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March 25, 2015
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department has chosen Vector Aerospace to to perform a 7,500 hour major inspection (G check) and 12-year inspection on one of the department's three Airbus Helicopters AS332L1 Super Pumas. The inspection will also include...
March 25, 2015
Avionica, a satellite communications equipment manufacturer known for its multiple safety certifications for airliners, has installed its suite of mini-Quick Access Recorders (miniQAR) on more than 75 helicopters, and most are streaming data over the company’s 3G/4G cellular module.      Avionica miniQAR III installed on an EC635. Photo courtesy of...
March 25, 2015
On March 24, 2015, at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., officials from the International Paris Air Show said that a sizeable presence was expected from helicopter industry companies at this year’s event. Addressing the press were four officials from the French Aerospace Industries Association (GIFAS), which organizes the show, including: Emeric d’Arcimoles, chairman and chief...
March 25, 2015
[Avionics Today 03-25-2015] Details are emerging regarding the investigation on the Germanwings Airbus A320 passenger jet crash in a remote French Alpine region, although at this time nothing has been confirmed for an actual cause of the accident. Experts with the BEA, the French aviation investigative firm, have recovered the aircraft's cockpit voice recorder and are now searching for the Flight Data...
March 25, 2015
 Passengers in Belo Horizonte airport. Photo: BH airport [Avionics Today 03-25-2015] Ultra Electronics Airport Systems has been awarded a contract by Belo Horizonte International Airport in Brazil to deliver and integrate an Airport Management System (AMS). The software platform for real-time...
March 25, 2015
NATO’s Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) aircraft. Photo: Rockwell Collins [Avionics Today 03-25-2015] Boeing has completed the first test flight of a North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) aircraft with Rockwell Collins’ Flight2 integrated avionics system. The flight deck upgrade includes...
March 25, 2015
Tern UAS phase 2 artist rendering. Photo: DARPA [Avionics Today 03-25-2015] DARPA has awarded prime contracts for Phase 2 of Tern, a joint program between DARPA and the U.S. Navy’s Office of Naval Research (ONR). Tern aims to give forward-deployed small ships the ability to serve as mobile launch and recovery sites for medium-altitude, long-endurance Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS). The two prime...
March 25, 2015
[Avionics Today 03-25-2015] CAE has sold five Full-Flight Simulators (FFS) and simulator update services to customers in North America, Europe, Africa and Asia...
March 24, 2015
This month, at the 12th edition of the Dubai International Humanitarian Aid & Development Conference & Exhibition (DIHAD), Airbus Helicopters will discuss its commitment to international peacekeeping and humanitarian efforts. The company will emphasize its helicopter solutions that can provide air transport efficiency to...
March 24, 2015
The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Safety Committee has released its third annual list of Top Safety Focus Areas, highlighting two primary safety issues – loss of control in flight (LOCI) and runway excursions – which, according to the committee’s research, shows should be primary risk-mitigation targets for all operators. The committee also identified the following safety...
March 24, 2015
Northrop Grumman has selected the Wind River 653 Platform for its latest helicopter digitization avionics mission equipment package to be integrated onto the Black Hawk UH-60V helicopter. As a part of the Wind River product portfolio of safe and secure operating systems, VxWorks 653 is a commercial...
March 24, 2015
[Avionics Today 03-24-2015] In September 2014 ADS-B Technologies completed a 7,000 nautical mile (nm) public flight demonstration of its space-based Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) Link Augmentation System (ALAS). The system has been flying since 2010 and the September flight demonstration proved its ability to deliver a 1090 Extended Squitter (ES) or 978 MHz Universal Access Transceiver...
March 24, 2015
A Germanwings A320. Photo: Wikipedia [Avionics Today 03-24-2015] French officials believe that all 144 passengers and 6 crew on board a Germanwings flight en route to Dusseldorf, Germany have perished in a crash over the French...
March 24, 2015
[Avionics Today 03-24-2015] Innovative Solutions & Support (IS&S) completed the flight testing and customer delivery of its NextGen Flight Management System (FMS) on the Lockheed Martin C-130 military transport aircraft. The flight deck...
March 24, 2015
[Avionics Today 03-24-2015] The FAA made an announcement during last week's Equip 2020 working group meeting that rule-compliant DO-260B Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) equipment has been installed onboard 10,000 U.S.-registered aircraft. According to the agency's latest estimate, between...
March 24, 2015
[Avionics Today 03-24-2015] Santa Barbara, Calif.-based charter operator Silver Air is outfitting its entire fleet of business jets with Gogo Biz mobile broadband Internet. The Silver Air fleet currently features Wi-Fi on the Gulfstream GV, GIV...
March 24, 2015
[Avionics Today 03-24-2015] The U.S. Army will use the Ensco Avionics IGL and IData tool suite to develop its Ground Based Sense and Avoid Alert Display (GBSAA)...
March 23, 2015
Airbus Helicopters has initiated a month-long customer tour in Brazil of its H145. During visits to the cities of São Paulo, Curitiba, Brasília, Belo Horizonte and Rio de Janeiro, the H145 will be presented to civilian and offshore operators, along with governmental and military agencies.   Photo by Jay Miller, courtesy of Airbus Helicopters The H145 – previously known as the EC145...
March 23, 2015
Sikorsky’s newest commercial aircraft, the S-76D helicopter, arrived in Malaysia, beginning the Southeast Asia leg of its demonstration tour. The international demonstration began at the SkyPark Aviation Center in Subang, Malaysia, and was to be on display at the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition (LIMA) ‘15 until March 21. Sikorsky...
March 23, 2015
Hooman Yazhari has started with CHC Helicopter as general counsel and chief administrative officer. Mr. Yazhari is succeeding Michael O’Neill as general counsel. Mr. Yazhari has more than a decade of experience as an executive in the aviation sector, most recently as senior vice president and general counsel of International Lease Finance Corporation. He served in leadership roles at Gategroup, an...
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