company. Though overall production and decreased from 523 helicopters in 2013 to 329 helicopters in 2014, Robinson believes that this was due in part to the company catching up on the back line of R66 Turbine airframes it had been trying to fulfill; and in part due to worldwide...
March 4, 2015
At HAI Heli-Expo yesterday, Sikorsky held a recognition ceremony for Bristow Helicopters Ltd., highlighting the upcoming launch of the company's UK search and rescue contract. Bristow Helicopters was awarded the 10-year UK SAR contract in March 2013, with services starting on April 1, 2015, on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA). Bristow's SAR fleet will feature 11 EASA-certified Sikorsky...
March 4, 2015
[Avionics Today 03-04-2015] Passengers all over the world are eager for airlines to make their Personal Electronic Devices (PED) even more personal while traversing the skies, according to Sita’s 2015 air transport industry insight report. The yearly report, entitled “The Future is Personal,” examines whether passenger expectations, airport infrastructure and airline business models...
March 4, 2015
A Sikorsky Blackhawk helicopter will be infused with more autonomous technology. Photo: Wikipedia [Avionics Today 03-04-2015] The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has awarded Sikorsky an $8 million contract for Phase 1 of the Aircrew Labor In-Cockpit Automation System (ALIAS) program. ALIAS aims to develop and insert new...
March 4, 2015
Sikorsky S-29 in the UK coastguard fleet. Photo: Rockwell Collins [Avionics Today 03-04-2015] Beginning in April, Bristow Helicopters will be beefing up Search and Rescue (SAR) operations in the United Kingdom alongside the Maritime and Coastguard Agency with its Sikorsky S-92 and AugustaWestland AW189 helicopter fleet. The...
March 4, 2015
NATS control tower at Heathrow airport. Photo: NATS [Avionics Today 03-04-2015] NATS and Lockheed Martin have entered a strategic partnership to help support NATS’ deployment of the next generation of Air Traffic Control...
March 4, 2015
Bahrain International Airport. Photo: Bahrain International Airport [Avionics Today 03-04-2015] Aireon and India’s Air Navigation Service Provider (ANSP), the Airports Authority of India (AAI), have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to collaborate on the potential deployment of Automatic Dependent...
March 4, 2015
A Honeywell flight management system. Photo: Honeywell [Avionics Today 03-04-2015] A recently released market report regarding Flight Management Systems (FMS) finds that NextGen will bolster growth in the industry going forward. The Research and Markets...
March 3, 2015
One of the cardinal rules of engineering says that anything made by man can be broken. And one of the cardinal rules of man is that when something is broken, you should try to fix it. But if it can’t be fixed, you’ll just have to get a brand new one. In the aviation world, virtually everything that makes a machine fly can break, so there must be ways to replace those items once they fail, or...
March 3, 2015
The Finnish army has now received 20 NH-90s, although availability rates have caused concern. Photo courtesy of NH Industries “We started our helicopter force from virtually zero, and we have faced a lot of challenges,” said Major General Abdul Wahab Wardak, commander of the Afghan Air Force (AAF) speaking on the second day of the International Military Helicopter conference in London (Jan...
March 3, 2015
The USDA Forest Service has awarded Latitude Technologies the contract to supply Operation Loads Monitoring Systems (OLMS) for deployment by the US Forest Service on government and contractor aircraft engaged in aerial...
March 3, 2015
Bell Helicopter is focusing on its V-280 third-generation tilt-rotor aircraft in light of the Army's aviation restructuring and its decision to use UH-72A Lakota helicopters in training. Company CEO John Garrison told reporters on Monday, though, he didn't agree with the Army's decision to go forward with its massive Aviation Restructure Initiative (ARI), the company is adjusting. "I was very...
March 3, 2015
Guidance Aviation has purchased their first Guimbal Cabri G2 airframe. The original purchase agreement was forged between Bruno Guimbal and John Stonecipher, CEO, Guidance Aviation at Heli-Expo 2014 pending the FAA's issuance of the U.S. Standard Category Airworthiness Certificate. The confirmation comes the same...
March 3, 2015
AgustaWestland's AW609 TiltRotor program has achieved key milestones, the company announced on March 2 at HAI Heli-Expo, and is initiating the production phase in anticipation of the first customer deliveries. The company has expanded the AW609 TiltRotor program to include the AgustaWestland Philadelphia, Pa. facility through its designation as the first final assembly line for the only civil...
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