ICYMI: 6 Stories to Spark Your Avionics Curiosity

By Juliet Van Wagenen | August 17, 2016
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[Avionics Today 08-16-2016] Are you enjoying your beachy vacation, looking out over the water, just wishing you could dive into some of the trendiest stories from the aviation industry? We know exactly how you feel, which is what inspired us to put together a list of this year’s most-popular and most interesting articles. Check out what’s been happening so far this year with cybersecurity, Internet Protocol (IP), and new avionics advancements that push the boundaries of the imagination and more!

So, whether you’re sipping something strong on the sand or finishing that last bit of wiring in the hangar, we’ve compiled a few of our favorite articles from the last year for you to catch up on your Avionics news!

A demonstration of the use of human brain waves to provide inputs for flight controls inside of Honeywell’s Advanced Technology lab for neural sensing technology. Photo: Honeywell Aerospace.

1. DARPA Program Makes Progress With Aircraft Cybersecurity Research
On our most-read story thus far in 2016, check out how a Rockwell Collins-lead project by the Defense Advanced Projects Research Agency (DARPA) is using Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) to make significant progress producing technologies and concepts designed to prevent aircraft cybersecurity attacks.

2. Interview with American Airlines’ Avionics Engineering Exec Dennis Zvacek
Take a peek at our exclusive video interview with American Airlines’ Dennis Zvacek, senior manager of avionics engineering at the major U.S. airline. During the 2016 Airline Electronic Engineering Committee (AEEC) | Avionics Maintenance Conference (AMC) in May, Zvacek gives Avionics Magazine the low-down on the latest in American’s fleet-modernization initiatives, compliance with upcoming mandates, and what challenges the airline is looking to resolve.

3. Boeing VP on Cybersecurity, ATC Modernization, and a 757 Replacement?
Michael Delaney, vice president and general manager for airplane development at Boeing details a possible replacement for the Boeing 757, the need for stable funding for air traffic modernization initiatives, and a look at whether or not supersonic commercial air travel will become a reality.

4. Why Boeing and Airbus are Pushing for IPS
Bringing IP onto aircraft and into the hangar is certainly changing the way aircraft are operated and maintenance work is performed. Take a look at why the industry’s major airframers are looking to include Internet Protocol Suite (IPS) as a line fit solution on their aircraft once standards for a new IP-based network infrastructure arise, and what benefits they think the new system will enable.

5 Advanced Avionics Concepts Being Researched by Honeywell
Have you heard of neural sensing? Want to know what it could do to transform aviation as we know it? Then have we got a story for you! Take a look at how this and other advanced concepts like supersonic avionics and speech recognition software are making a splash in current and future avionics.

6. Flyht is Expanding Real Time Aircraft Monitoring to the Cloud
Flyht Aerospace CEO Thomas Shmutz and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) Derek Graham sit down with Avionics to discuss how the company’s Automated Flight Information Reporting System (AFIRS) technology will be migrating from terrestrial to cloud-based servers.

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