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February 18, 2015
[Avionics Today 02-18-2015] Airbus is pursuing negotiations to sell its subsidiary Cimpa, which oversees product lifecycle management, to European...
February 17, 2015
The Indian government is to divest itself of its 51 percent shareholding in Pawan Hans, the national helicopter company of India, according to a report published on Feb. 10 by the Economic Times in India. The other 49 percent is owned by Oil and Natural Gas Corporation. Pawan Hans was incorporated in 1985 mainly to provide rotorcraft support services to the offshore...
February 17, 2015
Airbus Helicopters Inc, part of Airbus Defense and Space, has been awarded a $220.5 million contract by the U.S. Army for 41 additional UH-72A Lakota helicopters with Airborne Radio Communications 231 radios. The helicopters will be built at the company’s Columbus, Miss. plant and all deliveries are scheduled for...
February 17, 2015
Extended range fuel systems for Boeing CH-47 Chinook helicopters will be supplied to the governments of Korea, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) under Foreign Military Sales (FMS) agreements according to a contracting announcement from the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD)...
February 17, 2015
Aircraft switching from beam to beam or satellite to satellite. Photo: ViaSat [Avionics Today 02-17-2015] Changing attitudes about In-Flight Connectivity (IFC) may lead the way to monetizing the market. This is the attitude expressed by Mark Dankberg, chairman and chief executive officer of California-based satellite communications company ViaSat, which currently has contracts with major airlines such as...
February 17, 2015
[Avionics Today 02-17-2015] DAC International has partnered with ABC Completions on to convert an existing Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) mount into an iPad tablet mount. The FAA recently approved...
February 17, 2015
[Avionics Today 02-17-2015] Under a new agreement between Egypt and Dassault Aviation, the Egyptian Air Force will now be equipped with the Rafale...
February 17, 2015
[Avionics Today 02-17-2015] The U.S. Navy has awarded Raytheon a $15.5 million contract to provide its fleet of P-8A Poseidon maritime surveillance aircraft with an open system application-based architecture (ABA). Under the new contract, Raytheon...
February 17, 2015
[Avionics Today 02-17-2015] Airbus has awarded an A350 XWB support contract to Ducommun to provide titanium components for titanium assemblies that will be installed on the aft fuselage section of the jet. The components are currently...
February 17, 2015
[Avionics Today 02-17-2015] Satcom Direct has announced the launch of AeroIT to address the need for aircraft technicians to become more knowledgeable about Information Technology (IT) related aspects of installing airborne communication systems...
February 16, 2015
In a surprise announcement on Sunday morning, transportation authorities released a provisional ruling on the operation of small unmanned aerial vehicles (sUAS) in the National Airspace System (NAS). U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and FAA Administrator Michael Huerta held a teleconference on February 15, announcing the release of the anticipated Notice of Proposed Rule Making...
February 13, 2015
Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. and the Brazilian Instituto Tecnológico de Aeronáutica (ITA) today celebrated the launch of the Collaboration for Rotorcraft Innovation to accelerate the development of rotorcraft technologists in Brazil. The initiative aims to increase undergraduate exposure to rotorcraft principles as part of a well-rounded aerospace engineering education, in a country whose military...
February 13, 2015
Dr. Dave Williams, a healthcare chief executive and record-breaking Canadian astronaut and aquanaut, has been confirmed as the keynote speaker for the gala dinner at the 11th-annual CHC Safety & Quality Summit. The Tuesday, March 24, dinner at the Westin Bayshore hotel is expected to attract 600 people – many of whom are attending what is recognized as the world’s premier safety conference...
February 13, 2015
[Avionics Today 02-13-2015] The NextGen GA Fund has launched "Jumpstart GA 2020," an initiative designed to accelerate General Aviation (GA) operational equipage of rule-compliant Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast Out (ADS-B Out) avionics. Under the program, the GA Fund will purchase 10,000 L-3 Lynx NGT-1000 units, which provides an FAA-approved 978 MHz Universal Access Transceiver...
February 13, 2015
AgustaWestland has signed a contract with Lease Corporation International (LCI) for eleven helicopters valued at approximately €110 million (US $125 million). The contract includes a mix of AW169 light-intermediate, AW139 intermediate and AW189 super-medium twin engine helicopters that make up the AgustaWestland Family of helicopters spanning the 4 to 8 tonne helicopter categories. The helicopters...
February 13, 2015
[Avionics Today 02-13-2015] First Wave Aerospace has added component repair management to its offerings. By adding the additional service, customers will have a single point of contact to manage...
February 13, 2015
Caption: Real-time image captured by the Port Alexander weather camera on Feb. 13, 2015. Photo: FAA [Avionics Today 02-13-2015] Pilots flying through Alaskan Airspace now have access to a fully deployed Alaska Weather Camera Program to help them determine when and where it’s safe to fly. The program has been in development for several years and aims to improve safety...
February 13, 2015
Gogo is one step closer to commercial line fit installation. Photo: Gogo [Avionics Today 02-13-2015] Gogo’s commercial aviation operation has earned AS9100 aerospace quality certification, an internationally recognized Quality Management System (QMS) standard for the aviation, space and defense industries. The...
February 13, 2015
The Lockheed Martin Legion Pod. Photo: Lockheed Martin [Avionics Today 02-13-2015] Lockheed Martin has introduced a multi-function sensor system that supports collaborative targeting operations between multiple aircraft in radar-denied environments, called the Legion Pod, for use on today’s warfighters. Combining Lockheed Martin's IRST21...
February 12, 2015
I told a story about one of my past chief pilots in my last article. His opinion, as it related to training on light turbine helicopters, was as follows: point the thing in the middle where you want to go, push the thing on the left down to make the houses bigger, pull up to make them smaller and adjust the pedals accordingly. In a moment of deadline-induced hysteria, I said push down or pull up on the...
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