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February 21, 2014
[Aviation Today February 21, 2014] Airbus launched the early stages of its Futurassy project, an innovative study looking at the feasibility of using humanoid robots to perform aircraft building tasks along its various assembly lines.      Airbus Futurassy Humanoid robot. Photo, courtesy of Airbus Group.   The first humanoid robot built for the Futurassy project has arrived at the...
February 21, 2014
[Aviation Today February 21, 2014] The FAA issued the first flight test permit to Bombardier for the Learjet 85 Flight Test Vehicle 1 (FTV1), clearing the way for the Canadian manufacturer to begin flight-testing its...
February 21, 2014
[Avionics Today February 21, 2014] Technicians at RUAG Aviation's facility in Bern-Belp, Switzerland completed an avionics overhaul for a 33-year-old DHC-6 Twin Otter.    RUAG said the overhaul was part of its re-life program, adding...
February 21, 2014
[Avionics Today February 21, 2014] The U.K.'s Civil Aviation Authority and Ireland's Irish Aviation Authority Safety Regulation Division (IAA SRD) have finished drafting a joint performance plan for combining Air Traffic Control (ATC) services between the countries under the European Union's...
February 21, 2014
[Avionics Today February 21, 2014] Esterline CMC Electronics' PilotView Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) has been selected as a factory option for Bombardier's CSeries aircraft.      PilotView EFB. Photo, courtesy of Esterline CMC.   The two companies went public with the...
February 21, 2014
[Avionics Today February 21, 2014] Sandel Avionics announced upgrades to its SG102 Attitude and Heading Reference System (AHRS) to improve the initialization time by one minute, or three times the speed of the original...
February 21, 2014
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued a final rule that requires helicopter operators, including air ambulances, to have stricter flight rules and procedures, improved communications, training, and additional on-board safety equipment. The rule represents the most significant improvements to helicopter safety in decades and responds to government’s...
February 20, 2014
Sikorsky is being awarded a $10,906,165 modification to an existing delivery order against a previously awarded indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (N00019-07-D-0004) for security and integrated logistic...
February 20, 2014
[Aviation Today Feb. 20, 2014] Increased demand for large business jets helped worldwide billings for General Aviation (GA) reach $23.4 billion in 2013, an increase of 24 percent from the previous year and the second-largest number recorded since 2008, according to the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) year-end report.      GAMA's year-end numbers show demand is up for...
February 20, 2014
[Aviation Today Feb. 20, 2014] Kuwait Airways has placed an order for 25 Airbus aircraft, including 10 A350-900s and 15 A320neo family aircraft.    The...
February 20, 2014
Garmin has updated its iPad and iPhone-based Garmin Pilot to include Synthetic Vision (SV).    The synthetic vision display within Garmin Pilot as it appears when used in conjunction with a GDL 39 3D. Photo, courtesy of Business Wire.   The upgraded application...
February 20, 2014
Latin American carrier Avianca has a new 10-year aircraft maintenance deal with ATR, covering its fleet of ATR 72-600s.   ...
February 20, 2014
[Avionics Today Feb. 20, 2014] Trimble has unveiled two new additions to its airborne LIDAR systems portfolio, the AX60i and AX80, designed for fixed wing and rotorcraft.    The systems are designed for aerial...
February 20, 2014
[Avionics Today Feb. 20, 2014] Cessna completed the first prototype flight with its latest midsize business jet, the Citation Latitude.      Cessna completes first flight of Citation...
February 19, 2014
Source: Airbus Helicopters Airbus Helicopters has signed a contract with the Spanish Traffic Department to supply a total of seven helicopters: four AS355NP Ecureuils and three EC135s, with the latter aircraft to be operated by...
February 19, 2014
Source: Sagem Avionics Bell 47, Inc. (SB47) has selected the Sagem Avionics ICDS-8A Glass Cockpit suite as part of the standard avionics/instrument package for their new 47GT-6 helicopter. The...
February 19, 2014
Source: Kitchener Aero Kitchener Aero Avionics (KAAV) has received an FAA supplemental...
February 19, 2014
Rolls Royce completed the first ground test involving its upgraded T56 jet engine for the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) WP-3D aircraft, showing a reduction in fuel use of over 13 percent.    The upgraded T56, which Rolls-Royce labels the Series 3.5 upgrade,is already part of planning discussions by the U.S. Air Force for the...
February 19, 2014
Turkish carrier SunExpress finalized the largest order in its 25-year history, a $3.8 billion purchase of 15 737 MAX 8s and 25 Next-Generation 737-800s.    With the new order, Boeing's 737 MAX order...
February 19, 2014
The U.S. Navy completed its first flight test of the Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet fighter jet Infrared Search and Track (IRST) sensor, designed to find hard-to-track targets over long...
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