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January 14, 2016
[Avionics Today 01-14-2016] The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has released its 2016 Most Wanted list of transportation safety improvements. Throughout the list, the agency focused on how the use of technology can be increased, reduced or used in different ways than it currently is being used to improve different areas of transportation.  Here are the five items from this year's list that...
January 13, 2016
Video courtesy of Tech. Sgt. Michael Davis / DVIDS   The asymmetric advantages that Army aviation offers to U.S. military operations around the world is the focus of a one-day event that the Assn. of the U.S. Army (AUSA) will convene in Washington, D.C.’s suburbs tomorrow.   The “Army Aviation Hot Topic”...
January 13, 2016
Indonesia’s government plans to develop six helicopter landing sites among the 110 islands that make up the nation’s Seribu Islands regency and to acquire a helicopter to serve it in emergencies, according to media reports there...
January 13, 2016
January 22 is the deadline for high school and college students to submit aircraft design proposals for the American Helicopter Society International’s fourth annual micro air vehicle design challenge.   Up to $10,000 will be awarded to winners at the 72nd Annual Forum and Technology Display May 17 to 19 in West Palm Beach, Florida. The competition is...
January 13, 2016
[Avionics Today 01-12-2016] Airbus President and CEO Fabrice Bregier discussed some ambitious plans for the French airframe manufacturer moving forward in 2016 and beyond at the company's annual press conference Tuesday. Among them, Airbus has set a delivery target of 650 aircraft and staggered production rate increases for the A320, which will be fueled by reliance on a strong global supply chain and an...
January 12, 2016
Aharon Marmarosh, director, Israel Ministry of Defense Mission in New York, leaves a commemorative message on F-35A aircraft AS-1, Israel's first F-35 "Adir" aircraft, at the Lockheed Martin F-35 production facility in Fort Worth, Texas. Lockheed Martin Photo by Beth Steel [Avionics Today 01-12-2016]  Lockheed Martin and Israeli...
January 12, 2016
Canada’s AirbusC295W. Photo: Airbus [Avionics Today 01-12-2016] Airbus Defence and Space and Provincial Aerospace have established the AirPro SAR Services (AirPro), a joint venture that, upon contract award, will be...
January 12, 2016
STG Aerospace next generation saf-Tglo SuperSeal UltraLite (SSUL) photoluminescent floorpath lighting. Photo: STG Aerospace [Avionics Today 01-12-2016] Icelandair will equip its 767 aircraft with STG Aerospace next generation saf-Tglo...
January 12, 2016
[Avionics Today 01-12-2016] Lumexis Corporation is leveraging next generation hardware and software technology in their Fiber-To-The-Screen (FTTS) Gen-4 and iPAX In-Flight Entertainment (IFE)...
January 12, 2016
Photo courtesy of the U.S. Navy / Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Peter Lewis The U.S. Navy wants proposals by mid-February from industry partners interested in investigating how fasteners might be turned into “smart” devices for detecting cracking in airframe structural joints.    Fatigue cracking in aircraft structures often originates in holes drilled for fasteners to hold...
January 12, 2016
The United Arab Emirates' helideck and helipad regulations have prompted at least one company to form in the hopes of capitalizing on that region’s growing need for aviation expertise.   The regulatory framework introduced by the UAE’s General Civil Aviation Authority...
January 12, 2016
Photo courtesy of All Metal MS Robinson helicopter owners and operators now have the option of purchasing a maintenance stand by Las Vegas-based All Metal MS. The company Monday announced...
January 12, 2016
[Avionics Today 01-12-2016] A new report from the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) Office of Inspector General (OIG) recommends the FAA develop new guidance and standards to ensure airline pilots are not overly reliant on aircraft avionics flight control automation systems. The report speaks to concerns many aviation experts have raised over the last decade as avionics capabilities have evolved...
January 12, 2016
[Avionics Today 01-13-2016] MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates (MDA) has signed a contract amendment for $2.1 million with Canada's Department of National Defense to provide upgrades to the ground systems supporting the...
January 12, 2016
Airbus A380. Photo: Airbus [Avionics Today 01-13-2016] Airbus delivered 635 aircraft in 2015, exceeding its targets and hitting a new company record. The deliveries include: 491 A320 family aircraft; 103 A330s; 27 A380s; and 14 A350...
January 12, 2016
Vietnam Airlines airplane. Photo: Airbus [Avionics Today 01-13-2016] Japan’s All Nippon Airways (ANA) group will acquire an 8.8 percent stake worth $108 billion in Vietnam Airlines. The partnership will also provide for the ANA Group and Vietnam Airlines to take advantage of the increasing demand for air...
January 12, 2016
Daher’s TBM 900 aircraft. Photo: Daher [Avionics Today 01-13-2016] The airplane business unit of Daher, an equipment supplier developing integrated industrial systems for aerospace, delivered a total of 55 TBM 900s in...
January 11, 2016
Advocates for less stringent U.S. regulation of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) might be losing the struggle for public opinion, if newspaper editorials since registration went into effect are any indication.  Newspapers large and small have said the risks small drones pose to other aircraft, to the privacy of people on the ground and to national security justify the FAA’s registration...
January 11, 2016
  Idaho officials want to use a helicopter in the investigation of a 43% drop in the elk population in the Frank Church of No Return Wilderness. Photo courtesy of Kaibob National Forest / CC BY-SA 2.0   Allowing a helicopter to fly in a protected Idaho wilderness area is a rare but necessary exception to congressional restrictions against such flights, according to a senior U.S. Forest Service...
January 11, 2016
Afghanistan’s defense ministry is working on a five-year development plan for the country’s air force, according to an Afghanistan news report.    The Khaama Press news agency quoted Afghanistan’s acting defense minister...
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