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December 3, 2015
General Dynamics will support U.S. Air Force’s NORAD and PACAF communications. Photo: General Dynamics [Avionics Today 12-03-2015] General Dynamics Information Technology has been awarded a contract to support the U.S. Air Force Air Defense Communications Service 3 program. The single-award, task order contract...
December 3, 2015
Photo by Anthony Pecchi, courtesy of Airbus Helicopters Airbus Helicopters’ 11-ton H225 has become the first foreign “heavy-class” helicopter certified by Russia’s...
December 2, 2015
U.S. Coast Guard MH-65s in Florida and Washington state were hit in flight by laser beams Nov. 30, according to various news sources. At about 8:30 p.m. local time, the crew of an Airbus Helicopters Dolphin reported being targeted by a laser from the ground while flying near...
December 2, 2015
Videos from mobile phones and airport security cameras show an AS350 B3e pilot making three failed attempts to land on a movable helipad Nov. 18 before crashing on the fourth try, killing himself and a passenger, according to a new NTSB report. The preliminary report, which is subject to change, cites video recordings from the mobile devices of witnesses at McClellan-Palomar Airport in Carlsbad...
December 2, 2015
As offshore operators wean themselves from the weakened oil and gas market, Abu Dhabi Aviation is pressing on with diversification into fixed-wing operations, maintenance and consulting in aviation and other fields, according to a report by London’s Daily Telegraph. The United Arab Emirates operator...
December 2, 2015
Saab 340 aircraft for which Thomas Global Systems will deliver TFD 8601 cockpit display replacements. Photo: Wikipedia [Avionics Today 12-02-2015] Thomas Global Systems has signed an agreement with Saab AB in relation to Thomas...
December 2, 2015
The Stalker XE and K-MAX operated in collaboration with a prototype UAS Traffic Management (UTM) system, which provides essential capabilities to enable safe UAS operations. Photo: Lockheed Martin [Avionics Today 12-02-2015] On Nov. 18, Lockheed Martin demonstrated its ability to integrate Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) operations into the National...
December 2, 2015
Newly certified A320neo variant jetliner. Photo: Airbus [Avionics Today 12-02-2015] The FAA and EASA have jointly awarded Type...
December 2, 2015
[Avionics Today 12-02-2015] An Air New Zealand Boeing a 777-200ER aircraft has been approved for 330-minute Extended Operations (ETOPS). Air New Zealand Chief Flight Operations and Safety Officer Captain David Morgan says the 330-minute extended operations gives the airline more flexibility for direct...
December 2, 2015
[Avionics Today 12-02-2015] Top executives from major U.S. airlines made their case for Air Traffic Control (ATC) reform on Tuesday, Dec. 1, pushing for a user-funded model that would run similarly to those of the United Kingdom, Germany, and Canada. CEOs from American Airlines, Alaska Air Group, JetBlue, Atlas Air, Southwest Airlines, and FedEx Express — members of the Airlines for America (A4A)...
December 1, 2015
A small drone’s accidental threat to people on the ground was the only hazard considered by a U.S. task force that recommended registration procedures for such aircraft.  The Transportation Dept. task force on Nov. 21 said all unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) weighing between about 0.55 lb and 55 lb should be registered with the FAA. That range covers maximum takeoff weight, including the drone...
December 1, 2015
Petty Officer 1st Class Daryk Brekke, an aviation maintenance technician at Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point, offloads toys from a MH-65 at Oahu’s Kalaeloa Airport Nov. 29 as part of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve’s Toys for Tots program. Photo by Petter Officer 2nd Class Tara Molle, U.S. Coast Guard The U.S. Coast Guard in Hawaii is partnering with the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve to...
December 1, 2015
Japan is arranging to give subsidies to communities around a planned U.S. air base on Okinawa that is the subject of longstanding protests, Stars & Stripes reported. The U.S. military newspaper said subsidies are common for communities on the island of 1.4 million. The island is also home to the largest share of U.S. forces...
December 1, 2015
The U.S. Air Force is employing new virtual training tech to prepare pilots for the F-35. Photo: Lockheed Martin [Avionics Today 12-01-2015] As the U.S. Air Force prepares for initial F-35 Lightning II operations, pilots are rehearsing missions with new simulators delivered by Lockheed Martin. Pilots are now training with...
December 1, 2015
Boeing’s final C-17 Globemaster III taking off. Photo: Boeing [Avionics Today 12-01-2015] The final Boeing C-17 Globemaster III military airlifter at the company’s plant in Long...
December 1, 2015
Bombardier will collaborate with Globalparts.aero to expand part support for Learjet 20, 30 and 50 aircraft. Photo: Globalparts.aero [Avionics Today 12-01-2015] Bombardier Business Aircraft and...
December 1, 2015
Amazon Prime Air’s new hybrid prototype. Photo: Amazon [Avionics Today 12-01-2015] Amazon Prime Air has unveiled its latest design for the online retailer’s delivery Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) prototype. Two years after announcing its intentions to deliver packages to customers in “30 minutes or...
December 1, 2015
[Avionics Today 12-1-2015] New research from a Canadian aeronautical science university has provided the avionics industry with an open source reusable mathematical formula that provides the replicable calculations of an Airbus A320 Flight Management System (FMS) to provide the most optimal air speed to use while in cruise flight mode. In a soon-to-be-published study by the American Institute of...
November 30, 2015
Maxcraft Avionics has received FAA validation of its Transport Canada supplemental type certificate for installation of the...
November 30, 2015
The first woman to complete U.S. Air Force undergraduate flight training and the first African-American woman to earn naval aviator wings from the U.S. Navy are among this year’s inductees into the Women in Aviation, International Pioneer Hall of Fame. Also selected for induction March 12 during the group’s annual convention in Nashville, Tennessee, is a retired Air Force four-star general...
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