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June 2, 2014
[Avionics Today June 2, 2014] The United States is considering granting exemptions for the commercial use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) for the purpose of filming movies and television shows, according to a statement by the FAA.    Seven aerial photo and production companies are requesting regulatory exemptions allowing the use of UAS for filming purposes for the first time. Recently...
June 2, 2014
[Aviation Today June 2, 2014] French turboprop airframe manufacturer ATR has appointed Patrick de Castelbajac as...
June 2, 2014
[Aviation Today June 2, 2014] Delta Airlines placed an order for 15 additional A321ceo (current engine option) aircraft, a $1.65 billion order at current list prices.   The Atlanta, Ga.-based carrier is looking...
May 30, 2014
The American Helicopter Society (AHS) International has designated Pratt & Whitney Canada's Longueuil facility a Vertical Flight Heritage Site, recognizing the company’s role in the development of the global helicopter industry. A plaque presentation ceremony was held on May...
May 30, 2014
Thales will provide its integrated electronic stand-by instrument (IESI) to modernize the Esquilo/Fennec helicopter fleet of the Brazilian Army. A total of 36 helicopters will be retrofitted with the Thales system, with completion expected in 2018. The first batch are planned to be completed by 2014, when Thales’ IESI...
May 30, 2014
Russian Helicopters has inked a cooperation agreement with the government of the Russian Republic of Buryatia to allow Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant to provide laboratory equipment to the Aviation Technical College, formerly part of Ulan-Ude Engineering Teaching College. The Aviation Technical College was spun off from Ulan-Ude Engineering Teaching College in early 2014 under an Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant...
May 30, 2014
[Aviation Today May 30, 2014] Qatar Airways’ move to the new Hamad International Airport in Doha reflects the latest sign of the growth of the Middle Eastern region as a true global aviation hub.  The first commercial flight of Qatar Airways touching down at Hamad International Airport, marking the commencing of full operations of the national airline at Doha's new airport. Photo, courtesy...
May 30, 2014
[Avionics Today May 30, 2014] A government-industry team including Airbus, Air France, Boeing and Easyjet has completed a series of flight trials demonstrating Controller-Pilot Data Link Communications (CPDLC) in European airspace, a demonstration project under the Single European Sky ATM Research (SESAR) program.  Map showing paths of CPDLC flight...
May 30, 2014
[Avionics Today May 30, 2014] Universal Avionics is continuing its expansion into international markets, adding a new regional sales manager for Asia.  The Tucson, Ariz.-based avionics manufacturer announced Michael Choo as its new regional sales manager for Asia. This hiring follows...
May 30, 2014
[Avionics Today May 30, 2014] The F-35 Lightning II fighter jet achieved three critical flight testing milestones during a recent demonstration at the Point Mugu Sea Test Range in California.  F-35C aircraft CF-3 makes a fly-in arrestment landing at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland. Photo, courtesy of Lockheed...
May 30, 2014
[Avionics Today May 30, 2014] Thunder Airlines is upgrading its fleet of General Aviation (GA) aircraft with a new flight tracking system.  The...
May 29, 2014
Airbus Helicopters and UTair have extended their training agreement past an original three-year arrangement. Through this program, pilots and technical personnel are trained on the Ecureuil-family rotorcraft and also...
May 29, 2014
[Source: Rotor & Wing] The Norway Ministry of Justice and Public Safety has decided to incorporate the Star Safire 380HDc sensor from FLIR Systems into its fleet of AgustaWestland AW101s. The helicopters will be part of the country’s All Weather Search and Rescue Helicopter (NAWSARH)...
May 29, 2014
Metro Aviation has achieved Level 4 of FAA's safety management system (SMS) pilot project in the 14...
May 29, 2014
[Avionics Today May 29, 2014] Next week, Long Beach, Calif. will play host to an event  looking at the future of the connected aircraft, the Global Connected Aircraft Summit (GCA Summit).  The aircraft that Gogo uses as an airborne test lab for new products. Gogo will be one of many companies attending the GCA Summit.    The concept of new generation aircraft as nodes in a very...
May 29, 2014
[Aviation Today May 29, 2014] Cessna has announced the rollout of its first production Citation CJ3+ business jet.  The upgraded Citation jet was first announced in March, with a range of 2,070 nautical miles, a nearly...
May 28, 2014
Airbus Helicopters and ADAC Luftfahrt Technik (ALT), the maintenance arm of ADAC Luftrettung, have signed a parts-by-the-hour service contract for the air rescue organization’s EC145 T2 fleet. The 10-year service agreement with a volume of...
May 28, 2014
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has certified the software update of Sikorsky’s S-92. The newly certified update to the avionics management system (AMS), version 8.0, provides display enhancements to existing functionality to support several important S-92 mission capabilities...
May 28, 2014
Airbus Helicopters has signed a long-term maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) contract with the NATO Support Agency (NSPA) to support the German Federal Police’s fleet of EC135 rotorcraft. The NSPA is NATO’s Integrated Logistics and Services Provider Agency, which executed the procurement process for the service contract on behalf of the German Federal Police. This service contract...
May 28, 2014
EADS North America, Inc. has secured a $33.8-million modification to an existing contract to increase funds and...
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