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May 29, 2015
Thirteen pilots and flight instructors at the flight school Upper Limits Aviation have been deputized to work with Utah’s Iron County Sheriff’s Office, providing helicopter air support for local search and rescue missions. The school and the...
May 29, 2015
Photo: Exelis [Avionics Today 05-29-2015] Harris Corporation has completed its previously announced acquisition of Exelis. As of today, Harris shareholders own 85 percent of the combined company and Exelis shareholders own 15 percent. "With about $8 billion in combined pro...
May 29, 2015
Royal Canadian Air Force CH-147F Chinook. Photo: RCAF [Avionics Today 05-29-2015] Boeing has awarded Rockwell Collins a contract to provide avionics service and support for the Royal Canadian Air Force’s (RCAF) fleet of 15 CH-147F helicopters...
May 29, 2015
Royal Navy Merlin Mark 2. Photo: Royal Navy [Avionics Today 05-29-2015] Airbus has delivered the first 242-ton Maximum Take-Off Weight (MTOW) variant of the A330-300 to Delta Air Lines. The Atlanta, Ga.-based airline is the first to receive the aircraft type from among 11 worldwide customers for the option. Delta has selected GE CF6-80E1 engines to power its new...
May 29, 2015
Royal Navy Merlin Mark 2. Photo: Royal Navy [Avionics Today 05-29-2015] Lockheed Martin, which act as the United Kingdom Ministry of Defense’s prime contractor for the Merlin helicopter, has selected a new generation of the Thales Searchwater radar and Cerberus mission system to be fitted to specially adapted Merlins. The new system will provide...
May 29, 2015
AfBAA is looking to overcome issues with infrastructure and safety to bolster business aviation in Africa. Photo: Wikipedia [Avionics Today 05-29-2015] African aviation has, for years, been plagued with a lack of infrastructure, an insufficient aviation safety culture, and disease- and conflict-related restrictions on airspace that limit travel routes. Rady Fahmy, executive director of the African Business...
May 28, 2015
Bell Helicopter is completing final preparations for the first flight of its 525 Relentless, which it expects within weeks, the company’s VP of that program told Rotor & Wing. Larry Thimmesch said the company is transitioning from manufacturing of Flight Test Aircraft No. 1 to pre-flight prep activity. Current...
May 28, 2015
The number of laser attacks against helicopters is growing, the executive director and CEO of the Airborne Law Enforcement Association told Rotor & Wing. While that is troubling, Dan Schwarzbach said, the good news is that more of these lasing culprits are being tracked down, charged and prosecuted. The problem is not limited to police...
May 28, 2015
Metro Aviation and Air Methods will launch the cross-country Great American Safety Drive next month, raising money for MedEvac Foundation International efforts to promote safety within medical transport programs and their partner organizations and underwrite safety-related...
May 28, 2015
New Boeing avionics facility showcases investment in Korean aerospace industry. Photo: Boeing [Avionics Today 05-28-2015] Boeing has opened a new avionics Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) center in the Yeongcheon Industry District of the...
May 28, 2015
[Avionics Today 05-28-2015] By the end of 2016, the FAA plans to expand the deployment of its Data Communications (Data Comm) system to more than 50 Air Traffic Control (ATC) towers throughout the National Airspace System (NAS). According to FAA Administrator Michael Huerta, that deployment plan is three years ahead of the agency's original NextGen schedule for Data Comm.      The FAA plans...
May 28, 2015
[Avionics Today 05-28-2015] Real-Time Innovations (RTI) announced the availability of its Transport Services Segment (TSS) software based on the new technical standard for Future Airborne Capability Environment (FACE), Edition 2.1 It allows avionics software developers and platform integrators to rapidly assemble best-of-breed technologies with Commercial-Off-The-Shelf (COTS) components that have proven...
May 28, 2015
Cambridge Pixel's CEO David Johnson (left) with software director Richard Warren. Photo: PRNewsFoto/Cambridge Pixel [Avionics Today 05-28-2015] The Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) has selected Cambridge Pixel, a developer of radar display and tracking subsystems, to upgrade its air defense capability at several strategic sites across the country...
May 28, 2015
Photo: Aer Lingus [Avionics Today 05-28-2015] The board of International Consolidated Airlines Group (IAG) and the independent directors of Aer Lingus Group have reached an agreement that allows IAG to move forward with the purchase of the airline. The agreement clears the terms of a recommended cash offer to be made by AERL Holding Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of IAG, for the entire issued and to be...
May 27, 2015
Gogo’s 2Ku antenna. Photo: Gogo [Avionics Today 05-27-2015] Gogo has received the first of two Standard Type Certificates (STCs) from the FAA that will be required for the next generation 2Ku satellite connectivity service. The initial certification will allow Gogo to conduct...
May 27, 2015
Thomas Global Systems’ TFD-8601 LCD avionics display on board a Rex aircraft. Photo: Thomas Global Systems [Avionics Today 05-27-2015] Thomas Global Systems and the Australian airline Regional Express (Rex) have announced the first deliveries of the LCD TFD-8601 cockpit display, which is designed to replace the traditional cockpit Cathode Ray Tube (CRT) Primary Flight...
May 27, 2015
F-35B landing aboard the USS WASP for the first phase of shipboard operational tests. Photo: U.S. Marine Corps [Avionics Today 05-27-2015] Six U.S. Marine Corps F-35B Lightning II jet aircraft arrived Monday evening aboard the USS WASP off the coast of the United States' Eastern Seaboard to mark the beginning of the first shipboard phase of the F-35B Operational...
May 27, 2015
NATS and Indra have partnered to enhance GBAS and lower congestion at capacity-constrained airports. Photo: NATS [Avionics Today 05-27-2015] NATS and airport and Air Traffic Management (ATM) technology provider Indra Navia have announced a new air traffic enhancement...
May 27, 2015
[Avionics Today 05-27-2015] Rockwell Collins Pro Line Fusion avionics flight deck is making its way onto the factory line for Beechcraft’s King Air turboprop aircraft. The two companies announced at the 2015 European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE) last week that the avionics suite will soon be offered as standard equipment on board the business jets, with touchscreen Primary...
May 27, 2015
Poland’s main political opposition party is calling for the military to halt plans for a $3 billion acquisition of 25 H225M Caracals from Airbus Helicopters. A senior Ministry of Defense advisor told a press conference May 27 that the...
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