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October 3, 2014
The Cessna Citation Latitude. Photo: Textron [Avionics Today 10-03-2014] Cessna announced the Citation Latitude flight test program has yielded improvements in expected aircraft range and runway performance, with the aircraft specification being changed to reflect an increase of 200 nautical miles (nm) in range at long-range cruise...
October 3, 2014
[Avionics Today 10-03-2014] Lawmakers are calling for a review of the FAA's structure following a report by the U.S. Department of Transportation Office of Inspector General (OIG) regarding Air Traffic Controller (ATC) and pilot usage of the recently completed Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) ground network. According to the report, although the deployment of the 624 ADS-B ground radio...
October 3, 2014
Photo: John McGarvey (flickr) [Avionics Today 10-03-2014] Following a fire set by an FAA contractor in the basement of the Chicago Air Route Traffic Control Center (ZAU) in Aurora, Ill., the FAA is continuing to monitor air traffic in the airports surrounding the Chicago area. The FAA is reporting that Air Traffic Controllers (ATCs) have...
October 3, 2014
[Avionics Today 10-03-2014]  At its semi-annual Partner and Supplier Forum, Pratt & Whitney announced it has signed an additional $6 billion in long-term agreements since May. In total, the company announced it has signed more than 135 agreements with a...
October 3, 2014
Qatar Airways A350 XWB. Photo: Airbus [Avionics Today 10-03-2014] Airbus reports that the first A350 XWB for Qatar Airways is progressing steadily towards delivery, which is scheduled before...
October 2, 2014
AgustaWestland AW 149. Photo by Andrew Drwiega In early September, all three OEM competitors for the Polish military’s multirole helicopter requirement were able to present their offerings for review one last time at the Polish defense exhibition, MSPO, held in Kielce, Poland. Sikorsky’s S-70i, which is already manufactured in Poland for international customers including the militaries of...
October 2, 2014
Sikorsky's CH-53K at the rollout ceremony on May 4, 2014 at the company's facility in West Palm Beach, Fla. Photo by Andrew Parker  Combat unit training scenarios must include a continuum of threat levels designed to train students to avoid, degrade, defeat or destroy threat systems in order to survive. Man-portable air defense systems (MANPADs), present one of the most lethal threats to helicopters...
October 2, 2014
Front sign of HP Corporate headquarters in Palo Alto, Calif. Photo: HP [Avionics Today 10-02-2014] HP has reached an agreement with Jeppesen to integrate the Jeppesen JetPlan flight planning engine into the HP Flight Operations...
October 2, 2014
The first class lounge of the A380. Photo: Emirates [Avionics Today 10-02-2014] The Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) International Airport has commenced Emirates Airbus A380 superjumbo daily service to Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Emirates, the largest airline in the Middle East, became the first airline to offer direct service from DFW to the Middle East in...
October 2, 2014
China’s first Boeing 747-8. Photo: PRNewswire [Avionics Today 10-02-2014] Boeing has delivered China’s first new-generation Boeing jetliner, the 747-8, to Air China. In a statement released by...
October 2, 2014
Peruvian airlines flight. Photo: Christian Volpati via Wikipedia [Avionics Today 10-02-2014] Peruvian Airlines has become the latest Latin American customer to join the Sabre travel marketplace, a travel e-commerce platform — best known for the site Travelocity — that the company believes will help the airline...
October 2, 2014
[Avionics Today 10-02-2014] Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) and Thales announce that the Ministry of Corporate Affairs — a segment of the Government of India — has approved the incorporation of their joint venture company...
October 1, 2014
FEC Helideck Casualty Response Kit Helideck operations present risks that include major or minor injury to personnel. FEC’s new Helideck Casualty Response Kit, designed with an in-depth understanding of casualty treatment following a helideck accident, is presented in a robust Pilgrim hard case to ensure the contents remain in prime condition. Equipment is organized to enable a first-responder to...
October 1, 2014
Helitech International 2014, organized by Reed Exhibitions and run in association with the European Helicopter Association, will take place for the first time in Amsterdam at the RAI Convention Centre from Oct. 14 to 16. Amsterdam is an ideal location with exceptional links to Europe and farther afield, reinforcing the once again strong international dimension of the event. Exhibitors from more than 20...
October 1, 2014
Panel of an NVG modified Bell 407 operated by ALERT Air Ambulance, Kalispell, Montana. Photo by R&W You’ve done your research. You’ve spoken to other operators, attended conferences, and read plenty of articles. You’ve even gotten upper management sold on the implementation of a night vision goggle (NVG) program for your operation. Now what? If you are like everyone else, you’ve...
October 1, 2014
An Airbus Helicopters (formerly Eurocopter) EC225 Super Puma operated by Vancouver-based CHC Helicopter heads outbound from a platform. Photo by Anthony Pecchi, Provided by CHC   Aircraft leasing was, for years, the sole province of the fixed-wing, commercial airline world. But, in the last few years, rotorcraft leasing has gone from being a niche player to a multi-million dollar, highly competitive...
October 1, 2014
The Northrop Grumman upgrade UH-60V glass cockpit that will be installed into U.S. Army UH-60L Black Hawks. Photo courtesy Northrop Grumman Redstone Defense Systems has selected Northrop Grumman to supply its integrated...
October 1, 2014
ATC Towers at the Chicago O’Hare Airport. Photo: Wikipedia [Avionics Today 10-01-2014] Following Friday’s fire at the Chicago Air Route Traffic Control Center (ZAU) in Aurora, Ill., the FAA is managing high levels of air traffic in and out of the Chicago-area airports. Authorities have confirmed an FAA contractor set the fire in the basement of the ATC center, leading to damage that caused the...
October 1, 2014
Air traffic controllers at the Bristol Airport. Photo: NATS (flickr) [Avionics Today 10-01-2014] Bristol Airport has become the first major U.K. airport to introduce RNAV1 Performance Based Navigation (PBN) Standard Terminal Arrival Routes (STARs). The system uses satellite navigation coupled with technology fitted to the aircraft, which replaces...
October 1, 2014
Army launching the Puma UAS. Photo: AeroVironment [Avionics Today 10-01-2014] AeroVironment has received three firm fixed-price orders...
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