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July 8, 2014
[Avionics Today July 8, 2014] Etihad Regional is the launch customer for airframe manufacturer ATR's onboard iPad Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) mount system.   The system features an integrated power interface module which provides a holding platform for the EFB, as well as connectivity to aircraft power for charging. Etihad Regional, formerly...
July 8, 2014
[Avionics Today July 8, 2014] Skyservice Business Aviation has signed a five year agreement with Star Navigation Systems Group to add the Star Airborne Data Services (Star-ADS) aircraft tracking solution to its fleet of Learjet 45s.   Star Navigation estimates the contract to be...
July 7, 2014
Pratt & Whitney Canada’s PW210S engine. Photos courtesy Pratt & Whitney Canada During a media briefing at Pratt & Whitney’s headquarters where President Paul Adams and other executives reflected on the state of the aviation industry, Rotor & Wing had a chance to interview Richard Dussault, vice president of marketing for Pratt & Whitney Canada (the unit that produces...
July 7, 2014
Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) has issued a notice of proposed rule-making aimed at improving the safety of helicopter external sling load, winching and rappelling operations throughout the country. The move follows a number of safety incidents involving such operations in Australia in recent years. In 2013, a man died after falling 30 meters (98 feet) as he was being winched...
July 7, 2014
Following the delivery of two Ka-32A11BCs to Sino-Russian Helicopter Technology Company, based in Qingdao, China, Russian Helicopters has signed an additional contract with China’s Lectern Aviation Supplies for a Mi-26TS heavy transport...
July 7, 2014
[Avionics Today July 7, 2014] European airlines and operators are flying a combined 60,000 nautical miles  more than they should be on a daily basis, according to a new report from Air Traffic Management (ATM) organization Eurocontrol.  There are an estimated 8,000 flight plans filed by European operators daily that feature routes that are longer than the best route available, Eurocontrol...
July 7, 2014
[Avionics Today July 7, 2014] The FAA has issued an initial Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for a new flight deck designed by Rockwell Collins as a modernized retrofit for Boeing 757s and 767s.   Rockwell Collins' 757/767 flight deck retrofit. Photo, courtesy...
July 7, 2014
[Aviation Today July 7, 2014] Central Asia presents a big regional market opportunity for the Q400 NextGen turboprop aircraft, according to a Bombardier senior executive. The Canadian airframe manufacturer is currently showcasing its Q400 in the region, including a demonstration flight conducted for Air Kazakhstan.  Bombardier's Q400...
July 3, 2014
Metro Aviation has delivered an Airbus Helicopters AS350 B3e to the aviation section of the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office in Sanford, Fla. Read more about the helicopter’s mission profile at rotorandwing.com Various helicopter manufacturers showcased their products during Rotortech 2014, which took place on Australia’s Sunshine Coast from May 24-25, keen to gain a larger...
July 3, 2014
I just returned from attending HeliRussia 2014. This was the sixth year in a row that I have attended. Think of HeliRussia as a one-third scale version of Heli-Expo. Some of the main differences would be a lot more helicopters with counter-rotating main rotor systems and some ugly helicopters. Now when I say ugly, I don’t mean ugly like the MBB BO105 that I used to fly, which is maybe not as...
July 3, 2014
[Aviation Today July 3, 2014] Etihad Airways CEO James Hogan is urging the European Union (EU) to embrace more investment from foreign businesses. The Middle Eastern airline's chief executive discussed the realities of the challenges that European carriers are facing during an EU conference on air transport competitiveness in Vienna.   The European Commission (EC) does not allow foreign...
July 3, 2014
[Aviation Today July 3, 2014] Boeing has reported 181 total commercial aircraft deliveries for the second quarter of 2014, a 7 percent increase over the same period a year ago.  Leading the way...
July 3, 2014
[Avionics Today July 3, 2014] Air Malta is swapping out its paper-based flight manuals for Electronic Flight Bags (EFBs). The national carrier of Malta recently received authorization to begin flying with the Jeppesen FliteDeck Pro iPad EFB.   The island carrier is looking to use the switch to EFBs to reduce...
July 2, 2014
In the case of most helicopter door and window modifications, necessity is certainly the mother of invention. An independent company talks with operators, surveys the market, and designs a modification that makes a product better or easier to use. Air tour operators want maximum visibility for passengers, so the OEM door is removed and replaced with a large window. This applies in law enforcement...
July 2, 2014
Forward-looking infrared (FLIR) cameras are used for a host of military and civilian rotary wing applications, everything from law enforcement and pipeline patrol to detecting oil spills around drilling platforms and locating oil reserves under ice in Alaska. Law enforcement operators use them to locate marijuana fields. An operator with a FLIR camera can fly over a quarry and by comparing the current...
July 2, 2014
Rostvertol, a production facility for Russian Helicopters, is celebrating its 75th anniversary during 2014. The production plant was established in 1939 and initially produced gliders...
July 2, 2014
[Avionics Today July 2, 2014] The FAA's new rule allowing airline passengers to connect to in-flight Wi-Fi networks from takeoff to landing has not increased the percentage of passengers using their Personal Electronic Devices (PEDs) on commercial flights in the United States, according to a new study.  Photo, courtesy of Gogo. Depaul University's Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Development...
July 2, 2014
[Aviation Today July 2, 2014] Polish charter carrier Enter Air has partnered with French aerospace company OpenAirlines to implement Skybreathe into its flight operations. Skybreathe is an innovative software application that...
July 2, 2014
[Avionics Today July 2, 2014] Moscow-based Nordwind Airlines has selected Fokker Services’ iPad Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) for its mixed fleet of Airbus and Boeing passenger jets. ...
July 1, 2014
Air-One Emergency Response Coalition supplies helicopter support for a variety of roles, including law enforcement and SAR. Photo by Bruce S. Edwards For those police departments that cannot afford to spend hundreds of thousands – if not millions – of dollars per year to operate an aircraft of their own, the usual remedy is to ask a neighboring agency that has one for assistance. But what...
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