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December 11, 2014
Passenger using ANA Takeoff Mode app. Photo: ANA [Avionics Today 12-11-2014] All Nippon Airways has launched a new smartphone app designed to relax passengers during takeoff. Japan’s largest airline found that 72 percent of United States airline passengers surveyed felt anxious before flying, with takeoff...
December 11, 2014
Air Canada Boeing 777-300 aircraft on runway. Photo: Air Canada [Avionics Today 12-11-2014] Air Canada is the launch customer for...
December 11, 2014
International aviation organizations unite against cyber threats. Photo: college.usatoday.com [Avionics Today 12-11-2014] Five international aviation organizations have signed a new cybersecurity agreement to focus their respective actions on cyber threats against the global aviation system. The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), Airports Council International (ACI), Civil...
December 11, 2014
The F-16 Fighting Falcon. Photo: Wikipedia [Avionics Today 12-11-2014] Ogden Air Logistic Complex (ALC) and Elbit Systems of America recently signed a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) agreement defining how the two entities will collaborate during prospective contract opportunities to support the...
December 11, 2014
[Avionics Today 12-11-2014] The European Commission's new Transportation Commissioner Violeta Bulc is taking major strides toward uniting the region's fragmented Air Traffic Management (ATM) system, making €3 billion ($3.7 billion) in new funding available to help move the Single European Sky (SES) airspace reform project forward. Last week, the EC tasked a group or Air Navigation Service Providers...
December 11, 2014
[Avionics Today 12-11-2014] The Radio Technical Commission for Aeronatics (RTCA) published 21 total new or updated documents (DO) in 2014. These documents are developed by RTCA's Special Committees (SCs) to help to shape the certification and safety of new and existing aviation technology equipment to be implemented onboard aircraft.    Among the new, existing and emerging technology that was...
December 11, 2014
[Avionics Today 12-11-2014] ClipperJet CEO James Occhipinti is looking to bridge the gap between premium first class commercial airline travel and private aviation. When the California-based private jet operator launches ClipperJet in early 2015 it will feature a new "country club"-style business model, according to Occhipinti, in which aircraft connectivity will be key.     ...
December 10, 2014
The drawdown of forces in Afghanistan, together with re-assessment of global strategic threats facing the United States conducted by President Obama’s administration, resulted in, among other things, the ‘Pivot to the Pacific.’ This has been described by the Congressional Research Service as a rebalancing of forces focused on that region “to ensure that international law and norms...
December 10, 2014
Boeing has signed Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) with six Danish defense companies to further pursue business opportunities in a range of activities that encompass defense and aerospace-related manufacturing, maintenance, software and simulation integration. The companies are: Danish Aerotech, Falck Schmidt Defense Systems, IFAD, Multicut, Systematic and Terma. Although these are elements of...
December 10, 2014
The FAA has announced that a final rule regarding safety regulations for helicopter air ambulances will go into effect on April 22, 2015. As part of the rule, pilots will be allowed to determine whether to take off from sites where weather reports are unavailable. If a pilot...
December 10, 2014
In a joint effort with offshore helicopter operators, Airbus Helicopters is developing the rotorcraft industry’s first Flight Crew Operating Manual (FCOM). The FCOM documents best practices for flight crews on Airbus Helicopters EC225 Super Pumas...
December 10, 2014
Technicians at Northrop Grumman's Palmdale (Calif.) Aircraft Integration Center of Excellence conduct final quality inspections on the center fuselage for AM-1. Photo: Northrop Grumman [Avionics Today 12-10-14] Northrop Grumman recently completed the center fuselage for the first F-35 Lightning II aircraft to be ordered by Norway, a Conventional...
December 10, 2014
Tobacco farm workers in Marble Hall, South Africa, carry Solaris seedlings from a nursery to the field. Photo: Boeing [Avionics Today 12-10-14] Boeing and South African Airways (SAA) announced that South African farmers will soon harvest their first crop of energy-rich...
December 10, 2014
A UAS used to inspect power lines.  [Avionics Today 12-10-14] The FAA granted five new regulatory exemptions for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) operations to four companies representing several industries that promise to benefit from UAS technology: Trimble Navigation Limited, VDOS Global, Clayco and Woolpert. These companies want to fly UAS to perform operations for aerial surveying, construction...
December 10, 2014
The Rohde and Schwarz R&S VCS-4G voice communications system. Photo: Rohde & Schwarz [Avionics Today 12-10-14] Rohde & Schwarz has delivered a fully IP-based VCS-4G voice communications system to the...
December 10, 2014
A chart showing Swiftbroadband coverage. Photo: Satcom Direct [Avionics Today 12-10-14] Satcom Direct will increase Inmarsat’s SwiftBroadband connection speeds through its Satcom Direct Router (SDR), which will support the ability to bond and aggregate multiple streaming connections in-flight. This...
December 10, 2014
[Avionics Today 12-10-2014] The European Space Agency (ESA) and Europe’s Single European Sky ATM Research Joint Undertaking (SESAR JU) program are teaming up and taking steps to boost efficiency in worldwide aircraft tracking, capacity and management through satellite-based communications. ESA’s Iris  program looks to create a satellite solution for advanced aviation communications and has...
December 9, 2014
Depiction of the Reality H FFS. Image courtesy Thales Australian aeromedical rapid response group CareFlight has teamed with simulator manufacturer Thales Australia to establish the country’s first AgustaWestland AW139 civil helicopter training center. The facility will be located at CareFlight’s aeromedical training academy at Brisbane International Airport, which is operated in conjunction...
December 9, 2014
Sikorsky, together with Polish subsidiary PZL Mielec, is to withdraw from the current competition managed by the Polish Ministry of Defense to supply the armed forces with 70 multi-role helicopters.  According to Sikorsky, part of United...
December 9, 2014
The ability to provide the Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey with heavier firepower other than a ramp mounted machine gun has taken a step forward with the demonstration of forward-firing munitions at the Army Proving Ground in Yuma, Ariz. A test was carried out in November and was described as “a great success” by Vince Tobin, vice president and program manager for the Bell Boeing V-22.  A...
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