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October 5, 2015
C-21A aircraft. Photo: U.S. Air Force [Avionics Today 10-05-2015] Spirit Aeronautics claims it has developed a unique avionics upgrade program that modernizes military C-21A...
October 5, 2015
[Avionics Today 10-05-2015] Thales and Beijing Easy Sky Technology (BEST, a Thales joint venture) have jointly signed a contract with the Civil Aviation Authority of China (CAAC) East Air Traffic Management Bureau (East ATMB) to implement a new Air Traffic Management...
October 5, 2015
Members of the A6 Steering Group meet to sign the revised Memorandum of Cooperation. Photo: A6 Alliance [Avionics Today 10-05-2015] The leaders of Europe’s Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs), the A6 Alliance, have renewed their commitment to work together to help modernize Europe’s Air Traffic Management (ATM) system. They have also expanded their agreement to draw in other European ANSP...
October 5, 2015
California Gov. Jerry Brown has vetoed three UAS-related bills as part of a larger effort to maintain simplicity of the state's criminal code. Senate Bills 168, 170 and 271, all proposed by Sen. Ted Gaines...
October 5, 2015
The FAA has issued a special notice warning pilots transiting South Carolina airspace to steer clear of heavy low-level rescue efforts as a result of what Gov. Nikki Haley called "a...
October 5, 2015
[Avionics Today 10-05-2015] There’s a shift taking place in the In-Flight Entertainment and Connectivity (IFEC) provider marketplace, one that you could see at this year’s Airline Passenger Experience (APEX) Expo in Portland, Ore. “What’s changed from last year? Every satellite operator is here at this show because we are buying so much capacity,” David Bruner, vice president...
October 2, 2015
The U.S. Navy has reestablished a minesweeping helicopter training squadron this week two decades after it was disbanded. Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron 12 (HM-12) will be based at Norfolk Naval Station to train new pilots in the Navy's MH-53E Sea Dragon—a modified Sikorsky CH-53E Super Stallion used...
October 2, 2015
With APEX in full swing this week you might think that IFE and IFC are the only things making headlines, but have you kept up with the landmark agreement between the FAA and two other regulatory bodies announced this week? If you know what we’re on about, get ready to ace this week’s Avionics News Quiz. Good luck! Content loading... Please enable javascript! Try This Week's Avionics News Quiz...
October 2, 2015
New international agreements promise to remove obstacles for manufacturers offering helicopter improvements to operators in the U.S., Canada and Europe. Officials of the FAA, European Aviation Safety Agency and Transport Canada signed the agreements Sept. 15; the FAA announced them Sept. 28. Once they go into effect, the pacts enable aviation...
October 2, 2015
In a letter sent yesterday to FAA Administrator Michael Huerta, the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International along with a long list of industry groups lamented the FAA's failure to meet its Sept. 30, 2015, deadline for commercializing UAS in the country's...
October 2, 2015
RTI’s DO-178C certification data package aims to help with easy introduction of UAS into the NAS. Photo: RTI [Avionics Today 10-02-2015] Real-Time Innovations (RTI) has announced the availability of a Commercial-Off-The-Shelf (COTS) RTCA DO-178C Level A Certification Package for Connext DDS Cert. This is the first connectivity platform built on the Data Distribution Service (DDS) standard to...
October 2, 2015
B-52 bomber. Photo: Wikipedia [Avionics Today 10-02-2015] The U.S. Air Force has awarded Boeing a contract to equip the B-52 bomber with Combat Network Communications Technology (CONECT), which aims to enhance the aircraft’s combat capabilities in the digital battle space. Boeing’s CONECT modernizes...
October 2, 2015
Netflix and Virgin America now offer streaming video entertainment aboard certain Via Sat-equipped flights. Photo: Virgin America [Avionics Today 10-02-2015] Netflix and Virgin America are joining forces to provide complimentary in-flight Wi-Fi access that allows Netflix members to enjoy the...
October 2, 2015
Bombardier CRJ900 aircraft in SAS livery. Photo: Bombardier [Avionics Today 10-02-2015] Dublin-based CityJet has signed a firm agreement to acquire up to 16 Bombardier CRJ900...
October 2, 2015
[Avionics Today 10-02-2015] On Tuesday Sept. 30, Massimo Garbini, managing director of the Single European Sky ATM Research (SESAR) Deployment Manager, delivered the final version of the SESAR Deployment Program (DP) 2015 to the Directorate General for Mobility and Transport of the European Commission. The SESAR Deployment Manager will now await approval from the European Commission, at which point it will...
October 1, 2015
Optelity Hot Spot. Photo: TrueNorth Avionics [Avionics Today 10-01-2015] TrueNorth Avionics today unveiled its aviation certified product to provide light-aircraft owners with communications capabilities previously reserved for long-range VIP jets. The company’s new Optelity Hot Spot product is an “N” wireless access point and integrated router powerful enough to host embedded...
October 1, 2015
Fiumicino Airport. Photo: Ra Boe / Wikipedia [Avionics Today 10-01-2015] SITA OnAir has entered an agreement with ENAV, Italy’s Air Navigation Service Provider (ANSP), to jointly provide air/ground data Very High Frequency (VHF)-based communication services in Italy. ENAV is deploying VHF data communication equipment at 19 airports across Italy, including Leonardo da Vinci Airport Fiumicino...
October 1, 2015
Avionica's avWIFI. Photo: Avionica [Avionics Today 10-01-2015] The United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued Avionica’s 18th Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) — No. ST03967AT — for the installation of the lightweight avWIFI router system on Boeing’s 737, 767 and 777 aircraft models plus the DC-10, MD-10 and MD-11 aircraft models.   “The Federal...
October 1, 2015
Thales InFlyt Experience. Photo: Thales [Aviation Today 10-01-2015] Thales announced that SriLankan Airlines has become the first airline in the world to fly the Thales Avant In-Flight Entertainment and Connectivity (IFEC) system with an application delivering live news and weather. The carrier’s Airbus A330-300 fleet will all feature this...
October 1, 2015
MD Helicopters has supported the viability of its MD-530F during combat operations in Kabul, Afghanistan, amid recent criticism from Afghan Air Force Col. Qalandar Shah Qalandari that the aircraft's tail rotor, performance limitations and weapons...
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