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November 13, 2015
 [Avionics Magazine 11-13-2015] The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has adopted a resolution to allocate radiofrequency spectrum for global flight tracking in civil aviation. The frequency band 1087.7 to 1092.3 MHz has been allocated to the aeronautical “Earth-to-space,” Mobile Satellite Service (MSS) for satellite reception of Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B)...
November 12, 2015
A proposal backed by industry trade groups for the FAA to ease the path for certification of single-engine IFR helicopters might finally move forward. But it lacks full consensus, as one helicopter maker has differences with specifics of the proposal that it feels have not been addressed in the drafting process. Four industry groups—the General Aircraft Manufacturers Assn., AHS International, the...
November 12, 2015
Bristow Group’s U.K. SAR contract was one bright spot in the latest quarter’s financial performance. Steady growth in SAR work, recently acquired fixed-wing operations through Eastern Airlines and Airnorth, along with its ongoing economic restructuring efforts, all together managed to keep year-over-year quarterly revenues flat (excluding foreign exchange effects) despite an 8%...
November 12, 2015
Photo courtesy of XTI Aircraft XTI Aircraft is seeking U.S. approval to convert $13.8 million in “expression of interest” in its TriFan 600 business aircraft proposal into real investments. The Denver-based company launched the “crowdfunding” initiative on Aug. 25 to reach out to individual investors. To...
November 12, 2015
Mitsubishi Regional Jet. Photo: Mitsubishi [Avionics Today 11-12-2015] Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) conducted the first flight of the first flight test aircraft for the Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ), their...
November 12, 2015
Photo: China Eastern Airlines [Avionics Today 11-12-2015] China Eastern Airlines launched Panasonic Avionics In-Flight Connectivity (IFC) solution on international flights, becoming the first Chinese carrier to do so with Panasonic. The leading Chinese carrier, which, in...
November 12, 2015
GE has opened an aviation technology center in Dubai. Photo: GE  [Avionics Today 11-12-2015] GE has opened its Middle East Aviation Technology Center in Dubai to support customer operations by leveraging data analytics, domain experience, and software capabilities to increase productivity, maximize performance and minimize down time...
November 12, 2015
[Avionics Today 11-12-2015] Seaborne Airlines has reached an agreement with Erie Aviation Incorporated for aircraft upgrades to its SAAB 340B cabins. The new cabins will feature Light Emitting Diode...
November 12, 2015
Diagram of Bombardier’s C Series aircraft. Photo: Bombardier  [Avionics Today 11-12-2015] Just when it looked like Bombardier’s C Series program may be winding down to a close, it seems to be revving up in the way of funding and momentum that may help to push the aircraft through its last leg of flight testing and into the market. The Canadian company’s all-but-cancelled aircraft...
November 11, 2015
Members of the Michigan congressional delegation have proposed awarding the Medal of Honor—the highest award given for U.S. military service—to a retired helicopter pilot decades after his heroic service during the Vietnam War. S.2250, a Nov. 5 bill introduced by Sen. Gary C. Peters with support from Rep. Debbie Dingell and Sen. Debbie Stabenow, proposes to...
November 11, 2015
RwandAir A330 which will be equipped with Sita OnAir Connectivity. Photo: RwandAir [Avionics Today 11-11-2015] Rwandair will equip two aircraft in its fleet with Internet and mobile phone services through...
November 11, 2015
Singapore Airlines A380. Photo: Singapore Airlines [Avionics Today 11-11-2015] Honeywell Aerospace will provide its JetWave satellite communications hardware to Singapore Airlines for connection to Inmarsat's Global Xpress Aviation broadband solution. Zodiac Inflight Innovations and Sita OnAir will provide the solution, which...
November 11, 2015
Photo: Bombardier  [Avionics Today 11-11-2015] Bombardier Business Aircraft is now authorized to perform programming, annual inspections, and battery replacement operations of Artex equipment manufactured by ACR Electronics...
November 11, 2015
Rendering of the TriFan 600 from XTI Aircraft Company. Photo: XTI Aircraft Company  [Avionics Today 11-11-2015] The XTI Aircraft Company, which launched an equity crowdfunding campaign for its TriFan 600 vertical takeoff aircraft earlier this year, has requested U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) qualification to convert almost $14 million in expressed interest into real investments for...
November 11, 2015
American businesses “should commit our time, energy and resources to provide veterans with opportunities,” a bank vice president and former Navy aviator wrote in the Veteran’s Day edition of the New York Post daily newspaper. Anthony Amodeo flew Navy helicopters for 11 years, deploying to the Arabian Gulf and the Horn of Africa during his service. A U.S. Naval Academy graduate, he is now...
November 11, 2015
Business and general aviation aircraft are seeing a decline in demand. Photo:Boeing  [Avionics Today 11-11-2015] International sales of Business and General Aviation (BGA) avionics totaled $1.7 billion through the first nine months of 2015, a 7.5 percent drop from the same period last year, according to the 2015 third quarter avionics market report published by the Aircraft Electronics Association...
November 10, 2015
Offshore helicopter support operators face economic challenges that are unmatched in their history, said Bristow Group President/CEO Jonathan Baliff. “This industry at its current scale has not faced this level of commercial, foreign exchange and financial market headwinds before,” said Baliff. Bristow reported financial results for the second quarter of its 2016 fiscal year that included a 96%...
November 10, 2015
“Lower for longer” has been the in-vogue catchphrase for the oil industry since about August. Leaders like Goldman Sachs and BP CEO Bob Dudley have used it. Offshore operators have embraced it, with the latest Era Group and Bristow Group financial reports...
November 10, 2015
Air Methods remains on the prowl for companies to acquire in the air medical sectors, according to its CEO. The company said back in August that it "had meaningful pursuits ongoing within both” sectors and believes that "that is still applicable today,” said Air Methods Chief Aaron Todd Nov. 5 after revealing...
November 10, 2015
Honeywell’s Weather Information Service iPad app. Photo: Honeywell [Avionics Today 11-10-2015] Honeywell and Airbus have partnered to deliver real-time weather information services to airlines. Adopted from a new service recently launched by Honeywell Aerospace, Weather on Board for FlySmart with Airbus Electronic Flight Bag...
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