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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...
May 4, 2015
Erickson Incorporated will release its earnings results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2015 on Monday, May 11, 2015 after the market closes. Jeff Roberts, the Company’s President and Chief Executive Officer, and Eric Struik, the...
May 4, 2015
CHC Group Ltd. has announced today that as of midnight New York City time on May 1, 2015, the expiration date, $20,755,150 aggregate principal amount of outstanding 9.375% Senior Notes due 2021 of CHC Helicopter S.A., its indirect wholly-owned subsidiary, had been tendered and not withdrawn in the previously...
May 4, 2015
Aerospace and professional services provider Nova Systems is expanding its European business (Nova Systems UK) with the purchase of an Airbus Helicopter H135. The fully-instrumented aircraft will be used to test the latest sensors...
May 4, 2015
[Avionics Today 05-04-2015] The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) have published new training requirements for airline pilots to prevent loss of control situations. The Upset Prevention and Recovery Training (UPRT)...
May 4, 2015
SWISS Boeing 777-300ER. Photo: Boeing [Avionics Today 05-04-2015] Boeing, the Lufthansa Group and Swiss International Air Lines have finalized an order for...
May 4, 2015
A diagram of current free route airspace implementation across Europe. Photo: Eurocontrol [Avionics Today 05-04-2015] The South-East Axis Free Route Airspace (FRA) implementation project was successfully concluded on April 30 with free route operations now being conducted above FL325 at night in the three flight...
May 4, 2015
An Airbus A320, the model for which Rockwell will install the EFB interface and communication unit. Photo: Airbus [Avionics Today 05-04-2015] Rockwell Collins has been selected by Airbus to provide the Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) interface and Communication Unit (EICU) for the Airbus A320 and A330 aircraft families. The EICU, which is part of Rockwell Collins’ secure...
May 4, 2015
[Avionics Today 05-04-2015] TrueNorth Avionics recently announced that it has achieved the first FAA Technical Standard Order (TSO) C-159A with its Simphonē Future Air Navigation Systems (FANS-1/A+) capable Data Link Unit (DLU). The Canadian manufacturer first paved the way for development of the DLU with the introduction of its Iridium-based Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System (ACARS)...
May 1, 2015
[Avionics Today 05-01-2015] “As of today, Host is history,” FAA Administrator Michael Huerta announced yesterday morning at a press conference regarding the rollout of the new Air Traffic Control (ATC) En Route Automation Modernization (ERAM) system held at the Washington Reagan National Airport in Arlington, Va. ERAM, which was contracted in 1990 to replace the agency’s antiquated Host...
May 1, 2015
At AUVSI Unmanned Systems 2015, Rockwell Collins (Booth 701) will showcase a range of avionics solutions - including certified flight controls, data links and navigation technologies - all aimed at addressing the integration challenges facing the UAS community.   Photo courtesy...
May 1, 2015
The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has announced at the Offshore Helicopter Safety Action Group (OHSAG) a new set of proposals aimed at improving the safety of helicopter operations to the 116 normally unattended offshore installations in the North Sea. The proposals build upon an independent report compiled by Cranfield University, commissioned by the CAA, aimed at providing a new strategy for...
May 1, 2015
The global aerospace and defense company AAR has earned Boeing Gold Performance Excellence Awards at two of its operating units — Aircraft Component Repair (ACS) in Amsterdam and Defense Systems Logistics (DSL) in Havelock, N.C. — for the fifth straight year. Boeing issues the awards annually to recognize suppliers that have achieved superior performance for each...
May 1, 2015
Embraer saw a drop in revenue as biz jet sales slow. Photo: Wikipedia [Avionics Today 05-01-2015] Embraer has released its first-quarter 2015 profits, posting a...
May 1, 2015
Map showing recreational airspace across the U.S. Photo: AirMap [Avionics Today 04-01-2015] AirMap, a free, comprehensive digital map that allows Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) operators to visualize the airspace around them, including areas...
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