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January 29, 2015
[Avionics Today 01-29-2015] The Department of Civil Aviation Malaysia has officially declared the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 as an accident under Annexes 12 and 13 of the Chicago Convention. Azharuddin Abdul Rahman, director of Malaysia's...
January 29, 2015
[Avionics Today 01-29-2015] North American transportation safety officials are recommending avionics upgrades and improved capabilities for new and existing aircraft that fly oceanic routes to improve the ability of operators and air traffic controllers to track them. The National Transportation Safety Board's (NTSB) latest set of recommendations follow a year that saw two major incidents involving the...
January 28, 2015
Turbomeca has received EASA type-certification for its Ariel 2N turboshaft engine, the newest addition to the Arriel 2+ family. The engine first ran in September of 2011, and it offers lower operating costs along with increased reliability and performance compared to its predecessors. It features a new axial compressor, new high-pressure compressor diffuser, new high-pressure turbine material and...
January 28, 2015
Donaldson Aerospace & Defense, a division of Donaldson Company, has received a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for the only Inlet Barrier Filter (IBF) system available for the Airbus Helicopters EC130T2 helicopter. This new IBF helps prevent engine...
January 28, 2015
The Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) has contracted Terma, a global product development and manufacturing company, to integrate the Terma Modular Aircraft...
January 28, 2015
Mitsubishi Regional Jet under construction. Photo: MRJ [Avionics Today 01-28-2015] Japan Airlines (JAL) has signed an agreement with Mitsubishi Aircraft to purchase 32 Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ) aircraft. JAL and Mitsubishi Aircraft signed a...
January 28, 2015
Diagram of ADS-B enabled airspace. Photo: NATS [Avionics Today 01-28-2015] NATS has kicked off a trial to enable General Aviation (GA) pilots to use the full Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) functionality of their Mode S transponders. The trial, which began in December 2014, is being conducted with support from the United Kingdom’s Civil Aviation...
January 28, 2015
WindTracer at Dubai airport. Photo: Lockheed Martin [Avionics Today 01-28-2015] Middle East airport solutions provider Bayanat Airports Engineering & Supplies, in collaboration with Lockheed Martin, has put three WindTracer systems into operation. WindTracer is a Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) system that measures the strength and behavior of wake...
January 28, 2015
The Orion UAS in flight. Photo: Aurora Flight Sciences [Avionics Today 01-28-2015] Aurora Flight Sciences has filed for an official world endurance record following an 80-hour flight by its Orion Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS). Observers from the National Aeronautic Association (NAA) were on hand to inspect the aircraft and witness the...
January 28, 2015
Photo: Boeing [Avionics Today 01-28-2015] Boeing has reported a record fourth-quarter revenue of $24.5 billion on higher deliveries in 2014. Fourth-quarter 2014 core operating earnings increased to $2.3 billion while earnings from operations increased to $2...
January 28, 2015
The Learjet 85. Photo: Bombardier [Avionics Today 01-28-2015] Rockwell Collins CEO Kelly Ortberg sees a possible positive outcome in Bombardier’s Learjet 85 program “pause” announced earlier this month. The problem-plagued midsize business jet program was halted indefinitely, slashing an estimated 1,000 jobs at Bombardier’s Kansas and Mexico facilities in mid-January — leading...
January 27, 2015
[Avionics Today 1-27-2015] The government-industry Equip 2020 working group held its latest meeting last week to continue addressing obstacles different segments of the industry are facing toward meeting the FAA's Jan. 1, 2020 mandate for Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast Out (ADS-B Out) avionics. One of the major issues the group addressed during the meeting was the challenges facing General...
January 27, 2015
The first Airbus EC135 T2+ helicopter in a planned fleet of modern, twin-engine, rotary-wing aircraft being acquired by the Australian Defense Force (ADF) for its new Helicopter Aircrew Training System (HATS), has successfully completed its first flight in Europe. Under the HATS project, a joint training scheme for both Army and Navy aircrew will utilize approximately 15 EC135 T2+ trainers, along with...
January 27, 2015
Bell Helicopter has received an Approved Training Organization (ATO) certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). With this approval, the Bell Helicopter Training Academy (BTA) is authorized to provide Part-FCL training courses for European customers, including the use of Flight Simulation Training Devices (FSTD) for the Bell...
January 27, 2015
United Rotorcraft, an Air Methods Division, has received Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Supplemental Type Certification (STC) of an Airbus EC130 T2 emergency medical helicopter equipped with a next generation state-of-the-art medical interior and avionics suite. The first completed aircraft was delivered from United Rotorcraft’s facility in Englewood, Colo. The STC was completed in partnership...
January 27, 2015
Academic and simulator instruction for commercial pilots at the former Sim-Industries Brazil Sao Paulo Training Center. Photo: Lockheed Martin [Avionics Today 01-27-2015] Sim-Industries, a commercial aviation training company acquired by...
January 27, 2015
CAE-built CT-156 Harvard flight training device operated as part of the NATO Flying Training in Canada (NFTC) program. Photo: Department of National Defence (DND) [Avionics Today 01-27-2015] CAE has announced it will acquire Bombardier's Military Aviation Training business for approximately $15.9 million...
January 27, 2015
Alaska Air passenger accessing IFE via their personal tablet. Photo: Alaska Air [Avionics Today 01-27-2015] Alaska Airlines In-Flight Entertainment (IFE) offering currently available through passengers Personal Electronic Devices (PEDs), which premiered last month...
January 27, 2015
[Avionics Today 01-27-2015] United Technologies Corp. (UTC) reported its full year 2014 earnings with net income attributable to common shareowners at $6.2 billion, up 9 percent over 2014. Sales were reported at $65.1 billion, also up...
January 27, 2015
Small UAS. Photo: Wikipedia. [Avionics Today 01-27-2015] The FAA has granted two further exemptions for expanded commercial use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) operations, bringing the total to 16 grants. The agency gave new exemptions to AeroCine for aerial cinematography, and to Burnz Eye View for aerial photography and inspections. In...
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