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April 16, 2015
  Let’s face it. We have all become quite accustomed to the idea that we can get just about anything our little heart desires within a 24-hour period as long as we are willing to throw enough money at it to make it happen. With one glaring exception: aircraft parts. The more we devote to the topic of finding hard-to-find parts, the more we realize how deep and complex the issue truly is. My...
April 16, 2015
  ARINC 429 to Discrete Signal Converter (SR429) From Aerospace Optics, manufacturer of the best-in-class VIVISUN® line of pushbutton switches comes the new NEXSYS ARINC 429 to Discrete Signal Converter (SR429). ARINC Signal Converters bridge the gap between the digital data bus and the myriad of equipment driven by a discrete electrical signal. The SR429 is designed to provide up to 23 discrete...
April 16, 2015
Bell Helicopter has delivered a Bell 429 to Saudi Geological Survey (SGS). The aircraft is configured to perform utility roles in the Middle East.   Photo courtesy of Bell Helicopter Saudi Geological Survey is an earth science organization serving its community to create a healthy environment. The organization places...
April 16, 2015
UTC headquarters and staff. Photo: UTC Aerospace [Avionics Today 04-16-2015] UTC Aerospace Systems has extended its Aircraft Data Management (ADM) solution to provide airlines with a way to track...
April 16, 2015
Serco employees managing an ATC tower. Photo: Serco [Avionics Today 04-16-2015] The FAA has awarded Serco two contracts to continue supporting the FAA Contract Tower (FCT) program. Serco will provide Air Traffic Control (ATC) specialists, safety managers and program...
April 16, 2015
Boeing Wind Updates look to up operational efficiency and reduce fuel consumption. Photo: Boeing [Avionics Today 04-16-2015] Hainan Airlines has introduced the Boeing Wind Updates solution into their operations, which will provide...
April 16, 2015
Boeing 767 aircraft. Photo: Boeing [Avionics Today 04-16-2015] Thomas Global Systems has launched its TFD-7000 Series plug-and-play LCD replacements for the Rockwell Collins EDU-776D and EDU-766D Cathode Ray Tube...
April 16, 2015
[Avionics Today 04-16-2015] A new report published by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) highlights the cyber security challenges associated with providing reliable security for critical aircraft avionics systems. The challenges are arising due to the increased used of modern communications technologies and Internet Protocol (IP) connectivity on modern airframes. In the report, GAO's investigators...
April 15, 2015
In an acceptance ceremony held today in Marignane, France, India’s Heritage Aviation received two H125 helicopters for charter and utility missions, with a special focus on pilgrimage heli-tours. The first H125 will arrive in India by the end of the month, followed by the second in early May.   Photo courtesy of Airbus Helicopters Heritage Aviation has been...
April 15, 2015
Bristow Group has named Carl Dixon as its government portfolio director. Dixon will lead Bristow’s activity to build its global search and rescue (SAR) business, engaging with governments and public sector institutions around the world. Dixon has a military background; as Air-Vice Marshal, he served as Commander of the UK Joint Helicopter Command since 2011, with responsibility for 16,500 people from the...
April 15, 2015
Helicopters could regain a key spaceflight role if the United Launch Alliance prevails. The Boeing-Lockheed Martin partnership that provides satellite launches proposes replacing its current Atlas heavy launcher with a new rocket—the Vulcan. The main reason? Cost. All of an Atlas is discarded (once its payload is set free). That’s pricey, and...
April 15, 2015
GSP-1700 Satellite Phones. Photo: Globalstar [Avionics Today 04-15-2015] Globalstar announced its new aviation antenna is now available for use with Experimental Category Aircraft (STC for Part 23 aircraft approval pending), offering pilots fast...
April 15, 2015
Smart ELT tracking system and simulation. Photo: InFlight Labs [Avionics Today 04-15-2015] InFlight Labs is developing a Smart Emergency Location Transmitter (Smart ELT), an Air Traffic Control (ATC)-activated Aircraft Tracking System. Smart ELT is deployed over satellite-to-aircraft communications anywhere in the world and activated from an ATC ground command station to locate any aircraft...
April 15, 2015
[Avionics Today 04-15-2015] Jeppesen and Mainline, an aviation service provider in China, have signed an agreement to collectively determine strategies for increasing operational efficiency with the burgeoning Chinese business aviation market...
April 15, 2015
Argentine Air Force C-130. Photo: Wikipedia [Avionics Today 04-15-2015] The Argentine Air Force (AAF) has selected Rockwell Collins’ Flight2 avionics system for its C-130 upgrade program. Work on the program began in late 2014 with prime contractor L-3 Platform Integration to install the...
April 15, 2015
Bombardier Challenger plant, Dorval, Canada. Photo: Bombardier [Avionics Today 04-15-2015] Bombardier is shaking up its leadership in the midst of further unrest for the company’s CSeries jetliner program as problems regarding a 32-aircraft order for CS300s from Russia’s Ilyushin Finance Company (IFC) arise. Following the “pause” of the Bombardier Learjet 85 program earlier this...
April 14, 2015
The FAA has proposed a $1.54 million civil penalty against Air Methods Corp. of Englewood, Colo., for allegedly operating Eurocopter EC130 helicopters on dozens of flights when they were not in compliance with Federal Aviation Regulations. The FAA alleges Air Methods operated two helicopters on 70 passenger-carrying flights for compensation or hire, over...
April 14, 2015
Erickson Incorporated has contracted with Group Desarrollo Infaestructura, SA de CV (GDI) who is contracted with Transcanada Corporation’s Mexican Subsidiary, Transportadora de Gas del Noreste for a new rural infrastructure pipeline project that will bring clean-burning natural gas to businesses and citizens in Mexico. The agreement will guarantee the use of an S-64 E Aircrane to assist in the...
April 14, 2015
Bell Helicopter and Textron Aviation Inc. have announced their joint participation this week at the global general aviation tradeshow, AERO Friedrichshafen, from April 15-18 in Friedrichshafen, Germany. Subject matter experts from Bell Helicopter and Textron Aviation will be available at Booth A3-127 to discuss a broad range of commercial and general...
April 14, 2015
[Avionics Today 04-14-2015] The National Voice System (NVS), a replacement of the legacy point-to-point connections used by Air Traffic Controllers (ATCs) today, is on track for initial deployment in 2018, according to the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA). Harris Corp. developed the Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP) system to improve upon the air-to-ground and ground-to-ground voice...
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