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September 10, 2014
[Avionics Today 09-10-2014] Airbus has announced its latest aviation business venture in the Asia Pacific region, a new subsidiary to produce flight operations data for use by airlines. The new center, Airbus Flight Operations Services, will be located in Thailand and will begin operations in early 2015.     Airbus A350 XWB flight deck. Photo: Airbus   According to Airbus, the new center...
September 9, 2014
The Maltese armed forces (AFM) have taken delivery of their first AgustaWestland AW139 helicopter destined for maritime border control missions. At the acceptance ceremony, Maltese Home Affairs Minister Manuel Mallia praised the aircraft and said that it was...
September 9, 2014
[Avionics Today 09-09-2014] In a combined effort by the government and industry to reduce toxic lead emissions for general aviation by 2018, the FAA has selected four unleaded fuels for the first phase of testing at the William J. Hughes Technical Center. Aircraft being refueled. Photo: Wikipedia Approximately 167,000 general aviation aircraft in the United States rely on 100...
September 9, 2014
The Boeing Peace Eagle Early Warning and Control aircraft. Photo: Turkish Aerospace Industries [Avionics Today 09-09-2014] Boeing announced delivery of the third Peace Eagle Airborne Early Warning and...
September 9, 2014
The Bombardier CSeries in flight. Photo: Bombardier [Avionics Today 09-09-2014] After an engine-related incident during stationary ground maintenance testing in May, Bombardier confirmed that the CSeries aircraft resumed flight testing with flight test...
September 9, 2014
The Rohde and Schwarz EDS300 DME and Pulse Analyzer. Photo: Rohde and Schwarz [Avionics Today 09-09-2014] Rohde & Schwarz has announced that Moog has selected the R&S EDS300 DME/pulse analyzer as a standard test solution for research and development, manufacturing and field deployment of their MM-7000...
September 9, 2014
The Inmarsat 1-5 Global Xpress satellite. Photo: Rockwell Collins [Avionics Today 09-09-2014] Inmarsat and Rockwell Collins have signed the final agreement to make Rockwell Collins a Value Added Reseller (VAR) of GX Aviation to the commercial air transport market, bringing In-flight Connectivity (IFC) to...
September 9, 2014
[Avionics Today 09-09-2014] One of the most crucial aspects of the FAA's NextGen modernization project, En Route Automation Modernization (ERAM), is on track for nationwide operation by the spring of 2015, according to FAA Administrator Michael Huerta. ERAM is a replacement of Host, the legacy computer system the agency uses at its Air Traffic Control (ATC) centers that manage high altitude traffic. ...
September 8, 2014
The Cargo on/off Loading System (COOL) from Boeing CH-47 allows the rapid configuration of the helicopter floor between cargo and other missions. Photo courtesy Boeing On July 22, Bell-Boeing was awarded a $69.6 million cost-plus-fixed-fee delivery order in support of the V-22 for the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy. The order relates to the...
September 8, 2014
Vector Aerospace Helicopter Services-North America has added the AS223L1 model to its FAA certified cockpit voice and flight-data recording (CVFDR) Supplemental Type Certificate (STC). It joins the...
September 8, 2014
The Aerobahn product suite. Photo: Saab [Avionics Today 09-08-14] The City of Atlanta Department of Aviation has renewed its contract with Saab to expand the Aerobahn airport surface management platform already in place at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL), which has been named the world’s busiest airport every year since 2000 according to the Airports Council...
September 8, 2014
[Avionics Today 09-08-2014] The U.S. Army will soon be able to integrate new avionics capabilities at a much lower cost than it currently does thanks to a new ground control station Open Architecture (OA) framework being developed by General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems (GD-AIS) and Real-Time Innovations (RTI). GD-AIS selected RTI's Transport Services Segment (TSS) software to serve as the...
September 8, 2014
The departures exterior of DWC. Photo: Dubai Airports [Avionics Today 09-08-14] Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, vice president and prime minister of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), has endorsed a $32 billion expansion of the Al Maktoum International Airport at Dubai World Central (DWC). The...
September 8, 2014
A rendering of the Ryanair Boeing 737 Max 200. Photo: Boeing [Avionics Today 09-08-14] Boeing has launched the newest member of the 737 MAX family with a commitment from Ryanair for 100 airplanes. The European low-cost carrier will be the first airline to operate the 737 MAX 200, a variant based on the 737 MAX 8 that can...
September 8, 2014
A Transaero Airlines flight. Photo: Wikipedia [Avionics Today 09-08-14] Transaero Airlines has announced customer usage of its In-Flight Connectivity (IFC) system from the first six months of 2014. In the first half of the year, passengers...
September 8, 2014
Caption: The Avionics Market is estimated to grow 4.8 percent through 2019. Photo: Wikipedia [Avionics Today 09-08-14] Avascent Analytics, a strategy and management consulting firm, projects the global market for commercial avionics equipment to grow at a rate of 4.8 percent through 2019. According to the report, this comes as no surprise, bearing in mind the record-breaking $201 billion in commitments...
September 5, 2014
Last time in this column, a description of an oddball surprise which could conceivably befall any unsuspecting helicopter pilot was presented, and it implied that experiences which crop up in the environment inhabited by Coast Guard operators represent only a single category in an almost infinite variety of obstacles to safety unavoidable across the composite spectrum of rotary wing aviation. Being...
September 5, 2014
We have all seen the statistics concerning laser strikes versus aircraft over the last few years. Reported laser strikes on aircraft in the U.S. have increased from 300 in 2005 to 3,900 in 2013. These strikes can range in severity from a significant distraction, to a safety hazard which could cause an accident or temporary to permanent damage to the flight crews’ eyes. I recently attended...
September 5, 2014
German Bell UH-1D Hueys leaving the Ovar Portuguese airbase in northern Portugal. Photo by Andrew Drwiega “We train up to 700 students a year and we have somewhere around 27 training schools - and that doesn’t make sense,” said Andrew Gray, the European Defence Agency’s (EDA) Hot Blade Helicopter Exercise Program (HEP) manager. “There is no harmonization of flying...
September 5, 2014
Helicopters are a serious business; lives are often at stake in one way or another. Usually the lives at risk are those of the flight crew or a critically injured individual that the aircrew has been dispatched to save. Today however, the focus is on ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease. As the viral firestorm has raged...
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