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February 19, 2015
New Zealand helicopter manufacturer Composite Helicopters International (CHI) has filed a type certificate application with the New Zealand Civil Aviation Authority for three helicopter models featuring its EvoStrength composite technology. The helicopters are the entry level, Rolls-Royce RR300-powered KC630; the high-powered, high-altitude, Honeywell LTS101-powered utility version, the KC650; and the...
February 19, 2015
AgustaWestland announced today that the Croatian Police has placed an order for one AW139 intermediate twin-turbine helicopter. With this order, the AW139 will enter for the first time in the country, replacing an older model following a competitive tender issued by the Croatian Ministry of Interior. The AW139 was chosen by the customer after a comprehensive evaluation process of competing bids. The...
February 19, 2015
The long-term engine of choice for the X4, the prototype of Airbus Helicopters’ new medium class twin-engine rotorcraft, will be an uprated Turbomeca Arrano engine.   Photo courtesy of Turbomeca (Safran) Airbus Helicopters has been running with two turboshaft...
February 19, 2015
[Avionics Today 02-18-2015] A trio of Air Traffic Management (ATM) service providers has come together to update Australia’s aging infrastructure as skies crowd over the land down under. Saab Sensis, Nav Canada and AirServices Australia (ASA), the country’s Air Navigation Service Provider (ANSP), have announced plans to integrate and deploy air traffic automation technology at four airports...
February 19, 2015
[Avionics Today 02-19-2015] The Gulfstream G650ER set two city-pair records recently while performing a flight around the world with one stop. According to Gulfstream, the G650ER took...
February 19, 2015
[Avionics Today 02-19-2015] The Defense Advanced Projects Research Agency (DARPA) has issued a $10.7 million contract to Exelis to develop a new multifunctional computer chip for airborne radio applications. Under the contract, Exelis will develop a chip capable of improving the security and jam-resistance of...
February 19, 2015
[Avionics Today 02-19-2015] Aviation GPS and Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast (ADS-B) receivers manufacturer Dual Electronics has announced a partnership with 3-D augmented reality aviation system provider Arclarity to develop a sense and avoid solution for commercial Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS). The...
February 19, 2015
[Avionics Today 02-19-2015] Piedmont Airlines has selected Universal Avionics to provide GPS-based Flight Management Systems (FMS) for their fleet of Bombardier Dash 8 100 aircraft. Under a new contract, Universal will provide an FMS to support operations with all procedural leg types adhering to...
February 19, 2015
[Avionics Today 02-19-2015] Aireon has signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Agency for the Security of Aviation Navigation in Africa and Madagascar (ASECNA) to provide Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) capabilities to the West and Central African regions. ASECNA, the Air Navigation Service Provider (ANSP) for 17 African states, plans to use Aireon’s satellite aircraft...
February 18, 2015
Bell Helicopter has announced its presence at Aero India 2015, Feb. 18-22, at Air Force Station Yelahanka, Bengaluru. The state-of-the-art Bell 407GT tactical light commercial helicopter is an ideal aircraft for armed reconnaissance surveillance, bringing together the Garmin G1000H flight deck with precision weapons capability. The aircraft offers a highly flexible and configurable modern weapons system to...
February 18, 2015
Bristow Academy Inc., a division of Bristow Group, will award an annual scholarship in honor of Chief Executive Officer Emeritus William (“Bill”) E. Chiles for his contribution to creating a safer global helicopter transport community. The scholarship award covers full tuition at Bristow Academy for a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) CFI helicopter rating to any graduate of the Bristow...
February 18, 2015
Earlier this month, Sikorsky Aircraft employees assembled and donated 50 bicycles to patients at Miami Children’s Hospital Doral Outpatient Center.   Photo courtesy Sikorsky The bicycles were assembled during Sikorsky’s Worldwide Sales Conference held recently in Miami, Fla., and were donated to 50 patients from Miami Children’s Hospital Doral Outpatient Center who were chosen by the...
February 18, 2015
IndiGo A320neo in flight. Photo: Airbus [Avionics Today 02-18-2015] India-based airline IndiGo has selected Rockwell Collins’ avionics systems, including its MultiScan ThreatTrack weather radar, Multi-Mode Receiver (MMR), and full...
February 18, 2015
[Avionics Today 02-18-2015] The FAA finally introduced its highly anticipated draft of rules regulating the commercial use of small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), or UAS weighing less than 55 pounds. Included in the newly proposed guidelines are regulations regarding the requirements for operators of small UAS, as well as maximum altitudes, airspace classes and specifications for the type of aircraft...
February 18, 2015
EC to fund a litany of centralized services to improve ATM. Photo: Eurocontrol [Avionics Today 02-18-2015] The European Commission (EC) has announced that it will support proposed Centralized Services (CS) initiatives with funding from the Trans-European Transport Network Multi-annual Work Program 2013 in the field of Air Traffic Management (ATM). The idea behind CS is that there are a number of Air...
February 18, 2015
Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Photo: Boeing [Avionics Today 02-18-2015] Orbital ATK has begun manufacturing the advanced composite primary structures for...
February 18, 2015
Gulfstream G500 in flight. Photo: Gulfstream [Avionics Today 02-18-2015] Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) has received Transport...
February 18, 2015
[Avionics Today 02-18-2015] Airbus is pursuing negotiations to sell its subsidiary Cimpa, which oversees product lifecycle management, to European...
February 17, 2015
The Indian government is to divest itself of its 51 percent shareholding in Pawan Hans, the national helicopter company of India, according to a report published on Feb. 10 by the Economic Times in India. The other 49 percent is owned by Oil and Natural Gas Corporation. Pawan Hans was incorporated in 1985 mainly to provide rotorcraft support services to the offshore...
February 17, 2015
Airbus Helicopters Inc, part of Airbus Defense and Space, has been awarded a $220.5 million contract by the U.S. Army for 41 additional UH-72A Lakota helicopters with Airborne Radio Communications 231 radios. The helicopters will be built at the company’s Columbus, Miss. plant and all deliveries are scheduled for...
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