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April 8, 2015
Erickson Incorporated has renewed key contracts with the U.S. Forest Service as well as with Canadian aerial heavy lift company Helifor Canada, a subsidiary of Columbia Helicopters. Jeff Roberts, CEO and president of Erickson Incorporated, commented, “I am happy these valued government and commercial customers selected us once again and gave us a vote of confidence in our ability to serve their...
April 8, 2015
[Avionics Today 04-08-2015] Currently only 4 percent of helicopters registered in the U.S. fleet are equipped with Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast Out (ADS-B Out) transmitters, according to information released by Tim Shaver, manager of the FAA's avionics maintenance branch, during a Heli Expo forum on ADS-B equipage. Over the last several months, at industry events such as the 2015 Heli Expo...
April 8, 2015
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will host its first International Rotorcraft Safety Conference from April 21 to 23 at the Hurst Conference Center near Ft. Worth, Texas. The free event is part of the FAA’s Rotorcraft Safety Initiative and will provide conference attendees with tips about how to reduce helicopter accidents. In fiscal year 2013, 37 people lost their lives in rotorcraft...
April 8, 2015
REACH Air Medical Services, headquartered in Santa Rosa, Calif., has partnered with Outerlink Global Solutions and Metro Aviation to launch Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS), which is expected to expand tracking, communication and overall safety practices. IRIS provides global coverage and will allow REACH to record significantly greater amounts of aircraft data. The data will be...
April 8, 2015
[Avionics Today 04-08-2015] Gogo has introduced a new aircraft connectivity system for the General Aviation (GA) market, the ATG 1000. Using the Gogo Biz network, ATG 1000 enables calling and texting as...
April 8, 2015
[Avionics Today 04-08-2015] India has been granted a Category 1 rating under the FAA's International Aviation Safety Assessment (IASA) program, indicating that the country's civil aviation authority is now in compliance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) safety standards. U.S. Transportation...
April 8, 2015
[Avionics Today 04-08-2015] Jeppesen has agreed to supply its airport mapping database as a new flight data element for the Universal Avionics InSight integrated flight deck. Under the new agreement, Jeppesen will also supply digital terminal...
April 8, 2015
[Avionics Today 04-08-2015] The FAA has approved American International Group to begin operating small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) to conduct inspections for risk assessment, risk management, loss control, and surety performance. Under the...
April 7, 2015
CHC Helicopter, search and rescue (SAR) operator for the Irish Coast Guard, currently has four bases in Ireland: Waterford, Shannon, Sligo and Dublin. In 2012, CHC began its latest contract with the Irish Coast Guard: a 10-year contract with the option of a three-year extension. Rotor & Wing sat down with Chris Hodson, CHC’s general operations manager for SAR services, to speak more about the...
April 7, 2015
[Avionics Today 04-07-2015] The approaching 2020 mandate for Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast (ADS-B) Out avionics equipage under the FAA’s NextGen program will require upgrades to a considerable number of legacy airframes still flying today. One of the biggest cost and functionality related issues with that type of equipage that is common with the transmission of ADS-B broadcasted aircraft...
April 7, 2015
[Avionics Today 04-07-2015] While most of the aviation industry's focus regarding the FAA's approaching 2020 mandate has been on equipping General Aviation (GA) aircraft with Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) avionics, airlines are also facing NextGen equipage issues. Through the FAA's recent formation of the Equip 2020 working group, however, those issues are being addressed through...
April 7, 2015
Spectrum Aeromed, designer and manufacturer of custom air medical and air ambulance equipment for fixed-wing and rotor-wing aircraft, will be showcasing its medical interior in a new Pilatus PC-12 NG airplane during a tour of Asia. The aircraft will be viewable in the Chalet Display area in the static displays at Asian Business Aviation Convention & Expo (ABACE) in Shanghai, China from April 14-16...
April 7, 2015
Horizon International Flight Academy LLC of the United Arab Emirates has placed an order with FRASCA International, Inc. of Urbana, Ill. for a Bell 407 Flight Navigation Procedures Trainer (FNPT) II (“simulator”). The simulator will be configured as a Bell 407 Helicopter and will feature...
April 7, 2015
The Army views its common aviation cockpit concept as an architecture and backbone that allows a cockpit to evolve over time as opposed to simply components, according to a key official.  "We want to make sure the backbone not only allows the evolution of those vehicles over time but the evolution of the subcomponent," Dan Bailey, Army program director for Joint Multi-Role Technology...
April 7, 2015
Aerospace Optics has introduced NEXSYS, a premium product line of flexible avionic system interface solutions offering system designers and engineers the ability to solve system-to-system communication challenges. The NEXSYS brand joins VIVISUN® in positioning Aerospace Optics as one of the industry’s leading innovation solutions manufacturers for illuminated and non-illuminated interface...
April 7, 2015
[Avionics Today 04-07-2015] Universal Avionics and Rockwell Collins have partnered to bring business aviation operators a new path to Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) compliance. Announced a day ahead of the start of the 2015 Aircraft Electronics Association (AEA) International Convention and Trade Show, the two companies combined Rockwell Collins’ TDR-94(D) Mode S Transponder with...
April 7, 2015
Pilot using Rockwell Collins flight planning, which can now be combined with FANS 1/A. Photo: Rockwell Collins [Avionics Today 04-07-2015] Rockwell Collins has announced a new offering that combines its Future Airspace Navigation System (FANS) 1/A upgrade with an annual subscription to its premium suite of ARINCDirect flight support mobile applications and services. The...
April 7, 2015
NAVFAC areas of responsibility for which Leidos will be conducting maintenance operations. Photo: NAVFAC [Avionics Today 04-07-2015] Leidos Engineering has won a prime contract from the Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Atlantic to provide environmental planning and mission operations...
April 7, 2015
The Precision Hawk Lancaster UAS for which USAA has received Section 333 approval. Photo: Bob Lewis/USAA [Avionics Today 04-07-2015] The FAA has approved U.S.-based insurance company USAA’s request to test how Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) could help speed review...
April 7, 2015
Erickson fire fighting helicopter in action. Photo: Erickson [Avionics Today 04-07-2015] Erickson has renewed key contracts with the U.S. Forest Service as well as with Canadian aerial heavy lift company Helifor Canada, a...
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