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December 11, 2014
[Avionics Today 12-11-2014] ClipperJet CEO James Occhipinti is looking to bridge the gap between premium first class commercial airline travel and private aviation. When the California-based private jet operator launches ClipperJet in early 2015 it will feature a new "country club"-style business model, according to Occhipinti, in which aircraft connectivity will be key.     ...
December 10, 2014
The drawdown of forces in Afghanistan, together with re-assessment of global strategic threats facing the United States conducted by President Obama’s administration, resulted in, among other things, the ‘Pivot to the Pacific.’ This has been described by the Congressional Research Service as a rebalancing of forces focused on that region “to ensure that international law and norms...
December 10, 2014
Boeing has signed Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) with six Danish defense companies to further pursue business opportunities in a range of activities that encompass defense and aerospace-related manufacturing, maintenance, software and simulation integration. The companies are: Danish Aerotech, Falck Schmidt Defense Systems, IFAD, Multicut, Systematic and Terma. Although these are elements of...
December 10, 2014
The FAA has announced that a final rule regarding safety regulations for helicopter air ambulances will go into effect on April 22, 2015. As part of the rule, pilots will be allowed to determine whether to take off from sites where weather reports are unavailable. If a pilot...
December 10, 2014
In a joint effort with offshore helicopter operators, Airbus Helicopters is developing the rotorcraft industry’s first Flight Crew Operating Manual (FCOM). The FCOM documents best practices for flight crews on Airbus Helicopters EC225 Super Pumas...
December 10, 2014
Technicians at Northrop Grumman's Palmdale (Calif.) Aircraft Integration Center of Excellence conduct final quality inspections on the center fuselage for AM-1. Photo: Northrop Grumman [Avionics Today 12-10-14] Northrop Grumman recently completed the center fuselage for the first F-35 Lightning II aircraft to be ordered by Norway, a Conventional...
December 10, 2014
Tobacco farm workers in Marble Hall, South Africa, carry Solaris seedlings from a nursery to the field. Photo: Boeing [Avionics Today 12-10-14] Boeing and South African Airways (SAA) announced that South African farmers will soon harvest their first crop of energy-rich...
December 10, 2014
A UAS used to inspect power lines.  [Avionics Today 12-10-14] The FAA granted five new regulatory exemptions for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) operations to four companies representing several industries that promise to benefit from UAS technology: Trimble Navigation Limited, VDOS Global, Clayco and Woolpert. These companies want to fly UAS to perform operations for aerial surveying, construction...
December 10, 2014
The Rohde and Schwarz R&S VCS-4G voice communications system. Photo: Rohde & Schwarz [Avionics Today 12-10-14] Rohde & Schwarz has delivered a fully IP-based VCS-4G voice communications system to the...
December 10, 2014
A chart showing Swiftbroadband coverage. Photo: Satcom Direct [Avionics Today 12-10-14] Satcom Direct will increase Inmarsat’s SwiftBroadband connection speeds through its Satcom Direct Router (SDR), which will support the ability to bond and aggregate multiple streaming connections in-flight. This...
December 10, 2014
[Avionics Today 12-10-2014] The European Space Agency (ESA) and Europe’s Single European Sky ATM Research Joint Undertaking (SESAR JU) program are teaming up and taking steps to boost efficiency in worldwide aircraft tracking, capacity and management through satellite-based communications. ESA’s Iris  program looks to create a satellite solution for advanced aviation communications and has...
December 9, 2014
Depiction of the Reality H FFS. Image courtesy Thales Australian aeromedical rapid response group CareFlight has teamed with simulator manufacturer Thales Australia to establish the country’s first AgustaWestland AW139 civil helicopter training center. The facility will be located at CareFlight’s aeromedical training academy at Brisbane International Airport, which is operated in conjunction...
December 9, 2014
Sikorsky, together with Polish subsidiary PZL Mielec, is to withdraw from the current competition managed by the Polish Ministry of Defense to supply the armed forces with 70 multi-role helicopters.  According to Sikorsky, part of United...
December 9, 2014
The ability to provide the Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey with heavier firepower other than a ramp mounted machine gun has taken a step forward with the demonstration of forward-firing munitions at the Army Proving Ground in Yuma, Ariz. A test was carried out in November and was described as “a great success” by Vince Tobin, vice president and program manager for the Bell Boeing V-22.  A...
December 9, 2014
The decision by the Indian government to select Sikorsky Aircraft (a United Technologies Corporation subsidiary) to provide its navy with 16 S-70B Seahawk multi-mission helicopters (with eight further options) is notable in at least two respects.  Firstly, it has selected a "safe-pair-of-hands" with the export version of a proven helicopter with no development issues, other than those that...
December 9, 2014
On Nov. 15, 2014, the FAA approved the R66 Turbine Marine, a variant of Robinson Helicopter Company’s R66 Turbine equipped with pop-out floats. The pop-out floats add approximately 65 pounds to the helicopter’s empty weight...
December 9, 2014
Airbus Helicopters’ upgraded EC135 T3/P3 is now in service with Aiut Alpin Dolomites – a northern Italy-based Alpine mountain rescue service. Enhancements incorporated in the latest variant of the EC135 family include significant power reserves for increased safety margins during flight and while maneuvering, an improved flight envelope, especially in hot- and-high environments, and an...
December 9, 2014
[Avionics Today 12-09-2014] NASA plans to deliver a representative test article of a futuristic hybrid wing body aircraft to Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va., for structural testing this Thursday. The large test...
December 9, 2014
Photo: Triumph Group [Avionics Today 12-09-2014] Spirit AeroSystems has reached an agreement to transfer the Gulfstream wing work packages at its facility in Tulsa, Okla., to Pennsylvania-based aerospace components provider, Triumph Group. The transfer includes both the G650...
December 9, 2014
Boeing reports happy outlook for 2015 competitive aircraft financing. Photo: Boeing [Avionics Today 12-09-2014] Boeing’s “2015 Current Aircraft Finance Market Outlook” indicates decades of predictable returns have led to unprecedented diversity, efficiency and volume of financing for commercial airplanes. According...
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