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May 13, 2015
The FAA’s pursuit of joint research efforts on unmanned aerial systems use in populated areas and beyond line of sight highlights both the weaknesses and potency of UAS threats to helicopter markets. FAA Administrator Michael Huerta announced the cooperative research and development agreements (CRADAs) May 6 at the Unmanned Systems 2015 show in Atlanta, Ga. The agency’s CRADA with cable news...
May 13, 2015
Eurocontrol’s Director General Frank Brenner met with GSA Executive Director Carlo des Dorides in Prague. Photo: Eurocontrol [Avionics Today 05-13-2015] Following the signature of a framework partnership agreement on April 8, on April 20 Eurocontrol’s Director General Frank Brenner visited the European GNSS Agency’s (GSA) headquarters in Prague where, accompanied by his...
May 13, 2015
[Avionics Today 05-13-2015] At the 2015 Boeing Investor’s Conference on Tuesday, the company’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Jim McNerney provided top line expectations regarding whether the aerospace market would begin to see some decline. While the company saw a drop in cash flow as well as delays in 787 production for American Airlines aircraft during the first quarter 2015, McNerney...
May 13, 2015
Amazon has expressed its interest in delivering goods via drones. Photo: Amazon Prime Air. [Avionics Today 05-13-2015] Research and analysis firm Visiongain has assessed that the small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) market will reach $1.61 billion in 2015. The company expects the variety of applications in which small...
May 13, 2015
Aircraft noise simulation. Photo: Onera [Avionics Today 05-13-2015] The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will soon begin work on the next step in a multi-year effort to continue understanding the relationship...
May 13, 2015
Quadcopter drone on cultivated field. Photo: ackab1 (Flickr) [Avionics Today 05-13-2015] Airbus Group and NEXA Capital Partners announced an agreement to pursue solutions for the widespread commercialization of Unmanned Aerial...
May 12, 2015
One of the newest AStars (above) is headed for India and Heritage Aviation, which will get a second early this month. The New Delhi-based operator’s H125s will fly charter and utility missions and pilgrimage heli-tours. Photo courtesy of Airbus Helicopters/Eric Raz From the loosely translated ideas of Darwin, it is not the strongest or the most intelligent that will survive, but those who can best...
May 12, 2015
Bell Helicopter announced today the sale of the first Bell 412EPI in Japan to Aomori Prefecture’s Firefighting and Disaster Prevention Agency. The 412EPI is expected to join the agency's fleet in early 2016. Aomori Prefecture was also the first customer to receive a Bell 412EP in Japan at...
May 12, 2015
Shall we count Finmeccanica out as a bidder for Sikorsky Aircraft? The CEO of AgustaWestland’s parent company, Mauro Moretti, told shareholders meeting yesterday in Rome that Finmeccanica had received “several propositions but was not interested in Sikorsky,” according to the Reuters news agency. Sikorsky...
May 12, 2015
On Saturday, Russian Helicopters' Mi-26, Mi-28N Night Hunter, Mi-35M, Ka-52 Alligator and Mi-8/17 military helicopters took part in parade ceremonies on Moscow's Red Square and in towns and cities across Russia to mark the 70th anniversary of allied forces' victory on the...
May 12, 2015
[Avionics Today 05-12-2015] The European Global Navigation Satellite Systems Agency (GSA) hosted the first-ever European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service (EGNOS) flight event to demonstrate how satellite-based navigation procedures are improving air travel across Europe. European officials, engineers and pilots from Airbus demonstrated the use of EGNOS for landing procedures with an ATR 72-600...
May 12, 2015
Rockwell Collins ARINC MultiLink flight tracking map. Photo: Rockwell Collins [Avionics Today 05-12-2015] Rockwell Collins and nine undisclosed airlines from around the world have launched a trial program for the company’s new ARINC MultiLink flight tracking service. The service, which was announced in March, offers what the company claims to be a comprehensive and cost-effective global flight...
May 12, 2015
[Avionics Today 05-12-2015] The first ever PC-24 Super Versatile Jet took off on its maiden flight yesterday, May 11, from Buochs airport in Switzerland. The prototype aircraft flew across central Switzerland for a total of 55 minutes, with Pilatus test pilots...
May 12, 2015
Bombardier’s CSeries aircraft during a test flight. Photo: Bombardier [Avionics Today 05-12-2015] Bombardier has teamed up with Pratt & Whitney to develop and implement a data management service for the CSeries aircraft family. The service is part of the overall Bombardier Aircraft Health Management System (AHMS), capable of transmitting...
May 12, 2015
Airbus A400M aircraft. Photo: Wikipedia [Avionics Today 05-12-2015] Airbus Defense and Space confirms that an A400M aircraft has been involved in an accident near Sevilla Airport in Spain on May 9 around 1:00 p.m. local time. The aircraft with the serial...
May 11, 2015
The FAA proposes to fine Air Methods $1.54 million for allegedly operating Airbus EC130 helicopters on dozens of aeromedical flights beyond power-off gliding distance from shore without required aircraft or personal flotation gear. Air Methods has 30 days to respond to the alleged violations of Federal Aviation Regulations (FARs), which the FAA detailed April 13. The Englewood, Colo. company said it is...
May 11, 2015
Today, May 11, at 3:30 p.m. Eastern, at Naval Air Station North Island in Coronado, Calif., Helicopter Maritime Strike Wing Pacific is scheduled to host a Sundown Ceremony for the SH-60B Sea Hawk helicopter. The Sundown Ceremony will commemorate 30 years of active service for the SH-60B.   Sailors aboard the Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigate USS Vandegrift (FFG 48) hook a cargo cable to...
May 11, 2015
After a rigorous competition, the FAA has selected a Mississippi State University team as a Center of Excellence for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (COE UAS). The COE will focus on research, education and training in areas critical to safe and successful integration of UAS into the nation’s airspace. The team brings together 15 of the nation’s leading UAS and aviation universities that have a proven...
May 11, 2015
Gretchen Haskins, CEO of the global offshore helicopter association HeliOffshore commended “inclusion, engagement and delivery” to more than 150 leaders attending the association's Annual Conference and General Meeting yesterday. Speaking at the inaugural HeliOffshore conference, Haskins told industry leaders that, with their commitment and collective might, the offshore helicopter...
May 11, 2015
[Avionics Today 05-08-2015] Southwest Airlines has announced it will equip its current Boeing 737NG fleet as well as future 737 MAX aircraft — for which Southwest is set to become the launch customer in 2017 — with Honeywell’s full suite of avionics. The new set of cockpit technologies will modernize the airline’s array of 737s, increasing operational efficiency and situational...
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