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January 13, 2015
A321neo with ALC livery, rendering. Photo: Airbus [Avionics Today 01-13-2015] A commitment from Air Lease Corporation (ALC) has officially launched Airbus’ A321neo with a 97-ton Maximum Take Off Weight (MTOW). The Los Angeles-based lessor signed...
January 13, 2015
[Avionics Today 01-13-2015] Two companies whose businesses thrive on connectivity, SITA and OnAir, have formed the joint organization SITA OnAir to help airlines realize the full potential of the connected aircraft. The new joint organization, formed Jan. 1 of this year, plans to set the benchmark for nose-to-tail connected aircraft solutions, regardless of fleet...
January 13, 2015
Embraer E195 E-Jet to be flown by Kalstar Aviation, rendering. Photo: Embraer [Avionics Today 01-13-2015] Embraer announced today that two Embraer E195 E-jets will start operations with Kalstar Aviation, a regional...
January 13, 2015
Southwest aircraft on runway. Photo: Southwest [Avionics Today 01-13-2015] Southwest Airlines released its December 2014 traffic alongside full year reports, announcing modest increases across the board...
January 13, 2015
The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter in flight. Photo: Cherie Cullen [Avionics Today 01-13-2015] The Department of Defense (DOD) will consolidate some United States infrastructure in Europe for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF), including the return of 15 sites to their host nations. These actions, taken as part of the European Infrastructure Consolidation (EIC) process, will save the U.S. government...
January 13, 2015
[Avionics Today 01-13-2014] Late last month Rockwell Collins announced the completed integration of the international trip planning company ARINC Incorporated into its Information Management Services (IMS) business unit. This marks the completion of the largest acquisition in Rockwell Collins history. The $1.4 billion decision to purchase ARINC from the Carlyle Group came in 2013 in face of growing...
January 12, 2015
AgustaWestland’s new generation AW169 light intermediate 4.5-metric ton class helicopter has entered full-scale production, with the first aircraft now on the final assembly line at its Vergiate facility in Italy. The event marks a major milestone ahead of EASA certification, with deliveries to the first customers scheduled to begin in the 2nd quarter of 2015. The AW169 flight test program, using...
January 12, 2015
On Wednesday, Jan. 28, Helicopter Industry International (HAI) will host a forum to give members and other industry leaders an opportunity to interact directly with government regulators. The Association of Air Medical Services (AAMS) and the Air Medical Operators Association (AMOA) are co-sponsoring the event. High-level executives from the FAA Flight Standards and Aircraft Certification offices will...
January 12, 2015
Airbus A330 with 242 ton increased takeoff weight. Photo: Airbus [Avionics Today 01-12-2014] The first Airbus A330 manufactured with an increased 242-ton maximum takeoff weight capability has achieved a successful maiden flight, bringing it one step closer to certification. Taking off from Toulouse-Blagnac Airport in the southwest...
January 12, 2015
U.S. Navy assists with the search for wreckage from AirAsia flight QZ8501. Photo: U.S. Navy [Avionics Today 01-12-2014] The Flight Data Recorder (FDR) from AirAsia flight QZ8501, which fatally crashed into the Java Sea more than two weeks ago, has been recovered. According to AirAsia, the Republic of Indonesia’s National Search and Rescue Agency (BASARNAS) recovered QZ8501 aircraft’s FDR...
January 12, 2015
The P-8A Poseidon aircraft. Photo: Boeing [Avionics Today 01-12-2014] Boeing has delivered the eighth P-8A Poseidon of 2014, completing all planned deliveries to the U.S. Navy for the year on time and on cost. The last airplane flew from Seattle...
January 12, 2015
From left, Frank Brenner, director general of Eurocontrol, and Juhan Parts, the Estonian minister for economic affairs and communications hold a flag bearing the Eurocontrol logo. Photo: Eurocontrol [Avionics Today 01-12-2014] Estonia officially became...
January 12, 2015
Civil UAS. Photo: Wikicommons (ZullyC3P) [Avionics Today 01-12-2014] The FAA is asking the law enforcement community for help in identifying people who don’t follow the rules of the National Airspace System (NAS) when operating Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS). “The...
January 12, 2015
[Avionics Today 01-12-2015] Kevin Deal, vice president of Aerospace & Defense at IFS North America puts on his Google glasses and predicts the top five trends he sees making a big impact on Civil Aviation (CA) Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) in 2015. A maintenance tech monitoring aircraft health via an iPad app. Photo: Boeing 1. Mobile comes of age with maintenance “at-the-asset"...
January 9, 2015
When we last got your input for our State of the Rotorcraft Market study 18 months ago, it was easy to see where the big competition in the market for new aircraft sales was going to be. While the air medical segment continued to show the strongest buying signals overall, the study showed a significant uptick in plans to purchase new aircraft among corporate and offshore operators. Of those two, there was...
January 9, 2015
So the troops are coming back from Afghanistan and the mission is over. Really? Haven’t we heard this somewhere before? On Aug. 31, 2010, President Obama announced the end of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) confirming: “We’ve removed nearly 100,000 U.S. troops from Iraq. We’ve closed or transferred to the Iraqis hundreds of bases. And we have moved millions of pieces of equipment out...
January 9, 2015
Photo courtesy VDOS Global The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recently awarded five regulatory exemptions for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) operations to four companies in various industries. Trimble Navigation Limited, VDOS Global, and Clayco all received one exemption, and Woolpert received two. These companies will use UAS to aid in aerial...
January 9, 2015
F-22 Raptor. Photo: Rob Shenk via Wikipedia [Avionics Today 01-09-2015] Ground-based training for the F-22 Raptor just got more realistic with Boeing’s delivery of the first F-22 Raptor training simulators with an immersive, 360-degree visual environment. Two...
January 9, 2015
[Avionics Today 01-09-2015] Rockwell Collins has joined with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) in a two-phase launch of the Aircraft Access to System-Wide Information Management (SWIM) program, which uses National Airspace System (NAS) data to improve aircraft situational awareness. Rockwell Collins’ Data Management Service (DMS) was used in Phase 1 of the program to demonstrate one-way...
January 9, 2015
Lufthansa aircraft hanger. Photos: Luftansa Technik [Avionics Today 01-09-2015] Lufthansa Technik has inked a contract with Moog to make Lufthansa an authorized service provider for Moog's flight control products on both the...
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