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May 15, 2015
NASA’s initial depiction of sonic boom footprint integrated with real-time, local-area moving map. Rockwell Collins will develop conceptual cockpit display using the data to investigate how to best show this to pilots. Photo: Rockwell Collins [Avionics Today 05-15-2015] NASA has awarded Rockwell Collins a two-year contract to develop a conceptual cockpit display that will provide a visual...
May 15, 2015
ACSS T3CAS. Photo: ACSS [Avionics Today 05-15-2015] L-3 and Thales joint venture ACSS has announced that its XS-950 Mode S Transponder and T3CAS Surveillance System have been certified by Airbus to DO-260B, the highest level of ADS-B Out capability. The T3CAS is an advanced integrated surveillance system...
May 15, 2015
[Avionics Today 05-15-2015] The FAA awarded Direct User Access Terminal (DUATS) II contracts to Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) and Lockheed Martin to provide operational Internet-based automated pre-flight services. The period of performance for the resulting contracts will be a one-year base period...
May 15, 2015
Photo: NATS [Avionics Today 05-15-2015] NATS reports that air traffic in the United Kingdom increased by 1.2 percent in April compared to the same month last year, with no en-route delay attributable to NATS for 99.95 percent of flights. Last month NATS managed 192,843 flights, with a 6.4 percent increase of transatlantic arrivals/departures leading the...
May 15, 2015
[Avionics Today 05-15-2015] Bombardier has announced another scale back in production, this time regarding its Global 5000 and Global 6000 aircraft, with reductions for the business jets beginning next month. The company will slash approximately 1,750 jobs at its plants in Montreal, Toronto and Belfast through 2016 as a result, adding to the pile of nearly 1,000 position cuts that were made when the...
May 14, 2015
Erickson Incorporated has appointed Glenn Johnson to the company’s Board of Directors effective immediately. Mr. Johnson will serve as a Director and will replace Gary Scott as Audit Committee Chairman. Mr. Johnson joins the Board with more than 30 years of aviation experience obtained through roles of increasing...
May 14, 2015
The FAA today announced a public outreach campaign for the National Capital Region around Washington, D.C. to reinforce the message that the District of Columbia and cities and towns within a 15-mile radius of Ronald-Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) are a No Drone Zone. “Federal rules prohibit any aircraft from operating in the Flight Restricted Zone around our nation’s capital without...
May 14, 2015
Airbus Helicopters has used an H175 helicopter to fly low-noise IFR approaches to the heliport of Toulouse-Blagnac airport in southwestern France, culminating a seven-year project devoted to environmentally-friendly helicopter approach procedures. The procedures were flown using accurate lateral and vertical guidance provided by EGNOS (European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service), the European...
May 14, 2015
Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. Photo: Boeing [Avionics Today 05-14-2015] Boeing and TUI Group have finalized an order for one 787-9 Dreamliner with an option for another. The order is valued at $257 million at current list prices. TUI Group also announced that it will substitute two...
May 14, 2015
[Avionics Today 05-14-2015] The Commercial UAS Modernization Act, introduced by Senators Corey Booker, D-N.J., and John Hoeven, R-N.D., aims to establish an interim rule governing small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) operations in U.S. airspace. Both lawmakers are looking to reduce the regulatory burden commercial operators currently face and maximize the use of FAA UAS test sites to jumpstart the...
May 14, 2015
TAM Airlines’ first A350 XWB in final assembly. Photo: Airbus [Avionics Today 05-14-2015] Airbus has announced the first A350-900 for TAM Airlines is progressing well in the Final Assembly Line (FAL) in Toulouse, France. The manufacturer...
May 14, 2015
PC-12 cockpit. Photo: Pilatus Aircraft. Avionics Today 05-14-2015] The FAA has granted a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) to Levaero Aviation (formerly Pilatus Centre Canada), in association with Northeast Engineering & Development, for its Pilatus PC-12 Enhanced Vision...
May 14, 2015
Bombardier’s Global 5000 aircraft. Photo: Bombardier Business Aircraft [Avionics Today 05-14-2015] Bombardier Business Aircraft has announced it will reduce its production rate for Global 5000 and Global 6000 aircraft. The company attributed current economic conditions and geopolitical issues in some market regions...
May 13, 2015
Global MRO service provider Vector Aerospace has added EASA certification to its Cockpit Voice and Flight Data Recorder (CVFDR) FAA STC applicable to AS332 C, L and L1 helicopters.   Photo courtesy of Vector Aerospace The new CVFDR STC further enhances the mission capability profile of the venerable AS332L helicopter platform and is one of the only FAA and...
May 13, 2015
Erickson Incorporated was recently contracted by the Government of Nunavut and Qulliq Energy Corporation to transport generators to Pangnirtung, Nunavut, Canada to restore power after a fire extensively damaged the community’s power plant. The community of Pangnirtung is located on Baffin Island in the territory of Nunavut, in Canada’s far north, which is one of the most remote and sparsely...
May 13, 2015
The FAA’s pursuit of joint research efforts on unmanned aerial systems use in populated areas and beyond line of sight highlights both the weaknesses and potency of UAS threats to helicopter markets. FAA Administrator Michael Huerta announced the cooperative research and development agreements (CRADAs) May 6 at the Unmanned Systems 2015 show in Atlanta, Ga. The agency’s CRADA with cable news...
May 13, 2015
Eurocontrol’s Director General Frank Brenner met with GSA Executive Director Carlo des Dorides in Prague. Photo: Eurocontrol [Avionics Today 05-13-2015] Following the signature of a framework partnership agreement on April 8, on April 20 Eurocontrol’s Director General Frank Brenner visited the European GNSS Agency’s (GSA) headquarters in Prague where, accompanied by his...
May 13, 2015
[Avionics Today 05-13-2015] At the 2015 Boeing Investor’s Conference on Tuesday, the company’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Jim McNerney provided top line expectations regarding whether the aerospace market would begin to see some decline. While the company saw a drop in cash flow as well as delays in 787 production for American Airlines aircraft during the first quarter 2015, McNerney...
May 13, 2015
Amazon has expressed its interest in delivering goods via drones. Photo: Amazon Prime Air. [Avionics Today 05-13-2015] Research and analysis firm Visiongain has assessed that the small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) market will reach $1.61 billion in 2015. The company expects the variety of applications in which small...
May 13, 2015
Aircraft noise simulation. Photo: Onera [Avionics Today 05-13-2015] The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will soon begin work on the next step in a multi-year effort to continue understanding the relationship...
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