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Monday, February 1, 2016

Rotorcraft Market and the Challenges of Modernization

Mark Holmes

Heli-Expo, one of the “must-attend” events for anyone interested in the rotorcraft industry, is just around the corner. In this edition of Avionics, our Associate Editor Woodrow Bellamy III takes a closer look at the rotorcraft market, particularly from a rules and regulation angle in the United States, to see whether those involved in the industry are happy with the pace of change. It remains one of the most interesting markets in aviation, particularly with the advances of technology.

One of the recurring themes of Avionics is the managing of all this new data that is becoming available. As more aircraft become connected, the amounts of data to manage continues to grow as airlines look to process this to become more efficient. In this edition, we look at issues surrounding wireless maintenance and the advances that are making technicians’ jobs easier and enabling companies to become more efficient. Our Assistant Editor, Juliet Van Wagenen talks to some key decision makers about wireless MRO.

Of course, it would not be an issue of Avionics, if we did not touch upon issues surrounding NextGen and even ADS-B, which is another area where we have decided to ramp up our coverage. Now, in every edition of Avionics, we will look at some issues regarding ADS-B.

For those of you going to Heli-Expo, we wish you a successful event. While our sister publication, Rotor & Wing covers this market in a lot more depth, it has a very vibrant avionics market all on its own. The Avionics team will be there and we look forward to finding out the latest in a key target market for many avionics suppliers.

Mark Holmesis the editorial director for Avionics Magazine and Via Satellite magazine.

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