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November 3, 2015
F-16C Block 50 aircraft under construction. Photo: Lockheed Martin [Avionics Today 11-03-2015] Lockheed Martin has completed more than 27,000 hours of simulated flight time on an F-16C Block 50 aircraft. The company is now analyzing the data to determine the durability of the aircraft beyond its original design service life of 8,000 hours. The F-16C Block 50 was tested to 27,713 Equivalent Flight Hours...
November 3, 2015
[Avionics Today 11-03-2015] GE has entered into new collaborations with technology centers in the Middle East, North Africa, and Turkey (MENAT) region aimed at driving digital industrial transformation. A key feature of GE’s digital industrial strategy is its strong focus on...
November 3, 2015
American Airlines’ John Dudley, the first FAA certified A350 XWB pilot. Photo: Airbus [Avionics Today 11-03-2015] John Dudley, an American Airlines pilot, has become the first airline pilot certified by the U.S. FAA to fly Airbus’ new A350 XWB...
November 3, 2015
Textron service center. Photo: Textron [Avionics Today 11-03-2015] Textron Aviation has added a dedicated aircraft to support customers throughout Europe to strengthen its service network there. Based at the company’s Dusseldorf Service...
November 3, 2015
[Avionics Today 11-03-2015] Global Eagle Entertainment (GEE) and Hughes Network Systems announced an agreement last week for GEE to use Hughes’ Jupiter System HT Aero Modem to power GEE’s high-performance broadband aeronautical service. The modem will deliver In-Flight Connectivity (IFC) services on any Ku-band satellite, including both wide beam and High Throughput Satellite (HTS) systems...
November 2, 2015
Various photographs and at least one video of the AW609 crash site offer some key data points on the fatal Oct. 30 accident in northwestern Italy. The imagery appears to show, in a crop field, two collections of wreckage that are near each other but distinctly separate. One set of wreckage is shown near a small embankment on one edge of the field; the other set is shown farther into the field. The...
November 2, 2015
Airbus Helicopters sees in the next two decades the global helicopter market sustaining the slow and steady growth that has fueled its expansion since 1994. A new forecast by the manufacturer projects a 1.6% compound...
November 2, 2015
“There’s something very wrong with recreational drones,” a top columnist for The New York Times wrote, indicating criticism of unregulated use of the devices is moving beyond the aviation and technical communities. Gail Collins is a 20-year veteran of the Times and currently opines for the paper on American politics and culture. On Oct. 31, that included a column entitled...
November 2, 2015
[Avionics Today 11-02-2015] An Airbus A321-200 carrying 224 passengers and crew en route from Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt to St. Petersburg, Russia reportedly broke apart in the air at cruising altitude over Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula on Saturday, Oct. 31. Operations for the Russian state-owned airline Kogalymavia, which goes by the name of Metrojet, have been temporarily suspended to assess the risks of...
November 2, 2015
The European Parliament’s hemicycle (debating chamber) during a plenary session in Strasbourg. Photo: Wikimedia Commons. [Avionics Today 11-02-2015] The European Parliament has adopted a resolution to enhance aviation safety and efficiency through global flight tracking systems. The resolution supports the assignment of primary radio spectrum allocation for satellite-based Automatic...
November 2, 2015
Antennas to enable Inmarsat’s EAN across Europe. Photo: Inmarsat [Avionics Today 11-02-2015] Inmarsat will locate the Satellite Access Station (SAS) for its European Aviation Network (EAN) high-speed in-flight connectivity solution in Greece, under an agreement with OTE, a Greek...
November 2, 2015
Airbus is ramping up A320 neo production. Photo: Airbus [Avionics Today 11-02-2015] To match ongoing high demand for its bestselling A320 family, Airbus will further increase the production rate of the...
November 2, 2015
Launch of the Atlas V rocket carrying the GPS 11F-11 satellite for the U.S. Air Force. Photo: United Launch Alliance [Avionics Today 11-02-2015] United Launch Alliance (ULA) successfully launched the U.S. Air Force’s Global Positioning...
October 30, 2015
Are you terrified of getting a less-than-perfect score? Then this quiz should be just the thing to get you in the Halloween spirit. If you’re not too busy beefing up your zombie outfit for this weekend, or better yet, your Amelia Earhart get up, we invite you to give this week’s Avionics News Quiz a try! Is it spooky? Maybe not. Is it stuffed with aviation trivia? You betcha! Content loading.....
October 30, 2015
Scores of police aviation crewmembers will get firsthand experience with simulated flight training for light helicopters when they visit Metro Aviation next week. Metro's Helicopter Flight Training Center in Shreveport, Louisiana, will host the Airborne Law Enforcement...
October 30, 2015
Air Methods plans to upgrade its Airbus Helicopters H125s and H130s with crash-resistant fuel systems as soon as next year, according to a Denver TV station. KUSA said the Englewood, Colorado-headquartered company sent a statement that it "is committed to retrofitting 100% of our Airbus AS350/EC130...
October 30, 2015
Photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin Lockheed Martin has named the top F-35 program executive to lead its Mission Systems and Training business unit and oversee the absorption of Sikorsky Aircraft. Lorraine Martin currently is executive vice president and general...
October 30, 2015
Unmanned aircraft system. Photo: FAA [Avionics Today 10-30-2015] FAA Administrator Michael Huerta has released the names of members of the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Registration Task Force announced earlier this month. Earl Lawrence, Director of the FAA’s UAS Integration Office, and Dave Vos of Google X will co-chair the group. The task force membership aims to represent a range of stakeholder...
October 30, 2015
Jeff Babione, newly appointed executive vice president and general manager of the F-35 program. Photo: Lockheed Martin [Avionics Today 10-30-2015] Jeff Babione has been named the executive vice president and general manager of Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Program, effective Jan. 1, 2016. Babione succeeds Lorraine Martin who has been appointed to the...
October 30, 2015
Satcom Direct has enabled HDR service through it’s router. Photo: Satcom Direct [Avionics Today 10-30-2015] Satcom Direct has enabled High Data Rate (HDR) service for Inmarsat SwiftBroadband customers, providing a faster and more efficient broadband...
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