Air Traffic Control and Airport Infrastructure

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

ADS-B

AEA to award money for ADS-B upgrades to five aircraft owners at AirVenture

LEE'S SUMMIT, Mo., 23 July 2014. Aircraft Electronics Association officials, to help incentivize owners of general aviation (GA) aircraft to meet the Federal Aviation Administration's ADS-B Out mandate, will randomly award five aircraft owners with $1,000 toward an ADS-B compliant upgrade.

Lockheed Martin chooses flight-control systems from NAI for DARPA ARES unmanned helicopter

BOHEMIA, N.Y., 21 July 2014. Aircraft designers at the Lockheed Martin Corp. Skunk Works segment in Palmdale, Calif., needed a navigation system for an experimental unmanned cargo helicopter for future military forces. They found their solution from North Atlantic Industries (NAI) in Bohemia, N.Y.

Raytheon avionics radio demonstration paves the way for upgrading U.S. Army helicopter fleet

REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala., 21 July 2014. Avionics radio experts at the Raytheon Co. Space and Airborne Systems segment in El Segundo, Calif., are providing the first major helicopter radio upgrade since to the U.S. Army rotorcraft fleet since 2005 with the company's RT-1987 radio, Raytheon officials say.

An SA-17 missile fired from a Buk launcher would make short work of a 777 passenger jumbo jet

An SA-17 missile fired from a Buk launcher would make short work of a 777 passenger jumbo jet

HOWARD'S TOWER BLOG, 18 July 2014. It looks like Malaysia Airlines had another really bad day yesterday. News reports say a Malaysia Airlines 777 jumbo jet en-route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur was shot down over Ukraine where government forces and Russian-backed separatists are locked in a civil war in the eastern region of the country.

iPad

NAFI sponsors MyGoFlight's iPad EFB challenge seminars and contests

FARNBOROUGH, England, 18 July 2014. National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI) has partnered with MyGoFlight to sponsor a national seminar/contest series for pilots making the transition from a paper-based to a paperless cockpit using an Apple iPad tablet computer as an electronic flight bag (EFB).

ACSS

ATR selects ACSS ADS-B Out transponder for ATR 42/72-600 aircraft

FARNBOROUGH, England, 15 July 2014. ATR has selected the new NXT-600 Mode S Transponder from ACSS, an L-3 and Thales Company, for installation on the ATR 42/72-600 aircraft. The NXT-600 is a small, lightweight transponder ideal for regional and corporate aircraft, including helicopters.

Raytheon to provide multispectral sensors for Navy long-range reconnaissance aircraft

CRANE, Ind., 14 July 2014. Electro-optics designers at the Raytheon Co. Space and Airborne Systems segment in McKinney, Texas, will build advanced multispectral sensors for U.S. Navy long-range reconnaissance aircraft under terms of a $19.7 million contract modification.

Honeywell to upgrade antenna electronics for Air Force satellite-control station

LOS ANGELES AFB, Calif., 14 July 2014. Satellite control experts at Honeywell Aerospace will upgrade the electronics at Air Force Satellite Control Network (AFSCN) facilities at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., under terms of a $12.9 million contract modification.

Rugged 6U OpenVPX XMC carrier card for military aircraft offered by Curtiss-Wright

ASHBURN, Va., 14 July 2014. The Curtiss-Wright Corp. Defense Solutions division in Ashburn, Va., is introducing the VPX6-218 rugged 6U OpenVPX XMC carrier card for deployed applications intended for harsh defense and aerospace environments such as manned and unmanned aircraft and ground combat vehicles.

Aviation authorities to brief industry this fall on UAS sense-and-avoid technologies

LAUREL, Md., 7 July 2014. U.S. government aviation authorities will meet with industry this fall to discuss lightweight sense-and-avoid technologies to enable unmanned aerial systems (UAS) to operate safely with manned aircraft in crowded civil airspace.

Homeland Security officials to order broad-area airborne maritime search radars from Raytheon

Homeland Security officials to order broad-area airborne maritime search radars from Raytheon

WASHINGTON, 7 July 2014. Maritime surveillance experts at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in Washington needed airborne radar systems for searching the surface of the ocean for a variety of security applications. They found their solution from the Raytheon Co. Space and Airborne Systems segment in McKinney, Texas.

NEXT satellite

Iridium and SpaceX complete dispenser qualification tests, proving structural integrity and durability of launch equipment

MCLEAN, Va., 3 July 2014. Iridium Communications Inc. (Nasdaq:IRDM) and SpaceX have completed dispenser qualification testing for the Iridium NEXT constellation. The dispenser is the mission-unique assembly that holds the satellites during launch and manages the perfectly timed separation of each satellite from the rocket, placing each of the satellites into its proper orbit.

Nordwind Airlines selects Fokker EFB on iPad for Airbus, Boeing fleet

Nordwind Airlines selects Fokker EFB on iPad for Airbus, Boeing fleet

HOOFDDORP, the Netherlands, 2 July 2014. Officials at Nordwind Airlines, a scheduled and charter airline in Moscow, sought an electronic flight bag (EFB) system for pilots. They found their solution at Fokker Services, part of Fokker Technologies, in the Netherlands. Nordwind Airlines’ A320, B737, B757, B767, and B777 fleet will gain the Fokker Services EFB solution for Apple’s iPad. 

NextGen

NASA selects Saab to study streamlined air traffic, optimized 4D flight across operations

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, 26 June 2014. Defense and security company Saab entered into a cooperative agreement with National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Aeronautics Research Institute (NARI) to prototype and test a new tool for optimizing air traffic across multiple phases of operations, including the airport surface and terminal airspace, with more efficient 4D trajectory solutions. The research project will enable the aviation industry to more precisely develop future solutions for the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen).

UAS

Rockwell Collins and NASA to conduct tests aimed at safe integration of UAS into national airspace

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa, 24 June 2014. Rockwell Collins and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) officials have scheduled risk reduction tests with the goal of enabling unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) to operate safely in national airspace.

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