Air Traffic Control & Airport Infrastructure

Technologies related to air traffic management as well as airport infrastructure and operations

 

Air Force asks Boeing for prototype avionics for upgrade of Air Force One aircraft

TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla., 30 March 2015. Special aircraft experts at the Boeing Co., are moving forward with a project to upgrade important avionics subsystems aboard the nation's two VC-25A presidential transport aircraft, which when in operation are known as Air Force One.

FAA sells interim policy for unmanned aircraft as bridge from past to future

FAA sells interim policy for unmanned aircraft as bridge from past to future

WASHINGTON, 27 March 2015. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) officials in Washington have established an interim policy to speed airspace authorizations for certain commercial unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) operators who obtain Section 333 exemptions.

Boeing upgrades, tests NATO AWACS aircraft with Rockwell Collins avionics

Boeing upgrades, tests NATO AWACS aircraft with Rockwell Collins avionics

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa, 25 March 2015. The Boeing Company completed the first test flight of a North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) aircraft with Flight2 integrated avionics system from Rockwell Collins in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The flight deck upgrade replaces existing analog instruments with a modern integrated avionics system that meets the 2020 Communication, Navigation, Surveillance/Air Traffic Management (CNS/ATM) mandates. Rockwell Collins is providing large displays and controls, Flight Management System (FMS), and new communication and navigation equipment under the program.

Innovative Solutions & Support tests and delivers NextGen C-130 flight deck

Innovative Solutions & Support tests and delivers NextGen C-130 flight deck

EXTON, Pa., 25 March 2015. Innovative Solutions & Support Inc. (IS&S) (NASDAQ:ISSC) completed the flight testing and customer delivery of its NextGen Flight Management System (FMS) on the C-130 aircraft. “This extensive flight deck upgrade transforms the cockpits on both C-130 and L-100-30 aircraft, integrating legacy and newly installed equipment into a common advanced cockpit,” IS&S officials say.

U.S. Air traffic control computers vulnerable to cyber security threats, GAO says

WASHINGTON, 23 March 2015. The U.S. commercial air traffic control (ATC) system is vulnerable to hackers and other cyber security threats, say auditors at the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) in Washington, the investigative arm of Congress.

FAA grants experimental airworthiness certificate for Amazon unmanned aircraft

FAA grants experimental airworthiness certificate for Amazon unmanned aircraft

WASHINGTON, 20 March 2015. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) officials have issued an experimental airworthiness certificate to an Amazon Logistics Inc. unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) design to be used for research and development and crew training.

Rockwell Collins to provide oceanic data link services to FAA for increased safety, fuel savings

Rockwell Collins to provide oceanic data link services to FAA for increased safety, fuel savings

ANNAPOLIS, Md., 18 March 2015. Rockwell Collins won a seven-year Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) contract to provide its oceanic data link (ODL) service to enable real-time, data communications between pilots and air traffic controllers, the goal of which is to have aircraft fly more efficient routes to save fuel and enhance safety.

FAA: U.S. aviation on the rise through 2035 with increases in air cargo, passengers, take offs and landings

FAA: U.S. aviation on the rise through 2035 with increases in air cargo, passengers, take offs and landings

WASHINGTON, 17 March 2015. “The improving economy continues to bode well for the health of the U.S air transportation system,” FAA Administrator Michael Huerta says. In fact, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) officials in Washington expect more people to fly more miles each year, growing the nation’s aviation system over the next 20 years.

Navy shops for 1553-to-Ethernet interface boxes for Marine UH-1Y and AH-1Z helicopters

PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md. 16 March 2015. U.S. Navy avionics experts are reaching out to industry to find interface boxes that convert MIL-STD-1553 signals to Ethernet for use aboard the Marine Corps UH-1Y utility helicopter and the AH-1Z attack helicopter.

Garmin software upgrade adds electronic stability and protection for aircraft using G3X autopilot

Garmin software upgrade adds electronic stability and protection for aircraft using G3X autopilot

OLATHE, Kan., 13 March 2015. Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ:GRMN), announced the availability of Electronic Stability and Protection (ESP-X) technology – an electronic monitoring and stability augmentation system that assists the pilot in maintaining the aircraft in a stable flight condition – for aircraft using Garmin’s G3X autopilot servos.

Blue Med FAB and Aireon collaborate to optimize air traffic safety between Europe and Africa

Blue Med FAB and Aireon collaborate to optimize air traffic safety between Europe and Africa

MADRID, 12 March 2015. Officials at Blue Med Functional Airspace Block (FAB), a cooperative of air navigation service providers (ANSPs) in Cyprus, Greece, Italy, and Malta, have entered into an agreement with Aireon LLC, developer of a space-based global air traffic surveillance system in McLean, Va., to better streamline the flow of airspace over the Mediterranean area in compliance with the Single European Sky 2 (SESII) regulatory framework.

World ATM Congress draws thousands from around the world to Madrid

World ATM Congress draws thousands from around the world to Madrid

MADRID, 11 March 2015. The third edition of World ATM Congress continues this week at the IFEMA Feria de Madrid in Spain. Organizers from the Air Traffic Control Association (ATCA) and Civil Air Navigation Services Organization (CANSO) expect the 2015 event to top last year’s record attendance of 6,265 individuals from around the world.

ATCA and CANSO open 2015 World ATM Congress in Madrid

ATCA and CANSO open 2015 World ATM Congress in Madrid

MADRID, 10 March 2015. Officials at the Air Traffic Control Association (ATCA) and Civil Air Navigation Services Organization (CANSO) opened the third edition of the World Air Traffic Management (ATM) Congress today in Madrid, Spain.

Exelis to provide airfield monitoring solutions to Los Angeles International Airport

Exelis to provide airfield monitoring solutions to Los Angeles International Airport

HERNDON, Va., 10 March 2015. Officials at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), Calif., sought to enhance airport safety and efficiency. They found their solution at Exelis (NYSE:XLS), a provider of critical network systems, selecting the company’s airfield monitoring solutions.

Upgraded Blue Sky Networks asset-tracking software has SMS and email formatting

LA JOLLA, Calif., 2 March 2015. Blue Sky Network (BSN) in La Jolla, Calif., is introducing upgrades to the company's SkyRouter’s Alert Notification system for tracking aircraft and other assets by satellite.

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