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August 14, 2014
A Saudi Airlines Flight. Photo: Fasal Akram Ether (Flickr) [Avionics Today 08-14-14] Saudi Airlines has applied a Business Intelligence (BI) solution with Microsoft to analyze, visualize and share data in a unified way. The solution...
August 14, 2014
[Avionics Today 08-14-2014] August marks the first year of operations for Wheels Up — a first year that saw the New York-based private aviation company sign up 575 new members, raise $75 million in equity and reach more than 40 flights in a single day. Now, the company is on track to reach 1,200 members and more than 40 business jets by the end of 2014, with a planned expansion to Europe coming in...
August 13, 2014
A helicopter tour of Manhattan is a must-do activity for many visitors to New York City. But residents who live along the Hudson River, which runs between New Jersey and the most scenic parts of the city, are renewing their decades-long attempt to bring a halt to such tours. Citing noise from low-flying helicopters as reducing their quality of life, citizens who live and work near the Hudson are receiving...
August 13, 2014
PHI, Inc. has achieved the highest level, Level 4, of the Federal Aviation Administration’s voluntary Safety Management System (SMS) pilot program. The SMS program is quickly becoming a standard in the industry, being recognized by the Joint Planning and Development Office (JPDO), International...
August 13, 2014
Australian aviation regulator, the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) has responded to the Australian Helicopter Industry Association’s (AHIA) criticisms of the proposed Part 61 (flight crew licensing) regulations, accusing the AHIA of being “wide of the mark” in a number of its claims. The new regulations are designed to bring Australia’s rules in line with International Civil...
August 13, 2014
Today's announcement that the U.S. Army Aviation Technology Directorate (AATD) has selected both the Boeing/Sikorsky partnership and Bell Helicopter to move forward and build their versions of the high speed Joint Multi Role Technology Demonstrator (JMR TD) comes as no surprise. It does leave question marks over the other...
August 13, 2014
A Gulfstream 280 Flight Photo: Gulfstream [Avionics Today 08-13-2014] Gulfstream opened this year’s Latin American Business Aviation Exhibition & Conference (LABACE) by noting “remarkable growth” in the region’s bizjet market. The business jet manufacturer opened the conference by announcing its fleet in Latin America has grown by nearly 70 percent since 2009. The company has...
August 13, 2014
Engineered Propulsion Systems Vision 350. Photo: Diesel Technology Forum [Avionics Today 08-13-2014] Allen Schaeffer, executive director of the Diesel Technology Forum, believes the general aviation industry in the United States appears to be reaching a new diesel evolution phase...
August 13, 2014
A Boeing Maritime Surveillance Plane. Photo: Boeing [Avionics Today 08-13-2014] Boeing is set to begin offering global customers the Enhanced Medium Altitude Reconnaissance and Surveillance System Risk Reduction Prototype (ERRP) now that the tactical surveillance aircraft has received Supplemental...
August 13, 2014
Los Angeles International Airport. Photo: Google Images [Avionics Today 08-13-2014] NICE Systems and AECOM Technology Corporation will help Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) extend its situation management capabilities from the control room to the field. The airport deployed the NICE Situator Enterprise Geographical Information...
August 13, 2014
Dessault Falcon 2 in Flight. Photo: Dessault [Avionics Today 08-13-2014] The Dassault Aircraft Services branch in Sorocaba, Brazil, will undergo a major expansion in the coming months in order to better accommodate the demands of domestic and other South American customers. The expansion will add 10,000 square feet...
August 13, 2014
[Avionics Today 08-13-2014] The FAA announced operational status for the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University's Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) testing site. Virginia is the last of the agency's six UAS testing sites nationwide to achieve operational status.      Aeryon's Sky Ranger UAS will be used at the Virginia Tech testing site. Photo: Aeryon   Virginia's testing...
August 12, 2014
Australian helicopter charter operator Air Melbourne has launched a Heli-Express service linking Melbourne’s general aviation airport, Moorabbin Airport (MBW), with the central business district and the city’s international airport. The company operates three twin-engine, eight-seat AgustaWestland AW109s seven days a week. The flight between Moorabbin and...
August 12, 2014
The U.S. National Park Service has put a policy memorandum into effect that prohibits the use of unmanned aircraft in all of the country’s national parks. Following noise, nuisance and safety complaints from park visitors and staff, NPS enacted a policy requiring UAV operators to obtain special permission to use any kind of unmanned aircraft in the parks. Jeffrey Olson, spokesman for the National...
August 12, 2014
The Scorpion helmet mounted sight and display (HMSD) system from Thales provides color symbology and video for both day and night missions, improving situational awareness among crews aboard armed helicopters. Photo courtesy Thales The military began using night vision technology as early as the 1950s. When decreasing size and increasing performance finally put night vision technology in the hands –...
August 12, 2014
On August 8, Sikorsky Aircraft of Stratford, Conn., announced that the Federal Aviation Administration certified the V400 avionics software for the S-76D helicopter. The technology increases the capabilities of the twin-engine helicopter, allowing the aircraft to operate single-pilot under instrument flight rules.  According to the company, the V400 software, which can be installed by the...
August 12, 2014
HALO-Flight, a non-profit helicopter emergency medical service, recently received a Bell 429 configured for Helicopter Air Ambulance (HAA)...
August 12, 2014
Photo Credit: Jason Mrachina [Avionics Today 08-12-2014] The Microsemi Corporation, a provider of semiconductor solutions, and eInfochips, an engineering R & D services company, are collaborating to provide DO-254 compliant design services for avionics systems. According to market outlook reports from Airbus and...
August 12, 2014
[Avionics Today 08-12-2014] Star Navigation Systems Group’s Man Machine Interface Division (STAR-MMI) is seeing an increase in orders for display upgrades from major global aerospace companies...
August 12, 2014
Fed Ex Cargo Plane Photo: JL Johnson (flickr) [Avionics Today 08-12-2014] AT&T Cargo View with FlightSafe now offers air cargo shipment companies a way to remotely monitor the conditions of their shipped assets, which aims to minimize the risk of damaged, lost or stolen cargo.  According...
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