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July 23, 2015
[Avionics Today 07-23-2015] Garmin and Jeppesen are broadening the Garmin Connext ecosystem compatibility to include Jeppesen Mobile FliteDeck. With compatible Garmin avionics, customers can wirelessly receive Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) weather and...
July 22, 2015
Photo: Rockwell Collins [Avionics Today 07-22-2015] The U.S. Navy is supporting greater levels of software reuse through a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with Rockwell Collins for Required Navigation Performance-Area Navigation (RNP-RNAV) Flight Management System (FMS). The CRADA between...
July 22, 2015
[Avionics Today 07-22-2015] Boeing is completing the first tests of military Ka-band service available through the Inmarsat-5 F2 commercial communications satellite, part of Inmarsat’s Global Xpress network. The demonstrations to securely transmit high-data-rate information have involved 10 major U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) customer groups on fast-moving platforms and with users at multiple...
July 22, 2015
Avidyne IFD540 FMS/GPS/NAV/COMs flight management system. Photo: Avidyne [Avionics Today 07-22-2015] Avidyne Corporation, a provider of integrated avionics and safety systems for General Aviation (GA) aircraft, has released a new Software Developer Kit (SDK) that allows third-party developers to create applications for smartphones and portable tablet devices using the wireless data streams coming out of the...
July 22, 2015
[Avionics Today 07-22-2015] Market analysis firm Avascent has released a report that finds the global market for commercial avionics equipment is set to grow at a 3 percent Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) through 2020. A reported $20 billion will be spent on avionics systems for fixed-wing commercial aircraft in...
July 22, 2015
United Technologies Corporation CEO Gregory Hayes. Photo: UTC [Avionics Today 07-22-2015] After reporting a $9 billion sale of its Sikorsky Aircraft unit to Lockheed Martin earlier this week, United Technologies Corporation (UTC) Chief Executive Officer Gregory Hayes sat down with analysts and journalists yesterday to speak instead on the company's less-than-impressive second quarter performance. The...
July 21, 2015
The decision to sell Sikorsky Aircraft rather than spin it off as a standalone company came down to simple math, United Technologies Corp. President/CEO Gregory Hayes told financial analysts today. Talks about the manufacturer’s disposition had been underway for nearly a year before yesterday’s announcement of its sale to Lockheed Martin for $9 billion. Speculation was that UTC’s tax bill on...
July 21, 2015
[Avionics Today 07-21-2015] Boeing released a new forecast showing continued strong demand for commercial airline pilots and maintenance technicians as the world's airlines add 38,000 airplanes to the global fleet over the next 20 years. Boeing's 2015 Pilot and Technician Outlook projects that between 2015 and 2034, the world will require 558,000 new commercial airline pilots and 609,000 maintenance...
July 21, 2015
[Avionics Today 07-21-2015] The FAA has awarded ATCorp a Multiple Award Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract to provide specialized engineering and technical labor resources to support the FAA's Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) and other FAA...
July 21, 2015
Photo: UTC [Avionics Today 07-21-2015] Following the company’s announcement to sell Sikorsky Aviation to Lockheed Martin for $9 billion, United Technologies Corp. (UTC) reported lackluster second quarter earnings. Sales of $16.3 billion decreased by 5 percent, reflecting the impact of adverse foreign exchange and absence of the prior year Sikorsky Canadian Maritime Helicopter Program adjustment...
July 21, 2015
Aspen Avionics Lynx NGT-9000. Photo: Aspen Avionics [Avionics Today 07-21-2015] Aspen Avionics and L-3 have announced an agreement to offer an Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) compliant integrated system that includes the Aspen primary and multi-function displays and L-3’s Lynx NGT-9000 MultiLink Surveillance...
July 20, 2015
Expect Lockheed Martin to spend the next six months or so sorting out what needs to be fixed at Sikorsky Aircraft versus what needs to be sustained there. The $46-billion aerospace and defense company said today it has struck a deal to buy Sikorsky from United Technologies for $9 billion (higher than pundits’ valuation of $8 billion). The companies said the deal should close late this year or in...
July 20, 2015
Airbus A330 in flight, the last to receive EASA ROPS approval. Photo: Airbus [Avionics Today 07-20-2015] Airbus has achieved European Aviation Safety Administration (EASA) certification of its innovative Runway Overrun Prevention System (ROPS) technology on A330 family aircraft. ROPS is an on-board cockpit alerting...
July 20, 2015
[Avionics Today 07-20-2015] Northrop Grumman demonstrated in recent test flights that the U.S. Air Force's Open Mission Systems (OMS) architecture standards can be successfully integrated across multiple systems and platforms. Due to the success of these flights, new capabilities can now be integrated rapidly and...
July 20, 2015
S-76D Sikorsky helicopter. Photo: Sikorsky Photo by Ned Dawson [Avionics Today 07-20-2015] Lockheed Martin is set to acquire helicopter-manufacturer Sikorsky Aircraft from United Technologies Corp. (UTC) at $9 billion — a price effectively reduced to approximately $7.1 billion, after taking into account tax benefits resulting from the transaction. The acquisition is subject to...
July 20, 2015
Beechcraft King Air 250 at the Experimental Aircraft Association AirVenture in Oshkosh where it is making its North American debut. Photo: Textron [Avionics Today 07-20-2015] The FAA has awarded Beechcraft type certification for the latest version of its new production Beechcraft King Air 250 turboprop fitted...
July 20, 2015
[Avionics Today 07-20-2015] Sikorsky's S-97 Raider development and flight testing team is preparing for the second flight of its next generation aircraft, the multi-mission S-97 Raider helicopter, expected to occur next month. The helicopter features a unique integration of mature technologies based on the X2 Demonstrator, along with a technological breakthrough in the networked distributed Integrated...
July 17, 2015
The Maricopa County. Ariz. Sheriff’s Office has added a second helicopter to its fleet, this one honoring a deputy killed in the line of duty. The newly delivered Bell Helicopter 407GX bears the tail number N977MS, which includes the badge number of Deputy William Coleman. On Jan. 8, 2012, Coleman was shot below his...
July 17, 2015
[Avionics Today 07-17-2015] Duncan Aviation has joined the Robotic Skies network of service centers optimized to provide certification, maintenance and repair for the emerging commercial unmanned aircraft fleet. Duncan...
July 17, 2015
[Avionics Today 07-17-2015] ForeFlight has teamed up with Garmin to provide connectivity with Garmin avionics, broadening the flight planning, in-flight and connectivity capabilities available to pilots. When connected to Garmin Flight Stream, pilots...
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