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February 4, 2015
Passengers using OnAir mobile and Internet connectivity in-flight. Photo: OnAir [Avionics Today 02-04-2015] At the Aircraft Interiors Middle East (AIME) conference in Dubai, SITA OnAir announced that 13 million people took advantage of its Mobile OnAir network in 2014. The in-flight mobile phone service is available on 15...
February 4, 2015
Interior of a Rockwell Collins Intertrade distribution center. Photo: Rockwell Collins Intertrade [Avionics Today 02-04-2015] Intertrade, a Rockwell Collins subsidiary that distributes new and recertified engine and airframe parts, has opened a...
February 4, 2015
Wes Bush, Northrop Grumman CEO. Photo: Northrop Grumman [Avionics Today 02-04-2015] As the company enters into 2015, Northrop Grumman’s aerospace sector is seeing exciting growth overseas, and is looking to gain a better footing for domestic growth. During the recent fourth quarter 2014 conference call, Northrop Grumman CEO Wes Bush noted that 2014 international sales increased 20 percent across all...
February 3, 2015
Last year, Revolution Aviation became the first private helicopter flight school to offer instruction in unmanned aircraft vehicles (UAV). There was plenty of new ground to cover at the time; only the military and select colleges were training UAV pilots, no certification standards existed, and commercial unmanned flights were still banned by the FAA. Revolution joined dozens of other industry...
February 3, 2015
The United Nations is requesting the return of approximately 24 Indian Air Force (IAF) helicopters to the peace keeping mission in Congo. This comes three years after New Delhi recalled them to address its own country’s domestic needs. The Deccan Herald, an English-language daily newspaper in the Indian state of Karnataka, reports that U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and Indian External Affairs...
February 3, 2015
Over the past few months, the FAA has granted several exemptions to UAV operators in the commercial market. To date, the FAA has given 14 exemptions to 13 companies in various industries. Most recently, the administration granted the first exemption for the use of UAVs for photography in the real estate...
February 3, 2015
The second Boeing-built Inmarsat-5 satellite has sent its first signals from orbit, an essential step toward establishing Inmarsat’s Global Xpress network, providing a global, high-speed mobile broadband service. “This second satellite brings us one step closer to providing global, mobile broadband service to commercial and government customers around the world,” said Mark Spiwak...
February 3, 2015
Northrop Grumman Corporation has received a contract from the U.S. Navy for the continued production of the AN/AES-1Airborne Laser Mine Detection System (ALMDS). The contract includes the production of five ALMDS pod subsystems, support equipment, spares and technical support. The ALMDS is mounted on an MH-60S helicopter. Flying over sea lanes, it finds and geolocates mine-like objects with its pulsed...
February 3, 2015
Emerging Markets Communications (EMC), a global satellite and terrestrial communications services provider, has acquired General Industry Systems (GIS) AS, a Norwegian-based provider specializing in energy and maritime connectivity services for offshore operations. The consolidated portfolio of products, services, experience, locations and engineers of the companies strengthens EMC’s energy and...
February 3, 2015
[Avionics Today 02-03-2015] Embraer has completed the first test flight of its next generation aerial refueling tanker, the KC-390. During the 85-minute flight, test pilots and flight test engineers evaluated flying qualities and...
February 3, 2015
[Avionics Today 02-03-2015] The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is expanding its aircraft weather research program to new coverage areas. Under a new agreement with Rockwell Collins, the research program will expand to obtain weather data over the upper Midwest, Alaska and areas of the Pacific Ocean to provide the National Weather Service (NWS) with complete weather data for the...
February 3, 2015
[Avionics Today 02-03-2015] Honeywell is flight-testing voice recognition capabilities on an Embraer ERJ170 flight deck, working with pilots and regulators to assess the ability of voice commands to enhance safety and efficiency in airborne scenarios. The engineering and technology team has developed the Honeywell...
February 3, 2015
[Avionics Today 02-03-2015] Parker Aerospace has signed a new agreement with Emirates Airlines to provide aircraft maintenance and engine support for its fleet of Boeing 777s and Airbus A330s/A340s. Under the new agreement, Parker Aerospace will provide guaranteed repair...
February 3, 2015
[Avionics Today 02-03-2015] SAE International Industry Technologies Consortia (ITC) has announced the purchase of ADS Aerospace Technical Standards, a U.K.-based organization that supports aerospace and defense manufacturing with product design standards. Through the purchase, SAE ITC...
February 3, 2015
[Avionics Today 02-03-2015] Hawaiian Airlines is engaging in a connected aircraft flight operations strategy in 2015, dropping paper manuals for Electronic Flight Bags (EFBs) and adding new technology to enhance its weather monitoring capabilities on long-haul oceanic routes. The island-based carrier is in the process of adding EFBs from UTC Aerospace subsidiary Rosemount Aerospace and cockpit-mounted...
February 2, 2015
This year, Bristow Helicopters will become the first civilian operator to provide all of the United Kingdom’s (UK) search and rescue (SAR) helicopters after being appointed by the Department of Transport on March 25, 2013. The task will be to provide SAR coverage around 10,500 miles of coastline, onshore and further offshore. The contract, worth $2.4 billion (£1.6 billion), was announced by...
February 2, 2015
AMST’s Desdemona dynamic and tactical flight simulator used by the RNLAF.  Photos courtesy AMST What is spatial disorientation (SD)? Strictly defined, it is the inability of a person to correctly determine his body position in space. In a helicopter or aircraft, that can quickly lead to fatal consequences. The fourth Spatial Disorientation and Night Vision Training Workshop, held in Salzburg...
February 2, 2015
[Avionics Today 02-02-2015] The FAA’s third and latest report regarding long-term airport capacity needs stresses the application of NextGen technologies and procedures alongside runway improvements to combat airport congestion and delays in an increasingly crowded airspace. The Future Airport Capacity Task (FACT3) report evaluated the factors and trends that contribute to congestion and delays at...
February 2, 2015
Esterline Corporation, a leading specialty manufacturer serving aerospace and defense markets, has completed its acquisition of the aerospace and defense display businesses of Belgium-based Barco N.V. for EUR 150 million, or approximately $175 million, in cash. The company financed the acquisition primarily using international cash reserves, with the balance funded by borrowings under its existing credit...
February 2, 2015
Six Bulgarian crew members of a helicopter contracted by the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) were handed over safely to WFP in South Sudan today, after being forced to land by the Sudan People’s Liberation Army-North (SPLM-N) in a remote area of Sudan’s South Kordofan state. The SPLM-N took custody of the crew after the Mil Mi-8 helicopter went down in South...
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