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December 31, 2014
Finnair aircraft on runway. Photo: RHL Images (Flickr) [Avionics Today 12-31-2014] Finnair has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Doric Asset Finance GmbH for the sale and leaseback of six ATR72...
December 31, 2014
[Avionics Today 12-31-14] Rohde & Schwarz has recently announced that its fully IP-based VCS-4G voice communications system has been delivered for integration into a third mobile tower in Indonesia. But this most recent development is just the tip of the iceberg for the scalable technology that aims to provide communication between Air Traffic Controllers (ATCs) and pilots. This year alone, the company...
December 30, 2014
On Dec. 23, the Texas Game Wardens unveiled their new Airbus AS350 B3e helicopter. The aircraft will enhance the department’s statewide law enforcement apparatus and assist with its search and rescue and disaster response efforts.   Photo by Chase Fountain, Texas Parks & Wildlife Department 2014 The new AS350 B3e is outfitted with the latest law enforcement technology and emergency response...
December 30, 2014
Russian Helicopters' new light multirole commercial Ansat with hydro-mechanical controls has received an additional certification from the Aviation Register of the Interstate Aviation Committee (IAC AR), authorizing it for commercial passenger transport operations. Commercial deliveries are due to start in 2015.   Photo courtesy Russian Helicopters This confirms that the Ansat meets aviation...
December 30, 2014
[Avionics Today 12-29-2014] A recently released report from the Canadian Government has opened the door to fighter jet competition. Adding to hot debate regarding the purchase of 65 F-35s by the Canadian government, the report finds that the F-35 Lighting Strike Fighter Jet may not have an advantage over other aircraft when it comes to flying missions most likely required by the country. F-35A rendering...
December 30, 2014
AirAsia Airbus A320-200 aircraft [Avionics Today 12-30-2014] AirAsia and the National Search and Rescue Agency Republic of Indonesia (BASARNAS) have confirmed reports that the debris found in the Java Sea early Tuesday is from flight QZ8501. The AirAsia flight lost contact with Jakarta Air Traffic Control (ATC) on the morning of Dec. 28 en route from Surabaya, Indonesia to Singapore, prompting an extensive...
December 30, 2014
Transaero Airlines Boeing 747-346. Photo: WikiCommons [Avionics Today 12-30-2014] The Russian government has pledged its financial support to Russian airline Transaero after the airline...
December 30, 2014
[Avionics Today 12-30-2014] Singapore Technologies Engineering announced that Visiontech Investment, a wholly owned subsidiary of the global Maintenance Repair and Overhaul (MRO)...
December 30, 2014
Embraer Phenom 300. Photo: Embraer Executive Jets [Avionics Today 12-30-2014] Embraer Executive Jets and private aviation operator NetJets have signed an agreement to convert 10 Signature Series...
December 30, 2014
Embraer Phenom 300. Photo: Embraer Executive Jets [Avionics Today 12-30-2014] After six years of development, the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) has finally certified the country’s first homemade regional jet, the Commercial Aircraft Association of China’s...
December 29, 2014
FlightSafety International will soon offer simulator training for the Airbus EC145 helicopter. Currently under design and development, the new FS1000 simulator for the EC145 is expected to receive Level D qualification and enter service early in 2016. The new FS1000 is equipped with FlightSafety’s VITAL 1100 visual system and Crewview glass mirror with a 200 x 60 degree field of view and 60-inch...
December 29, 2014
Titan Helicopter Group (THG) has accepted delivery of the first Sikorsky S-76D helicopter to operate in Africa. The aircraft is configured for offshore service, and will be on lease from Milestone Aviation Group. Milestone currently has 86 Sikorsky aircraft in its fleet with 55 S-92 helicopters and 31 S-76 aircraft including four S-76D helicopters.   Photo courtesy Sikorsky The new generation S-76D...
December 29, 2014
Boeing 767-2C takes off from Paine Field, Wash. Photo: Boeing [Avionics Today 12-29-2014] Boeing and the United States Air Force have successfully completed the first flight of the KC-46 tanker test program. The plane, a Boeing 767-2C, took off...
December 29, 2014
An AirTran Airways flight. Photo: Wikipedia [Avionics Today 12-29-2014] Southwest Airlines has flown the last AirTran Airways revenue flight, marking near complete integration of AirTran into the low-cost carrier. Southwest acquired AirTran in 2011 with the aim to extend its...
December 29, 2014
Pictured in the photo from left to right: Steve Hill, Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED), Representative Joe Heck , Governor of Nevada, Brian Sandoval, Sensurion Aerospace CEO, Captain Joe Burns, Senator Dean Heller hold Magpie MP-1 UAS. Photo: Sensurion Aerospace [Avionics Today 12-29-2014] Sensurion Aerospace became the first manufacturer to receive a Special Airworthiness...
December 29, 2014
[Avionics Today 12-29-2014] The search for missing AirAsia flight QZ8501 that was all but halted overnight resumed in daylight hours, with officials set to expand the search for the commercial airliner on Tuesday. The aircraft disappeared from Indonesian airspace yesterday, Dec. 28 at 7:24 a.m. Singapore time about halfway through its flight path from Surabaya, Indonesia to Singapore. The Airbus A320-200...
December 26, 2014
In November and December, Russian Helicopters delivered eight new Mi-171Sh military transport helicopters to the Ministry of Defense of Peru. At an official ceremony marking their integration into the Peruvian Air Force, the helicopters were well received by Peru's leadership.   Photo courtesy Russian Helicopters During his speech at the Air Force base in Callao, Peru’s President Ollanta Humala Tasso...
December 26, 2014
[Avionics Today 12-26-2014] The FAA issued a $350 million contract modification to Raytheon to continue its deployment of the Standard Terminal Automation Replacement System (STARS) at Air Traffic Control (ATC) centers throughout the National Airspace System (NAS). According to Raytheon, under the new funding modification, STARS will be implemented at 135 ATCs through September 2017.     ...
December 26, 2014
[Avionics Today 12-26-2014] The delivery of the first Airbus A350 XWB will mark the commercial debut of several next-generation Rockwell Collins avionics systems when Qatar Airways begins operating the new passenger jet...
December 26, 2014
[Avionics Today 12-26-2014] The MQ-8C unmanned helicopter has completed its latest round of testing, a series of ship-based flights during a five-day trial period off the Va. coast. According to the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR), the latest testing focused on evaluating the MQ-8C's launch and recovery procedures before it is scheduled to undergo operational testing in...
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