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September 8, 2014
The Cargo on/off Loading System (COOL) from Boeing CH-47 allows the rapid configuration of the helicopter floor between cargo and other missions. Photo courtesy Boeing On July 22, Bell-Boeing was awarded a $69.6 million cost-plus-fixed-fee delivery order in support of the V-22 for the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy. The order relates to the...
September 8, 2014
Vector Aerospace Helicopter Services-North America has added the AS223L1 model to its FAA certified cockpit voice and flight-data recording (CVFDR) Supplemental Type Certificate (STC). It joins the...
September 8, 2014
The Aerobahn product suite. Photo: Saab [Avionics Today 09-08-14] The City of Atlanta Department of Aviation has renewed its contract with Saab to expand the Aerobahn airport surface management platform already in place at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL), which has been named the world’s busiest airport every year since 2000 according to the Airports Council...
September 8, 2014
[Avionics Today 09-08-2014] The U.S. Army will soon be able to integrate new avionics capabilities at a much lower cost than it currently does thanks to a new ground control station Open Architecture (OA) framework being developed by General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems (GD-AIS) and Real-Time Innovations (RTI). GD-AIS selected RTI's Transport Services Segment (TSS) software to serve as the...
September 8, 2014
The departures exterior of DWC. Photo: Dubai Airports [Avionics Today 09-08-14] Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, vice president and prime minister of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), has endorsed a $32 billion expansion of the Al Maktoum International Airport at Dubai World Central (DWC). The...
September 8, 2014
A rendering of the Ryanair Boeing 737 Max 200. Photo: Boeing [Avionics Today 09-08-14] Boeing has launched the newest member of the 737 MAX family with a commitment from Ryanair for 100 airplanes. The European low-cost carrier will be the first airline to operate the 737 MAX 200, a variant based on the 737 MAX 8 that can...
September 8, 2014
A Transaero Airlines flight. Photo: Wikipedia [Avionics Today 09-08-14] Transaero Airlines has announced customer usage of its In-Flight Connectivity (IFC) system from the first six months of 2014. In the first half of the year, passengers...
September 8, 2014
Caption: The Avionics Market is estimated to grow 4.8 percent through 2019. Photo: Wikipedia [Avionics Today 09-08-14] Avascent Analytics, a strategy and management consulting firm, projects the global market for commercial avionics equipment to grow at a rate of 4.8 percent through 2019. According to the report, this comes as no surprise, bearing in mind the record-breaking $201 billion in commitments...
September 5, 2014
Last time in this column, a description of an oddball surprise which could conceivably befall any unsuspecting helicopter pilot was presented, and it implied that experiences which crop up in the environment inhabited by Coast Guard operators represent only a single category in an almost infinite variety of obstacles to safety unavoidable across the composite spectrum of rotary wing aviation. Being...
September 5, 2014
We have all seen the statistics concerning laser strikes versus aircraft over the last few years. Reported laser strikes on aircraft in the U.S. have increased from 300 in 2005 to 3,900 in 2013. These strikes can range in severity from a significant distraction, to a safety hazard which could cause an accident or temporary to permanent damage to the flight crews’ eyes. I recently attended...
September 5, 2014
German Bell UH-1D Hueys leaving the Ovar Portuguese airbase in northern Portugal. Photo by Andrew Drwiega “We train up to 700 students a year and we have somewhere around 27 training schools - and that doesn’t make sense,” said Andrew Gray, the European Defence Agency’s (EDA) Hot Blade Helicopter Exercise Program (HEP) manager. “There is no harmonization of flying...
September 5, 2014
Helicopters are a serious business; lives are often at stake in one way or another. Usually the lives at risk are those of the flight crew or a critically injured individual that the aircrew has been dispatched to save. Today however, the focus is on ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease. As the viral firestorm has raged...
September 5, 2014
[Avionics Today 09-05-2014] The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released a timeline for proposing and finalizing new regulations for aircraft emissions. According to an information paper submitted to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the EPA will study the health dangers of aircraft emissions and release its findings in April 2015. Following the release of the findings...
September 5, 2014
ATIRCM system shines laser light to defeat infrared missile threats. (artist rendering) Photo: BAE Systems [Avionics Today 09-05-2014] For the last five years, the U.S. military has employed the BAE Systems’ Advanced Threat Infrared Countermeasures (ATIRCM) system to protect helicopters and crews from shoulder-fired weapons in Iraq and Afghanistan. But as conflict...
September 5, 2014
Lockheed Martin headquarters in Arlington, Virgina. Photo: Joseph Gruber (flickr) [Avionics Today 09-05-2014] Beontra, a Lockheed Martin Company, and...
September 5, 2014
Tech Mahindra. Photo: The Indian Express [Avionics Today 09-05-2014] Tech Mahindra, a specialist in digital consulting and business re-engineering, has signed an agreement with...
September 5, 2014
Virtual rendering of the KC-390 Embraer aircraft flight deck. Photo: Rockwell Collins [Avionics Today 09-05-2014] Rockwell Collins has delivered its Pro Line Fusion...
September 5, 2014
The Cessna CJ3+ in flight. Photo: Cessna Aircraft Company [Avionics Today 09-05-2014] Cessna Aircraft Company has received type certification from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for the Cessna Citation CJ3+. Certification comes less than six months after the company introduced the new model in March...
September 4, 2014
Nibbio aircraft by Politecnico di Milano The winners of the American Helicopter Society (AHS) International 31st Student Design Competition were St. Louis University (SLU) in the undergraduate category and Georgia Institute of Technology in the graduate category. The challenge set by AHS for the 2014 Student Design Competition was to design an experimental Vertical Take-off and Landing (VTOL) aircraft...
September 4, 2014
Reuters is reporting that India is nearing a deal to acquire AH-64 Apache and CH-47 Chinook helicopters from Boeing. The deal, believed to be worth $2.5 billion, will give Prime Minister Narendra Modi more military resources to "...meet the challenges posed by China and Pakistan." The 22 Apache attack helicopters and 15 Chinook heavy-lift tandem rotorcraft listed in the...
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