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April 7, 2015
[Avionics Today 04-07-2015] While most of the aviation industry's focus regarding the FAA's approaching 2020 mandate has been on equipping General Aviation (GA) aircraft with Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) avionics, airlines are also facing NextGen equipage issues. Through the FAA's recent formation of the Equip 2020 working group, however, those issues are being addressed through...
April 7, 2015
Spectrum Aeromed, designer and manufacturer of custom air medical and air ambulance equipment for fixed-wing and rotor-wing aircraft, will be showcasing its medical interior in a new Pilatus PC-12 NG airplane during a tour of Asia. The aircraft will be viewable in the Chalet Display area in the static displays at Asian Business Aviation Convention & Expo (ABACE) in Shanghai, China from April 14-16...
April 7, 2015
Horizon International Flight Academy LLC of the United Arab Emirates has placed an order with FRASCA International, Inc. of Urbana, Ill. for a Bell 407 Flight Navigation Procedures Trainer (FNPT) II (“simulator”). The simulator will be configured as a Bell 407 Helicopter and will feature...
April 7, 2015
The Army views its common aviation cockpit concept as an architecture and backbone that allows a cockpit to evolve over time as opposed to simply components, according to a key official.  "We want to make sure the backbone not only allows the evolution of those vehicles over time but the evolution of the subcomponent," Dan Bailey, Army program director for Joint Multi-Role Technology...
April 7, 2015
Aerospace Optics has introduced NEXSYS, a premium product line of flexible avionic system interface solutions offering system designers and engineers the ability to solve system-to-system communication challenges. The NEXSYS brand joins VIVISUN® in positioning Aerospace Optics as one of the industry’s leading innovation solutions manufacturers for illuminated and non-illuminated interface...
April 7, 2015
[Avionics Today 04-07-2015] Universal Avionics and Rockwell Collins have partnered to bring business aviation operators a new path to Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) compliance. Announced a day ahead of the start of the 2015 Aircraft Electronics Association (AEA) International Convention and Trade Show, the two companies combined Rockwell Collins’ TDR-94(D) Mode S Transponder with...
April 7, 2015
Pilot using Rockwell Collins flight planning, which can now be combined with FANS 1/A. Photo: Rockwell Collins [Avionics Today 04-07-2015] Rockwell Collins has announced a new offering that combines its Future Airspace Navigation System (FANS) 1/A upgrade with an annual subscription to its premium suite of ARINCDirect flight support mobile applications and services. The...
April 7, 2015
NAVFAC areas of responsibility for which Leidos will be conducting maintenance operations. Photo: NAVFAC [Avionics Today 04-07-2015] Leidos Engineering has won a prime contract from the Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Atlantic to provide environmental planning and mission operations...
April 7, 2015
The Precision Hawk Lancaster UAS for which USAA has received Section 333 approval. Photo: Bob Lewis/USAA [Avionics Today 04-07-2015] The FAA has approved U.S.-based insurance company USAA’s request to test how Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) could help speed review...
April 7, 2015
Erickson fire fighting helicopter in action. Photo: Erickson [Avionics Today 04-07-2015] Erickson has renewed key contracts with the U.S. Forest Service as well as with Canadian aerial heavy lift company Helifor Canada, a...
April 6, 2015
 The UH-72 Lakota, which is based on the Airbus H145/EC145, boasts a top speed of 145 knots and a range of 370 nautical miles. It entered service with the Army National Guard in late 2005. Photo courtesy of Airbus Helicopters The Army’s first aviation restructuring in a generation shouldn’t affect the civil helicopter market, according to a prominent aerospace analyst. Richard Aboulafia...
April 6, 2015
While growth in the Australian helicopter market may have slowed this financial year, the sector still has encouraging growth prospects and was well represented at the Australian International Air Show, which took place at Avalon Airport, Victoria, from Feb. 24 to March 1. The static park included AgustaWestland AW139s and the AW169, Airbus Helicopters was present with its EC120 and EC130 T2, Robinson...
April 6, 2015
In an official statement released on March 18, the U.S. Justice Department announced that it will not prosecute a Washington, DC man for allowing the rotary-wing unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) - commonly called a “drone” - he was operating to fly onto the grounds of the White House on Jan. 26, 2015. The decision was made following an investigation by the Secret Service, which discovered that the...
April 6, 2015
AHS International has announced its 2015 Vertical Flight Foundation (VFF) scholarship recipients. A total of $68,000 through 22 scholarships were awarded this year to some of the world’s most talented engineering students interested in vertical flight. The following are this year’s awardees, who will be recognized at the Grand Awards Banquet on Wednesday May 6, 2015, during the 71st Annual AHS...
April 6, 2015
The Boeing Company has announced deliveries across its commercial and defense operations for the first quarter of 2015. Commercial...
April 6, 2015
In 2014, more than 1,000 Russian and international flight and engineering crew underwent training at Russian Helicopters’ training centers. Aircrews from the Emergencies Ministry, Interior Ministry and Federal Security Service (FSB), as well as Russian Helicopters' international partners, received additional professional training. Crews from the Republic of Korea, Peru, Kazakhstan and Mongolia were...
April 6, 2015
[Avionics Today 04-06-2015] European aviation safety officials have proposed changes to existing regulations surrounding Performance-Based Navigation (PBN) safety rules. The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) is offering modifications to existing regulations that the agency views as financially and administratively burdensome to aircraft operators.      Computer rendering depicting a...
April 6, 2015
[Avionics Today 04-06-2015] Denmark-based Star Air has chosen to equip its fleet of 11 Boeing 767-200BDSF cargo planes with Rockwell Collins' large-format flight displays. The displays are inspired by the same display system found on Boeing 787 Dreamliners. Rockwell Collins' large-format display upgrade for 767 and 757 flight decks. Photo: Rockwell Collins The new flight deck, a...
April 6, 2015
Dassault Aviation’s second Falcon 8X  flight test aircraft in flight. Photo: Dassault [Avionics Today 04-06-2015] A second flight test aircraft has joined the Falcon 8X campaign as the ultra long-range business jet continues on its road...
April 6, 2015
Aviall. Photo: Boeing [Avionics Today 04-06-2015] Aviall, a subsidiary of Boeing, is now a global distributor of Sensor Systems aircraft antennas, under a new agreement with the manufacturer of...
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