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April 1, 2015
[Aviation Today 04-01-2015] The agricultural community fears that the FAA’s lagging regulation for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) will leave them in the dust. A panel discussion at the Capitol building in Washington, D.C. last week run by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), brought together representatives from corn, soy, wheat and other various sectors of the...
April 1, 2015
Elbit Systems of America's color helmet display and tracking system. Photo: Elbit Systems [Avionics Today 04-01-2015] Elbit Systems of America has been awarded a contract from Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) to install, integrate and support flight...
April 1, 2015
Pacelab Cabin 7 software. Photo: Pace [Avionics Today 04-01-2015] Embraer is introducing Pacelab Cabin 7 aircraft configuration software from Berlin-based Pace that integrates the jet manufacturer's market information, sales, engineering, and contracts teams aboard a given...
April 1, 2015
Simon Jacques, Head of Airbus Defence and Space, Canada; Pablo Molina, Head, Airbus Defence and Space Military Aircraft Canada; Derek Scott, Vice President, Program Development, Provincial Aerospace; and Richard Poole, Business Development, Provincial Aerospace sign a letter of intent to facilitate the...
April 1, 2015
An AirRobot unmanned aerial system flies at Fort Benning, Georgia. Photo: Northrop Grumman [Avionics Today 04-01-2015] Remotec, a Tennessee-based Northrop Grumman subsidiary, has a new distribution agreement with...
March 31, 2015
Breeze-Eastern Corporation, the aerospace industry’s only dedicated hoist and winch specialist, has delivered more than 1,000 BL-29900 rescue hoist systems. The system's unique Reactive Overload Clutch (ROC) feature is a next-generation improvement over standard slip-clutch technology used by other manufacturers...
March 31, 2015
Following the delivery of three Dauphins this month, two Japanese law enforcement agencies have signed contracts for new Airbus Helicopters Dauphin airframes. The latest order was signed with Japan’s National Police Agency for one H155 version (previously known as the EC155) to be deployed by the Kagawa Prefectural Police, and an AS365 N3+ variant for the Fukuoka...
March 31, 2015
The Army's new Improved Turbine Engine Program (ITEP) is the service's "number one" priority, according to its acquisition chief. Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology Heidi Shyu said Monday the Army wants a new turbine engine so its helicopters can fly in high and hot conditions anywhere in the world. ITEP's increased range, she said, will also save the Army...
March 31, 2015
New York City-based L-3 Communications has been selected to upgrade the U.S. Army’s UH-60L Black Hawk helicopters to the UH-60V configuration. The company reports that the L-3 DS will provide its newest generation 10.4-inch digital electronic instrument panel displays for the UH-60V cockpit...
March 31, 2015
Blackhawk UH-60V cockpit upgrade. Photo: Northrop Grumman [Avionics Today 03-31-2015] Northrop Grumman has selected L-3 Aviation’s Display Systems (L-3 DS) business to supply...
March 31, 2015
[Avionics Today 03-31-3015] During its March meeting, the RTCA Program Management Committee (PMC) approved a new document, DO-358, which provides the Minimum Operational Performance Standards (MOPS) for Flight Information Services Broadcast (FIS-B).      Flight Information Services Broadcast (FIS-B) transmits graphical national weather service products, temporary flight restrictions...
March 31, 2015
Dassault Falcon Service completes first scheduled C-Check on Falcon 7X. Photo: Dassault Falcon Service [Avionics Today 03-31-2015] Dassault Falcon Service (DFS) service center has completed an initial C-check on an...
March 31, 2015
CH-47F Chinook. Photo: Boeing [Avionics Today 03-31-2015] The U.S. Army is equipping its CH-47F Chinook helicopters with a Rockwell Collins Required Navigation Performance-Area...
March 31, 2015
[Avionics Today 03-31-2015] Northrop Grumman Corporation's Electronic Systems sector is repositioning its Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance and Targeting Systems Division (ISR&TSD) to expand focus on the growing airborne and space ISR business. The former ISR&TSD is being...
March 31, 2015
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has announced fraud charges against Lynn Tilton, CEO of MD Helicopters, and her New York-based firms accused of hiding the poor performance of loan assets in three collateralized loan obligation (CLO) funds they manage. According to the SEC’s Enforcement Division, Tilton and her Patriarch Partners firms have breached their fiduciary duties and...
March 30, 2015
[Avionics Today 03-30-2015] During a House Subcommittee on Aviation hearing last week, lawmakers heard testimony from experts across different segments of the aviation industry deciphering the possibility of removing the Air Traffic Organization (ATO) from within the FAA. The committee heard testimony from leadership at American Airlines, the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA), and the...
March 30, 2015
The first shipment of UH-72A Lakota helicopters began arriving at the Army’s flight training facility at Fort Rucker, Ala., during the week of March 23, according to Army spokesperson Lisa Eichhorn. They will soon become the primary rotorcraft trainer for Army, thus beginning the phase-out out of the TH-67 Creek, the military designation for the Bell 206B Jet Ranger...
March 30, 2015
The Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force (MSDF) commissioned the 814-foot DDH-183 Izumo in Yokohama on March 25, making it the largest helicopter aircraft carrier ever built. The 21,495-ton ship – the first of two planned for its class – has a flight deck that can launch and recover any rotorcraft, including U.S. Marine Corps V-22 Osprey tilt rotors, which are...
March 30, 2015
United Rotorcraft, an Air Methods Division, has received a new contract to complete an Airbus EC130 T2 emergency medical services (EMS) demonstrator for Airbus Helicopters in Grand Prairie, Texas. The aircraft completion will take place at United Rotorcraft’s Decatur, Texas facility and will include medical interior, avionics, exterior lighting accessories, and full aircraft paint. The...
March 30, 2015
ATCs overlook operations from inside the Heathrow tower. Photo: NATS (flickr) [Avionics Today 03-30-2015] Time-Based Separation (TBS), a new way of separating arriving aircraft by time instead of distance in order to cut delays caused by strong winds has gone live at Heathrow Airport as part of a phased introduction this year. Traditionally, Air...
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