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June 25, 2014
[Aviation Today June 25, 2014] Malaysia Airlines (MAS) CEO Ahmad Jauhari Yahya called for a "sweeping change" for the Asia Pacific carrier that is still reeling from the loss of flight MH370. The Boeing 777-200 still has not been located four months after disappearing from Air Traffic Control (ATC) radar coverage. Jauhari's remarks came during the airline's annual general meeting in Kuala...
June 25, 2014
[Avionics Today June 25, 2014] A father-son pilot team attempting to fly a single engine Beechcraft Bonanza around the world in 30 days is using some innovative avionics for flight tracking purposes. The "Around the World in 30 Days" team consists of 17 year old Haris Suleman and his father Babar Suleman of Plainfield, Ind., flying the Bonanza from their home with a first stop in Canada and...
June 25, 2014
[Aviation Today June 25, 2014] The FAA has issued certification for the Challenger 350 business jet, Bombardier's upgraded version of the Challenger 300, which is scheduled to enter service with launch customer Net Jets...
June 25, 2014
[Avionics Today June 25, 2014] The Republic of Korea Air Force's fleet of F-16 fighter jets has begun an avionics upgrade program in Fort Worth, Texas where BAE Systems will be equipping the aircraft with new advanced mission computers, cockpit displays, radars and targeting sensors. BAE Systems is performing the upgrades under a United States Foreign Military...
June 25, 2014
[Avionics Today June 25, 2014] The FAA is planning to publish a "broad proposed rule" regulating the commercial use of small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) later this year. Operations and technological specifications form the rule will apply to UAS weighing less than 55...
June 24, 2014
Revolution Aviation, a flight training school based at John Wayne Airport (SNA) in Santa Ana, Calif., claims to be the first flight school in the United States to offer instruction on helicopters, fixed-wing platforms, and remotely piloted vehicles (RPVs), more commonly known as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or drones. Mark Robinson, founder of Revolution Aviation, wanted to open a school where anyone...
June 24, 2014
The U.S. Naval Systems Command has granted a contract worth $115.7 million to Sikorsky Aircraft related to the procurement of nine MH-60Rs for the Danish Defense Acquisition and Logistics Organization. The agreement...
June 24, 2014
[Avionics Today June 24, 2014] The six-day strike by French Air Traffic Controllers (ATC), which entered its first day Tuesday, is projected to cause up to 14,000 hours of delays in European air travel, according to Air Traffic Management (ATM) firm Eurocontrol. Controllers in France's two biggest ATC unions, SNCTA and Unsa-ICNA, are striking in protest of budget cuts scheduled to occur between 2015...
June 24, 2014
[Aviation Today June 24, 2014] Embraer has completed the initial design review of the first member of its second generation of E-Jets, the E-190-E2. The Brazilian airframe manufacturer has concluded...
June 24, 2014
[Aviation Today June 24, 2014] Virgin America reported a $22 million net loss for the first quarter of 2014. However, the loss was actually an improvement from the $46 million loss reported by the California-based carrier during the same period...
June 24, 2014
[Avionics Today June 24, 2014] Saudi Arabia (Saudia) Airlines is the first Middle East carrier to offer free In-Flight Connectivity (IFC) for its passengers. The Jeddah-based airline is now offering free Wi-Fi to its first class and business class passengers on flights between the Kingdom of Saudia Arabia and the United...
June 24, 2014
[Aviation Today June 24, 2014] Mooney is nearing the completion of its first new aircraft in five years. The Kerrville, Texas-based manufacturer restarted production of its aircraft in February after re-emerging from bankruptcy in...
June 24, 2014
[Aviation Today June 24, 2014] Fleet growth by Latin American regional carriers will lead to increased demand for maintenance in the region, according to Kestutis Volungevicius, head of training at FL Technics, a Lithuanian aircraft Maintenance Repair and Overhaul (MRO) company. FL Technics signed an MRO cooperation...
June 23, 2014
Orlando, Fla.-based Moog Integrated Defense Systems has introduced what it calls its Gen3 Weapons System, which made one of its first public appearances aboard an MD-530G light attack helicopter at Heli-Expo 2014. Although the company says it can be used aboard any airborne military platform, it is quick to add that it was designed to be the optimum size and weight for light attack helicopters and...
June 23, 2014
Ducommun Incorporated has received a long-term agreement from AgustaWestland Philadelphia Corporation to...
June 23, 2014
Guidance Aviation opened its Prescott, Ariz. helicopter training facility to local Girl Scouts as a part of the organization’s 2014 Discover Aviation Camp...
June 23, 2014
French helicopter maker Helicopteres Guimbal has obtained a validation type certificate for the Cabri G2 from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC). The approval became official in mid-June after an...
June 23, 2014
[Aviation Today June 23, 2014] Tata Advanced Systems Ltd. (TASL) has announced a new partnership under which it will produce the fuselage and wings for Ruag Aviation's flagship aircraft, the Dornier 228 New Generation (NG), at its new manufacturing facility in Hyderabad, India. The latest agreement is the fourth such airframe component manufacturing partnership announced by TASL since its inception in...
June 23, 2014
[Aviation Today June 23, 2014] The fifth and final member of the Airbus A350 XWB flight testing program, MSN005, has entered the Airbus development fleet, which is now complete with five test aircraft...
June 23, 2014
[Avionics Today June 23, 2014] Rockwell Collins and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) have announced a new project to test communications capabilities for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS). The project will feature a NASA-operated S-3 Viking aircraft and the University of Iowa Operator Performance...
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