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DynCorp International and NASA make history with WB-57 aircraft rebuild

DynCorp International and NASA make history with WB-57 aircraft rebuild

FORT WORTH, Texas, 21 Aug. 2014. DynCorp International (DI) and NASA engineers, mechanics, and logisticians working on the NASA Aircraft Maintenance Operational Support (AMOS) program have made aviation history by reconstructing a WB-57 aircraft 40 years follows its last mission.

Methodology and certification roadmap key to standards compliance, addressing goals of regulatory authorities, says LDRA’s StClair

Methodology and certification roadmap key to standards compliance, addressing goals of regulatory authorities, says LDRA’s StClair

An avionics regulations and certification expert from LDRA describes the FAA National Systems, Software and Airborne Electronic Hardware conference, which the company is co-sponsoring, and the path to certification.

Greece, U.S. continue to enhance NATO airpower

Greece, U.S. continue to enhance NATO airpower

SOUDA BAY, Greece, 20 Aug. 2014. The bilateral training between Greek and U.S. air forces continues this week with more large-force employments (LFE).

Antares rocket

Antares rocket

The Antares medium-class launch vehicle represents a major increase in the payload launch capability that Orbital can provide to NASA, the U.S. Air Force and commercial customers compared to its heritage small-class space launch vehicles such as Pegasus, Taurus and Minotaur. The Antares rocket can launch spacecraft weighing up to 14,000 pounds (6,400 kilograms) into low-Earth orbit, as well as lighter-weight payloads into higher-energy orbits.

Pilatus Centre Canada (PCC), in association with Northeast Engineering & Development Ltd., has recieved a Transport Canada Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for the new Pilatus PC-12 Enhanced Vision System (EVS).

Pilatus Centre Canada wins STC for Pilatus PC-12 high-definition enhanced vision system

THUNDER BAY, Ontario, 19 Aug. 2014. Pilatus Centre Canada (PCC), in association with Northeast Engineering & Development Ltd., has received a Transport Canada Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for the new Pilatus PC-12 Enhanced Vision System (EVS).

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Aerospace technology leaders open SAE 2014 Aerospace Systems and Technology Conference

WARRENDALE, Pa., 13 Aug. 2014. SAE International is holding the SAE 2014 Aerospace Systems and Technology Conference 23-25 Sept. 2014 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Neil R. Garrigan, executive manager, Advanced Technology Systems, Programs and Strategy at GE Aviation, is delivering the keynote speech to open the conference.

FAA

LDRA and Logicircuit sponsor FAA certification conference on systems, software, airborne electronic hardware policy and practice changes

ALPHARETTA, Ga., 8 Aug. 2014. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is hosting the 2014 National Systems, Software, and Airborne Electronic Hardware Conference, co-sponsored by Logicircuit in Alpharetta, Ga., and LDRA in Wirral, U.K. This year’s conference, to be held 23-25 Sept. 2014 in Los Angeles, Calif., connects industry members and regulators to discuss recent significant changes to policy and practice in aircraft systems, software, and hardware.

Scoot adopts Rockwell Collins Dispatch 100 avionics support program for Boeing 787 Dreamliner fleet

Scoot adopts Rockwell Collins Dispatch 100 avionics support program for Boeing 787 Dreamliner fleet

SINGAPORE, 8 Aug. 2014. Scoot Pte Ltd., a subsidiary and budget long-haul carrier of Singapore Airlines, has selected Rockwell Collins’ Dispatch 100 avionics service and asset management program for its new fleet of 20 Boeing 787 Dreamliners.

U.S. Air Force

DRS Technologies to overhaul U.S. Air Force Halvorsen aircraft loader/transporter under $175 million contract

ARLINGTON, Va., 7 Aug. 2014. U.S. Air Force officials sought a technology partner to support the military organization’s fleet of Halvorsen 25K Aircraft Cargo Loaders around the globe. They found a partner in DRS Technologies Inc., a Finmeccanica Company, in Arlington, Va.

Radar

Delcross upgrades Electromagnetic Interference Toolkit with new commercial radio system and digital noise signal definitions

CHAMPAIGN, Ill., 6 Aug. 2014. Delcross Technologies has released version 3.4 of its Electromagnetic Interference Toolkit (EMIT) software with 13 new pre-defined transceiver, receiver, and transmitter definitions for commercial radio systems, and the ability to define noise sources for receiver desense analysis applications.

in-flight entertainment and connectivity

Copper and fiber co-exist in commercial aerospace

Aircraft depend increasingly on digital electronics for information and control. The trend toward MEA (more electric aircraft) highlights the transition from mechanical systems to electronically controlled systems. As the electronics content in both aircraft operation and passenger amenities continues to grow, so do the processing loads. Embedded computers are evolving to allow ever-increasing sophistication in flight sensors and radar. Distributed processing—moving the processing power from a centralized location to the point of use—still requires communication between boxes.

Enabling electric green taxis, fuel and cost savings with electromechanical power contactors integrating intelligent sensing and protective functions

Enabling electric green taxis, fuel and cost savings with electromechanical power contactors integrating intelligent sensing and protective functions

FAIRVIEW, N.C., Aug. 2014. Jet fuel is a major expense for airlines, so saving even a fraction per flight can add up to considerable savings. Electric green taxi systems enable commercial airplanes to push back from the gate and taxi out to the runway without starting the main engines, adding up to millions of dollars in savings.

Boeing 737

China Eastern increases maintenance, engineering efficiency with Boeing Airplane Health Management

SEATTLE, 5 Aug. 2014. China Eastern Airlines, reportedly China’s largest operator of Boeig 737 passenger jets, and its subsidiaries Shanghai Airlines and China United Airlines are implementing Boeing Airplane Health Management (AHM) to improve maintenance and engineering operations efficiency across China Eastern's growing fleets.

AAR to overhaul power electronics on U.S. Army UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters

GARDEN CITY, N.Y., 1 August 2014. AAR (NYSE:AIR) won a five-year contract, valued at more than $23 million, from the U.S. Army to upgrade and overhaul auxiliary power units (APUs) for its UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters.

Exelis, Korn Ferry, and Points of Light accepting applications for military-to-civilian leadership transformation program

MCLEAN, Va., 30 July 2014. Aerospace and defense company Exelis (NYSE:XLS) through its Exelis Action Corps employee volunteer service program—together with Korn Ferry (NYSE:KFY), a source of leadership and talent consulting services, and Points of Light, a nonprofit focused on volunteer service—is hosting the free Leveraging Military Leadership Program (LMLP) to help veterans apply their leadership experience to civilian positions.

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