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May 14, 2015
The FAA today announced a public outreach campaign for the National Capital Region around Washington, D.C. to reinforce the message that the District of Columbia and cities and towns within a 15-mile radius of Ronald-Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) are a No Drone Zone. “Federal rules prohibit any aircraft from operating in the Flight Restricted Zone around our nation’s capital without...
May 14, 2015
Airbus Helicopters has used an H175 helicopter to fly low-noise IFR approaches to the heliport of Toulouse-Blagnac airport in southwestern France, culminating a seven-year project devoted to environmentally-friendly helicopter approach procedures. The procedures were flown using accurate lateral and vertical guidance provided by EGNOS (European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service), the European...
May 14, 2015
Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. Photo: Boeing [Avionics Today 05-14-2015] Boeing and TUI Group have finalized an order for one 787-9 Dreamliner with an option for another. The order is valued at $257 million at current list prices. TUI Group also announced that it will substitute two...
May 14, 2015
[Avionics Today 05-14-2015] The Commercial UAS Modernization Act, introduced by Senators Corey Booker, D-N.J., and John Hoeven, R-N.D., aims to establish an interim rule governing small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) operations in U.S. airspace. Both lawmakers are looking to reduce the regulatory burden commercial operators currently face and maximize the use of FAA UAS test sites to jumpstart the...
May 14, 2015
TAM Airlines’ first A350 XWB in final assembly. Photo: Airbus [Avionics Today 05-14-2015] Airbus has announced the first A350-900 for TAM Airlines is progressing well in the Final Assembly Line (FAL) in Toulouse, France. The manufacturer...
May 14, 2015
PC-12 cockpit. Photo: Pilatus Aircraft. Avionics Today 05-14-2015] The FAA has granted a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) to Levaero Aviation (formerly Pilatus Centre Canada), in association with Northeast Engineering & Development, for its Pilatus PC-12 Enhanced Vision...
May 14, 2015
Bombardier’s Global 5000 aircraft. Photo: Bombardier Business Aircraft [Avionics Today 05-14-2015] Bombardier Business Aircraft has announced it will reduce its production rate for Global 5000 and Global 6000 aircraft. The company attributed current economic conditions and geopolitical issues in some market regions...
May 13, 2015
Global MRO service provider Vector Aerospace has added EASA certification to its Cockpit Voice and Flight Data Recorder (CVFDR) FAA STC applicable to AS332 C, L and L1 helicopters.   Photo courtesy of Vector Aerospace The new CVFDR STC further enhances the mission capability profile of the venerable AS332L helicopter platform and is one of the only FAA and...
May 13, 2015
Erickson Incorporated was recently contracted by the Government of Nunavut and Qulliq Energy Corporation to transport generators to Pangnirtung, Nunavut, Canada to restore power after a fire extensively damaged the community’s power plant. The community of Pangnirtung is located on Baffin Island in the territory of Nunavut, in Canada’s far north, which is one of the most remote and sparsely...
May 13, 2015
The FAA’s pursuit of joint research efforts on unmanned aerial systems use in populated areas and beyond line of sight highlights both the weaknesses and potency of UAS threats to helicopter markets. FAA Administrator Michael Huerta announced the cooperative research and development agreements (CRADAs) May 6 at the Unmanned Systems 2015 show in Atlanta, Ga. The agency’s CRADA with cable news...
May 13, 2015
Eurocontrol’s Director General Frank Brenner met with GSA Executive Director Carlo des Dorides in Prague. Photo: Eurocontrol [Avionics Today 05-13-2015] Following the signature of a framework partnership agreement on April 8, on April 20 Eurocontrol’s Director General Frank Brenner visited the European GNSS Agency’s (GSA) headquarters in Prague where, accompanied by his...
May 13, 2015
[Avionics Today 05-13-2015] At the 2015 Boeing Investor’s Conference on Tuesday, the company’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Jim McNerney provided top line expectations regarding whether the aerospace market would begin to see some decline. While the company saw a drop in cash flow as well as delays in 787 production for American Airlines aircraft during the first quarter 2015, McNerney...
May 13, 2015
Amazon has expressed its interest in delivering goods via drones. Photo: Amazon Prime Air. [Avionics Today 05-13-2015] Research and analysis firm Visiongain has assessed that the small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) market will reach $1.61 billion in 2015. The company expects the variety of applications in which small...
May 13, 2015
Aircraft noise simulation. Photo: Onera [Avionics Today 05-13-2015] The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will soon begin work on the next step in a multi-year effort to continue understanding the relationship...
May 13, 2015
Quadcopter drone on cultivated field. Photo: ackab1 (Flickr) [Avionics Today 05-13-2015] Airbus Group and NEXA Capital Partners announced an agreement to pursue solutions for the widespread commercialization of Unmanned Aerial...
May 12, 2015
One of the newest AStars (above) is headed for India and Heritage Aviation, which will get a second early this month. The New Delhi-based operator’s H125s will fly charter and utility missions and pilgrimage heli-tours. Photo courtesy of Airbus Helicopters/Eric Raz From the loosely translated ideas of Darwin, it is not the strongest or the most intelligent that will survive, but those who can best...
May 12, 2015
Bell Helicopter announced today the sale of the first Bell 412EPI in Japan to Aomori Prefecture’s Firefighting and Disaster Prevention Agency. The 412EPI is expected to join the agency's fleet in early 2016. Aomori Prefecture was also the first customer to receive a Bell 412EP in Japan at...
May 12, 2015
Shall we count Finmeccanica out as a bidder for Sikorsky Aircraft? The CEO of AgustaWestland’s parent company, Mauro Moretti, told shareholders meeting yesterday in Rome that Finmeccanica had received “several propositions but was not interested in Sikorsky,” according to the Reuters news agency. Sikorsky...
May 12, 2015
On Saturday, Russian Helicopters' Mi-26, Mi-28N Night Hunter, Mi-35M, Ka-52 Alligator and Mi-8/17 military helicopters took part in parade ceremonies on Moscow's Red Square and in towns and cities across Russia to mark the 70th anniversary of allied forces' victory on the...
May 12, 2015
[Avionics Today 05-12-2015] The European Global Navigation Satellite Systems Agency (GSA) hosted the first-ever European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service (EGNOS) flight event to demonstrate how satellite-based navigation procedures are improving air travel across Europe. European officials, engineers and pilots from Airbus demonstrated the use of EGNOS for landing procedures with an ATR 72-600...
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