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January 8, 2015
  Laser measurements on the wing of the ATRA research aircraft. Photo: DLR [Avionics Today 01-08-2014] Researchers at the German Aerospace Center Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR), in collaboration with Airbus, have successfully premiered the use of lasers to visualize the airflow over the wing of a passenger aircraft in flight. The partners have developed...
January 8, 2015
CAE flight simulators. Photo: CAE [Avionics Today 01-08-2014] CAE has sold eight Full-Flight Simulators (FFSs) to customers in Australia, Asia, the Middle East and Europe. The contracts...
January 8, 2015
An AirAsia flight. Photo: Wikicommons [Avionics Today 01-08-2014] The Search and Rescue (SAR) team currently searching for debris from AirAsia flight QZ 8501 has managed to locate the tail of the aircraft on the floor of the Java Sea. The visual confirmation was made following underwater documentation of the aircraft’s tail and small wreckage, which showed the plane’s registration number...
January 8, 2015
[Avionics Today 01-08-2014] The FAA has issued a final rule that requires most U.S. commercial airlines to have Safety Management Systems (SMS) in place by 2018. The rule builds on the programs many airlines already use to identify and reduce aviation risk. The rule requires airlines to implement a Safety Management System within three years. They must submit their implementation plans to the FAA...
January 7, 2015
I once enjoyed the privilege of spending the cold, dark midwinter months in Deadhorse on Alaska’s North Slope, qualifying for civilian IFR competency in Bell 212s, and proving along the way that unexpected safety challenges await in all environments. This exercise was accomplished as a byproduct of participation in one of the most interesting rotory-wing operations imaginable, wherein Alaska’s...
January 7, 2015
Bell Helicopter has appointed Matthew J. Hasik to the position of executive vice president, commercial business, succeeding Danny Maldonado who has been selected as president and CEO of Textron Financial.   Barry Kohler, president of Bell Helicopter Textron Canada since 2009, is now executive vice president, customer service and support, replacing Eric Cardinali who has been selected to lead global...
January 7, 2015
Less than two weeks after receiving its Transport Canada certification, Eagle Copters Ltd. has received Federal Aviation Administration certification for its Eagle 407HP program. Eagle Copters specializes in sales, leasing, product development and engineering, and is a Bell Platinum Customer Service provider. Its Eagle 407HP is a conversion...
January 7, 2015
Thales-owned company LiveTV Satellite Communications and distributor Greenwich AeroGroup have achieved another joint milestone in in-flight integration by demonstrating their LiveAero connectivity solution on a Sikorsky S-92 helicopter in flight. Sikorsky chose the two companies to install and deliver LiveAero to Sikorsky S-92 custom-equipped helicopters for use primarily in search and rescue missions...
January 7, 2015
Avionics producer Garmin has unveiled Night Vision Goggles (NVG) capable versions of its GTR 225 COM and GNC 255 NAV/COM radios, as well as the new GWX 70H solid-state weather radar, all of which are optimized for helicopter operations. The NVG capable GTR 225 and GNC 255 radios offer an internal frequency database, which makes it simple to find frequencies associated with an airport or facility. By...
January 7, 2015
A Hong Kong Airlines Flight. Photo: Wikipedia [Avionics Today 01-07-2014] Global Eagle Entertainment (GEE) will provide In-Flight Entertainment (IFE) and content services for the entire fleet of Hong Kong Airlines (HKA) aircraft...
January 7, 2015
Gulfstream G150. Photo: Gulfstream [Avionics Today 01-07-2014] Garmin International has received the certification of an Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) Out solution for the Gulfstream G150 midsize jet. The Garmin GTX 3000 Mode S Extended Squitter (ES) remote transponder and GDL 88 ADS-B data link combine to fulfill global ADS-B Out...
January 7, 2015
Photo: Triumph [Avionics Today 01-07-2014] Triumph Group has announced the closing of the previously announced agreement with Spirit AeroSystems Holdings to take over production of the Gulfstream...
January 7, 2015
[Avionics Today 01-07-2014] A trial to cut the amount of time aircraft spend circling in holding stacks at Heathrow Airport has started to reap rewards, according to a statement released by United Kingdom Air Navigation Service Provider (ANSP) NATS. Heathrow’s holding stacks – three shown here in orange – provide a continuous stream of arriving air traffic. Photo: NATS As part of the...
January 7, 2015
787 aircraft on the manufacturing line in Everett, Wash. Photo: Boeing [Avionics Today 01-07-2014] In the face of an ever-burgeoning aircraft industry, Boeing’s 2014 deliveries have set a company record for the most...
January 7, 2015
[Avionics Today 01-07-2015] Vice President of Elbit Systems’ Aerospace Division, Gadi Maydan, believes there is growing global trend regarding demand for avionics maintenance services. Avionics Magazine caught up with Maydan following Elbit Systems' announcement of a new $90 million award from the Israeli Ministry of Defense (IMOD) to provide maintenance for the avionics on the Israeli Air Force's...
January 6, 2015
Bell Long Ranger used for utility work. Photo by Dennis Pierce After writing several articles on SMS and as a member of the U.S. Helicopter Safety Team (USHST) SMS Committee, I set out to find out which operators and flight schools are actually using SMS in their daily operations. I know that most of the larger operators have a formal safety management system, or SMS, but it’s the smaller...
January 6, 2015
Airbus Helicopters X4. Graphic courtesy Airbus Helicopters While most major players in the helicopter industry are keeping their powder dry before revealing their future plans at the world’s largest helicopter convention, Heli-Expo (March 2-5, Orlando, Fla.), there are a number of trends that are worth watching in the year ahead. In particular, there is still a need to drive new helicopter platforms...
January 6, 2015
Photo courtesy ING Robotic Aviation The Alaska Center for Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration (ACUASI) has selected ING Robotic Aviation’s Responder rotary-wing unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) system to aid with research into systems integration and specific UAV applications. ING Robotic...
January 6, 2015
[Avionics Today 01-06-2014] United Airlines has expanded Gogo’s ATG-4 Wi-Fi offering to the first of its United Express regional aircraft. The airline will outfit more than 200 E175, E170 and CRJ700 regional jets with the Air-to-Ground (ATG) product. By mid-2015, United expects to...
January 6, 2015
[Avionics Today 01-06-2014] Elbit Systems has been awarded an approximately $100 million contract from the Israeli Ministry of Defense (IMOD) to procure six new firefighting aircraft and operate the firefighting squadron. The contract, to be performed over an eight-year period...
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