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June 24, 2015
[Avionics Today 06-24-2015] Aspen Avionics has acquired Accord Technology (AT) from Accord India and AvValues of Phoenix, Ariz. As a result of the acquisition, Aspen Avionics has expanded the company’s geographic footprint to include a new administrative and production...
June 24, 2015
[Avionics Today 06-24-2015] A new software tool developed by NASA and positioned to help Air Traffic Controllers (ATCs) manage the nation's skies, is being deployed by the FAA. The Terminal Sequencing and Spacing (previously called TSS, now TSAS) software will help ATCs manage airspace within a doughnut-shaped region of sky that begins five miles from a major airport and extends outward to an estimated 35...
June 24, 2015
Esterline Weston Facility. Photo: Esterline [Avionics Today 06-24-2015] Esterline Corp. is formally introducing its new display technologies for use in the commercial aerospace, defense, and training markets, which were acquired from Barco N.V. earlier...
June 24, 2015
Bill Ayer, former chairman and CEO of Alaska Air Group and FAA’s Assistant Administrator for NextGen Edward Bolton Jr. at the Aviation 2015 conference. Photo: Aviation 2015 [Avionics Today 06-24-2015] Bill Ayer, former chairman and CEO of Alaska Air Group and FAA’s Assistant Administrator for NextGen Edward Bolton Jr., touted the importance of industry engagement and metrics in moving forward...
June 23, 2015
Italy’s air force introduced dignitaries and the media to its HH-101A “Caesar” special operations helicopter in ceremonies June 19 at Cervia air base, about 40 miles south of Venice.   An HH-101A Caesar. Image courtesy of AgustaWestland AgustaWestland customized the Caesar, which is based on its AW101, to air force specifications for a multi-mission, medium-lift platform...
June 23, 2015
As the 2015 U.S. wildfire season intensifies, especially in the drought-stricken states of Oregon, Washington, Arizona, Alaska and California, Erickson Incorporated is prepared to aggressively deploy aircraft and crews wherever needed. The company has renewed national wildland fire suppression contracts with the U.S. Forest Service and other municipalities, and has contracted with the U.S. Forest Service...
June 23, 2015
flydubai aircraft on runway. Photo: flydubai [Avionics Today 06-23-2015] Global Eagle Entertainment (GEE) will equip Dubai-based airline flydubai's current and future fleet of Next-Generation (NG) Boeing 737-800 aircraft with GEE’s broadband AirConnect satellite connectivity system. The deployment on flydubai will be...
June 23, 2015
[Avionics Today 06-23-2015] Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has selected L-3 Aviation Products’ (L-3 AP) Tactical Airborne Navigation System (TACAN+) for HAL’s new Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) program. The TACAN+ transceiver is a small and light...
June 23, 2015
Inside view of Discovery Air Technical Services. Photo: DATS [Avionics Today 06-23-2015] Canadian-owned airframe Maintenance Repair and Overhaul (MRO) center Premier Aviation Overhaul Centre has executed an offer...
June 23, 2015
New ProFlight center to offer Cessna CJ and Beechcraft King Air pilot training on Level D Full Flight Simulators. Photo: Textron [Avionics Today 06-23-2015] TRU Simulation + Training’s new ProFlight satellite pilot training...
June 23, 2015
Airbus Helicopters has opened a new training facility next to the company’s product development and production facility in Donauwörth, Germany. The Training Academy has two full-flight simulators for the product family of the H135 and the H145 rotorcraft, along with full scale Maintenance Training Devices that provide technicians with hands-on...
June 23, 2015
With continued technological innovation and the constant need to retrofit and add new systems and technology to aircraft, test equipment is constantly in demand in the military market. Warfighters demand access to the latest technology to address evolving threats, and need dynamic test equipment in order to ensure integrity and quality performance prior to adding it to their aircraft.   During the...
June 23, 2015
[Avionics Today 06-23-2015] The FAA is planning to introduce 109 new satellite-based aircraft navigation procedures into the Southern California Metroplex. Under the ongoing rollout of NextGen, the procedures are designed to allow for more direct routing with fixed routes, altitudes and speeds while also expanding the number of entry and exit points into a number of different airports within Southern...
June 22, 2015
[Avionics Today 06-22-2015] Aurora Flight Sciences' optionally piloted Centaur aircraft completed multiple unmanned flights from the Grifiss International Airport in Rome, N.Y., last week. The flights were the first to feature a large-scale, fixed-wing aircraft flying at one of the six FAA-designated Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) research sites.      Aurora's Centaur flies unmanned at the...
June 22, 2015
[Avionics Today 06-22-2015] Thales has partnered with Air France to develop and launch its new generation Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) application suite. The airline has signed on to help develop the solution and act as the launch customer for the product, which aims to provide pilots...
June 22, 2015
The Rockwell Collins GB-GRAM-M. Photo: Rockwell Collins [Avionics Today 06-22-2015] GPS Source and Rockwell Collins have successfully demonstrated the ability of the Military-Code Ground-Based GPS Receiver Application Module (GB-GRAM-M) receiver card to fit within the Defense Advanced GPS Receiver (DAGR) Distributed Device (D3). The companies claim to be the first to provide...
June 22, 2015
LOT aircraft. Photo: Wikipedia [Avionics Today 06-22-2015] Polish airline LOT reported an IT attack yesterday that affected the airline’s ground operation systems and grounded an estimated 10 aircraft. The attack left LOT...
June 22, 2015
Satcom Direct Router. Photo: Gulfstream [Avionics Today 06-22-2015] The FAA has approved installation of the next-generation Satcom Direct Router (SDR) for Gulfstream Aerospace, an enhancement that aims to simplify cabin communications on the company’s G550 and G450 aircraft. “The addition of a smart router allows for more communications options in the cabin, including Satcom Direct’s...
June 22, 2015
Sikorsky Aircraft Corp.  delivered six CH-148 Cyclone helicopters to the Canadian government during an acceptance celebration joined by Canada’s Defense Minister Jason Kenney, Public Works and Government Services Minister Diane Finley, Justice Minister Peter MacKay and Regional Ministers.  Representing Sikorsky, a subsidiary of United...
June 19, 2015
Two former Carson Helicopters executives have been sentenced to U.S. prison after convictions for their role in the fatal 2008 crash of a firefighting S-61N. Steven Metheny, Carson’s VP in Grants Pass, Ore. at the time, was sentenced to 12.5 years. Levi Phillips, then...
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