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May 7, 2015
A new PrecisionHawk drone. Photo: PrecisionHawk. [Avionics Today 05-07-2015] PrecisionHawk has entered into a cooperative research and development agreement with the FAA to advance the research around Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) across rural areas. FAA Administrator Michael Huerta announced the partnership at the AUVSI Unmanned Systems Conference in Atlanta, Ga., taking place this week. PrecisionHawk...
May 7, 2015
Boeing 737 MAX LEAP-1B Engine. Photo: Boeing [Avionics Today 05-07-2015] Boeing and CFM International have successfully initiated flight testing of the LEAP-1B engine on April 29 on a modified 747 flying testbed at GE Aviation Flight Test Operations in Victorville, Calif. The testing is the next major milestone in a two-year program that will culminate in engine certification in 2016 and...
May 7, 2015
B4UFLY mobile application. Photo: FAA [Avionics Today 05-07-2015] The FAA has announced a smartphone application that aims to make it clear to Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) enthusiasts where it’s legal to fly in the National Airspace System (NAS). The B4UFLY app, announced at the 2015 Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) Conference in Atlanta, Ga. taking place this week...
May 6, 2015
By Mike Hangge Fifty feet up, open desert below, 110 knots. Heat forgotten, sweat pouring. Crew meshed, flight locked tight. Target in sight. One minute out… To me, there just isn’t anything quite as perfect as those moments when life is forgotten and there’s nothing but the mission. Everything depends on me doing my job. Everything depends on each of us doing our jobs. We are fused...
May 6, 2015
Australia has commissioned into service the first two of seven Boeing CH-47F Chinook “Foxtrot” cargo helicopters for the Australian Army. The two helicopters are part of an A$631 million project that includes seven CH-47Fs and two flight simulators. The simulators were delivered in April 2014 and February 2015, and have since then been training Army Chinook crews. The first helicopters were...
May 6, 2015
NASA Administrator Charles Bolden will be at NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va., Friday, May 8 to participate in a ceremony recognizing Langley’s decades of contributions to improving helicopters and other vertical flight aircraft.   NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va., has done research on helicopters and other vertical flight aircraft almost...
May 6, 2015
CHC Helicopter has announced that Lee Eckert will be succeeding Joan Hooper as Chief Financial Officer effective July 16, 2015. Mr. Eckert was most recently CFO of the $13 billion in sales U.S. division of National Grid Plc., an international energy company listed on the London Stock Exchange and with ADRs trading on the New York Stock Exchange. The appointment of Mr. Eckert...
May 6, 2015
[Avionics Today 05-06-2015] The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) is proposing a new certification memorandum to provide expanded support for the airworthiness approval of Integrated Modular Avionics (IMA) systems. EASA is proposing the memorandum as a way to identify when a system may be considered as an IMA package or not.     The Integrated Modular Avionics (IMA) setup on the Airbus A350...
May 6, 2015
JetBlue tail fins. Photo: JetBlue [Avionics Today 05-06-2015] Amazon has partnered with JetBlue to allow Amazon Prime members to stream movies and TV episodes in flight, including exclusive Amazon Original Series, on the airline’s free in-flight Wi-Fi service Fly-Fi. In addition, all JetBlue customers will be able to rent or purchase...
May 6, 2015
IndiGo Airbus A320-232. Photo: Kurush Pawar (flickr) [Avionics Today 05-06-2015] Indian airline IndiGo has signed a contract with Honeywell to supply its on-order Airbus A320neo fleet with a suite of avionics technologies. IndiGo's new fleet of aircraft will feature several Honeywell safety-focused...
May 6, 2015
Avianca A320 aircraft, rendering. Photo: Airbus [Avionics Today 05-06-2015] Following a memorandum of understanding announcement in February, Avianca has signed a purchase agreement for 100 A320neo family aircraft, the largest single order ever made in Latin...
May 6, 2015
T.F. Green Airport in Rhode Island. Photo: SITA [Avionics Today 05-06-2015] In a move to make T.F. Green Airport (PVD) in Providence, R.I. more attractive to international carriers, the Rhode Island Airport Corporation is investing in a check-in and boarding platform provided by the global airport technology provider SITA. This cloud-based technology, SITA AirportConnect Open, aims...
May 5, 2015
Textron Systems Support Solutions has introduced its new unmanned systems training course catalog. The company has developed curricula including both classroom and hands-on training elements, utilizing customized materials and training aids to provide a holistic experience. The company’s training experts then tailor the program to the customer’s language of choice, skill level (beginner to...
May 5, 2015
Eveline Bisson has been appointed as Director of Transport Business Services for Metro Aviation, a new position that will allow HEMS customers to consult with a Metro resource to improve their internal business practices, both clinically and financially.   Photo courtesy of Metro Aviation “The Metro family is a diverse community consisting...
May 5, 2015
Following the devastation of Cyclone Pam, the Vanuatu Government and the World Bank contacted Australian operator Heliwest, who deployed Lockheed Martin’s Indago small unmanned aerial system (UAS) to conduct a rapid damage assessment. The Indago collected imagery of the damage over a two-week mission and provided the data to operators, without risking a life.   Photo courtesy of Heliwest...
May 5, 2015
AWIPS II. Photo: Raytheon. [Avionics Today 05-05-2015] Raytheon Company's Advanced Weather Interactive Processing System II (AWIPS II), a forecasting analysis and display toolkit, was recently installed at all coastal Atlantic National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Weather Service (NOAA/NWS) Weather Forecasting Offices...
May 5, 2015
Three RAAF FA-18 Hornets in formation after refueling U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Matthew Bruch [Avionics Today 05-05-2015] Boeing will update two maintenance trainers for the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) so they better support the RAAF’s F/A-18F and EA-18G aircraft. Australia is the only nation other than the United States flying F/A-18 Super Hornet fighters and EA-18G...
May 5, 2015
Exelis’ new application improves UAS situational awareness. Photo: Exelis [Avionics Today 05-05-2015] Exelis has signed agreements with four Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)-designated Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) test sites for airspace situational awareness and research. The research will focus on using the Exelis Symphony RangeVue sense-and-avoid tool toward safe integration of UAS into...
May 5, 2015
[Avionics Today 05-05-2015] Honeywell Aerospace has released the new CNX-250 multifunction router, enabling aircraft to connect to a cellular network while on the ground and transition to a satellite connection while in flight. The new router enables connectivity to a variety...
May 5, 2015
[Avionics Today 05-05-2015] Boeing will provide a software update later this year to address an issue that causes the 787 Dreamliner's Generator Control Units (GCUs) to simultaneously go into failsafe mode after being powered continuously for 248 days. The FAA has issued an Airworthiness Directive (AD) calling for 787 operators to address the glitch, which is caused by a software counter internal to the...
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