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December 15, 2014
[Avionics Today 12-15-2014] Aircelle, a branch of the Safran group, will produce titanium exhaust systems for the new Boeing 777X commercial jetliner. This is the...
December 15, 2014
[Avionics Today 12-15-2014] Flights are back in the air after a computer failure at National Air Traffic Services (NATS) Swanwick area control center grounded or delayed hundreds of flights across and beyond the U.K. on Friday. The Dec. 12 computer glitch, which NATS confirmed as a technical fault with the flight data system, disrupted airspace for hours and resulted in flight cancellations through the...
December 12, 2014
Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) will begin the production of Light Utility Helicopters (LUH) in a new facility located near Bangalore, India in three and a half years according to reports in the Indian media. The Hindu online reported that HAL received documents for 610 acres of land around the town...
December 12, 2014
Germany’s North Rhine-Westphalia Police Force has ordered six Airbus Helicopters EC145 T2 airframes, with deliveries planned in 2016-2017. A variant of the EC145 medium twin-engine helicopter, the T2 incorporates new Turbomeca Arriel 2E engines and upgrades to its main and tail rotor gearboxes, along with Airbus...
December 12, 2014
Operators using the ThalesRaytheonSystems Grand Master 400 radar. Photo: ThalesRaytheonSystems [Avionics Today 12-12-2014] The French defense procurement agency, Direction Générale de l'Armement (DGA), has awarded a contract to ThalesRaytheonSystems to supply the French armed forces with 12 fixed Ground Master 400 radars and four...
December 12, 2014
American Eagle Embraer 175 regional jet rendering. Photo: American Airlines [Avionics Today 12-12-2014] American Airlines and Gogo have announced a contract whereby the aviation connectivity provider will deliver in-flight Wi-Fi services to the air carrier’s...
December 12, 2014
Photo: Boeing [Avionics Today 12-12-2014] Boeing has begun construction on a 7,000-square-foot addition to its research and technology center in Huntsville, Ala. Known as the Center for Applied Simulation and Analytics (CASA), the new lab space will serve as a hub for Boeing...
December 12, 2014
[Avionics Today 12-12-2014] The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) of the Republic of Moldova (RM) has become the first institution of civil aviation from the European Union neighborhood countries to sign the new type of working arrangement with...
December 12, 2014
[Avionics Today 12-12-2014] The Department of Defense (DOD) has assigned F-35 Regional Maintenance, Repair, Overhaul and Upgrade (MRO&U) capability for airframes and engines for the European Region. These initial MRO&U assignments will support near-term engine and airframe F-35 overseas operations and maintenance and will be reviewed and updated in approximately five years. The F-35 Lightning II...
December 12, 2014
[Avionics Today 12-12-2014] Gogo’s success with its Air-to-Ground (ATG) network hasn’t convinced the company to stay safely in this comfort zone; instead, it has prompted the in-flight Internet service provider to expand to satellite. This was the sentiment CEO Michael Small shared with investors at the UBS Global Media and Communications Conference earlier this week. Small believes ATG just...
December 11, 2014
Adrian Board, president and CEO of AgustaWestland Tilt Rotor, has announced that three of the company’s pilots are the recipients of the Iven C. Kincheloe Award from the Society of Experimental Test Pilots (SETP). Paul Edwards, Pietro Venanzi and Dan Wells were selected on Sept. 27 for their work with AW609 program. SEPT established the Iven C. Kincheloe award in 1958...
December 11, 2014
AgustaWestland is under contract to deliver four new helicopters to customers in Italy, Vietnam and Japan. The first helicopter, an AW169, is scheduled for delivery in the middle of 2015 to the Italian transport company HoverFly Srl. The helicopter will perform passenger transport missions from the company’s base near Rome. The new AW169 will replace HoverFly’s aging AS365, providing greater...
December 11, 2014
Airbus Helicopters has delivered the first two Tiger HAD Block 2 attack helicopters to the French Army, following its Nov. 21 qualification by the French General Directorate for Armament. The new Tigers will join those already in service, which have been deployed to Afghanistan, the Central African Republic, Somalia, Libya and Mali. Photo courtesy Airbus...
December 11, 2014
iPad screenshot of WSI Pilotbrief Optima app. Photo: WSI [Avionics Today 12-11-2014] SiriusXM and WSI Corporation have introduced the SiriusXM SXAR1 Portable Aviation Receiver and updated WSI aviation app, which combine with WSI’s Pilotbrief Optima to give...
December 11, 2014
Passenger using ANA Takeoff Mode app. Photo: ANA [Avionics Today 12-11-2014] All Nippon Airways has launched a new smartphone app designed to relax passengers during takeoff. Japan’s largest airline found that 72 percent of United States airline passengers surveyed felt anxious before flying, with takeoff...
December 11, 2014
Air Canada Boeing 777-300 aircraft on runway. Photo: Air Canada [Avionics Today 12-11-2014] Air Canada is the launch customer for...
December 11, 2014
International aviation organizations unite against cyber threats. Photo: college.usatoday.com [Avionics Today 12-11-2014] Five international aviation organizations have signed a new cybersecurity agreement to focus their respective actions on cyber threats against the global aviation system. The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), Airports Council International (ACI), Civil...
December 11, 2014
The F-16 Fighting Falcon. Photo: Wikipedia [Avionics Today 12-11-2014] Ogden Air Logistic Complex (ALC) and Elbit Systems of America recently signed a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) agreement defining how the two entities will collaborate during prospective contract opportunities to support the...
December 11, 2014
[Avionics Today 12-11-2014] The European Commission's new Transportation Commissioner Violeta Bulc is taking major strides toward uniting the region's fragmented Air Traffic Management (ATM) system, making €3 billion ($3.7 billion) in new funding available to help move the Single European Sky (SES) airspace reform project forward. Last week, the EC tasked a group or Air Navigation Service Providers...
December 11, 2014
[Avionics Today 12-11-2014] The Radio Technical Commission for Aeronatics (RTCA) published 21 total new or updated documents (DO) in 2014. These documents are developed by RTCA's Special Committees (SCs) to help to shape the certification and safety of new and existing aviation technology equipment to be implemented onboard aircraft.    Among the new, existing and emerging technology that was...
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