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May 11, 2015
[Avionics Today 05-08-2015] Southwest Airlines has announced it will equip its current Boeing 737NG fleet as well as future 737 MAX aircraft — for which Southwest is set to become the launch customer in 2017 — with Honeywell’s full suite of avionics. The new set of cockpit technologies will modernize the airline’s array of 737s, increasing operational efficiency and situational...
May 11, 2015
[Avionics Today 05-11-2015] The FAA has selected a team led by Mississippi State University (MSU) to operate a new National Center of Excellence (COE) for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS). The center will provide the agency and industry with research to maximize the potential of...
May 11, 2015
RwandAir aircraft. Photo: Leandro Ciuff (flickr) [Avionics Today 05-11-2015] Rwanda’s national carrier, RwandAir, has selected Rockwell Collins’ ARINC Common Use Passenger Processing Systems (CUPPS) and related technologies to support the airline’s strong...
May 11, 2015
The cockpit of NASA's Gulfstream GV with a synthetic vision system located on a head up display. Photo: NASA [Avionics Today 05-11-2015] The global market for Head-Up Displays (HUD) is expected to reach $5.2 billion by 2020, according to a recently published TechSci Research report. The firm expects the defense sector will continue its...
May 11, 2015
Photo: Eurocontrol [Avionics Today 05-11-2015] Croatia has successfully activated the Centralized Code Assignment and Management System (CCAMS), which will overcome current and future shortages of Secondary Surveillance Radar (SSR) codes used by Air Traffic Control (ATC) for radar identification, Eurocontrol announced...
May 8, 2015
Avionic display systems technology provider Thomas Global Systems has achieved new EASA Part 145 approval at its facility in Irvine, Calif. This follows the Company’s FAA Part-145 approval granted after...
May 8, 2015
The FAA will soon begin work on the next step in a multi-year effort to update the scientific evidence on the relationship between aircraft noise exposure and its effects on communities around airports. “The FAA is sensitive to public concerns about aircraft noise,” said FAA Administrator Michael Huerta. "We understand the interest in expediting this research, and we will complete this...
May 8, 2015
Russian Helicopters and Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) have signed a framework agreement to work together on creating an advanced heavy helicopter. Under the agreement, the parties will work on all areas of development and preparation to launch serial production of the new aircraft, named the Advanced Heavy Lift (AHL). The agreement was signed today at the Moscow Kremlin by Alexander MIkheev, CEO of...
May 8, 2015
[Avionics Today 05-08-2015] Thomas Global Systems’, a company that specializes in avionics display systems technology, has achieved EASA Part 145 approval for their facility in Irvine, Calif. This follows the Company’s FAA...
May 8, 2015
[Avionics Today 05-08-2015] According to a new market research report by MarketsandMarkets, the commercial avionics systems market is expected to reach $23.72 billion by 2020. The market was estimated at $15.75 billion in 2014, at a high Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 7.06 percent from 2014 to 2020, according to the report.   Increase in aircraft orders and deliveries across the globe are the...
May 8, 2015
Photo: Exelis [Avionics Today 05-08-2015] Exelis has reported financial results for the first quarter of 2015, with revenue from continuing operations totaling $785 million, a 5 percent increase from the first quarter of 2014. First-quarter operating income from continuing operations was $104 million, a 51 percent improvement from the first quarter of 2014...
May 8, 2015
Global Hawk UAS. Photo: Wikipedia [Avionics Today 05-08-2015] The U.S. Air Force Research Laboratories (AFRL) recently completed a round of flight tests on its Northrop Grumman-led Multiple Intruder Autonomous Avoidance (MIAA) program. The flight tests demonstrate the robustness and maturity of the Department of Defense's (DOD) standard collision avoidance software known as Multiple Sensor Integrated...
May 8, 2015
The global need for IFC is rising, analyst and Gogo agree. Photo: Gogo [Avionics Today 05-08-2015] Gogo’s latest In-Flight Connectivity (IFC) survey has reported gaps in interest between passengers in the United States and other regions, alongside a global rise in the relevance of IFC. Among other changes in the IFC landscape, the survey reported the rising interest in in-flight Wi-Fi services...
May 7, 2015
Bristow Helicopters uses the AgustaWestland AW189 for offshore transport missions, as well as for search and rescue in the U.K. Photo courtesy of Bristow Helicopters With their fates tied to the ever-swinging price of crude oil, helicopter offshore transport operators had a tough year in 2014. Around this time last year, oil sold for more than $100 per barrel. By January, that price had been halved. Though...
May 7, 2015
USAAC 2nd Lt. Carter Harman (left side, standing) flew the first combat rescue mission in an YR-4B in Burma in 1944. Photo courtesy of the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum. On May 8, the National Mall in Washington will be the site of several vintage World War II aircraft fly-bys commemorating Victory in Europe (V-E) Day – the day in 1945 when victory was declared in the European theater of the war...
May 7, 2015
On April 2, United Technologies Corp. appointed Robert Leduc as president of Sikorsky Aircraft effective immediately. He succeeds Mick Maurer, who moved to the newly created position of UTC senior vice president, Strategic Projects. Both Leduc and Maurer will report to UTC President and CEO Gregory Hayes. “Across the aerospace industry, Bob is recognized as a proven leader,” Hayes said...
May 7, 2015
Columbia Helicopters has hired Santiago Crespo as its new Vice President of Business Development and Marketing. Crespo previously served as Vice President & General Manager of Oil and Gas Aviation at Erickson Incorporated, and will assume his new duties on May 11th. “I am pleased that Santiago has decided to join the Columbia Helicopters family,” said Jim Rankin, company president...
May 7, 2015
MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) has announced a new contract to manufacture and deliver a custom-configured MD 530F helicopter for the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) Aviation Unit. Acquisition of the MD 530F was approved by Metro’s Fiscal Affairs Committee on April 27.   Photo courtesy of MD Helicopters “The relationship between Las Vegas Metro Police and MD...
May 7, 2015
The FAA has demonstrated a new smartphone application called “B4UFLY,” designed to help model aircraft and unmanned aircraft (UAS) users know if it is safe and legal to fly in their current or planned location. “We want to make sure hobbyists and modelers know where it is and isn’t okay to fly,” said FAA Administrator Michael Huerta. “While there are other apps that...
May 7, 2015
Business jet passengers using Gogo in-flight connectivity. Photo: Gogo. [Avionics Today 05-07-2015] Gogo has reported record first quarter revenue of $115.5 million, up 21 percent year-over-year, as service revenue increased 32 percent to $95.4 million. Adjusted Earnings Before Interest, Tax, Depreciation and Amortization (EBITDA) rose 54 percent year-over-year to $8.2 million. In its North American...
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