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July 15, 2014
[Avionics Today July 15, 2014] Malaysian carrier Air Asia has signed an agreement for a $12 billion order of 50 Airbus A330neo passenger jets at the Farnborough Airshow. The order comes just...
July 14, 2014
Bell AH-1Z Super Cobra in action. Photo courtesy of Bell Helicopter The U.S. Marine Corps has awarded Elbit Systems of America (ESA) two contracts worth a total of $14.1 million for equipment connected...
July 14, 2014
Shell Australia has launched a dedicated search and rescue (SAR) helicopter service to support the booming offshore oil and gas industry off the coast of North West Australia. The SAR service is believed to be the first of its kind dedicated to the country’s offshore resources sector. Initially an Airbus Helicopters EC225 is based at Broome International Airport in Western Australia for operation...
July 14, 2014
During an exclusive interview heading into the Farnborough International Airshow, Sikorsky President Mick Maurer told Rotor & Wing that speed, autonomy and intelligence are the factors that Sikorsky is driving forward to meet its military and civilian customer needs. Recent wins including the U.S. Air Force’s Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR) program (112 aircraft), the VXX Presidential helicopter...
July 14, 2014
[Aviation Today July 14, 2014] Airbus breathed new life into one of its oldest airframes at the 2014 Farnborough Airshow, with the launch of the A330neo (new engine option) passenger jet. The new aircraft will be powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines, and will be 14 percent more fuel efficient than the airframe manufacturer's existing family of original engine option A330s.   Left to...
July 14, 2014
[Aviation Today July 14, 2014] U.K.-based low cost carrier Monarch Airlines is finalizing terms on a $3 billion order for 30 Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft at the Farnborough International Airshow. Monarch is looking to "structure its future fleet around the 737 MAX,"...
July 14, 2014
[Avionics Today July 14, 2014] L-3 Aviation Recorders' (L-3 AR) Automated Flight Information and Reporting System (AFIRS) 228S has achieved certification for the Airbus A320 family of...
July 14, 2014
[Aviation Today July 14, 2014] Brazilian airframe manufacturer Embraer unveiled a full-sized version of the cabin for its next generation E2 regional passenger aircraft. The cabin was jointly designed by Embraer and U.K.-based design firm Priestmangoode. Among the design features...
July 14, 2014
[Aviation Today July 14, 2014] Cessna completed the first trans-Atlantic flight with its newly certified Citation X+ business jet. En route to the Farnborough Airshow, the trip lasted five hours and 33 minutes and spanned 2,788 nautical miles between the Cessna factory in Wichita, Kan., and the company's facility at Paris Le Bourget airport prior to making the trip to TAG Farnborough Airport. During the...
July 11, 2014
Russian Helicopters Mi-171 in flight. Photo courtesy of Russian Helicopters Russian Helicopters is breaking further into the Middle Eastern market by supplying the Kazakhstan Emergencies Ministry and Kazakhstan Border Service with Mi-171s for use in border patrol, search and rescue missions, as well as personnel and cargo...
July 11, 2014
Hurst, Texas-based Textron division Bell Helicopter has reached agreements with Helicopter Flight Services, AngMar Aviation and Rocky Mountain Rotors involving the 407GX, which features Garmin’s G1000H flight deck. New York City-based Helicopter Flight Services offers tours, corporate charter services, aerial photography and video, and construction...
July 11, 2014
[Avionics Today July 11, 2014] Lockheed Martin is anticipating its forthcoming LM-100J aircraft to garner demand for some unique missions, including oil spill clean-ups among other roles. The aerospace and defense manufacturer will also make a major announcement regarding its latest non-military aircraft program at next week's Farnborough International Airshow.    Photo, courtesy of Lockheed...
July 11, 2014
[Avionics Today July 11, 2014] The European Union recently completed the initial demonstrations of advanced arrival and departure flight operations for an airspace-enhancing project, Filling the Gap in GNSS Advanced Procedures and Operations (FilGAPP).  Flight demonstrations occurred in Germany using a Hawker 750 business jet equipped with a Flight Management...
July 10, 2014
Graphic of the AW101 for the NAWSARH program. Image courtesy of FLIR Systems The Norway Ministry of Justice and Public Safety has decided to incorporate the Star Safire 380HDc sensor from FLIR Systems into its fleet of AgustaWestland AW101s. The helicopters will be part of the country’s All...
July 10, 2014
As the Mark 6 Chinook entered the hover above RAF Odiham, set in the Hampshire countryside, quite suddenly I became aware of the stability of the helicopter, seemingly unlike other Chinooks that I have been in, either during exercises or in Afghanistan. It was so stable that I thought to myself, “you could hold tea in a cup and saucer and not spill it – impressive.” This was the end of a...
July 10, 2014
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has certified Airbus Helicopters’ Level D full-flight simulator for the EC175. Located in Marignane, France at the company’s Helisim Training Academy, the simulator boasts a visual...
July 10, 2014
[Aviation Today July 10, 2014] Boeing has raised its 20 year global aircraft demand forecast to 36,770, a 4 percent increase from the 2013 forecast. The airframe manufacturer raised its expectations based on demand in for single aisle passenger jets, which it sees as the fastest growing market segment over the next two decades. Through the next 20 years, Boeing is projecting demand for 25,680 new...
July 10, 2014
[Avionics Today July 10, 2014] DAC International announced its new collaboration with Cathay Pacific Airways, as the aftermarket supplier will collaborate with the airline on its e-Enabled aircraft program.  The Chinese carrier's eEnabled aircraft solution is an advanced solution...
July 9, 2014
Other than Robinson Helicopter Co. founder Frank Robinson, with the passing of Charles Kaman in 2011, there is no one alive more iconic to the helicopter industry than Sergei Sikorsky. Currently serving as global ambassador for the Stratford, Conn.-based United Technologies Corp. subsidiary, Sergei is the son of company founder Igor Sikorsky, inventor of the world’s first mass-produced helicopter...
July 9, 2014
The UK’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) aims to become a performance-based regulator over the next two years following the findings of a report into a series of helicopters accidents in the North Sea, the last of which resulted in four fatalities. Following the crash of the CHC Scotia AS332 L2 Super Puma (G-WSNB) on its approach to Sumburgh, in the Shetland Isles, on Aug. 23, 2013, CAA conducted a...
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