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March 11, 2015
On the evening of Tuesday, March 10, an Army National Guard helicopter went down off the Gulf Coast of Florida. The UH-60 Black Hawk, carrying seven U.S. Marines and a crew...
March 11, 2015
CPI Aerostructures, Inc. (CPI Aero®) has been selected as a winner of Frost & Sullivan’s Manufacturing Leadership Council’s 2015 Manufacturing Leadership Award. The Manufacturing Leadership Awards recognize world-class manufacturing companies and individual leaders that distinguish themselves by embracing breakthrough innovation and enable their companies to anticipate and respond to...
March 11, 2015
Inmarsat Parrot Bebop UAV. Photo: Inmarsat [Avionics Today 03-11-2015] Inmarsat’s Parrot Bebop Drone, which weighs in at just 14 ounces, has been certified for use over the Inmarsat network. The certification comes following six-months of collaboration with wireless technology provider Parrot and is part of Inmarsat’s ongoing open technology...
March 11, 2015
Photo: Global Eagle Entertainment [Avionics Today 03-11-2015] Global Eagle Entertainment (GEE) and Air China have successfully completed the first in-flight newscast using Ku-band connectivity. During the live...
March 11, 2015
[Avionics Today 03-11-2015] Loong Airlines, based in China’s Zhejiang Province, has selected Thales Avionics Topflight Flight Management System (FMS) to equip their fleet of 30 Airbus A320s, scheduled for delivery between 2015 and 2018. Loong...
March 11, 2015
CPDLC display in a cockpit. Photo: Wikipedia [Avionics Today 03-11-2015] SITA OnAir is engaging in a partnership with Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs) Bulgarian Air Traffic Services Authority (BULATSA), and the Romanian Air Traffic Services Administration (ROMATSA) to improve air traffic communications in the Danube Functional Airspace Block (FAB) by supplementing voice...
March 10, 2015
Many in our industry fear unmanned aerial systems (UAS) will replace regular helicopter operations—a valid concern. Qualified pilots will always shuttle passengers from point to point, and fly to the middle of nowhere in the dead of night to pick up an accident victim. I do not believe the general public will ever accept pilotless aircraft for regular passenger flights, even though many new aircraft...
March 10, 2015
FEC Heliports Rapid Deployment Battery-Operated Helipad Lights FEC Heliports have improved the specification of their rapid deployment battery-operated helipad lights. The high intensity LED lights are now available with wireless control enabling the operation of color, intensity and flash pattern through a remote key fob. If used in conjunction with FEC’s Remote Lighting Controller, pilot operation...
March 10, 2015
Guillaume Faury, president and CEO, Airbus Helicopters acknowledged that his company had been through a challenging year of change in 2014. During his first full year in charge, he had to contend with the fallout and reputation management from the North Sea accidents, as well as a corporate change and realignment with the Airbus brand away from the runaway brand that had been Eurocopter. The organization...
March 10, 2015
Bristow Group has raised its total firm orders for Airbus Helicopters’ H175 (formerly EC175) to 17, and also signed a comprehensive support services agreement for its new seven-metric-ton-category rotorcraft. This endorsement was formalized during a signing ceremony at HAI Heli-Expo 2015. It expands upon Bristow’s initial order agreement, announced two years ago. Deliveries of the H175s will...
March 10, 2015
Able Aerospace Services has launched a new service line providing Level 1 bearing inspection and Level 2 bearing overhaul and repair for the Bell 206 and 407. The company plans to add additional aircraft bearings services in the coming months.   Photo courtesy of Able Aerospace Services “Able prides itself on being a one-stop, value-add solution for its...
March 10, 2015
Era Group Inc., one of the largest helicopter operators in the world, will present at the Sidoti and Company 19th Annual Emerging Growth Research...
March 10, 2015
The U.S. Army’s recent order for an additional 41 UH-72A Lakota helicopters underscores the continuing value the Army places on the Lakota’s low cost multi-mission capabilities, high performance and reliability. It also validates the work done by Airbus Helicopters Inc. and Airbus Group Inc. to fulfill commitments made to the Army and the U.S. government.   UH-72A Lakotas on flightline at...
March 10, 2015
[Avionics Today 03-10-2015] On March 9, the anniversary of the disappearance of Malaysian Airlines flight MH370, Rockwell Collins debuted its new ARINC MultiLink flight tracking solution, which unites six different data feeds from both the aircraft and air traffic sources. The new technology merges data from avionics systems and capabilities already on board the aircraft as well as position data from...
March 10, 2015
[Avionics Today 03-10-2015] Inmarsat Government has announced a new agreement to make Honeywell the service provider to the U.S. government aeronautical market for the Global Xpress constellation network. Under the new agreement, Honeywell will provide the terminal hardware enabling aircraft connectivity to Inmarsat's Global Xpress...
March 10, 2015
[Avionics Today 03-10-2015] BAE Systems was awarded a new $37 million three-year contract to provide obsolescence management support for the U.S. Air Force from its facilities in Fla., Ga., Okla. and Utah. The U.K.-based...
March 10, 2015
[Avionics Today 03-10-2015] Gulfstream has received type certification approval for the G280 business jet. The G280 has range of 3,600 nautical miles, and is equipped with twin Honeywell HTF7250G...
March 10, 2015
[Avionics Today 03-10-2015] Italian Air Navigation Service Provider (ANSP) ENAV has selected Searidge Technologies for the Single European Sky ATM Research Joint Undertaking (SESAR JU) Remote Airport Concept of Operation (RACOON) demonstration project. The RACOON project will demonstrate the viability of providing remote Air Traffic Control tower services to multiple airports.     ...
March 9, 2015
Image courtesy Airbus Helicopters. Even with next-generation airframes coming off the assembly line, some OEMs are revamping their internal processes. Airbus Helicopters, whose X4 is arguably the most highly anticipated design of 2015, has made its own safety contribution by publishing the first helicopter flight crew operation manual (FCOM) for the EC225 LP for offshore missions. This airframe is a...
March 9, 2015
Airbus Helicopters has expanded on its initial Flight Crew Operating Manual (FCOM) for H225 (formerly EC225) aircraft in oil and gas missions – the first such source document produced by a rotorcraft manufacturer – and has announced the release of an updated version, now extended to include emergency procedures. Airbus Helicopters worked closely on the document with a group of oil and gas...
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