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August 18, 2014
A Vector SMS Dashboard. Photo: Rockwell Collins [Avionics Today 08-18-2014] The Bermuda Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) recently approved the Vector Safety Management System (SMS) to...
August 18, 2014
Airbus A350 XWB. Photo: Airbus [Avionics Today 08-18-2014] The Airbus A350-900, a new widebody airliner, recently landed in Tolouse, France, completing a three-week, 14-city route proving tour. During the technical...
August 18, 2014
Northrop Grumman RQ-4 Global Hawk. Photo: Wikipedia [Avionics Today 08-18-2014] The U.S. Air Force’s RQ-4 Global Hawk, a wide area surveillance Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) recently completed its 100th operational mission in Southwest...
August 18, 2014
Redstone Defence Systems has selected Northrop Grumman to supply its integrated mission avionics for between 700 and 900 U.S. Army UH-60L Black Hawk helicopters. The conversion will mean the change from analog cockpit gauges to digital instruments. The Black Hawks will be known as UH-60Vs, and the system has been acquired to replicate the same pilot vehicle interface (PVI) that pilots would experience in...
August 18, 2014
Tension stemming from the conflict in Ukraine is cited as a reason behind Poland’s announced intention to increase its defense spending up to two percent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP). In line with this it is fast-tracking helicopter programs within the Polish Ministry of Defence’s Technical Modernization Program 2013-2022. According to the Polish Ministry of Defence, it is currently...
August 18, 2014
Bell Helicopter will stage a safety symposium in Prague, Czech Republic on Wednesday, September 17, 2014. This follows on from a similar symposium that it held during August at the Sao Paulo World Trade Center in Sao Paulo, Brazil that attracted more than 100 attendees. The safety symposium series, introduced in 2013, is aimed at educating pilots and maintainers on key safety practices. It is linked to...
August 18, 2014
[Avionics Today 08-18-2014] Fiji Airways recently reported a record $10 million underlying operating profit for the first half of 2014. While CEO Stefan Pichler is satisfied with these results, Pichler is still looking to improve operations. In the near future, those improvements will focus on fleet modernization introducing new fuel-efficient aircraft for long haul and domestic operations.   Fiji...
August 15, 2014
Russian Helicopters has added a certified a Brazilian service center to its expanding network worldwide that also includes South Korea, Canada and Spain. Run by Helipark Taxi Aereo e Manutencao Aeronautica, Brazil, this move is aimed at assisting the expansion of the Ka-32 type in Latin American.  Helipark has operated its own Ka-32A11BC since 2012. it is used primarily for external cargo sling loads...
August 15, 2014
South Africa’s Minister of Environmental Affairs, Edna Molewa, announced in August that the World Wildlife Fund - South Africa (WWF-SA) was preparing for its 10th annual translocation of breeding population of black rhinos to more secure areas to help safeguard and hopefully increase numbers. Helicopters have been used in previous years by WWF-SA to assist in the capture and relocation of black...
August 14, 2014
UPS Airlines (N288UP) MD-11F climbs just after taking off at Sydney. Airport Flight. Photo: Wikipedia [Avionics Today 08-14-2014] One year after the fatal crash of United Parcel Service (UPS) flight 1354, UPS pilots are calling for an end to the exclusion of all-cargo airline operators from FAR Part 117 — the new pilot rest and operating rules Congress enacted to mitigate pilot fatigue. While Part 117...
August 14, 2014
Photo: Wikipedia [Avionics Today 08-14-2014] Elbit Systems, an Israel-based defense and electronics company, will supply an undisclosed Latin American country with...
August 14, 2014
Northrop Grumman Offices. Photo: Northrop Grumman [Avionics Today 08-14-2014] United States Air Force Weather (AFW) awarded Northrop Grumman an Indefinite Deliver, Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract valued at $300 million. The contract promises AFW continued help...
August 14, 2014
Stock Photo [Avionics Today 8-14-2014] Dover Air Force Base awarded Versar a $98.3 million firm, fixed-price task order to repair the runway at the Delaware base. This task order was awarded under...
August 14, 2014
A Saudi Airlines Flight. Photo: Fasal Akram Ether (Flickr) [Avionics Today 08-14-14] Saudi Airlines has applied a Business Intelligence (BI) solution with Microsoft to analyze, visualize and share data in a unified way. The solution...
August 14, 2014
[Avionics Today 08-14-2014] August marks the first year of operations for Wheels Up — a first year that saw the New York-based private aviation company sign up 575 new members, raise $75 million in equity and reach more than 40 flights in a single day. Now, the company is on track to reach 1,200 members and more than 40 business jets by the end of 2014, with a planned expansion to Europe coming in...
August 13, 2014
A helicopter tour of Manhattan is a must-do activity for many visitors to New York City. But residents who live along the Hudson River, which runs between New Jersey and the most scenic parts of the city, are renewing their decades-long attempt to bring a halt to such tours. Citing noise from low-flying helicopters as reducing their quality of life, citizens who live and work near the Hudson are receiving...
August 13, 2014
PHI, Inc. has achieved the highest level, Level 4, of the Federal Aviation Administration’s voluntary Safety Management System (SMS) pilot program. The SMS program is quickly becoming a standard in the industry, being recognized by the Joint Planning and Development Office (JPDO), International...
August 13, 2014
Australian aviation regulator, the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) has responded to the Australian Helicopter Industry Association’s (AHIA) criticisms of the proposed Part 61 (flight crew licensing) regulations, accusing the AHIA of being “wide of the mark” in a number of its claims. The new regulations are designed to bring Australia’s rules in line with International Civil...
August 13, 2014
Today's announcement that the U.S. Army Aviation Technology Directorate (AATD) has selected both the Boeing/Sikorsky partnership and Bell Helicopter to move forward and build their versions of the high speed Joint Multi Role Technology Demonstrator (JMR TD) comes as no surprise. It does leave question marks over the other...
August 13, 2014
A Gulfstream 280 Flight Photo: Gulfstream [Avionics Today 08-13-2014] Gulfstream opened this year’s Latin American Business Aviation Exhibition & Conference (LABACE) by noting “remarkable growth” in the region’s bizjet market. The business jet manufacturer opened the conference by announcing its fleet in Latin America has grown by nearly 70 percent since 2009. The company has...
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