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July 16, 2014
[Aviation Today July 16, 2014] Bombardier has launched a new cargo-passenger "combi configuration" of its Q400 NextGen aircraft. The new configuration will feature up to 8,200 pounds of cargo capacity, 1,150 cubic feet of cargo volume and cabin space for...
July 15, 2014
The four-rotor Qube is made by AeroVironment for a variety of police applications, including searches, aerial photography, and light surveillance. (Below) Logo of the Northeast Region UAS Unit. Images courtesy of GFSD Since their widespread use as military surveillance platforms in the Middle East, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) have drawn the attention of a public that has marveled at the...
July 15, 2014
The U.S. Naval Air Systems Command has issued a $14.6-million contact to the Amarillo, Texas-based Bell-Boeing Joint Project Office. The agreement covers research and...
July 15, 2014
Bell Helicopter has reached two purchase agreements for a total of eight Bell 429s. Inaer France, an Avincis Group operator, has purchased a Bell 429 in the Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS)...
July 15, 2014
[Avionics Today July 15, 2014] Boeing made some major announcements regarding the cabin design and flight control avionics for its next generation long-range passenger jet, the 777X, on the second day of the Farnborough Airshow. Rockwell Collins and BAE Systems have been selected to provide the aircraft's flight control electronics.      Computer rendering of future Boeing 777X cabin. Photo...
July 15, 2014
[Avionics Today July 15, 2014] Gogo has received regulatory approval to deploy its Ku-band satellite In-flight Connectivity (IFC) service for aircraft flying over Russian airspace...
July 15, 2014
[Avionics Today July 15, 2014] All-cargo European carrier Cargolux Airlines has received approval from the civil aviation authority in Luxembourg to begin transitioning from paper-based manuals to Electronic Flight Bags (EFBs)...
July 15, 2014
[Avionics Today July 15, 2014] Malaysian carrier Air Asia has signed an agreement for a $12 billion order of 50 Airbus A330neo passenger jets at the Farnborough Airshow. The order comes just...
July 14, 2014
Bell AH-1Z Super Cobra in action. Photo courtesy of Bell Helicopter The U.S. Marine Corps has awarded Elbit Systems of America (ESA) two contracts worth a total of $14.1 million for equipment connected...
July 14, 2014
Shell Australia has launched a dedicated search and rescue (SAR) helicopter service to support the booming offshore oil and gas industry off the coast of North West Australia. The SAR service is believed to be the first of its kind dedicated to the country’s offshore resources sector. Initially an Airbus Helicopters EC225 is based at Broome International Airport in Western Australia for operation...
July 14, 2014
During an exclusive interview heading into the Farnborough International Airshow, Sikorsky President Mick Maurer told Rotor & Wing that speed, autonomy and intelligence are the factors that Sikorsky is driving forward to meet its military and civilian customer needs. Recent wins including the U.S. Air Force’s Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR) program (112 aircraft), the VXX Presidential helicopter...
July 14, 2014
[Aviation Today July 14, 2014] Airbus breathed new life into one of its oldest airframes at the 2014 Farnborough Airshow, with the launch of the A330neo (new engine option) passenger jet. The new aircraft will be powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines, and will be 14 percent more fuel efficient than the airframe manufacturer's existing family of original engine option A330s.   Left to...
July 14, 2014
[Aviation Today July 14, 2014] U.K.-based low cost carrier Monarch Airlines is finalizing terms on a $3 billion order for 30 Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft at the Farnborough International Airshow. Monarch is looking to "structure its future fleet around the 737 MAX,"...
July 14, 2014
[Avionics Today July 14, 2014] L-3 Aviation Recorders' (L-3 AR) Automated Flight Information and Reporting System (AFIRS) 228S has achieved certification for the Airbus A320 family of...
July 14, 2014
[Aviation Today July 14, 2014] Brazilian airframe manufacturer Embraer unveiled a full-sized version of the cabin for its next generation E2 regional passenger aircraft. The cabin was jointly designed by Embraer and U.K.-based design firm Priestmangoode. Among the design features...
July 14, 2014
[Aviation Today July 14, 2014] Cessna completed the first trans-Atlantic flight with its newly certified Citation X+ business jet. En route to the Farnborough Airshow, the trip lasted five hours and 33 minutes and spanned 2,788 nautical miles between the Cessna factory in Wichita, Kan., and the company's facility at Paris Le Bourget airport prior to making the trip to TAG Farnborough Airport. During the...
July 11, 2014
Russian Helicopters Mi-171 in flight. Photo courtesy of Russian Helicopters Russian Helicopters is breaking further into the Middle Eastern market by supplying the Kazakhstan Emergencies Ministry and Kazakhstan Border Service with Mi-171s for use in border patrol, search and rescue missions, as well as personnel and cargo...
July 11, 2014
Hurst, Texas-based Textron division Bell Helicopter has reached agreements with Helicopter Flight Services, AngMar Aviation and Rocky Mountain Rotors involving the 407GX, which features Garmin’s G1000H flight deck. New York City-based Helicopter Flight Services offers tours, corporate charter services, aerial photography and video, and construction...
July 11, 2014
[Avionics Today July 11, 2014] Lockheed Martin is anticipating its forthcoming LM-100J aircraft to garner demand for some unique missions, including oil spill clean-ups among other roles. The aerospace and defense manufacturer will also make a major announcement regarding its latest non-military aircraft program at next week's Farnborough International Airshow.    Photo, courtesy of Lockheed...
July 11, 2014
[Avionics Today July 11, 2014] The European Union recently completed the initial demonstrations of advanced arrival and departure flight operations for an airspace-enhancing project, Filling the Gap in GNSS Advanced Procedures and Operations (FilGAPP).  Flight demonstrations occurred in Germany using a Hawker 750 business jet equipped with a Flight Management...
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