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February 5, 2015
[Avionics Today 02-05-2015] The U.S. Air Force has issued a full rate production contract to Boeing to deliver 10 Combat Network Communications Technology (CONECT) upgrade packages for its fleet of B-52 bomber aircraft. Among the avionics upgrades included in...
February 5, 2015
[Avionics Today 02-05-2015] Jeppesen has introduced a new version of its Mobile FliteDeck VFR flight information iPad application. The new version features new weather data features, including graphical weather forecasting data and a weather controller capability, which combines multiple weather data...
February 4, 2015
Digital night vision capability is now in the hands of Apache helicopter pilots. Following a $27 million contract signed in June 2013, the U.S. Army has begun equipping its Boeing AH-64 Apache helicopter fleet with a state-of-the-art digital night vision systems provided by Intevac. Designated the M611 camera, this system was designed as part of the U.S. Army’s Apache Modernized Target Acquisition...
February 4, 2015
The rear guard action being fought to keep Boeing’s AH-64 Apaches in the National Guard instead of transferring them all into the regular Army has been bolstered following the passing of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) by Congress last December. The legislation includes $1.25 billion for the National Guard and Reserve to address modernization shortfalls (not requested by President...
February 4, 2015
CHC Group Ltd., the parent company of CHC Helicopter, plans to issue its earnings release for the fiscal-year 2015 third quarter, which ended Jan. 31, after market close on Monday...
February 4, 2015
Boeing and the U.S. Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) signed the second phase of a performance-based contract that reduces combat logistics support costs while enhancing warfighter readiness. Under terms of the contract, Boeing will provide support for 11 different aircraft including the F/A-18 Super Hornet, AH-64 Apache, AV-8B Harrier, B-52...
February 4, 2015
HAI and the FAA’s Rotorcraft Directorate will jointly host a forum on Tuesday, March 3, during HAI HELI-EXPO 2015 on the ADS-B (automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast) equipage mandate. The FAA has set a 2020 deadline for virtually all aircraft operating in the National Airspace System to equip with ADS-B Out. Despite the challenging deadline — at a...
February 4, 2015
Business passenger uses Gogo ATG-4 in-flight. Photo: Gogo [Avionics Today 02-04-2015] Gogo will begin introducing its Air-to-Ground (ATG) connectivity system ATG-4 to the business...
February 4, 2015
Northrop Grumman's APG-83 Scalable Agile Beam Radar. Photo: Northrop Grumman [Avionics Today 02-04-2015] Northrop Grumman's APG-83 Scalable Agile Beam Radar (SABR) has received its first production order from Lockheed...
February 4, 2015
[Avionics Today 02-04-2015] The United Kingdom’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) is calling on the aviation industry and decision-makers to be much more ambitious in confronting aviation’s environmental challenges — including improving compensation for communities — or else face the prospect that essential additional runway capacity may never be built. 

In its response to the...
February 4, 2015
Passengers using OnAir mobile and Internet connectivity in-flight. Photo: OnAir [Avionics Today 02-04-2015] At the Aircraft Interiors Middle East (AIME) conference in Dubai, SITA OnAir announced that 13 million people took advantage of its Mobile OnAir network in 2014. The in-flight mobile phone service is available on 15...
February 4, 2015
Interior of a Rockwell Collins Intertrade distribution center. Photo: Rockwell Collins Intertrade [Avionics Today 02-04-2015] Intertrade, a Rockwell Collins subsidiary that distributes new and recertified engine and airframe parts, has opened a...
February 4, 2015
Wes Bush, Northrop Grumman CEO. Photo: Northrop Grumman [Avionics Today 02-04-2015] As the company enters into 2015, Northrop Grumman’s aerospace sector is seeing exciting growth overseas, and is looking to gain a better footing for domestic growth. During the recent fourth quarter 2014 conference call, Northrop Grumman CEO Wes Bush noted that 2014 international sales increased 20 percent across all...
February 3, 2015
Last year, Revolution Aviation became the first private helicopter flight school to offer instruction in unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV). There was plenty of new ground to cover at the time; only the military and select colleges were training UAV pilots, no certification standards existed, and commercial unmanned flights were still banned by the FAA. Revolution joined dozens of other industry...
February 3, 2015
The United Nations is requesting the return of approximately 24 Indian Air Force (IAF) helicopters to the peace keeping mission in Congo. This comes three years after New Delhi recalled them to address its own country’s domestic needs. The Deccan Herald, an English-language daily newspaper in the Indian state of Karnataka, reports that U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and Indian External Affairs...
February 3, 2015
Over the past few months, the FAA has granted several exemptions to UAV operators in the commercial market. To date, the FAA has given 14 exemptions to 13 companies in various industries. Most recently, the administration granted the first exemption for the use of UAVs for photography in the real estate...
February 3, 2015
The second Boeing-built Inmarsat-5 satellite has sent its first signals from orbit, an essential step toward establishing Inmarsat’s Global Xpress network, providing a global, high-speed mobile broadband service. “This second satellite brings us one step closer to providing global, mobile broadband service to commercial and government customers around the world,” said Mark Spiwak...
February 3, 2015
Northrop Grumman Corporation has received a contract from the U.S. Navy for the continued production of the AN/AES-1Airborne Laser Mine Detection System (ALMDS). The contract includes the production of five ALMDS pod subsystems, support equipment, spares and technical support. The ALMDS is mounted on an MH-60S helicopter. Flying over sea lanes, it finds and geolocates mine-like objects with its pulsed...
February 3, 2015
Emerging Markets Communications (EMC), a global satellite and terrestrial communications services provider, has acquired General Industry Systems (GIS) AS, a Norwegian-based provider specializing in energy and maritime connectivity services for offshore operations. The consolidated portfolio of products, services, experience, locations and engineers of the companies strengthens EMC’s energy and...
February 3, 2015
[Avionics Today 02-03-2015] Embraer has completed the first test flight of its next generation aerial refueling tanker, the KC-390. During the 85-minute flight, test pilots and flight test engineers evaluated flying qualities and...
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