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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...
December 8, 2014
[Avionics Today 12-8-2014] The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) is investigating a series of near mid-air collisions between European passenger jets and military aircraft in recent months. According to a statement released by the agency, the European Commission requested the...
December 8, 2014
[Avionics Today 12-8-2014] Lion Group, the parent company of Indonesian carrier Lion Air, has become the largest customer of ATR turboprop aircraft after signing a $1 billion order for 40 additional ATR 72-600s. The Lion Group is looking to use the new aircraft to meet the projected increase in passenger...
December 8, 2014
[Avionics Today 12-8-2014] Garmin unveiled its new Flight Stream 110/210 "Bluetooth wireless gateway," which enables connectivity and communication between select Garmin avionics and Garmin...
December 8, 2014
[Avionics Today 12-8-2014] Bristow Helicopters is adding broadband connectivity to its fleet of Search and Rescue (SAR) S-92 helicopters. The rotorcraft operator has a new agreement with Iridium to use its speedy OpenPort broadband service via the Thales LiveAero system.      First S-92 helicopter delivered to Bristow Group Inc. on Sept 8, 2014, for search-and-rescue service in the United...
December 5, 2014
Attendees at Heli-Expo 2014 examine the Bell 505 Jet Ranger X. Photo by Rotor & Wing Staff On Nov. 10, Bell’s newest helicopter design, the 505 Jet Ranger X successfully completed its first flight. Conducted at the company’s Mirabel, Quebec, manufacturing facility, the helicopter hailed by Bell as the aircraft that will “redefine the short, light-single class” was flown by...
December 5, 2014
Northrop Grumman has delivered the first operational MQ-8C Fire Scout to the U.S. Navy for use by ship-based commanders in intelligence-gathering operations. Photo courtesy Northrop Grumman The...
December 5, 2014
While pilots now have much more information at their disposal through increasingly complex aircraft systems, whether in the cockpit of an F-16 Fighting Falcon or an AH-64 Apache, spatial disorientation is still a danger that most aircrew will encounter.  Although modern aircraft are very safe, human performance can be a factor that leads to unsafe situations, particularly when the pilot experiences...
December 5, 2014
Airbus Helicopters Japan has successfully handed over three TH-135 training helicopters to the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF). Delivered between October and December, they are the JMSDF’s 11th, 12th, and 13th units. Airbus is also providing full maintenance and operational support to the JMSDF, including...
December 5, 2014
The Qatar Airways A350 XWB first flight. Photo: Airbus [Avionics Today 12-05-2014] Airbus and Qatar Airways have announced that the official delivery of the world’s first customer A350-900 aircraft will take place on Dec. 13, 2014 in...
December 5, 2014
Bombardier Learjet 45. Photo: Wikipedia [Avionics Today 12-05-2014] Transport Canada has granted Star Navigation Systems Group a final Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) to install its STAR-A.D.S. system on a Learjet 45 aircraft operated by Skyservice Business Aviation. The STAR-A.D.S...
December 5, 2014
Commissioner Violeta Bulc with Richard Deakin Signing the alliance agreement. Photo: NATS [Avionics Today 12-05-2014] The modernization of European airspace took a major step forward with the European Commission’s (EC) appointment of a unique aviation industry partnership to coordinate and synchronize more than $3.6 billion worth of upgrades to the...
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