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May 8, 2014
The latest Arrius engine, the Arrius 2R, completed its first rotations on May 5. The engine, destined for Bell Helicopter’s Jet Ranger replacement, the Bell 505 Jet Ranger X, is designed to deliver performance and power within the 500 shp...
May 8, 2014
China’s civil aviation authority, the CAAC, has certified the Robinson R66 turbine helicopter on April 29. China joins more than 50 countries including Australia, Brazil, Canada, Europe, Japan, South Africa, and the U.S. that have...
May 8, 2014
Sikorsky Aircraft was chosen by the U.S. Navy to build the next fleet of Marine One helicopters for the Office of the President. With the selection comes a $1.24 billion Engineering and Manufacturing Development (EMD) contract to modify, test and deliver six FAA-certified S-92s and two trainer simulators to the U.S. Marine Corps. Covering a period of performance into late 2020, the fixed price...
May 8, 2014
[Aviation Today May 8, 2014] Canadian full flight simulator manufacturer CAE reports strong demand within its commercial aviation segment, as Air China, Air New...
May 8, 2014
[Avionics Today May 8, 2014] Gogo announced a new Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) from the FAA and certification from the Japanese Civil Aviation Bureau (JCAB) to install its Ku-satellite based connectivity service on Japan Airlines' 777-300...
May 7, 2014
The Indonesian Navy has announced its intention to purchase 16 Airbus Helicopters AS565 Panther aircraft for use in anti-submarine warfare. The medium twin-engine helicopter – a militarized version of the AS365 Dauphin – will come equipped with an assortment of specialized technology, including dipping sonar, and will be based aboard the service's SIGMA 10514-class guided missile...
May 7, 2014
Donaldson Aerospace & Defense has completed delivering system development versions of its Engine Air Particle Protection System (EAPPS) to Sikorsky Aircraft’s CH-53K program that will provide the next-generation heavy-lift helicopter for the U.S. Marine Corps. The 12 Engineering Development Models delivered by Donaldson Aerospace & Defense, a division of Donaldson Company, support the system...
May 7, 2014
The Boeing Company awarded a contract to L-3 Display Systems to provide production Multi-Purpose Displays (MPDs) for the AH-64 Apache helicopter. The...
May 7, 2014
Airbus Helicopters certified the Abidjan maintenance center, operated by International Aircraft Services (IAS), which will service the AS365 and AS350 models from the Dauphin and...
May 7, 2014
The U.S. Army awarded Lockheed Martin an $80.6 million production contract for the Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor (M-TADS/PNVS) on the Boeing AH-64 Apache helicopter. This Lot 9 contract...
May 7, 2014
Bell Helicopter established cooperative agreements with Meggitt, Astronics and Eaton for systems on the company’s V-280 Valor Tiltrotor. Meggitt will provide the fuel system and Eaton will provide the hydraulic system. Astronics Advanced Electric Systems will design and manufacture power distribution...
May 7, 2014
[Aviation Today May 7, 2014] Mitsubishi Aircraft is preparing its first ground test aircraft for static strength testing, as the Japanese airframe manufacturer works toward its goal of making its first Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ) flight in 2015. The MRJ emerged for static strength testing in Japan. Photos, courtesy of Mitsubishi. MSN 90001, the first ground test aircraft, rolled out of the...
May 7, 2014
[Aviation Today May 7, 2014] Lufthansa Technik has further expanded its North American presence, opening its third U.S.-based facility in North Charleston, S.C.   The South Carolina location will support the inspection of Boeing aircraft, and has already...
May 7, 2014
[Aviation Today May 7, 2014] The A350 XWB has made its first trip to the United States as Airbus prepares its latest passenger jet for expected entry into service in the fourth quarter of 2014.    MSN 2, the second test...
May 7, 2014
[Avionics Today May 7, 2014] Swedish defense and security provider Saab has a new agreement with Liebherr-Aerospace to provide Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) services for landing gear equipment across the entire family of Embraer E-Jets (E 170 and E190...
May 7, 2014
[Avionics Today May 7, 2014] The landlocked South African country of Zambia has selected the Thales TopSky-ATC system to modernize its Air Traffic Management (ATM) system...
May 6, 2014
With a building expectation that the U.S. Navy is on the brink of announcing, possibly in May, that Sikorsky will provide the next presidential helicopter (it is, after all, the only bidder left in a race), it seems that the first six aircraft have been slated for delivery as early as 2019. In a financial highlights summary issued by the U.S. Navy, within section IV on Investment & Development, and...
May 6, 2014
[Avionics Today May 6, 2014] European aviation safety officials have proposed stronger requirements for aircraft flight data recorders as the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 Boeing 777-200 continues.  Under a new proposal, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) will require the transmission time of Underwater Locating Devices (ULDs) fitted on flight recorders to be 90...
May 6, 2014
[Avionics Today May 6, 2014] Chinese carrier Xiamen Airlines has a new agreement to add Boeing's Airplane Health Management (AHM) system to a fleet of 737s and 787s that it currently has on order.  The agreement will add AHM to 94 Next-Generation 737s and six 787 Dreamliners...
May 6, 2014
[Aviation Today May 6, 2014] Royal Brunei Airlines signed a letter of intent with Pratt & Whitney to use the PurePower PW1100G-JM engines to power a fleet of seven A320neo aircraft.    Airbus offers airlines either the PW1100G...
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