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July 10, 2015
The FAA’s streamlined process for approving unmanned aerial system (UAS) exemptions is clearly working, if Bloomberg News’ analysis is to be believed. Using a database it compiled from federal data, the news service said, it found the...
July 10, 2015
A Canadian VIP and corporate operator has ordered an AgustaWestland AW169 for its charter service between Toronto and New York City, the...
July 10, 2015
[Avionics Today 07-10-2015] One of the biggest discussion topics regarding the FAA's ongoing deployment of NextGen that came out of the recent 2015 Radio Technical Commission for Aeronautics (RTCA) annual symposium was the need for metrics associated with the flight procedures, technologies and various initiatives being implemented throughout the National Airspace System (NAS). The FAA has repeatedly...
July 9, 2015
A key milestone for CHC Helicopter last year was its safety performance, according to President/CEO Karl Fessenden. The offshore support operator’s five-year, rolling-average accident rate as of May 1 was 0.38 for...
July 9, 2015
Only about 15 percent of helicopter noise complaints registered with New York City concerned sightseeing flights, The Daily News in that metropolis reported July 7. A member of the Big Apple’s legislature, the City Council, is drafting a bill to ban helicopter tourism flights in...
July 9, 2015
Then there were two. In an exclusive report, the Reuters news agency reported July 8 that Lockheed Martin and Textron “have emerged as final contenders” to buy Sikorsky Aircraft. Sikorsky parent United Technologies Corp. confirmed June 15 at the Paris Air Show that it intends to exit the rotorcraft...
July 9, 2015
Photo: Initiatives for Next Generation Aviation Fuels [Avionics Today 07-09-2015] Boeing and Japanese aviation industry stakeholders have charted a course to develop sustainable aviation biofuel for flights during the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo, when millions of people are expected to visit Japan. The Initiatives for Next Generation Aviation Fuels (INAF) — a consortium of 46...
July 9, 2015
Matternet ONE. Photo: Matternet. [Avionics Today 07-09-2015] Swiss Post, Swiss WorldCargo and Matternet are jointly testing the commercial use of logistics drones. The three companies are investigating specific uses of drone technology and examining the cost-effectiveness of several...
July 9, 2015
SWISS Business — more privacy and personal space. Photo: PRNewsFoto/Swiss International Air Lines. [Avionics Today 07-09-2015] As a part of its “Next-Generation Airline of Switzerland” strategy, SWISS will begin the renewal of its long-haul aircraft fleet in 2016. A total of nine new Boeing 777-300ERs (Extended Range) will be gradually assimilated into the fleet from the beginning of next...
July 9, 2015
Photo: Avtech. [Avionics Today 07-09-2015] Avtech Sweden AB announced it has entered an agreement with Air Berlin for the implementation of Avtech’s Aventus NowCast Full Flight solution for Air Berlin’s operations into and between Berlin, Germany; Zurich, Switzerland; Antalya, Turkey; and Palma...
July 9, 2015
Garmin G950 Integrated Flight Deck. Photo: Garmin. [Avionics Today 07-09-2015] CemAir announced it will be the first operator to launch passenger service in South Africa using 19-seat Beechcraft 1900D airliners retrofitted with the Garmin G950 Integrated Flight Deck (IFD). The G950 system offers increased safety-enhancing situational awareness tools, solves avionics obsolescence issues, improves dispatch...
July 9, 2015
[Avionics Today 07-09-2015] The global aviation industry is one of the biggest and growing targets for cyber attacks, Tony Tyler, CEO of the International Air Transportation Association (IATA), said during a civil aviation cyber security conference hosted by the Singapore Ministry of Transport Wednesday. Tyler joined more than 200 civil aviation stakeholders and cyber security experts at the conference to...
July 8, 2015
A recent bill proposed by the New York City Council would ban helicopter tourism over the city's five boroughs. The bill is being drafted by Councilman Carlos Menchaca (D-Brooklyn), and if passed...
July 8, 2015
The U.K. Ministry of Defence intends to award AgustaWestland Limited a single-source contract for the assessment and risk reduction activity of a Helicopter-integrated 3D Conformal Symbology (3-D CS) system to mitigate the risk to helicopter operations due to low visibility landings (LVL) in degraded visual environments (DVE), according to the company. AgustaWestland will...
July 8, 2015
A Scottish judge’s order releasing an accident recorder to criminal investigators threatens “the open safety culture it has taken decades to create” in aviation, the British Airline Pilots' Association said, declaring it will appeal the June 19 ruling. BALPA said the threat lies in the prospect that safety data might be “used...
July 8, 2015
[Avionics Today 07-08-2015] United Airlines flight operations resumed Wednesday following a worldwide grounding of in-service aircraft for more than an hour due to an internal computer network problem. According to a statement released to Avionics Magazine by a spokesperson for United, a router issue caused the problem, which impacted 4,900 flights.      A United...
July 8, 2015
[Avionics Today 07-08-2015] Pentastar Aviation has received Supplemental Type Certificates (STCs) from the FAA for installation of the Satcom Direct Router (SDRTM) for Gulfstream GIV-X (G350/G450) and the Gulfstream...
July 8, 2015
[Avionics Today 07-08-2015] ATR has launched its first flight with the "green" ATR 72 demonstrator for the Clean Sky Joint Technology Initiative (CS JTI) test campaign. CS JTI is a measure adopted by the European Parliament to support the trend of Public-Private Partnership (PPP) initiatives...
July 8, 2015
[Avionics Today 07-08-2015] China Eastern successfully validated new Required Navigation Performance Authorization Required procedures (RNP AR) at Yushu Airport with a demonstration flight. China Eastern partnered with Airbus ProSky to design and implement the new procedures. It is the sixth airport that Airbus...
July 8, 2015
[Avionics Today 07-08-2015] The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee announced its decision to delay the release of the proposed FAA reauthorization legislation. On July 1, the committee announced they were informed by the House majority leader that consideration of the FAA reauthorization bill, which would have a profound impact on the future structure of the FAA, will be moved until Sept...
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