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January 20, 2015
[Avionics Today 01-20-2015] Global Eagle Entertainment's (GEE) Ku-band satellite connectivity system provisions will now be offerable on new Boeing 737 airplanes — the most popular commercial aircraft offering. The two...
January 20, 2015
[Avionics Today 01-21-2015] Airlines may soon have the ability to start performing aircraft recovery and inspection checks with Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS). EasyJet is currently working with several partners to make this a reality; the U.K.-based airline isn't looking to replace its aircraft engineers with machines, but rather to make their jobs safer.      A CopterCraft UAS inspecting...
January 16, 2015
[Avionics Today 01-16-2015] NetJets Europe is leading the efforts of a 15-company, eight-country alliance uniting to validate the ability of augmented vision and satellite-based navigation technologies to improve access into a range of airports. The Advanced Approaches for all Airports (A3) consortium was formed by the Single European Sky Air Traffic Management Research (SESAR) program. Through the end of...
January 16, 2015
After years of maturation and prototype testing, helicopter engine manufacturer Turbomeca has entered serial production of parts using the latest additive manufacturing, or 3D printing process at its Bordes facility in France. The facility is one of the first of its kind to serial produce additive components for France's aerospace propulsion industry.   Photo courtesy Turbomeca Arrano test and...
January 16, 2015
The global aerospace and defense contractor AAR has been granted AS9100 certification of its quality management system for manufacturing at the company’s aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facility located near the Indianapolis International Airport. The certification was awarded to AAR Aircraft Services and covers the manufacture of airframe composites and metal aircraft parts...
January 16, 2015
Helicopter pilot training school Guidance Aviation has installed Garmin G500H glass panels on its helicopter fleet. Last year, the organization, with flight operations in Prescott, Ariz. and Baton Rouge, La., announced its decision to upgrade its aircraft. Now, the organization’s fleet upgrade is in its final phase with all of the IFR fleet installations complete.   Photo courtesy of Guidance...
January 16, 2015
[Avionics Today 01-16-2015] Flight punctuality at United Kingdom airports fell in the third quarter of 2014 compared with the same period in 2013, according to the U.K.’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). On-time performance...
January 16, 2015
[Avionics Today 01-16-2015] A coalition of 10 news media companies have partnered with Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) to test small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) to gather news. Virginia Tech houses one of six test sites established by Congress to collect data on the use of UAS to form regulations and integrate UAS into the National Airspace System (NAS) in conjunction...
January 16, 2015
UAViate and members. Photo: UAViate [Avionics Today 01-16-2015] UAViate, a British-owned Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) consultancy group, is lobbying to change public perceptions on UAS with the launch of a new academy at a...
January 16, 2015
Air Europa Boeing 787-9 aircraft. Photo: Boeing [Avionics Today 01-16-2015] Air Europa has announced an order for 14 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners, valued at $3.6 billion at list prices — the largest ever Boeing...
January 16, 2015
ATAC Aircraft. Photo: ATAC [Avionics Today 01-16-2015] Airborne Tactical Advantage Company (ATAC) has been tasked to deploy to Jacksonville, Fla. with 10 fighter aircraft to support U.S. military training. The fighter...
January 16, 2015
[Avionics Today 01-16-2014] Bombardier has announced it will immediately halt work on its Learjet 85 aircraft program due to what they site is a lack of market demand for the midsize business jet. In suspending the program, Bombardier will be forced to lay off 1,000 employees, effective immediately, from facilities in Wichita, Kan. and Queretaro, Mexico — a component manufacturing facility opened in...
January 15, 2015
Utilized worldwide in some of the most challenging conditions, the deployed fleet of Airbus Helicopters rotorcraft in service for the oil and gas industry has accumulated more than 10 million flight hours as of the end of 2014. Of the estimated 2,300 rotorcraft used in oil and gas missions today, approximately 25 percent are produced by...
January 15, 2015
Air Amazonia, a subsidiary of Erickson International, will secure a passenger transport contract with the Brazilian oil and gas company HRT Participações em Petróleo, S.A. Under...
January 15, 2015
Era Group Inc. has secured contracts for three additional medium helicopters in the Gulf of Mexico. The helicopters, which include two Sikorsky S-76s and one AgustaWestland AW139, will be used to support drilling programs and...
January 15, 2015
FAA Administrator Michael Huerta delivers SMS final rule at a press conference on Jan. 8. Photo: Department of Transportation [Avionics Today 01-15-2015] The FAA is aiming to make commercial aviation safer with a final rule that requires most U.S. airlines to have a Safety Management System (SMS) in place by 2018. The rule builds on many technologies and programs that airlines already have in place to...
January 15, 2015
[Avionics Today 01-15-2015] Boeing and Embraer have opened a joint sustainable aviation biofuel research center in Brazil. The collaborative effort to further establish the aviation biofuel industry is located at the Boeing-Embraer Joint Research Center in the Sao Jose dos Campos Technology...
January 15, 2015
Photo: DAC International [Avionics Today 01-15-2015] DAC International has reached a distribution agreement with Mid-Continent Instruments and Avionics, a company that overhauls...
January 15, 2015
Photo: Engility Corporation Facebook [Avionics Today 01-15-2015] Engility Holdings has been awarded a $50.7 million contract to provide technical, management and analysis support to the John A. Volpe Transportation Center in association with programs related to the FAA’s NextGen airspace modernization efforts. Specifically...
January 15, 2015
Visual of the AirAsia flight 8501 fuselage on the Java Sea floor, captured by a remotely operated vehicle. Photo: Singaporean Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen via Facebook [Avionics Today 01-15-2015] The search and rescue team working to recover wreckage from AirAsia flight QZ8501 has located...
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