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December 10, 2015
[Avionics Today 12-10-2015] The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has released a new report analyzing regulatory control of funding for foundational and progressive initiatives within the FAA's NextGen airspace modernization program. According to the report, lawmakers have several key issues to consider upon confirming the FAA's next Reauthorization bill.     Alaska Airlines aircraft taking...
December 9, 2015
“We don’t have the luxury of not looking under every rock,” said CHC Group CFO Lee Eckhert Wednesday while explaining that the company is scrutinizing its entire operation amid an oil-market downturn that promises to be even more protracted than was envisioned just three months ago.    Eckhert and Karl...
December 9, 2015
The European Helicopter Safety Team has released a new risk assessment toolkit. Dubbed MARIA (for My Risk Assessment for Incidents and Accidents), it includes a methodology and a database system...
December 9, 2015
Safety investigators in Ireland are looking into a Dec. 6 incident in which a 15-year-old girl slipped from a strap and fell back into stormy Irish Sea waters during a Coast Guard hoist rescue. The country’s Air Accident Investigation Unit said...
December 9, 2015
[Avionics Today 12-09-2015] Kyocera has introduced three new Thin-Film-Transistor Liquid-Crystal Display (TFT-LCD) with Projected Capacitive (PCAP)...
December 9, 2015
[Avionics Today 12-09-2015] Abaco Systems, supplier of electronic systems for aerospace, defense and industrial applications, has separated from the General Electric Company (GE). GE Intelligent Platforms business unit is spinning off as...
December 9, 2015
Boeing’s first completed 787 MAX 8. Photo: Boeing [Avionics Today 12-09-2015] Boeing has completed final assembly of the first 737 MAX 8 aircraft. The production-complete airplane rolled out of the...
December 9, 2015
Royal Australian Air Force's Air Commodore Adam Brown, Air Vice-Marshal Leigh Gordon, AM, CSM and Lockheed Martin Australia representatives, Raydon Gates and Jon Rambeau sign the Australian Pilot Training System contract. Photo: Lockheed Martin [Avionics Today 12-09-2015] The Australian Department of Defense has awarded the AIR 5428 Pilot...
December 9, 2015
[Avionics Today 12-09-2015] Gogo CEO Michael Small is bullish about what the company’s new satellite-based connectivity offering will bring to the In-Flight Connectivity (IFC) market, including loosening bandwidth constraints and aftermarket domination. Hot on the heels of the FAA’s certification of the 2Ku technology and ahead of the offering’s rapidly approaching commercial launch set...
December 8, 2015
The Professional Aviation Maintenance Assn. is seeking board of director and regional director nominees in an effort to revitalize itself. The nomination deadline is Dec. 15. According to the Alexandria, Virginia-based organization, it has...
December 8, 2015
An MV-22B from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 764 lands at Ilha do Governador, Brazil, Nov. 17 during UNITAS Amphibious 2015. Photo courtesy of U.S. Marine Corps / Lance Cpl. Ricardo Davila Crews from the U.S. Marine Corps Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 764 stretched the MV-22’s legs on a...
December 8, 2015
Oil prices have hit lows not seen since the 2009 global financial crisis as investors await updates from two major offshore helicopter support firms. CHC Group was scheduled to post fiscal 2016 second-quarter results today after U.S. financial markets close. Early on Dec. 10...
December 8, 2015
[Avionics Today 12-8-2015] Virgin America Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Peter Hunt told analysts at the third annual Credit Suisse Industrials Conference that the airline expects to grow at roughly 10 percent annually through the end of the decade. The executive also said the California-based carrier will continue to invest in the Airbus A320, and eventually the A321, as the...
December 8, 2015
[Avionics Today 12-08-2015] Astronics Max-Viz has installed its newest Enhanced Vision System (EVS), the Max-Viz 1400, on five Beechcraft King Air aircraft for the South Eastern Section of the Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia. Photo: Royal Flying Doctor Service   "These enhanced vision systems are perfectly suited to the Royal Flying Doctor Service's...
December 8, 2015
Lockheed Martin FFS. Photo: Lockheed Martin [Avionics Today 12-08-2015] As part of a contract with Lockheed Martin Commercial Flight Training, Rockwell Collins’ integrated visual systems will be featured on two...
December 8, 2015
Aerosonde UAS. Photo: UAS [Avionics Today 12-08-2015] Aerosonde, a Melbourne-based strategic business of Textron Systems Unmanned Systems, has delivered a commercial variant of its Aerosonde Small Unmanned Aircraft System (SUAS) to the Taiwanese government as part of its typhoon research program.   The Aerosonde team delivered a complete system to the...
December 8, 2015
Rendering of Aireon satellite ADS-B coverage. Photo: Aireon  [Avionics Today 12-08-2015] Aireon has signed a data services agreement with Air Traffic and Navigation Services (ATNS), South Africa’s Air Navigation Service Provider (ANSP). Through the agreement, ATNS will have 100 percent air traffic surveillance of the Johannesburg Flight Information Region (FIR) and the Cape Town FIR, which cover...
December 7, 2015
Photo courtesy of Korean Aerospace Industries Ltd. / CC BY 2.0 South Korea's national forestry service has ordered a firefighting version of Korea Aerospace Industries Ltd.'s twin-engine utility Surion, the manufacturer said...
December 7, 2015
AgustaWestland owner Finmeccanica has rejected a Boeing bid to buy its U.K. helicopter unit, according to a Dec. 6 report by The Sunday Times. The London newspaper, citing industry sources, said the U.S. aerospace and defense...
December 7, 2015
Photo courtesy of NASA / James Blair A British Army helicopter pilot and a fellow rotary-wing aviator from the U.S. are scheduled to fly to the International Space Station next week for a nearly six-month tour of duty in low-Earth orbit.    European Space Agency crewmember Tim Peake will make his first spaceflight. NASA astronaut Tim Kopra served on the space station for two months in 2009. ...
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