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November 10, 2014
 EC135 T3/P3. Photo by Charles Abarr, courtesy Airbus Helicopters The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certified Airbus Helicopters’ new EC135 T3/P3, continuing the development history of the EC135 airframe. Following in the footsteps of the EC135 T2+/P2+, the EC135 T3/P3 sets new standards in terms of...
November 10, 2014
AgustaWestland has expanded its presence in both South East Asia and Latin America, with new helicopter contracts in both regions. The rotorcraft manufacturer announced new contracts for three AW139s with various Indonesian operators and two AW139s with Helistar de Aviacion of Colombia.      AgustaWestland, Helistar de...
November 10, 2014
[Avionics Today 11-10-2014] Saab and Sweden’s Air Navigation Service Provider (ANSP), Luftfatsverket (LFV), have teamed up to provide the world’s first remotely controlled airport via a Remote Tower System (RTS) at the Örnsköldsvik Airport in Sundsvall, Sweden. The system, which has recently received final operational approval from the Swedish Transport Agency, works with a group of...
November 10, 2014
Teradyne expands avionics data bus testing solutions through AIT acquisition. Photo: Teradyne [Avionics Today 11-10-2014] Teradyne, supplier of automatic test equipment, announced its acquisition of Avionics Interface...
November 10, 2014
F-16 Fighting Falcon in flight. Photo: Wikipedia [Avionics Today 11-10-2014] Exelis has teamed up with Airbus to provide advanced missile warning capabilities for U.S. and international F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft. Capabilities include lightweight protection against short-range air defense missiles and Man-Portable Air Defense...
November 10, 2014
[Avionics Today 11-10-2014] The U.K. Ministry of Defense, in collaboration with the Armaments Procurement Agency of the French Ministry of Defense, has allocated $190 million to the following companies to continue design studies for the Future Combat Air System (FCAS)...
November 10, 2014
R&S VCS-4G emergency radiocommunications system. Photo: Rohde & Schwarz [Avionics Today 11-10-2014] The first installation of controller working positions using the Rohde & Schwarz fully IP-based R&S VCS-4G emergency radiocommunications system has completed site acceptance testing at DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung...
November 10, 2014
The first 242-ton maximum takeoff weight A330-300 jetliner on the final assembly line in Tolouse, France. Photo: Airbus [Avionics Today 11-10-2014] The final assembly of Airbus’ first A330 with the new 242-ton Maximum Take-Off-Weight (MTOW) capability is underway...
November 7, 2014
Integrating Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) into the National Airspace System (NAS) is arguably the most difficult task the FAA has ever been assigned. Aviation regulations were promulgated for manned aircraft, so new regulations and stringent guidance from the FAA is required. UAS pilots and crews will need to be certificated. Control stations, data links and UAS’s must comply with stringent...
November 7, 2014
M250-C47E engine. Graphic courtesy Rolls-Royce Rotor & Wing recently sat down with Jason Propes, SVP Helicopters & Light Turboprop Engines at Rolls-Royce to get an update on the status of their C47E engine program - the latest iteration of the venerable M250 - which was announced at Heli-Expo in 2013, and for which they recently received certification. R&W: Can you give us a brief update on the...
November 7, 2014
[Avionics Today 11-7-2014] The Airlines Electronic Engineering Committee's (AEEC) 2014 mid term session hosted by Eurocontrol in Brussels produced the adoption of four new ARINC standards and an update for an existing one. The newly adopted standards include new guidelines for the development of avionics systems and components. These standards will provide benefits to operators flying through U.S. and...
November 7, 2014
[Avionics Today 11-7-2014] Global Eagle Entertainment (GEE) has selected the FlightPath3D next generation moving map application to its assortment of wireless In-Flight Connectivity (IFC) solutions. FlightPath3D is an in-seat interactive three-dimensional moving map application developed by Betria Interactive...
November 7, 2014
[Avionics Today 11-7-2014] Nextant Aerospace has received Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) approval from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) for its 400XTi aircraft. The Nextant 400XTi is a remanufactured Beechjet 400/Hawker 400A/XP upgraded with a Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 flight deck and Williams International FJ44-3AP...
November 7, 2014
[Avionics Today 11-7-2014] The FAA has issued new Supplemental Type Certificates (STCs) to Gogo for the installation of its Ku-band satellite equipment on Boeing 757-200s and 767-400s operated by Delta Air Lines...
November 7, 2014
[Avionics Today 11-7-2014] NASA believes its current ongoing green aviation project is one step closer to developing technology that could make future airliners quieter and more fuel efficient. The agency completed a successful flight test of a wing surface that can "change shape in flight."   The Adaptive Compliant Trailing Edge (ACTE) project is a joint effort...
November 7, 2014
[Avionics Today 11-7-2014] Surf Air has received its first Pilatus PC-12 NG business jet, the first of 15 on order for the Broomfield, Colo.-based private airline. The PC-12 NG will join a fleet of three legacy PC-12s that Surf Air currently...
November 7, 2014
Transport Canada has issued a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) to VIH Aerospace (VIHA) for its aftermarket replacement Master Caution Panel (MCP01) for the Bell 212 series helicopter. According to VIHA, FAA and EASA approvals are pending.   Arne...
November 7, 2014
Russian Helicopters has reported savings of $1.5 million resulting from its implementation of lean technology across its rotorcraft production operations in 2013. The manufacturer describes lean technology as a "strategy that minimizes the volume of energy and material losses in the production process."     Photo: Russian...
November 6, 2014
I once heard a well-known and highly experienced leader of a very large petroleum services helicopter enterprise postulate that, “If it weren’t for the people and the equipment, this business would be easy.” It turns out that despite a constantly advancing evolution of helicopter development, avionics breakthroughs that consistently outpace all conventional industry expectations, and...
November 6, 2014
The StartStick weighs less than 15 lbs., but can crank a variety of single- and twin-engine helicopter models. Photo courtesy ABS Aviation Battery Systems’ StartStick is an external start battery capable of cranking a wide range of helicopters. And at 10 lbs. for the standard unit and 13 lbs. for the StartStick Fleet, the weight and size make it small enough to be stowed under the seat of the...
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