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February 3, 2015
[Avionics Today 02-03-2015] Honeywell is flight-testing voice recognition capabilities on an Embraer ERJ170 flight deck, working with pilots and regulators to assess the ability of voice commands to enhance safety and efficiency in airborne scenarios. The engineering and technology team has developed the Honeywell...
February 3, 2015
[Avionics Today 02-03-2015] Parker Aerospace has signed a new agreement with Emirates Airlines to provide aircraft maintenance and engine support for its fleet of Boeing 777s and Airbus A330s/A340s. Under the new agreement, Parker Aerospace will provide guaranteed repair...
February 3, 2015
[Avionics Today 02-03-2015] SAE International Industry Technologies Consortia (ITC) has announced the purchase of ADS Aerospace Technical Standards, a U.K.-based organization that supports aerospace and defense manufacturing with product design standards. Through the purchase, SAE ITC...
February 3, 2015
[Avionics Today 02-03-2015] Hawaiian Airlines is engaging in a connected aircraft flight operations strategy in 2015, dropping paper manuals for Electronic Flight Bags (EFBs) and adding new technology to enhance its weather monitoring capabilities on long-haul oceanic routes. The island-based carrier is in the process of adding EFBs from UTC Aerospace subsidiary Rosemount Aerospace and cockpit-mounted...
February 2, 2015
This year, Bristow Helicopters will become the first civilian operator to provide all of the United Kingdom’s (UK) search and rescue (SAR) helicopters after being appointed by the Department of Transport on March 25, 2013. The task will be to provide SAR coverage around 10,500 miles of coastline, onshore and further offshore. The contract, worth $2.4 billion (£1.6 billion), was announced by...
February 2, 2015
AMST’s Desdemona dynamic and tactical flight simulator used by the RNLAF.  Photos courtesy AMST What is spatial disorientation (SD)? Strictly defined, it is the inability of a person to correctly determine his body position in space. In a helicopter or aircraft, that can quickly lead to fatal consequences. The fourth Spatial Disorientation and Night Vision Training Workshop, held in Salzburg...
February 2, 2015
[Avionics Today 02-02-2015] The FAA’s third and latest report regarding long-term airport capacity needs stresses the application of NextGen technologies and procedures alongside runway improvements to combat airport congestion and delays in an increasingly crowded airspace. The Future Airport Capacity Task (FACT3) report evaluated the factors and trends that contribute to congestion and delays at...
February 2, 2015
Esterline Corporation, a leading specialty manufacturer serving aerospace and defense markets, has completed its acquisition of the aerospace and defense display businesses of Belgium-based Barco N.V. for EUR 150 million, or approximately $175 million, in cash. The company financed the acquisition primarily using international cash reserves, with the balance funded by borrowings under its existing credit...
February 2, 2015
Six Bulgarian crew members of a helicopter contracted by the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) were handed over safely to WFP in South Sudan today, after being forced to land by the Sudan People’s Liberation Army-North (SPLM-N) in a remote area of Sudan’s South Kordofan state. The SPLM-N took custody of the crew after the Mil Mi-8 helicopter went down in South...
February 2, 2015
In 2014, European air ambulance company DRF Luftrettung achieved a total of 37,811 missions from its 30 HEMS bases in Germany and Austria, including worldwide repatriations with its ambulance aircraft. Within Germany, DRF Luftrettung flew a total of 35,368 HEMS missions. Apart from heart attacks, strokes and accidents were the most frequent reasons for alerts. Fourteen percent of the emergency helicopter...
February 2, 2015
The first Citation Latitude leaving the hanger. Photo: Cessna [Avionics Today 02-02-2015] Cessna has rolled out its first production Citation Latitude at the company’s Wichita, Kan., manufacturing facility, three years after being announced to the market. The...
February 2, 2015
[Avionics Today 02-02-2015] Airbus and HAECO Group have entered into a long-term strategic agreement to provide maintenance and engineering training in mainland China and Southeast Asia. Through the collaboration, the Hong Kong-headquartered HAECO will deploy the Airbus training standards, dynamic tools and teaching techniques to provide aircraft Original Equipment...
February 2, 2015
Medical supplies being loaded onto Ethiopian’s newest 787 Dreamliner. Photo: Boeing [Avionics Today 02-02-2015] Boeing, Ethiopian Airlines and three separate non-profit organizations have teamed up to deliver more than 4,000 pounds of medical supplies and equipment for charities and hospitals in Ethiopia and Somalia. The deliveries, carried...
February 2, 2015
Bombardier Q400 NextGen aircraft. Photo: Bombardier [Avionics Today 02-02-2015] Bombardier Commercial Aircraft and Chorus Aviation, parent company of Jazz Aviation, have signed a firm purchase agreement whereby Chorus will acquire 13 Q400...
February 2, 2015
Passenger accessing in-flight Wi-Fi. Photo: OnAir [Avionics Today 02-02-2015] Saudia has become the first airline to develop and deploy a mobile phone application for free in-flight Wi-Fi. With the app, passengers can scan their ticket’s bar code for Wi-Fi access delivered by aircraft connectivity provider OnAir...
January 30, 2015
Iridium Communications Inc. and Appareo Systems, LLC have announced a partnership to provide advanced telematics solutions enabled with global connectivity to a number of key industries. Appareo, a recognized leader in providing innovative electronic and software solutions for original equipment manufacturers in the agriculture, general aviation and aerospace, and construction industries will extend global...
January 30, 2015
The FAA has published a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) and a YouTube video warning aviators that the airspace over Super Bowl XLIX will be off limits to unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). The NOTAM summarizes a Temporary...
January 30, 2015
On Wednesday, Jan. 28, Helicopter Association International (HAI) hosted a gathering of vertical lift industry representatives and government aviation officials to discuss a number of issues critical to the industry. More than 75 people gathered from across the country while more than 165 participated via a live streaming internet feed. The FAA's Lance Gant (left) and John Duncan (right) fielded questions...
January 30, 2015
OASIS II program to manage flight planning and real-time weather briefing. Photo: Harris Corp. [Avionics Today 01-30-2015] Harris Corp. has been awarded a 10-year contract by the FAA to upgrade and manage the system that provides real-time weather data and...
January 30, 2015
FL Technics certified to provide training for the Embraer ERJ-190. Photo: FL Technics Training [Avionics Today 01-30-2015] FL Technics Training, a global provider of aviation technical training services, announced further expansion of its EASA Part 147 certificate by supplementing it with a new Embraer...
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