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March 16, 2015
Bell Helicopter has concluded its delivery of four Bell 412EPs to Heliservicio Campeche to support oil and gas operations in the Gulf of Mexico. Heliservicio Campeche took delivery of the aircraft in December 2014. Heliservicio took delivery of their first Bell helicopter in 1991, and has since expanded its fleet to more than 35 Bell...
March 16, 2015
Airbus Helicopters will join with Korea Aerospace Industries to develop two 5-ton class rotorcraft that meet South Korea’s requirements for its next-generation Light Civil Helicopter (LCH) and Light Armed Helicopter (LAH). The LCH version is expected to enter service in 2020, and the LAH is targeted to enter service in 2022.   Photo courtesy of Airbus Helicopters The two companies already have a...
March 16, 2015
AgustaWestland celebrated today the official opening of its new Regional Supply Center in Aberdeen, Scotland. The opening ceremony was held in the presence of local dignitaries and representatives from major operators and industry. Located close to Aberdeen Airport, the new facility has been operational 24/7 since January of this year delivering spare parts to operators. The Supply Center supports a range...
March 16, 2015
[Avionics Today 3-16-2015] Rockwell Collins has signed a memorandum of understanding with OneWeb to be the exclusive developer and provider of satellite communication (satcom) terminals for OneWeb’s global aviation high-speed broadband service. Rockwell Collins will also be an authorized Value Added Reseller (VAR) of OneWeb connectivity services.  ...
March 16, 2015
[Avionics Today 3-16-2015] Intelsat has signed an agreement to co-design and produce an ultra-thin, active phased array, Ku-band satellite antenna solution with Phasor, a developer of high throughput, modular, electronically steerable antennas.     Intelsat’s new McLean, Va. headquarters. Photo: Intelsat.   The Ku-band antennas...
March 16, 2015
[Avionics Today 3-16-2015] Panasonic Corp. has announced a new definitive agreement to acquire satellite communications provider ITC Global. Under the terms of the agreement, ITC will operate as an independent unit of Panasonic Avionics, combining the...
March 16, 2015
[Avionics Today 3-16-2015] GE Aviation has achieved Level 3 appraisal of the  Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI). CMMI is an industry standard for ensuring predictable, high quality software development for aviation industry...
March 16, 2015
[Avionics Today 03-16-2015] Airlines and operators could soon have an easier path toward equipping their aircraft for air traffic Data Link Communications (DLC) under the FAA's requirements. The agency has requested comments on an updated policy that would clarify airworthiness requirements through June 1 for DLC recording.  Boeing 737. Photo: Boeing. The policy clarification, if eventually adopted in...
March 13, 2015
Aviation Search Group has announced that, after a global search, Jeff Denomme has been named President of Alpine Aerotech. Mr. Denomme will succeed Jim Campbell, who is retiring after four years in the role. Denomme started his aviation career as an AME and has been a staple in the Canadian helicopter industry for the past 25 years. Prior to joining Alpine Aerotech, Mr. Denomme held executive leadership...
March 13, 2015
Rostec companies Russian Helicopters and Technodinamika, along with France’s Microturbo, have signed a trilateral memorandum on the joint development and production of a new auxiliary power unit (APU), Saphir 15, for the helicopter market. Under the memorandum, Russian Helicopters will become...
March 13, 2015
AgustaWestland and Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI) have delivered the first Airborne Mine Counter Measures (AMCM) equipped MCH-101 helicopter to the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force. The KHI MCH-101, a license built version of the AgustaWestland AW101 helicopter, is equipped with the Northrop Grumman AN/AQS-24A airborne mine hunting system and the Northrop Grumman AN/AES-1 Airborne Laser Mine Detection...
March 13, 2015
[Avionics Today 03-13-2015] Three different categories of regulations have been proposed for commercial operations of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), also known as drones, by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). Under EASA's newly proposed "Concept of Operations for Drones," commercially or civil operated UAS would be established in three different categories: open, specific and...
March 13, 2015
iTEC collaboration expands ATM initiatives. Photo: NATS [Avionics Today 03-13-2015] Executive members of the interoperability Through European Collaboration (iTEC) project have signed a formal agreement this week at the World ATM Congress in Madrid, extending the technical and commercial confines of the collaboration between...
March 13, 2015
Italy’s first built F-35A, aircraft AL-1, which will also be the first jet operated by the Italian Air Force, prepares for its roll out from the Cameri, Italy Final Assembly & Check Out (FACO) facility, Mar. 12. Photo: Lockheed Martin photo by Larry Bramblett [Avionics Today 03-13-2015]...
March 13, 2015
Boeing 777X, rendering. Photo: Boeing [Avionics Today 03-13-2015] Boeing has reached an agreement with Japanese partner Nabtesco to supply primary flight control actuation system on Boeing’s new 777X airplane...
March 13, 2015
[Avionics Today 03-13-2015] TRU Simulation + Training has received purchase orders for three additional Full Flight Simulator (FFS) training suites for the Boeing 737 MAX. The...
March 12, 2015
Multinational conglomerate United Technologies Corporation (UTC) has announced that its Board of Directors has authorized a review of strategic alternatives for the corporation's Sikorsky Aircraft business, including a potential tax-free spinoff. "As part of the portfolio review announced last December, we are exploring strategic options for Sikorsky to determine the best way to enhance its long-term...
March 12, 2015
DAC International, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, announces the hiring of Frank DeFeo as its Director of Business Development. DeFeo will be responsible for securing new Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) partnerships, growing DACs ECD manufactured products and acquiring...
March 12, 2015
Aero Products Component Services, an Arizona based Bell Helicopter Customer Service facility has announced the unveiling of its aircraft decommissioning service. As legacy model aircraft continue to age, many operators make the decision that, instead of selling...
March 12, 2015
[Avionics Today 03-12-2015] The FAA is lacking in measures to prevent cyber-based threats to the increasingly automated Air Traffic Control (ATC) system, according to a report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO). The “Information Security: FAA Needs to Address Weaknesses in Air Traffic Control Systems” report, published earlier this month, finds that while the FAA has taken measures...
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