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February 6, 2015
Small aerial photography UAS in flight. Photo: Delaware Aviation Support [Avionics Today 02-06-2015] The FAA has granted eight more regulatory exemptions for commercial use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems...
February 6, 2015
NetJets Europe flies first Phenom 300 jet into London City Airport. Photo: Business Wire [Avionics Today 02-06-2015] NetJets Europe has obtained certification to operate its Signature Series Phenom 300 light aircraft at London City Airport. This follows a similar...
February 6, 2015
Photo: Exelis [Avionics Today 02-06-2015] Harris Corporation and Exelis today announced a definitive agreement under which Harris will acquire Exelis in a cash and stock transaction valued at an estimated $4.75 billion. The boards of directors of both...
February 5, 2015
CNN has entered into a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRDA) with the FAA to advance efforts to integrate unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) into newsgathering and reporting. The arrangement will integrate efforts from...
February 5, 2015
Inside the Bavarian Mountain Rescue Center. Photos by Andrew Drwiega The Bavarian Mountain Rescue Center in Bad Tolz, southern Germany, is one of the world’s leading full-scale helicopter rescue training centers. Called the Center for Safeness and Training, it has been purposely built to provide the most challenging rescue environments – all from the comparative luxury of an indoor center where...
February 5, 2015
Helicopter Search and Rescue (SAR) teams face daily challenges when it comes to safely and efficiently doing their jobs. There are several companies that design, manufacture and sell items such as hoists, harnesses and cargo hooks that help make the jobs a bit easier. Listed here are just a few of those companies and items available today. Aerial Aerial’s Spider is a six-person extraction device...
February 5, 2015
[Avionics Today 02-05-2015] U.K. air navigation service provider NATS is leading a new trial that looks to bypass Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) equipage for General Aviation (GA) operators when it comes to enabling their planes for effective aircraft tracking in the United Kingdom. The one-year trial, which began in late December, banks about 45 participants thus far who are encouraged...
February 5, 2015
[Avionics Today 02-05-2015] The Civil Aeronautics Administration of Taiwan has ordered TransAsia and Uni Air to perform engine inspections on all Taiwanese registered ATR-72 aircraft following the Feb. 4 crash of a TransAsia ATR 72-600 turboprop in Taipei. The TransAsia ATR 72-600 crashed...
February 5, 2015
[Avionics Today 02-05-2015] Northrop Grumman has selected Thales to supply its Flight Management System (FMS) software, i-FMS200, for the avionics...
February 5, 2015
[Avionics Today 02-05-2015] Global Eagle Entertainment (GEE) is jointly designing a new In-Flight Connectivity (IFC) antenna with Quantenelektronische Systeme GmbH (QEST). The new global antenna...
February 5, 2015
[Avionics Today 02-05-2015] The U.S. Air Force has issued a full rate production contract to Boeing to deliver 10 Combat Network Communications Technology (CONECT) upgrade packages for its fleet of B-52 bomber aircraft. Among the avionics upgrades included in...
February 5, 2015
[Avionics Today 02-05-2015] Jeppesen has introduced a new version of its Mobile FliteDeck VFR flight information iPad application. The new version features new weather data features, including graphical weather forecasting data and a weather controller capability, which combines multiple weather data...
February 4, 2015
Digital night vision capability is now in the hands of Apache helicopter pilots. Following a $27 million contract signed in June 2013, the U.S. Army has begun equipping its Boeing AH-64 Apache helicopter fleet with a state-of-the-art digital night vision systems provided by Intevac. Designated the M611 camera, this system was designed as part of the U.S. Army’s Apache Modernized Target Acquisition...
February 4, 2015
The rear guard action being fought to keep Boeing’s AH-64 Apaches in the National Guard instead of transferring them all into the regular Army has been bolstered following the passing of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) by Congress last December. The legislation includes $1.25 billion for the National Guard and Reserve to address modernization shortfalls (not requested by President...
February 4, 2015
CHC Group Ltd., the parent company of CHC Helicopter, plans to issue its earnings release for the fiscal-year 2015 third quarter, which ended Jan. 31, after market close on Monday...
February 4, 2015
Boeing and the U.S. Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) signed the second phase of a performance-based contract that reduces combat logistics support costs while enhancing warfighter readiness. Under terms of the contract, Boeing will provide support for 11 different aircraft including the F/A-18 Super Hornet, AH-64 Apache, AV-8B Harrier, B-52...
February 4, 2015
HAI and the FAA’s Rotorcraft Directorate will jointly host a forum on Tuesday, March 3, during HAI HELI-EXPO 2015 on the ADS-B (automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast) equipage mandate. The FAA has set a 2020 deadline for virtually all aircraft operating in the National Airspace System to equip with ADS-B Out. Despite the challenging deadline — at a...
February 4, 2015
Business passenger uses Gogo ATG-4 in-flight. Photo: Gogo [Avionics Today 02-04-2015] Gogo will begin introducing its Air-to-Ground (ATG) connectivity system ATG-4 to the business...
February 4, 2015
Northrop Grumman's APG-83 Scalable Agile Beam Radar. Photo: Northrop Grumman [Avionics Today 02-04-2015] Northrop Grumman's APG-83 Scalable Agile Beam Radar (SABR) has received its first production order from Lockheed...
February 4, 2015
[Avionics Today 02-04-2015] The United Kingdom’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) is calling on the aviation industry and decision-makers to be much more ambitious in confronting aviation’s environmental challenges — including improving compensation for communities — or else face the prospect that essential additional runway capacity may never be built. 

In its response to the...
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