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December 10, 2014
A chart showing Swiftbroadband coverage. Photo: Satcom Direct [Avionics Today 12-10-14] Satcom Direct will increase Inmarsat’s SwiftBroadband connection speeds through its Satcom Direct Router (SDR), which will support the ability to bond and aggregate multiple streaming connections in-flight. This...
December 10, 2014
[Avionics Today 12-10-2014] The European Space Agency (ESA) and Europe’s Single European Sky ATM Research Joint Undertaking (SESAR JU) program are teaming up and taking steps to boost efficiency in worldwide aircraft tracking, capacity and management through satellite-based communications. ESA’s Iris  program looks to create a satellite solution for advanced aviation communications and has...
December 9, 2014
Depiction of the Reality H FFS. Image courtesy Thales Australian aeromedical rapid response group CareFlight has teamed with simulator manufacturer Thales Australia to establish the country’s first AgustaWestland AW139 civil helicopter training center. The facility will be located at CareFlight’s aeromedical training academy at Brisbane International Airport, which is operated in conjunction...
December 9, 2014
Sikorsky, together with Polish subsidiary PZL Mielec, is to withdraw from the current competition managed by the Polish Ministry of Defense to supply the armed forces with 70 multi-role helicopters.  According to Sikorsky, part of United...
December 9, 2014
The ability to provide the Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey with heavier firepower other than a ramp mounted machine gun has taken a step forward with the demonstration of forward-firing munitions at the Army Proving Ground in Yuma, Ariz. A test was carried out in November and was described as “a great success” by Vince Tobin, vice president and program manager for the Bell Boeing V-22.  A...
December 9, 2014
The decision by the Indian government to select Sikorsky Aircraft (a United Technologies Corporation subsidiary) to provide its navy with 16 S-70B Seahawk multi-mission helicopters (with eight further options) is notable in at least two respects.  Firstly, it has selected a "safe-pair-of-hands" with the export version of a proven helicopter with no development issues, other than those that...
December 9, 2014
On Nov. 15, 2014, the FAA approved the R66 Turbine Marine, a variant of Robinson Helicopter Company’s R66 Turbine equipped with pop-out floats. The pop-out floats add approximately 65 pounds to the helicopter’s empty weight...
December 9, 2014
Airbus Helicopters’ upgraded EC135 T3/P3 is now in service with Aiut Alpin Dolomites – a northern Italy-based Alpine mountain rescue service. Enhancements incorporated in the latest variant of the EC135 family include significant power reserves for increased safety margins during flight and while maneuvering, an improved flight envelope, especially in hot- and-high environments, and an...
December 9, 2014
[Avionics Today 12-09-2014] NASA plans to deliver a representative test article of a futuristic hybrid wing body aircraft to Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va., for structural testing this Thursday. The large test...
December 9, 2014
Photo: Triumph Group [Avionics Today 12-09-2014] Spirit AeroSystems has reached an agreement to transfer the Gulfstream wing work packages at its facility in Tulsa, Okla., to Pennsylvania-based aerospace components provider, Triumph Group. The transfer includes both the G650...
December 9, 2014
Boeing reports happy outlook for 2015 competitive aircraft financing. Photo: Boeing [Avionics Today 12-09-2014] Boeing’s “2015 Current Aircraft Finance Market Outlook” indicates decades of predictable returns have led to unprecedented diversity, efficiency and volume of financing for commercial airplanes. According...
December 9, 2014
UAS and controller. Photo: Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership (MAAP) [Avionics Today 12-09-2014] Textron’s unmanned systems division has announced a certificate of authorization to start Aerosonde Small Unmanned Aircraft System (SUAS) operations with the Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership (MAAP). This is...
December 9, 2014
Embraer 500 Training Simulator. Photo: Embraer [Avionics Today 12-09-2014] Embraer and FlightSafety International completed the training of the first class of pilots for the new Legacy 500 executive jet. The...
December 9, 2014
[Avionics Today 12-09-2014] In an effort to assist with air transportation of aid workers and patients infected by the recent outbreak of the Ebola virus, Lufthansa has donated one of its aircraft, originally scheduled for retirement, to the German Foreign Office. With onboard communications provided by Panasonic Avionics, the three entities — Lufthansa, Panasonic Avionics and the German Foreign...
December 8, 2014
Sikorsky Sea King. Photo courtesy RAF The final Search and Rescue (SAR) conference organized by the Royal Air Force was held during early November at RAF Valley at the far tip of northwest Wales, on the island of Anglesey. In March 2015, the UK will begin the process of handing over responsibility for SAR to the new civil contractor, Bristow Helicopters. Bristow will gradually take responsibility over the...
December 8, 2014
Australian states and territories are preparing for this year’s bushfire season with aerial resources in place. Although the Australian summer only starts on Dec. 1, the bushfire season starts as early as late August in some parts of the country’s north east and continues through to April in the south west. Erickson Aircranes have started arriving in the country, with two Aircranes –...
December 8, 2014
The Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey successfully demonstrated its forward-firing capability at the United States Army Proving Ground in Yuma, Ariz. Initial design work for the forward...
December 8, 2014
The Indian Navy has chosen Sikorsky to fulfill their Multi-Role Helicopter requirement for maritime roles including anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare (ASW/ASuW). Negotiations for the production of 16 S-70B SEAHAWK helicopters are...
December 8, 2014
[Avionics Today 12-8-2014] Singapore Airlines (SIA) has signed a 10-year agreement with Parker Aerospace to provide support for its fleet of Boeing 777s. Under the agreement, Parker will provide maintenance, inventory pooling...
December 8, 2014
[Avionics Today 12-8-2014] Boeing Business Jets (BBJ) announced a new order from Swiss private charter operator Comlux for two BBJ MAX 8s on the first day of the Middle East...
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