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November 6, 2015
[Avionics Toady 11-6-2015] The continued expansion and evolution of using aircraft data link communications to improve airspace capacity, flight operational efficiency, safety and to supplement congested voice channels between controllers and pilots is central to all major air transportation system modernization projects currently ongoing in North America, Latin America, Europe and certain areas of the...
November 5, 2015
The U.S. Army’s current search for a “degraded visual environment” solution is aimed not only at enabling aircrews to take off and land safely in blowing dust, sand, snow, fog and other obscuration. The service seeks to enable pilots “to exploit dwelling in those conditions indefinitely” to gain “a tactical advantage over an adversary” that lacks that ability, the...
November 5, 2015
One minute before midnight EST Nov. 6 is the deadline for the public to submit comments to the FAA’s drone registry task force. The 26-member group will wrap up three days of deliberations in Washington, D.C., today...
November 5, 2015
Era Group has more helicopters than it can use to support offshore oil and gas production and exploration and is looking to trim new aircraft orders as it pares its existing fleet. The Houston-based operator said its third-quarter net income plunged 79% to $900,000 this year from $4.3 million in the same period for 2014. Year over year, operating revenues for the quarter dropped 23% to $69.7...
November 5, 2015
[Avionics Today 11-05-2015] VistaJet has become the first business aviation operator to sign up for Inmarsat's Jet Connex broadband connectivity service. The VistaJet broadband deal was announced by Rockwell Collins, which acts as a value added...
November 5, 2015
[Avionics Today 11-05-2015] Gulfstream Aerospace ha appointed Matthew Liu as regional vice president of sales for Greater China. Liu will be based in Beijing and report to Roger Sperry, regional senior vice president of international...
November 5, 2015
[Avionics Today 11-05-2015] Boeing and Korean Air today finalized the airline's order of 30 737 MAXs and two additional 777-300ER (Extended Range) jetliners valued at nearly $4 billion at current list prices. The airline also has options for additional 737 MAXs as part of the order, which was previously announced as a commitment...
November 5, 2015
[Avionics Today 11-05-2015] Lockheed Martin completed more than 27,000 hours of simulated flight time on an F-16C Block 50 aircraft and is now analyzing the data to determine the durability of the aircraft beyond its original design service life of 8,000 hours.     Lockheed Martin completed more than 27,000 hours of simulated flight time on an F-16C Block 50 aircraft at Lockheed Martin’s...
November 5, 2015
[Avionics Today 11-5-2015] An elated Gogo CEO Michael Small told analysts, investors and journalists during the company's third quarter conference call Thursday that the In-Flight Connectivity (IFC) giant's next generation 2KU broadband service is producing connection speeds of more than 12 Mbps during tests on its flying Boeing 737 airborne lab. Gogo is coming off a third quarter where total revenue...
November 4, 2015
A strong U.S. dollar and British pound boosted AgustaWestland’s financial performance through nine months of this year, contributing to a 5.8% increase in revenue compared to the same period in 2014...
November 4, 2015
Lockheed Martin anticipates closing its acquisition of Sikorsky Aircraft on Nov. 6, the company said after reporting receipt of “the final regulatory approval” of the...
November 4, 2015
A top member of the political party that won elections to oust Poland’s current government last month questioned whether that nation would do better to scrap a deal to buy...
November 4, 2015
[Avionics Today 11-04-2015] Lockheed Martin has received the final regulatory approval needed to close its acquisition of Sikorsky Aircraft from United Technologies Corp...
November 4, 2015
[Avionics Today 11-04-2015] SITA today announced that CEO Francesco Violante will step down in the second half of 2016 after more than 13 years at the helm of the aviation technology company. A global search for Violante’s successor is currently under way. SITA CEO Francesco Violante...
November 4, 2015
[Avionics Today 11-04-2015] Emirates Flight Training Academy has signed a firm order for five Embraer Phenom 100E business jets, plus options for five more aircraft. Deliveries are scheduled to begin in 2017.     Phenom 100E business jet. Photo: Embraer Executive Jets.   ...
November 4, 2015
[Avionics Today 11-04-2015] Boeing forecasts airlines in the Middle East will require 3,180 new airplanes over the next 20 years, valued at an estimated $730 billion. Rapid fleet expansion in the region is set to drive 70 percent of the demand, according to the Boeing Current Market Outlook (CMO).     Boeing anticipates the Middle East will require 3,180 new airplanes over the next 20...
November 4, 2015
[Avionics Today 11-04-2015] Last week, the U.S. Air Force announced the selection of Northrop Grumman to build the Long Range Strike Bomber (LRS-B), which will replace the aging B-52 and B-1 bomber aircraft fleets. Under the estimated $21 billion contract, the Air Force will acquire a total fleet of 100 new bombers. Over the next year, Northrop will begin the Engineering, Manufacturing and Development...
November 3, 2015
The U.S. Transportation Department's drone registration task force gathered today in Washington, D.C., to start work on recommending requirements for marking and tracing ownership of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). A key question for the 26 task force members was framed by FAA Administrator Michael Huerta: What products should we exclude...
November 3, 2015
A proposed bill that would hamstring U.S. veterans’ option to use their post-9/11 GI Bill benefits for helicopter flight training tackles the wrong problem, rotorcraft industry groups said. H.R. 476 (the "GI Bill Education Quality Enhancement Act of 2015") would reinterpret GI Bill permission to veterans to get flight training on...
November 3, 2015
The U.S. has agreed in principle to sell V-22s to Israel ahead of a Nov. 9 White House meeting between President Barack Obama...
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