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May 15, 2014
Integrated Microwave Technologies (IMT) presented its new briefcase receiver (BCRx) at AUVSI 2014. The BCRx is a COFDM (DVB-T-compliant) diversity receiver/monitor integrated into a ruggedized, portable IP66-rated briefcase. BCRx ensures reliable reception of COFDM-modulated microwave transmissions via maximal-ratio combining technology that takes advantage of its integrated dual antennas to...
May 15, 2014
[Avionics Today May 15, 2014] AUVSI 2014 provided an excellent opportunity for avionics companies to engage the growing unmanned systems market within both the military and the commercial segment, the latter of which is on track to explode with a range of new applications over the next decade.  CNS4. Photo, courtesy of Curtiss Wright.   Avionics Magazine caught up with Curtiss-Wright Defense...
May 15, 2014
[Avionics Today May 15, 2014] Imagine having advanced notice of an approaching wildfire coupled with real-time video streaming of the developing flames on your smart phone, tablet and laptop.  Insitu Pacific recently conducted a successful demonstration for the New South Wales Rural Fire Service that was able to do just that. The demonstration featured the company's ScanEagle Unmanned Aircraft...
May 15, 2014
[Avionics Today May 15, 2014] The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) is ready to develop a global flight tracking service, as the aviation industry continues to consider solutions to prevent future incidents similar to the recent loss of Malaysia Airlines' flight MH370.  According to a statement, the group has a new framework to consider contributions from the industry through the...
May 14, 2014
The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines has signed an agreement with Honeywell Aerospace and Hughes Aerospace Corporation to develop performance-based navigation procedures for Daniel Z. Romualdez Airport (TAC) in Tacloban that is expected to enable safer, more reliable and consistent operations under all weather...
May 14, 2014
Bell Helicopter has reached agreements with Helicopter Flight Services, AngMar Aviation and Rocky Mountain Rotors involving the 407GX, which features Garmin's G1000H flight deck. New York City-based Helicopter Flight Services offers tours, corporate charter services, aerial photography and video, and construction services around Manhattan...
May 14, 2014
Sikorsky and the National Robotics Engineering Center (NREC) of Carnegie Mellon University will demonstrate an autonomous delivery of an unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) by an optionally piloted Black Hawk helicopter equipped with Matrix technology. The UGV will subsequently execute a mission to investigate a potentially contaminated area, while keeping human personnel out of harm’s way. The project is...
May 14, 2014
Sikorsky is planning to develop its first product to feature Matrix Technology by converting a retired UH-60A Black Hawk helicopter into an optionally piloted variant capable of a wide range of missions. With the autonomous Black Hawk, Sikorsky plans to build on the success of its Matrix Technology and Manned/Unmanned Resupply Aerial Lifter (MURAL) autonomy programs to deliver a new level of mission flexibility...
May 14, 2014
The U.S. Army has awarded PAS MRO a five-year contract for the repair and overhaul of the UH-60 helicopter rotor blade tip cap. The maximum potential value of...
May 14, 2014
[Aviation Today May 14, 2014] European regional airframe manufacturer ATR reported 100 firm orders for the first four months of 2014.    Since the beginning of the year, sales of new ATR 600...
May 14, 2014
[Avionics Today May 14, 2014] Turkish charter airline Corendon has signed a new five-year contract with Jeppesen to integrate the company's digital navigation and Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) services into its commercial aircraft fleet. ...
May 14, 2014
[Aviation Today May 14, 2014] Mexican airline VivaAerobus has begun its fleet transition to Airbus A320 aircraft, after beginning operations with its first three A320s in April.   VivaAerobus A320. Photo, courtesy of Airbus. The low cost Mexico City-based carrier is looking to...
May 14, 2014
[Aviation Today May 14, 2014] Royal Jordanian Airlines has added Boeing's Rotable Exchange Services program under a new 10-year agreement for its fleet of 787s.    Through the program, Boeing provides a pool of parts...
May 13, 2014
As part of its ongoing accident analysis, the United States Helicopter Safety Team has categorized U.S. civil helicopter data by U.S. state for the period of 2008 through 2013. It continues to see the West and the South as ground zero for the majority of accidents. Fatal accidents, for the most part, also follow this western and southern trend. Total U.S. Helicopter Accidents by State – 2008 through...
May 13, 2014
Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority has issued a notice of proposed rule-making aimed at improving the safety of helicopter external sling load and winching and rappelling operations in the country. The move follows a number of safety incidents involving such operations in Australia in recent years. In 2013, a man died after falling 30 meters (98 feet) as he was being winched aboard an...
May 13, 2014
Limerick, Ireland-based Waypoint Leasing has closed on a five-year term loan facility with a Goldman Sachs-led group. The helicopter lessor will use the funding to refinance six existing helicopters under Waypoint’s $385 million revolving credit facility, consisting of AgustaWestland AW139 and Sikorsky S-76C++ and S-92 variants. The $72.5-million term loan “allows us to recycle our revolving...
May 13, 2014
DAC International has announced that the Agencia Nacional de Aviacao Civil (ANAC) in Brazil has approved its supplemental type certificate (STC) for the Trig Avionics TT22 transponder with the FreeFlight Systems 1201 WAAS/GPS sensor for the ADS-B Out compliance for use with the Sikorsky S-76 A/B/C...
May 13, 2014
[Aviation Today May 13, 2014] Luxaviation has acquired the U.K.'s largest private jet operator, adding London Executive Aviation (LEA) to its Luxembourg-based operations.  The acquisition will expand Luxaviation's fleet to a total of 90 aircraft, consisting mainly of large cabin business jets. LEA will continue to be led by CEO Patrick Margetson-Rushmore and Managing Director George...
May 13, 2014
[Avionics Today May 13, 2014] Bombardier has announced an agreement with Panasonic Avionics Corp. to feature its eXConnect system as a line-fit option on its CSeries passenger jet, which is currently undergoing an extensive flight testing program in preparation for a planned entry into service in late 2015.  CSeries...
May 13, 2014
[Avionics Today May 13, 2014] Garmin has received certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) for its touchscreen multi-function display, the GTN 725, on ATR 42 and ATR 72 aircraft.   The approval will expand the operational ability of...
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