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July 31, 2015
RQ-21A Blackjack UAS. Photo: Navair [Avionics Today 07-31-2015] Insitu has signed a contract to build six RQ-21A Blackjack systems for the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps. The $78-million Small Tactical Unmanned Aircraft Systems (STUAS) Lot IV Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP)...
July 31, 2015
Mayor Mick Cornett, Commissioner Brian Maughan, President of Boeing Global Services and Support Leanne Caret, Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin and Boeing Oklahoma City Site Director Jeb Boatman pushed an E-6B aircraft throttle forward symbolizing the groundbreaking of the new facility. Photo: Boeing [Avionics Today...
July 31, 2015
At ALEA 2015, the Airborne Law Enforcement Association honored aviation units for making safe use of night vision goggles. Six units were recognized for successfully implementing NVGs within their programs for a number of years. Those awardees included EMS operator Boston MedFlight and...
July 31, 2015
[Avionics Today 07-31-2015] Second quarter 2105 earnings for both biz jet giants, Bombardier and Embraer, have turned up troubled revenues despite an uptick in aircraft sales. Bombardier has been sailing rough seas for the last few months, announcing a “pause” to its Learjet 85 program alongside scale backs in Global 5000 and 6000 production and massive company restructuring. Additionally, the...
July 30, 2015
The FAA expects to propose rule changes this year intended to clear obstacles to certification of helicopter autopilots, flight directors and synthesized power indicators. The Rotorcraft Directorate got FAA Headquarters’ approval in December to issue a notice of proposed rulemaking seeking public comment on proposed changes to Federal...
July 30, 2015
Japan’s order for 150 military versions of Bell Helicopter’s 412EPI could boost commercial sales of that twin-engine helicopter, according to the manufacturer’s CEO. Bell and its Japanese...
July 30, 2015
Airbus Helicopters has delivered the first H135 configured for offshore hoisting duties to Germany-based operator HTM Travel Munich GmbH. The H135 fulfills all requirements for offshore missions, with equipment that...
July 30, 2015
Investigators remove debris that may belong to the missing MH 370. Photo: blog-peuravion.fr [Avionics Today 07-30-2015] Possible wreckage from missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 may have washed ashore on the island of Reunion, a French territory in the Indian Ocean just off the coast of Madagascar. The aircraft carrying 239 people...
July 30, 2015
Learjet 60 cockpit, rendering. Photo: Bombardier [Avionics Today 07-30-2015] Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) company Butler National Corporation’s subsidiary Avcon Industries has received FAA approval to install the Rockwell Collins AHC-3000A Attitude...
July 30, 2015
[Avionics Today 07-30-2015] Teledyne has reported second quarter 2015 sales of $577.7 million, compared with sales of $597.1 million for the second quarter of 2014, a decrease of 3.2 percent. The company reported a net income of $48.3 million for the second quarter 2015, a 13.9 percent decrease when compared to the same...
July 30, 2015
Amazon’s rendering of a segregated UAS airspace. Photo: Amazon [Avionics Today 07-30-2015] Boeing and the U.S. Navy have presented the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) with the first EA-18G Growler, equipping the county with advanced Airborne Electronic Attack (AEA) capability. Australia is the first country other than the U.S. to obtain this...
July 30, 2015
[Avionics Today 07-30-2015] Amazon has proposed a new plan for integration of low-altitude small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) into the National Airspace System (NAS) that the company believes will limit incidents with manned aircraft. Earlier this week at NASA’s UAS Traffic Management (UTM) Convention in California, the company revealed plans that involve creating a separate segment of airspace...
July 29, 2015
The FAA is joining the campaign to keep drones from jeopardizing aerial firefighting operations. A July 29 statement from the aviation agency reiterates the "If you fly, we don't" message spread by the U.S. Forest Service, the California Department of Forestry and Fire...
July 29, 2015
Rotorcraft certification rules and procedures are antiquated and cannot keep pace with technological advances. That is the view of top executives at helicopter operators, rotorcraft manufacturers, avionics and equipment makers and modification shops.   To explain current efforts to fix those shortcomings and ensure its readers’ concerns are addressed in those efforts, Rotor & Wing...
July 29, 2015
Robinson Helicopter has reconfigured its R66 Turbine Police Helicopter to include a streamlined instrument panel and options that include Genesys Aerosystems’ HeliSAS autopilot. Other options include Garmin’s GTN 650/750 navigators, Technisonic’s TDFM 9000 radio (with single...
July 29, 2015
[Avionics Today 07-29-2015] Cobham Communications and Connectivity has opened a new facility in Singapore with the aim to drive further growth of business activities across the Asia Pacific market. The new...
July 29, 2015
A SunExpress Boeing 737 aircraft. Photo: Wikipedia [Avionics Today 07-29-2015] Honeywell Aerospace has signed a contract with Turkish airline SunExpress to supply cockpit technologies for its first delivery of newly purchased Boeing 737-800 airplanes. Honeywell will provide...
July 29, 2015
Spirit Aerosystems Boeing 737 airframes in a facility. Photo: Spirit Aerosystems [Avionics Today 07-29-2015] Spirit AeroSystems reported second quarter financial results driven by positive operating performance of mature programs. Spirit's second quarter 2015 revenues were $1.7 billion, down 6 percent compared to the same period of 2014...
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...
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