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August 11, 2014
Revolution’s R44 with the Hummingbird UAV. Photo courtesy Revolution Aviation Revolution Aviation, a flight training school based at John Wayne Airport (SNA) in Santa Ana, Calif., claims to be the first flight school in the United States to offer instruction on helicopters, fixed-wing platforms, and remotely piloted vehicles (RPVs), more commonly known as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or drones...
August 11, 2014
Russian Helicopters has announced that on August 8, Kazan Helicopters opened a new painting and finishing shop at its manufacturing base in Moscow. The RUB 467 million ($13 million) facility represents the company's continuing effort to increase its production output, as well as its competitiveness in the global rotorcraft market. The new shop houses a variety of...
August 11, 2014
[Avionics Today 08-11-2014] Gogo CEO Michael Small sees the company's business moving well beyond a focus on passenger connectivity in the commercial and business aviation sectors in the near future. During a second quarter conference call, Smalls said the company’s new non Internet-connectivity based products are an example of the growing connected aircraft business model.      Japan...
August 11, 2014
[Avionics Today 08-11-2014] The Rechargeable Battery Association (PRBA), expressed concerns about the dangers posed by non-compliant air shipments of lithium batteries and requested International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) help to address the matter. This comes on the heels of a lawsuit against Southwest Airlines in which the airline allegedly transported...
August 11, 2014
United Airline's 737 Max 9 Photo: United Airlines [Avionics Today 08-11-2014] United Airlines (UAL) reported its July 2014 operational results in which consolidated...
August 11, 2014
GE Industrial Internet Diagram. Photo: GE [Avionics Today 08-11-2014] GE announced its industrial data lake approach to help air transport operators become more efficient in analyzing and monitoring data about the in-flight performance of...
August 11, 2014
Air Canada Flight Attendant. Photo: Air Canada [Avionics Today 08-11-2014] The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) is challenging a Transport Canada decision to exempt Air Canada from maintaining the current ratio of one flight attendant for every 40 passenger seats on commercial flights. CUPE, the union representing more than 7,000 Air Canada flight...
August 11, 2014
Photo: Rockwell Collins [Avionics Today 08-11-2014] Singapore-based Scoot Airlines has selected Rockwell Collins’ Dispatch 100...
August 8, 2014
CH-47. Photo courtesy Boeing From Boeing’s facility in St. Louis—“Customers need innovation, ideas and affordability. They want more capability at the right time and the right price,” said Chris Chadwick, President and CEO of Boeing Defense, Space and Security, speaking as Boeing was preparing to attend the Farnborough Airshow in July. He stated that the company’s general...
August 8, 2014
Looking at a panel full of instruments is like looking at the heartbeat of your aircraft. Thinking back to primary flight training brings up basic images of how they work, such as the altimeter with its expandable bellows that moves a dial; or the attitude indicator, with a gyro inside that looks like the one on the shelf in science class. Those simple pictures help bring understanding and may aid in...
August 8, 2014
Gogo In-Flight Entertainment Photo: Gogo [Avionics Today 08-08-2014] Gogo, the global aero communications provider best known for providing In-flight Connectivity (IFC), can now bring In-Flight Entertainment (IFE) right to a passenger’s own laptop or other Wi-Fi-enabled device. The company recently announced that it has received a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) from the FAA to install its Gogo...
August 8, 2014
Spirit AeroSystem's Workers, Wichita, Kan. Photo: Spirit AeroSystem's [Avionics Today 08-08-2014] The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) plans to file a lawsuit against Spirit AeroSystems over the company’s plans to outsource IAM-represented jobs...
August 8, 2014
ExcelAire GIV-SP Private Jet Interior Photo: ExcelAire [Avionics Today 08-08-2014] Following in the trend of the expanding business jet market, ExcelAire, a New York-based private...
August 8, 2014
Photo: Lima Pix (Flickr) [Avionics Today 08-08-2014] Drone Aviation Corp. (DAC), a developer of specialized tethered drones, will begin offering an aerial photography package for land management, agriculture and real estate purposes.  ...
August 8, 2014
A-10 Photo: CPI AeroStructures [Avionics Today 08-08-2014] CPI Aerostructures announced significant losses for the 2014 second quarter, which were considerably impacted by a failed A-10 Wing Replacement Program. CPI Aerostructures predicts the ending of production on their A-10 WRP at about 55 percent of the original planned 242 aircraft, resulting in the loss of investments...
August 8, 2014
[Avionics Today 8-08-2014] Etihad Airways agreed to a $2 billion deal that will give it a 49 percent share of Alitalia. The Middle Eastern carrier is looking to return the struggling Italian airline to profitability within two years with a robust investment plan.       (from left to right) Etihad Airways Chief Financial Officer James Rigney, Alitalia Chairman Roberto Colaninno, Etihad...
August 7, 2014
The Armed Forces of Malta has received their first AgustaWestland AW139 to be used primarily in maritime border control...
August 7, 2014
The Australian Helicopter Industry Association (AHIA) has written to the Australian Government requesting the planned implementation of the new Civil Aviation Regulation Part 61 (flight crew licensing) on September 1 is delayed. According to the AHIA, the regulations will add further costs and provide no perceived safety benefits, are too complex and could adversely impact the local helicopter industry...
August 7, 2014
Volunteers Help Build One Week Wonder Photo: EAA AirVenture Oshkosh [Avionics Today 08-07-2014] The One Week Wonder, an airplane assembled in just seven days by more than 2,500 volunteers, recently took flight at the Witman Regional Airport in Wisconsin. The...
August 7, 2014
Crowds at the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh Airshow Photo: EAA AirVenture Oshkosh [Avionics Today 08-07-2014] The annual Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) AirVenture Oshkosh airshow wrapped up recently, boasting a turnout of more than 500,000 attendees for this 2014 show — approximately 5 to 6 percent higher than in 2013. According to the...
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