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May 8, 2015
The FAA will soon begin work on the next step in a multi-year effort to update the scientific evidence on the relationship between aircraft noise exposure and its effects on communities around airports. “The FAA is sensitive to public concerns about aircraft noise,” said FAA Administrator Michael Huerta. "We understand the interest in expediting this research, and we will complete this...
May 8, 2015
Russian Helicopters and Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) have signed a framework agreement to work together on creating an advanced heavy helicopter. Under the agreement, the parties will work on all areas of development and preparation to launch serial production of the new aircraft, named the Advanced Heavy Lift (AHL). The agreement was signed today at the Moscow Kremlin by Alexander MIkheev, CEO of...
May 8, 2015
[Avionics Today 05-08-2015] Thomas Global Systems’, a company that specializes in avionics display systems technology, has achieved EASA Part 145 approval for their facility in Irvine, Calif. This follows the Company’s FAA...
May 8, 2015
[Avionics Today 05-08-2015] According to a new market research report by MarketsandMarkets, the commercial avionics systems market is expected to reach $23.72 billion by 2020. The market was estimated at $15.75 billion in 2014, at a high Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 7.06 percent from 2014 to 2020, according to the report.   Increase in aircraft orders and deliveries across the globe are the...
May 8, 2015
Photo: Exelis [Avionics Today 05-08-2015] Exelis has reported financial results for the first quarter of 2015, with revenue from continuing operations totaling $785 million, a 5 percent increase from the first quarter of 2014. First-quarter operating income from continuing operations was $104 million, a 51 percent improvement from the first quarter of 2014...
May 8, 2015
Global Hawk UAS. Photo: Wikipedia [Avionics Today 05-08-2015] The U.S. Air Force Research Laboratories (AFRL) recently completed a round of flight tests on its Northrop Grumman-led Multiple Intruder Autonomous Avoidance (MIAA) program. The flight tests demonstrate the robustness and maturity of the Department of Defense's (DOD) standard collision avoidance software known as Multiple Sensor Integrated...
May 8, 2015
The global need for IFC is rising, analyst and Gogo agree. Photo: Gogo [Avionics Today 05-08-2015] Gogo’s latest In-Flight Connectivity (IFC) survey has reported gaps in interest between passengers in the United States and other regions, alongside a global rise in the relevance of IFC. Among other changes in the IFC landscape, the survey reported the rising interest in in-flight Wi-Fi services...
May 7, 2015
Bristow Helicopters uses the AgustaWestland AW189 for offshore transport missions, as well as for search and rescue in the U.K. Photo courtesy of Bristow Helicopters With their fates tied to the ever-swinging price of crude oil, helicopter offshore transport operators had a tough year in 2014. Around this time last year, oil sold for more than $100 per barrel. By January, that price had been halved. Though...
May 7, 2015
USAAC 2nd Lt. Carter Harman (left side, standing) flew the first combat rescue mission in an YR-4B in Burma in 1944. Photo courtesy of the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum. On May 8, the National Mall in Washington will be the site of several vintage World War II aircraft fly-bys commemorating Victory in Europe (V-E) Day – the day in 1945 when victory was declared in the European theater of the war...
May 7, 2015
On April 2, United Technologies Corp. appointed Robert Leduc as president of Sikorsky Aircraft effective immediately. He succeeds Mick Maurer, who moved to the newly created position of UTC senior vice president, Strategic Projects. Both Leduc and Maurer will report to UTC President and CEO Gregory Hayes. “Across the aerospace industry, Bob is recognized as a proven leader,” Hayes said...
May 7, 2015
Columbia Helicopters has hired Santiago Crespo as its new Vice President of Business Development and Marketing. Crespo previously served as Vice President & General Manager of Oil and Gas Aviation at Erickson Incorporated, and will assume his new duties on May 11th. “I am pleased that Santiago has decided to join the Columbia Helicopters family,” said Jim Rankin, company president...
May 7, 2015
MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) has announced a new contract to manufacture and deliver a custom-configured MD 530F helicopter for the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) Aviation Unit. Acquisition of the MD 530F was approved by Metro’s Fiscal Affairs Committee on April 27.   Photo courtesy of MD Helicopters “The relationship between Las Vegas Metro Police and MD...
May 7, 2015
The FAA has demonstrated a new smartphone application called “B4UFLY,” designed to help model aircraft and unmanned aircraft (UAS) users know if it is safe and legal to fly in their current or planned location. “We want to make sure hobbyists and modelers know where it is and isn’t okay to fly,” said FAA Administrator Michael Huerta. “While there are other apps that...
May 7, 2015
Business jet passengers using Gogo in-flight connectivity. Photo: Gogo. [Avionics Today 05-07-2015] Gogo has reported record first quarter revenue of $115.5 million, up 21 percent year-over-year, as service revenue increased 32 percent to $95.4 million. Adjusted Earnings Before Interest, Tax, Depreciation and Amortization (EBITDA) rose 54 percent year-over-year to $8.2 million. In its North American...
May 7, 2015
Photo: Aero Kinetics [Avionics Today 05-07-2015] Aero Kinetics announced a partnership with FreeFlight Systems to further enhance their effort to certify their latest generation multi-rotor Vertical Takeoff and Landing (VTOL)...
May 7, 2015
A new PrecisionHawk drone. Photo: PrecisionHawk. [Avionics Today 05-07-2015] PrecisionHawk has entered into a cooperative research and development agreement with the FAA to advance the research around Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) across rural areas. FAA Administrator Michael Huerta announced the partnership at the AUVSI Unmanned Systems Conference in Atlanta, Ga., taking place this week. PrecisionHawk...
May 7, 2015
Boeing 737 MAX LEAP-1B Engine. Photo: Boeing [Avionics Today 05-07-2015] Boeing and CFM International have successfully initiated flight testing of the LEAP-1B engine on April 29 on a modified 747 flying testbed at GE Aviation Flight Test Operations in Victorville, Calif. The testing is the next major milestone in a two-year program that will culminate in engine certification in 2016 and...
May 7, 2015
B4UFLY mobile application. Photo: FAA [Avionics Today 05-07-2015] The FAA has announced a smartphone application that aims to make it clear to Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) enthusiasts where it’s legal to fly in the National Airspace System (NAS). The B4UFLY app, announced at the 2015 Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) Conference in Atlanta, Ga. taking place this week...
May 6, 2015
By Mike Hangge Fifty feet up, open desert below, 110 knots. Heat forgotten, sweat pouring. Crew meshed, flight locked tight. Target in sight. One minute out… To me, there just isn’t anything quite as perfect as those moments when life is forgotten and there’s nothing but the mission. Everything depends on me doing my job. Everything depends on each of us doing our jobs. We are fused...
May 6, 2015
Australia has commissioned into service the first two of seven Boeing CH-47F Chinook “Foxtrot” cargo helicopters for the Australian Army. The two helicopters are part of an A$631 million project that includes seven CH-47Fs and two flight simulators. The simulators were delivered in April 2014 and February 2015, and have since then been training Army Chinook crews. The first helicopters were...
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