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September 4, 2014
Bombardier’s Challenger 350 jet. Photo: Bombardier [Avionics Today 09-04-2014] Bombardier’s Challenger 350 has been granted full type certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). This means EASA-registered customers...
September 4, 2014
A Norwegian Airlines flight. Photo: Airnews [Avionics Today 09-04-2014] The United States Department of Transportation (DOT) has denied Norwegian Air International’s (NAI) request for a temporary foreign air carrier operating authorization, which would allow the airline to operate within the U.S. The denial is...
September 4, 2014
[Avionics Today 09-04-2014] Airlines and operators based in China are projected to require 6,020 new aircraft worth $870 billion over the next two decades, according to the latest annual China Current Market Outlook (CMO) from Boeing. The world's largest commercial airframe manufacturer has already received 13 percent more orders from China through the first eight months of 2014 than all of last year...
September 3, 2014
Here we go again. Another crisis in the Middle East with the U.S. and the Great Britain among the first to react with military assistance to protect and resupply civilians freeing from the surprisingly well organized and equally well armed forces of the Islamic State (formerly ISIS). News of the Iraqi Air Force and Army, the force that took over from American and allied forces when they exited the country...
September 3, 2014
At this year’s Quad-A convention, held in Nashville, Tenn. in May, Bell Helicopter displayed a full scale mock-up of its V-280 Valor, a third-generation tiltrotor aircraft. Photo by Andrew Drwiega The most unsurprising announcement of the year so far is the U.S. Army Aviation Technology Directorate’s (AATD) decision revealed on August 12 that the Boeing/Sikorsky partnership and Bell Helicopter...
September 3, 2014
The information found in a pilot’s logbook and FAA records may not be an accurate reflection their proficiency and work history. Does PRIA see through the smoke and mirrors? Photo by Ernie Stephens In August 2010, the Airline Safety and Federal Aviation Extension Act changed the way the Pilot Records Improvement Act (PRIA) works and how the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) handles an airman’s...
September 3, 2014
Resources companies Senex Energy and Drillsearch Energy are sponsoring a Bell 206 Longranger to operate 24 hour medical air ambulance services in the Cooper Basin in South Australia/Queensland in the Australian Outback. The service is the first for the remote region which is a significant onshore oil and gas exploration site, where 4,000-5,000 people can be working on oil and gas...
September 3, 2014
Passengers using in-flight internet. Photo: Gogo [Avionics Today 09-03-2014] Gogo has announced that Aircell, the company's business aviation division, has rebranded under the name Gogo Business Aviation. The commercial and business divisions now share a brand, which Gogo believes will allow passengers to better identify the full extent of its business. While Aircell has...
September 3, 2014
Boeing C-17 in flight. Photo: Boeing [Avionics Today 09-03-2014] Boeing achieved a 94 percent mission capable rate for more than 1,000 missions flown by the Strategic Airlift Capability (SAC) program’s fleet of three C-17 airlifters. During the...
September 3, 2014
Rockwell Collins headquarters. Photo: Rockwell Collins [Avionics Today 09-03-2014] Rockwell Collins’ Aircraft Information Manager (AIM), the secure data transfer system for Pro Line Fusion, Pro Line 21 and Pro Line 4 avionics, is now European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certified on 22 aircraft models. AIM securely uploads flight...
September 3, 2014
A JBT Aerotech Commander 15i cargo loader. Photo: JBT [Avionics Today 09-03-2014] JBT Aerotech, a technology services provider for air transportation, has been awarded an $11 million...
September 3, 2014
API microelectronic technology. Photo: API Technologies [Avionics Today 09-03-2014] API Technologies, an RF and microwave power and security solutions...
September 3, 2014
[Avionics Today 09-03-2014] Global business and General Aviation (GA) avionics sales totaled $652.1 million for the second quarter of 2014, according to the latest avionics market report released by the Aircraft Electronics Association (AEA). Total sales for the three-month period of April, May and June represented a 2.7 percent increase in sales compared to the total reported during the same period a year...
September 2, 2014
The Solar Impulse prototype aircraft. Photo: Stephanie Booth (flickr) [Avionics Today 09-02-2014] The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) announced it has officially concluded an agreement to serve as an institutional and aeronautical partner for the Solar Impulse 2015 around-the-world flight...
September 2, 2014
A full airplane. Photo: Wikipedia [Avionics Today 09-02-2014] During the first half of 2014, member airlines of the Association of European Airlines (AEA) reported a combined 3.3 percent increase in passenger numbers. This means...
September 2, 2014
An Airbus flight. Photo: Airbus [Avionics Today 09-02-2014] Airbus has partnered with the National Aerospace Centre and Hydrogen South Africa (HySA) to fund research for the use of fuel cells by commercial airlines in an attempt to make commercial air transport more environmentally and economically sustainable. The three-year project was...
September 2, 2014
Air Traffic Control at Bristol Airport. Photo: NATS Press Office (flickr) [Avionics Today 09-02-2014] United Kingdom air traffic services provider NATS, is ready to provide simulator services at Bristol Airport to train Air Traffic Controllers (ATCs). The 3-D Aerodrome and...
September 2, 2014
An Embraer Legacy 500 cockpit. Photo: Embraer Executive Jets [Avionics Today 09-02-2014] As the Embraer Legacy 500 business jet takes flight with it’s...
September 2, 2014
[Avionics Today 09-02-2014]  The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) announced a new organizational structure, effective Sept. 1. Under the new structure, all regulatory functions have been integrated across four regulatory categories each headed by a director who reports to EASA Executive Director Patrick Ky's office. The four categories are strategy and safety management, certification, flight...
September 1, 2014
This X4 UAV is equipped with position lights for added safety. Photo courtesy of Draganfly Innovations Pilots and operators of manned aircraft are under a significant threat as inexpensive microdrones proliferate, while the FAA drags its heels in crafting a regulatory framework that will reduce risks, and permit drones and manned aircraft to peacefully and safely to coexist. The core of the problem is that...
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