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November 7, 2014
[Avionics Today 11-7-2014] Nextant Aerospace has received Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) approval from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) for its 400XTi aircraft. The Nextant 400XTi is a remanufactured Beechjet 400/Hawker 400A/XP upgraded with a Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 flight deck and Williams International FJ44-3AP...
November 7, 2014
[Avionics Today 11-7-2014] The FAA has issued new Supplemental Type Certificates (STCs) to Gogo for the installation of its Ku-band satellite equipment on Boeing 757-200s and 767-400s operated by Delta Air Lines...
November 7, 2014
[Avionics Today 11-7-2014] NASA believes its current ongoing green aviation project is one step closer to developing technology that could make future airliners quieter and more fuel efficient. The agency completed a successful flight test of a wing surface that can "change shape in flight."   The Adaptive Compliant Trailing Edge (ACTE) project is a joint effort...
November 7, 2014
[Avionics Today 11-7-2014] Surf Air has received its first Pilatus PC-12 NG business jet, the first of 15 on order for the Broomfield, Colo.-based private airline. The PC-12 NG will join a fleet of three legacy PC-12s that Surf Air currently...
November 7, 2014
Transport Canada has issued a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) to VIH Aerospace (VIHA) for its aftermarket replacement Master Caution Panel (MCP01) for the Bell 212 series helicopter. According to VIHA, FAA and EASA approvals are pending.   Arne...
November 7, 2014
Russian Helicopters has reported savings of $1.5 million resulting from its implementation of lean technology across its rotorcraft production operations in 2013. The manufacturer describes lean technology as a "strategy that minimizes the volume of energy and material losses in the production process."     Photo: Russian...
November 6, 2014
I once heard a well-known and highly experienced leader of a very large petroleum services helicopter enterprise postulate that, “If it weren’t for the people and the equipment, this business would be easy.” It turns out that despite a constantly advancing evolution of helicopter development, avionics breakthroughs that consistently outpace all conventional industry expectations, and...
November 6, 2014
The StartStick weighs less than 15 lbs., but can crank a variety of single- and twin-engine helicopter models. Photo courtesy ABS Aviation Battery Systems’ StartStick is an external start battery capable of cranking a wide range of helicopters. And at 10 lbs. for the standard unit and 13 lbs. for the StartStick Fleet, the weight and size make it small enough to be stowed under the seat of the...
November 6, 2014
HeliOffshore is a not-for-profit industry association founded by five operators in the oil and gas sector: Avincis, Bristow Group, CHC Helicopter, Era and PHI Inc. The idea behind the establishment of the organization came from a joint operators review of helicopter safety, born out of a spate of accidents in the North Sea, in addition to a safety review conducted by the European Helicopter Operators...
November 6, 2014
[Avionics Today 11-6-2014] The benefits of the FAA's close collaboration with the aviation industry and unions on NextGen implementation is starting to become more evident; especially the agency's close work with the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA). One example of this is the continued progress transitioning Air Traffic Control (ATC) facilities from the legacy Common Automated Radar...
November 6, 2014
[Avionics Today 11-06-2014] Rockwell Collins announced the addition of new features to its ARINC Direct Flight Operations System (FOS) to increase flight operations efficiency for flight dispatchers, schedulers and pilots.ARINC Direct is part of the company's new Information Management Services...
November 6, 2014
[Avionics Today 11-06-2014] The French Defense Procurement Agency (DGA) and the U.K. Ministry of Defense (MOD) have launched the feasibility phase of the U.K.-French Future Combat Air System (FCAS) program. During the feasibility phase, both agencies are...
November 6, 2014
[Avionics Today 11-06-2014] Bombardier has appointed Munich, Germany-based Lufthansa CityLine as an Authorized Service Facility (ASF) for its CRJ700 and CRJ900 aircraft. With the new approval, Lufthansa CityLine...
November 6, 2014
[Avionics Today 11-06-2014] Raytheon has begun the flight-testing phase of the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency's (DARPA) Persistent Close Air Support (PCAS) program. The 18-month, $25.5 million program is designed to improve the speed of close air support to soldiers on the battlefield, and enable combat aircrews, ground troops and Joint Terminal Attack Controllers (JTACs) to...
November 6, 2014
[Avionics Today 11-06-2014] Vistara, a newly launched joint venture airline between Singapore Airlines and Tata Sons based in New Delhi, has signed a long term Flight Hour Services Tailored Support Package (FHS-TSP) agreement with Airbus. Under the agreement, Airbus will...
November 6, 2014
Erickson has signed an agreement with Agip Oil Ecuador to provide transport of people and equipment for oil and gas exploration and production to the Villano Oil Field. The one-year deal follows the September announcement by Agip of the discovery of an oil...
November 5, 2014
Heidi Shyu, assistant secretary of the Army for acquisition, logistics and technology, and General Dennis Via, commanding general, Army Materiel Command were grilled by the media about the who’s and why’s of defense cutbacks at this year’s annual Association of the United States Army (AUSA) gathering in Washington, D.C. Shyu, who is often praised by Army individuals for ‘getting...
November 5, 2014
An Airbus Helicopter EC155 B1 in Marshall, Minn. Photo courtesy Metro Aviation Just like the helicopters that Health and Usage Monitoring Systems (HUMS) and Helicopter Flight Data Monitoring (HFDM) systems are installed in, there is no single solution for every user’s needs. Each system has its own unique capabilities just as each manufacturer has its own approach. But to be a viable solution in the...
November 5, 2014
Photo courtesy BDN GE Capital Aviation Services’ (GECAS) acquisition of rotorcraft lessor, Milestone Aviation Group for $1.78 billion raises some interesting questions. Does this purchase of the Dublin-based Milestone signal the beginning of consolidation of the rotorcraft leasing business? Or is this an isolated case of a larger lessor of airliners looking to diversify, and a rotorcraft lessor...
November 5, 2014
CAA released a series of training videos for pilots in order to mitigate human error in flight. Photo: CAA [Avionics Today 11-05-2014] The U.K. Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has launched an initiative to improve potential situations where human error may cause air transportation accidents. The training initiative, named Crew Resource...
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