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February 11, 2015
[Avionics Today 02-11-2015] As part of its response to the U.K government’s challenge to limit regulation for General Aviation (GA) operators, the U.K.’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has relaxed the need for GA aircraft to carry certain equipment when flying under Instrument Flight Rules...
February 11, 2015
Boeing announced that British Airways received operational approval from the UK Civil Aviation Authority for use of Boeing’s Electronic Logbook on their 787 Dreamliner fleet. Photo: Boeing [Avionics Today 02-11-2015] British Airways has received operational approval from the United Kingdom’s...
February 11, 2015
Innova Digital Cabin Management System. Photo: Innova [Avionics Today 02-11-2015] Turkish Airlines and Innova have partnered to launch a new Digital Cabin Management System (DCMS)...
February 11, 2015
[Avionics Today 02-11-2015] Bombardier Commercial Aircraft has appointed GMR Aero Technic Limited of Hyderabad, India as an Authorized Service Facility (ASF) for its Q400 turboprop. This is the first authorized Maintenance...
February 11, 2015
[Avionics Today 02-11-2015] The FAA has issued a technical amendment to the final rule published back in 2010 defining regulations for equipage requirements and performance standards for Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast Out (ADS-B Out) avionics on aircraft operating in Classes A, B and C airspace as well as other specified classes of airspace within the National Airspace System. Under the...
February 10, 2015
With sensors increasingly being attached to dynamic components in new helicopters, maintainers are facing a massive increase in aircraft data. Sensor data is fed into the aircraft’s computers, and then downloaded to computers in the maintenance shop – providing not only information on immediate problem areas, but also significant data for trending. This allows a shift from time-based to...
February 10, 2015
[Avionics Today 02-10-2015] Some crowding airports are turning to Lockheed Martin’s WindTracer Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) system to help reduce aircraft separations. The LIDAR system measures the strength and behavior of wind vortices caused by arriving and departing aircraft, data that can then be analyzed by participating airports to increase traffic and throughput at rates of up to 30...
February 10, 2015
[Avionics Today 02-10-2015] Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) is transforming Bombardier's Global 5000 business jet into the new generation ELI-3360 Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA). Designed by the organization's ELTA group, the new MPA features an...
February 10, 2015
[Avionics Today 02-10-2015] Harris Corporation reported revenue of $1.21 billion for the second quarter of fiscal 2015. This included the manufacturer's government communication systems division posting a fifth consecutive quarter of year-over-year revenue growth...
February 10, 2015
[Avionics Today 02-10-2015] Gulfstream's flight operations test organization has achieved International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO) Stage 2 certification. The business jet manufacturer's flight department fathers 43 pilots conducting more than 2,200 annual test flights...
February 10, 2015
[Avionics Today 02-10-2015] The U.S. Navy's Air Systems Command has awarded a $270 million contract to Raytheon to provide software, systems and testing support for its fleet of V-22 Osprey aircraft. Under the contract, Raytheon...
February 10, 2015
[Avionics Today 02-10-2015] UTC Aerospace has a new agreement to supply NASA with procurement and installation of NP2000 propellers with electronic propeller control systems for the agency's fleet of P-3 aircraft. The NP2000 will replace the existing HS 54H60 propeller...
February 10, 2015
The Bell Helicopter and Boeing V-22 team recently delivered two MV-22 Osprey flight training simulators to the HMX-1 Presidential Air Lift Squadron, providing Marine aviators with the ability to more efficiently train for their "critical and highly visible transport mission," Boeing said. With the simulators installed at the squadron's headquarters in Quantico...
February 9, 2015
As we were going to press with this issue, I happened to notice two different stories in the mainstream media, both about new startup companies offering helicopter shuttle services. One story was from the Jan. 20 edition of the New York Post, and you can access it from our website at Why take a taxi to the airport when you can take a helicopter? The other was posted the very next day on the Wall Street...
February 9, 2015
The Sikorsky S-70i is manufactured by PZL Mielec in Poland. Photo courtesy of Sikorsky Contrary to the end-of-year rumblings that Sikorsky would withdraw its bid for the Polish military’s requirement for 70 medium-lift utility helicopters, when the announcement of the bidders was made by the Polish Armament Inspectorate on Dec. 30, 2014, Sikorsky’s name was present through subsidiary PZL...
February 9, 2015
Several times over the past couple of months, I was told horror stories about how great candidates for police pilot jobs were disqualified for employment by the polygraph during the application process. And the story was always the same: If it wasn’t because the applicant revealed that they had sampled a controlled dangerous substance (CDS) too many times or too recently, it was because they had lied...
February 9, 2015
[Avionics Today 02-06-2015] The Obama administration's proposed 2016 fiscal year budget request seeks $845 million for capital investments related to NextGen Air Traffic Control (ATC) system modernization, a $53 million increase over the 2015 budget and an indication that the administration wants to see the program accelerated over the next two to three years. While the proposed budget is still far from...
February 9, 2015
[Avionics Today 02-09-2015] Dassault Aviation’s new flagship long-range business jet, the Falcon 8X, has taken to the skies for the first time, a little more than one month after rollout. The aircraft lifted off from...
February 9, 2015
CRJ900 NextGen Aircraft with American Eagle livery. Photo: Bombardier [Avionics Today 02-09-2015] American Airlines has signed a firm confirmation order for...
February 9, 2015
[Avionics Today 02-09-2015] The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) concluded its second High Level Safety Conference (HLSC) yesterday with strong support for its near- and long-term strategic planning and priorities for global aviation safety. The event addressed two major aviation issues from the past year, flight tracking and conflict zone risk...
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