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November 30, 2015
Photo by Master Sgt. Mark Olsen The new U.S. military spending law calls on the U.S. Army and the U.S. National Guard Bureau to give Congress plans for upgrading Sikorsky Aircraft UH-60s in their fleets. President Obama on Nov. 25 signed into law the bill, which reflected some compromise between the White House and Congress. The National Defense Authorization Act...
November 30, 2015
[Avionics Today 11-30-2015] The Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA) "green lighted" several Air Traffic Management (ATM) modernization deployment activities related to the Single European Sky ATM Research (SESAR) program on Nov. 27, according to the European Commission. INEA announced the availability of funding for the deployment activities ahead of its 2015 CEF Transport Calls...
November 30, 2015
The F/A-18 Super Hornet. Photo: Boeing [Avionics Today 11-30-2015] Boeing, General Electric Corporation (GE), and information management company Flatiron Solutions have signed a new collaboration agreement to formalize the...
November 30, 2015
The Elbit Systems Hermes 900 flying over Switzerland during the Swiss evaluation of the UAS. Photo: Armasuisse [Avionics Today 11-30-2015] Elbit Systems has been awarded an approximately $200 million contract from the...
November 30, 2015
Bombardier Global 6000, Challenger 650 and Learjet 75 aircraft. Photo: Bombardier [Avionics Today 11-30-2015] As 2015 comes to a close, Bombardier has outlined the company’s strategic and transformation objectives for 2016. In the coming year, Bombardier expects its liquidity position to be strong, driven by the previously...
November 30, 2015
The U.K. CAA has introduced changes to airspace aimed at modernizing air traffic management operations. Photo: NATS [Avionics Today 11-30-2015] The United Kingdom’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has approved a series of major airspace changes covering eastern and southern England. These changes aim to enable aircraft to fly more efficiently, help reduce the number of low-level flights and reduce the...
November 27, 2015
India has eased financial restrictions on importing helicopters and other aircraft for scheduled and non-scheduled service, according to that nation’s central bank. Previously, a bank could not clear advance payments of $50...
November 27, 2015
AgustaWestland has been testing the high- and low-altitude capabilities of its AW169 in California. A prototype of the 10,000-lb-class, 10-passenger helicopter performed hover, low-speed flight and rescue-hoist/cargo-hook...
November 27, 2015
The Canadian province of British Columbia is contemplating renaming a mountain peak to honor a longtime search and rescue volunteer who died in 2014. Second Pump Peak in Mount Seymour Provincial Park north of Vancouver already is referred to as Tim Jones Peak after a founder of the North Shore Rescue mountain SAR team based in Vancouver. Now the province’s Geographical Names Office...
November 26, 2015
Expressing thanks on a Thursday in late fall is a practice linked to the American nation for well over two centuries. Today’s holiday in the U.S. dates to 1863. With the United States torn by civil war, President Abraham Lincoln carried on a tradition begun by George Washington. In an Oct. 3, 1863 proclamation, Lincoln invited his fellow citizens throughout America, “and also those who are at...
November 25, 2015
Era Group now has 40 days left to revive a soon-to-expire offshore transport contract with Petrobras. The struggling Brazilian oil giant contract with Era for offshore support with...
November 25, 2015
Small drones are not unmanned aircraft and should not be allowed to fly unrestricted in civil U.S. airspace without further testing, one aerospace and defense firm argues in a new report. The report was issued just as a U.S. Transportation Dept. task force was concluding that drones as small as 0.55 lb should be registered with the FAA, in part because of the threat that vehicles that small pose to...
November 25, 2015
[Avionics Today 11-25-2015] Virgin Atlantic Airways is adding Rockwell Collins' EP-8100 image generation system to its Boeing 787 Full Flight Simulator (FFS) as part of a contract with L-3 Communications. This...
November 25, 2015
[Avionics Today 11-25-2015] Airbus has inaugurated a BizLab in Bangalore, India, its third after Toulouse, France and Hamburg, Germany, as part of its strategy to establish a global network of aerospace business accelerators. In parallel, Airbus has opened a first round of applications for start-ups seeking support...
November 25, 2015
[Avionics Today 11-25-2015] L-3 Aviation Products and Thomas Global Systems have signed an alliance agreement to cooperate in the development of certain Cathode Ray Tube to Liquid Crystal Display (CRT-to-LCD) upgrade products that provide a cost-effective growth path for cockpit upgrades.     L-3 Aviation Products President Stuart...
November 25, 2015
[Avionics Today 11-25-2015] Norwegian Air Shuttle (NAS) and Global Eagle Entertainment (GEE) have introduced Live TV as a commercial service aboard all Norwegian Air Shuttle flights in Europe. The announcement was made during a live broadcast aboard a NAS flight from Oslo to Berlin.      Interior cabin of a Norwegian aircraft. Photo: Norwegian. ...
November 25, 2015
[Avionics Today 11-25-2015] The FAA's Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Registration Task Force (RTF) Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) has released its final report providing recommendations for registration requirements and process for small UAS. If adopted by the FAA, the registration process would cover the use of UAS both commercially and recreationally.      A PrecisionHawk UAS. Photo...
November 25, 2015
Christmas tree transport is a serious business in Oregon, where Holiday Tree Farms lift enough timber to put Santa’s workshop to shame. Since the early 1980s, the farm has contracted with regional helicopter operators from California, Washington and Montana to...
November 24, 2015
The U.S. Marine Corps is looking into better engine filtration and improved power-status displays for its MV-22s in the wake of a fatal May 17 crash in Hawaii. That Osprey crashed, killing a crew chief and one rifleman aboard, after dust and debris ingestion led to a power loss in its left engine and sudden descent during a low...
November 24, 2015
The FAA’s new focus on improving helicopter occupant survivability got a boost this week with the declaration by the Air Medical Operators Assn. (AMOA) that its members are committed to installing crash-resistant fuel systems on both new and existing helicopters. Current FAA rules only require such systems on helicopters type certificated after October 1994, but the National Transportation Safety...
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