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January 15, 2015
Era Group Inc. has secured contracts for three additional medium helicopters in the Gulf of Mexico. The helicopters, which include two Sikorsky S-76s and one AgustaWestland AW139, will be used to support drilling programs and...
January 15, 2015
FAA Administrator Michael Huerta delivers SMS final rule at a press conference on Jan. 8. Photo: Department of Transportation [Avionics Today 01-15-2015] The FAA is aiming to make commercial aviation safer with a final rule that requires most U.S. airlines to have a Safety Management System (SMS) in place by 2018. The rule builds on many technologies and programs that airlines already have in place to...
January 15, 2015
[Avionics Today 01-15-2015] Boeing and Embraer have opened a joint sustainable aviation biofuel research center in Brazil. The collaborative effort to further establish the aviation biofuel industry is located at the Boeing-Embraer Joint Research Center in the Sao Jose dos Campos Technology...
January 15, 2015
Photo: DAC International [Avionics Today 01-15-2015] DAC International has reached a distribution agreement with Mid-Continent Instruments and Avionics, a company that overhauls...
January 15, 2015
Photo: Engility Corporation Facebook [Avionics Today 01-15-2015] Engility Holdings has been awarded a $50.7 million contract to provide technical, management and analysis support to the John A. Volpe Transportation Center in association with programs related to the FAA’s NextGen airspace modernization efforts. Specifically...
January 15, 2015
Visual of the AirAsia flight 8501 fuselage on the Java Sea floor, captured by a remotely operated vehicle. Photo: Singaporean Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen via Facebook [Avionics Today 01-15-2015] The search and rescue team working to recover wreckage from AirAsia flight QZ8501 has located...
January 15, 2015
Gogo 2Ku dual link antenna. Photo: Gogo [Avionics Today 01-15-2015] Gogo has received regulatory approval from the FCC to operate its next generation In-Flight Connectivity (IFC) technology – 2Ku. The FCC blanket approval enables Gogo to operate its 2Ku system on 1,000 aircraft and clears...
January 14, 2015
Metro Aviation recently obtained a supplemental type certificate (STC) for Airbus' AS350 B3 helicopter with Automatic Dependent Surveillance - Broadcast (ADS-B) capability, meeting the FAA's 2020 deadline. “Metro had the opportunity to obtain the ADS-B STC in conjunction with a fleet order of AS350 B3s. Not only will future aircraft installations benefit from the STC, but we will be able to...
January 14, 2015
GE Aviation has been selected by Guangzhou Hangxin Company/AVICopter to provide the Health and Usage Monitoring System (HUMS) for their AC313 helicopter fleet in China. “GE will provide comprehensive on-board and ground support analysis capabilities for the aircraft build, certification and in-service requirements,” said Alan Caslavka, president of Avionics &...
January 14, 2015
King Air 200. Photo: FreeFlight Systems [Avionics Today 01-14-2015] Hawker Beechcraft Services has successfully integrated an Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) Out compliant suite of FreeFlight Systems avionics components on the King Air 200. The avionics suite includes dual FDL-1090-TX extended squitter transponders, a 1201 WAAS/GPS receiver unit, and an FDL-978-RX universal access...
January 14, 2015
Boeing Fuel Dashboard. Photo: Boeing [Avionics Today 01-14-2015] Boeing and GOL Linhas Aereas Inteligentes have reached an agreement to implement the Boeing Fuel Dashboard solution across GOL’s Next-Generation 737 fleet. The application provides aircraft operators with a...
January 14, 2015
Mitsubishi Regional Jet, rendering. Photo: Mitsubishi Regional Jet [Avionics Today 01-14-2015] Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation started full-scale testing of the Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ) to prepare for its maiden flight, scheduled to occur in the second quarter of this...
January 14, 2015
Airbus A320_neo in CALC livery, rendering. Photo: Airbus [Avionics Today 01-14-2015] China Aircraft Leasing Co. (CALC), an independent aircraft operating lessor in China, has...
January 14, 2015
Advantech Discovery series VSAT hub. Photo: Advantech [Avionics Today 01-14-2015] Advantech Wireless has signed a contract with a Latin American Civil Aviation government entity to provide a mesh VSAT network for Air Traffic Control (ATC) and airport communications in remote...
January 14, 2015
[Avionics Today 01-14-2015] Avionica is looking to take its latest satellite communications system, the satLINK MAX, to new segments of air transportation including rotorcraft and General Aviation (GA) — markets the company feels have previously not provided opportunities for satcom applications. After announcing United Airlines as the launch customer for the satLINK Max satellite communications...
January 13, 2015
Precision Flight Controls, Inc. (PFC) has entered an agreement with Ryan Aerospace Pty Ltd of Southport, Australia to develop and produce helicopter aviation training devices. Systems simulating the Robinson R22, R44, R66 and Bell Jet Ranger 206 and 407 model helicopters will be the first systems developed. PFC will distribute the new systems through their worldwide...
January 13, 2015
Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc. has been contracted by the U.S. Army to provide two Maintenance Blended Reconfigurable Aviation Trainer (MBRAT) Virtual Immersive Environment (VIE) training systems with the CH-47F Chinook Avionics configuration. The order is valued at approximately $1.4 million, including life cycle support services...
January 13, 2015
Boeing recently delivered a maintenance training system to the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) that will help prepare technicians to keep the RCAF’s CH-147F Chinook helicopters mission ready. The Chinook Maintenance Trainer...
January 13, 2015
A321neo with ALC livery, rendering. Photo: Airbus [Avionics Today 01-13-2015] A commitment from Air Lease Corporation (ALC) has officially launched Airbus’ A321neo with a 97-ton Maximum Take Off Weight (MTOW). The Los Angeles-based lessor signed...
January 13, 2015
[Avionics Today 01-13-2015] Two companies whose businesses thrive on connectivity, SITA and OnAir, have formed the joint organization SITA OnAir to help airlines realize the full potential of the connected aircraft. The new joint organization, formed Jan. 1 of this year, plans to set the benchmark for nose-to-tail connected aircraft solutions, regardless of fleet...
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