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December 8, 2014
[Avionics Today 12-8-2014] Lion Group, the parent company of Indonesian carrier Lion Air, has become the largest customer of ATR turboprop aircraft after signing a $1 billion order for 40 additional ATR 72-600s. The Lion Group is looking to use the new aircraft to meet the projected increase in passenger...
December 8, 2014
[Avionics Today 12-8-2014] Garmin unveiled its new Flight Stream 110/210 "Bluetooth wireless gateway," which enables connectivity and communication between select Garmin avionics and Garmin...
December 8, 2014
[Avionics Today 12-8-2014] Bristow Helicopters is adding broadband connectivity to its fleet of Search and Rescue (SAR) S-92 helicopters. The rotorcraft operator has a new agreement with Iridium to use its speedy OpenPort broadband service via the Thales LiveAero system.      First S-92 helicopter delivered to Bristow Group Inc. on Sept 8, 2014, for search-and-rescue service in the United...
December 5, 2014
Attendees at Heli-Expo 2014 examine the Bell 505 Jet Ranger X. Photo by Rotor & Wing Staff On Nov. 10, Bell’s newest helicopter design, the 505 Jet Ranger X successfully completed its first flight. Conducted at the company’s Mirabel, Quebec, manufacturing facility, the helicopter hailed by Bell as the aircraft that will “redefine the short, light-single class” was flown by...
December 5, 2014
Northrop Grumman has delivered the first operational MQ-8C Fire Scout to the U.S. Navy for use by ship-based commanders in intelligence-gathering operations. Photo courtesy Northrop Grumman The...
December 5, 2014
While pilots now have much more information at their disposal through increasingly complex aircraft systems, whether in the cockpit of an F-16 Fighting Falcon or an AH-64 Apache, spatial disorientation is still a danger that most aircrew will encounter.  Although modern aircraft are very safe, human performance can be a factor that leads to unsafe situations, particularly when the pilot experiences...
December 5, 2014
Airbus Helicopters Japan has successfully handed over three TH-135 training helicopters to the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF). Delivered between October and December, they are the JMSDF’s 11th, 12th, and 13th units. Airbus is also providing full maintenance and operational support to the JMSDF, including...
December 5, 2014
The Qatar Airways A350 XWB first flight. Photo: Airbus [Avionics Today 12-05-2014] Airbus and Qatar Airways have announced that the official delivery of the world’s first customer A350-900 aircraft will take place on Dec. 13, 2014 in...
December 5, 2014
Bombardier Learjet 45. Photo: Wikipedia [Avionics Today 12-05-2014] Transport Canada has granted Star Navigation Systems Group a final Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) to install its STAR-A.D.S. system on a Learjet 45 aircraft operated by Skyservice Business Aviation. The STAR-A.D.S...
December 5, 2014
Commissioner Violeta Bulc with Richard Deakin Signing the alliance agreement. Photo: NATS [Avionics Today 12-05-2014] The modernization of European airspace took a major step forward with the European Commission’s (EC) appointment of a unique aviation industry partnership to coordinate and synchronize more than $3.6 billion worth of upgrades to the...
December 5, 2014
Aircrew of the F/A 18 Super Hornet carrying the Navy’s (IRST) system. Photo: Navair [Avionics Today 12-05-2014] The Navy’s Infrared Search and Track  (IRST) system received Milestone C acquisition approval, authorizing Low-Rate Initial Production (LRIP) of the sensor pod. The...
December 5, 2014
[Avionics Today 12-05-2014] Airbus Group has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Emerging Fuels Technology (EFT) to promote EFT in the commercialization of technologies to produce sustainable fuels for aviation. Sustainable aviation fuels made from biomass...
December 5, 2014
[Avionics Today 12-05-2014] Air France has recently announced its intent to enter into a three-month In-Flight Connectivity (IFC) trial on short and medium haul routes through French telecommunications provider Orange — who has, in turn, chosen Global Eagle Entertainment (GEE) as its own technology and content partner. The airborne Wi-Fi trial, which will take place this in the summer of 2015 on two...
December 4, 2014
This NVIS-compatible panel is made by Rogerson Kratos. It is installed aboard a Bell 429 that was on display at the Airborne Law Enforcement Assoc. conference in July, 2014. Photo by Ernie Stephens Night vision imaging systems (NVIS) can improve the safety of flying at night dramatically. But the enhanced safety can only be realized with proper implementation of the entire system, and not just the goggle...
December 4, 2014
Years ago, when I first joined the police aviation unit, I was fortunate enough to be partnered with a former Marine Corps CH-46 driver. As the new guy, I was very happy when this more experienced aviator would say, “You have the controls,” and give me command of the aircraft. As I made every effort to fly as smoothly and precisely as possible, there was always some wisdom he would readily...
December 4, 2014
European helicopter management, charter, and training company Starspeed has boosted its capability for off-airfield landings with the purchase of two GL3 Portable Approach Path Indicators. Designed by Bauertech Instruments...
December 4, 2014
[Avionics Today 12-3-2014] The Civil Aviation Department (CAD) of Hong Kong is approaching operational status for a new network of eight Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) ground stations in the Hong Kong flight region. CAD approved Thales to provide its ADS-B ground solutions following a series of stringent acceptance and flight checks to support the International Civil Aviation...
December 4, 2014
[Avionics Today 12-3-2014] Hughes Aerospace and Honeywell Aerospace have announced a partnership with Myanmar's Department of Civil Aviation to bring Performance Based Navigation (PBN) procedures to the nation's busiest airports. In recent years, both companies have embarked on a global initiative to assist airports with redesigning the airways within their airspace to allow them to move away from legacy...
December 4, 2014
[Avionics Today 12-3-2014] The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) concluded its investigation into a lithium-ion battery that caught fire onboard a parked Boeing 787 in 2013. According to the agency's accident investigators, the battery had design flaws and should not have been certified by the FAA.    NTSB officials say that an internal short circuit on the battery, manufactured by GS...
December 4, 2014
[Avionics Today 12-04-2014] Speaking at the Credit Suisse Global Industrials Conference, Bruce Tanner, executive vice president and CFO at Lockheed Martin noted the progress put forth in the last year behind the F-35 Lightning II, Joint Strike Fighter program. The program, touted as the most costly program in the Pentagon’s history, is seeing headway in the way of orders, deliveries and production...
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