737 MAX, Air Taxis and EFBs Top Avionics Articles in July

We write a multitude of articles over the course of a month, and July was pretty action-packed so we wanted to give you a brief review of our most read articles for July 2019, which is a new monthly recurrence we will add to our distribution of the Avionics International Report.

Between our daily website content and our print magazine — along with other special projects — there are many options for readers to click. But according to our analytics, there are 10 stories that were most popular among readers. These are the 10 most-read articles from July:


10. Six-Passenger, Seven-Figure Learjet 75 Liberty to Launch Next Year

Bombardier has unveiled the Learjet 75 Liberty, a relatively inexpensive new entry into its half-century-old small business jet line.

The Learjet 75 Liberty. (Bombardier)

The Learjet 75 Liberty. (Bombardier)


9. New Rule Allows Military Aircraft to Turn Off ADS-B Transmissions

U.S. federal, state and local government aircraft performing sensitive operations are now permitted to fly with their installed automatic dependent surveillance broadcast (ADS-B) position reporting electronics turned off, according to a new rule published by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

Under the FAA’s new ADS-B off rule, defense aircraft such as the EA-18G Growler pictured here, can obtain authorization to turn their ADS-B Out transmissions off. Photo: Boeing


8. Frankfurt Airport is Using Machine Learning to Predict Aircraft Arrivals

German airport operator Fraport has started using a new predictive runway arrival time technology at Frankfurt Airport to improve the estimated arrivals and departures for the 1,500 flights that take off and land at one of Europe’s busiest airports.

Frankfurt International Airport. Photo: Fraport


7. 737 MAX Troubles Plunge Boeing Revenues

A 66 percent year-over-year revenue loss in the second quarter saw Boeing’s commercial airplanes segment tumble below defense as the company’s most profitable.

Imagery of 737 MAX aircraft in Southwest Airlines regalia. (SWA)

Imagery of 737 MAX aircraft in Southwest Airlines regalia. (SWA)

6. FAA Publishes New 2020 ADS-B Pre-Flight Policy

When the FAA’s ADS-B Out regulation becomes effective next year, operators will need to predict the availability of the GPS constellation along their planned route and comply with a number of operational stipulations the FAA has outlined in its newly published policy on pre-flight performance requirements.

The GFC 600 with G600 TXi flight display. (Garmin)

The GFC 600 with G600 TXi flight display. (Garmin)

5. Bombardier Expects Mitsubishi’s CRJ Acquisition to Close in 2020

Bombardier expects the $550 million sale of its Canadair Regional Jet (CRJ) program to Mitsubishi Heavy Industries to close by the second half of 2020. Mitsubishi’s acquisition agreement was announced by Bombardier on June 25, and would become the Canadian airplane manufacturer’s official exit from the commercial sector of air transportation after selling a majority stake in the C Series program to Airbus in 2017.

A computer rendering of a Canadair Regional Jet (CRJ). Photo: Bombardier

4. Delta Air Lines to Upgrade Boeing 757, 767 Cockpit Displays

Delta Air Lines will start taking deliveries of liquid crystal display (LCD) cockpit upgrades for its fleet of Boeing 757s and 767s this month from Sydney, Australia-based avionics manufacturer Thomas Global Systems.

A Delta Boeing 767-400ER, is one of 183 total 757s and 767s that the international carrier will add new LCD display upgrades to. Photo: Delta Air Lines

3. Behind the Screens: Developing Flight Controls for Bell’s Nexus Air Taxi

The urban air mobility (UAM) market represents an opportunity to revamp the idea of a vertical-flight cockpit. A whole new industry is developing and companies don’t yet know what the aircraft will look like, who will fly them or how.


2. Etihad Airways Pilots Are Using a New EFB Application for Real-Time Weather Updates

Etihad Airways is deploying a new cloud-hosted electronic flight bag (EFB) weather forecasting application across 100 of its in-service aircraft fleet that will give the UAE national carrier’s pilots access to turbulence alerting, areas of icing and other information graphically depicted on tablet screens.

Etihad Airways Boeing 787-9. Photo: Boeing

1. July 1977: Rockwell Collins Receives ‘World’s First’ GPS Satellite Signal

Rockwell Collins in 1977 received “the world’s first GPS satellite signal,” the company said. Forty years ago, Rockwell Collins’ receiver station was six feet tall and had two seats.

GPS receiver Rockwell Collins

GPS receiver. Photo: Rockwell Collins


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