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Unmanned X-47B aircraft completes first autonomous aerial refueling with Honeywell navigation

Unmanned X-47B aircraft completes first autonomous aerial refueling with Honeywell navigation

PHOENIX, 23 April 2015. Honeywell Aerospace (NYSE:HON), together with Northrop Grumman and the U.S. Navy, advanced the X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System Demonstrator (UCAS-D) program by achieving the first unmanned autonomous midair refueling.

UTC Aerospace Systems showcases operations in Mexico at inaugural aerospace fair

UTC Aerospace Systems showcases operations in Mexico at inaugural aerospace fair

CHARLOTTE, N.C., 22 April 2015. UTC Aerospace Systems, a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX), is showcasing its Mexican operations and capabilities at the first-ever Aerospace Fair Mexico (Feria Aeroespacial Mexico 2015, FAMEX), which opens at the military base in Santa Lucia, Mexico, today.

NSA certifies Rockwell Collins MILS encryption device, enables interoperability of new and legacy aircraft

NSA certifies Rockwell Collins MILS encryption device, enables interoperability of new and legacy aircraft

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa, 22 April 2015. National Security Agency (NSA) officials have issued Type 1 certification for Rockwell Collins new Multiple Independent Level of Security (MILS) encryption device and architecture: KOV-74.

F-35 program advances with training deployment of 10 aircraft

F-35 program advances with training deployment of 10 aircraft

LUKE AFB, Ariz., 21 April 2014. Personnel at the 56th Fighter Wing at Luke Air Force Base (AFB) – responsible for training F-16 and F-35 fighter pilots and maintainers, qualifying instructors, conducting conversion pilot training, instructing forward air controllers, and deploying mission-ready combat pilots –performed the first F-35 training deployment this month. Luke AFB officials sent 10 F-35 Lightning II aircraft, half the base’s current fleet of F-35 jets, to Nellis AFB, Nevada, for two weeks to see how well the team could conduct operations elsewhere.

U.S. Central Command selects SES to provide satellite capacity

U.S. Central Command selects SES to provide satellite capacity

RESTON, Va., 17 April 2015. Global satellite solutions provider SES Government Solutions (SES GS) won a one-year task order with four one-year option periods to provide 288 millihertz (MHz) of Ku-band satellite capacity to support forces deployed to the U.S. Central Command (USCENTCOM) area of operation.

Aircraft cabin innovations garner awards

Aircraft cabin innovations garner awards

HAMBURG, Germany, 16 April 2015. A panel of judges at Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg, Germany, awarded seven of the world's smartest ideas for the aircraft cabin of the future with the Chrystal Cabin Award. An international judging panel announced the winners of the Chrystal Cabin Award 2015 in Hamburg, Germany. B/E Aerospace, Embraer, SABIC Innovative Plastics, SII Deutschland, ViaSat, Etihad Airways and Hamburg University of Applied Sciences won the most prestigious prize in one of seven categories for their extraordinary cabin concepts and products.

Exelis delivers encryptors for GPS OCX to Raytheon

ROCHESTER, N.Y., 16 April 2015. Exelis (NYSE:XLS) delivered to Raytheon Company (NYSE:RTN) six enhanced ground encryptors designed to improve information security for the Global Positioning System Next-Generation Operational Control System (GPS OCX), part of the U.S. Air Force’s GPS modernization program.

Dallas Avionics equips custom Airvan GA-8 aircraft for law enforcement

Dallas Avionics equips custom Airvan GA-8 aircraft for law enforcement

DALLAS, Texas, 14 April 2015. Dallas Avionics engineers have equipped an Australian Airvan GA-8 aircraft for a California-based law enforcement agency in conjunction with Air Bear Tactical Aircraft (Air Bear).

 

Global military aircraft market to grow from $61 billion to $87 billion

Global military aircraft market to grow from $61 billion to $87 billion

DUBLIN, 9 April 2015. The global military aircraft market will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 3.64 percent over the next decade, increasing from $61.2 billion U.S. in 2015 to $87.5 billion U.S. by 2025, according to Research and Markets’ report, entitled "The Global Military Aircraft Market 2015-2025 - Market Size and Drivers: Market Profile".

Wencor Group acquires PHS, expands aircraft repair solutions portfolio

Wencor Group acquires PHS, expands aircraft repair solutions portfolio

PEACHTREE CITY, Ga., 8 April 2015. Wencor Group has acquired PHS/MWA Aviation Services (PHS), a certified FAA/EASA Repair Station and provider of aircraft repair solutions in cargo and interior systems, hydraulics, and power and controls.

Cessna Citation X+

Textron Aviation orders $3 million in Citation X+ wing spar assemblies from CPI Aero

EDGEWOOD, N.Y., 7 April 2015. Engineers and managers at Cessna Aircraft Company in Wichita, Kansas, needed wing spar assemblies for the airframe manufacturer’s flagship aircraft, the Citation X+. They found their solution at CPI Aerostructures Inc. (CPI Aero; NYSE MKT:CVU) in Edgewood, N.Y.

IATA selects Airbus ProSky for Asia-Pacific air traffic flow management

IATA selects Airbus ProSky for Asia-Pacific air traffic flow management

TOULOUSE, France, 3 April 2015. Bolstering regional collaboration in air traffic flow management (ATFM), International Air Transport Association (IATA), a trade association of the world’s airlines, has engaged Airbus ProSky to help educate Asia-Pacific stakeholders on cross-border ATFM implementation. Air traffic in the region is expected to increase by 5.7 percent annually over the next 10 years, with more than 50 percent of new routes connecting to the region, according to Airbus’ forecast.

ITT acquires Hartzell Aerospace, expands portfolio of aerospace environmental control systems

ITT acquires Hartzell Aerospace, expands portfolio of aerospace environmental control systems

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., 2 April 2015. ITT Corp. (NYSE:ITT) has acquired Hartzell Aerospace, a manufacturer of highly engineered and customized solutions for aerospace environmental control systems on a wide range of high-growth, next-generation aircraft.

Air Canada pilots urge regulatory agencies, airlines to support independent crash investigation, wait to impose new rules

Air Canada pilots urge regulatory agencies, airlines to support independent crash investigation, wait to impose new rules

TORONTO, Ontario, 1 April 2015. "We urge all players in the global aviation industry to support the independent investigation into the Germanwings tragedy so that its findings and recommendations can be used to improve aviation safety worldwide,” says Air Canada Pilots Association (ACPA) President Captain Ian Smith. “This can only be accomplished if all stakeholders refrain from speculation and interference, allow the investigation to reach unbiased conclusions and recommendations, then dedicate themselves to applying any lessons learned to our own jurisdictions and operations.”

EASA modernizes performance based navigation rules and regulations

EASA modernizes performance based navigation rules and regulations

COLOGNE, Germany, 1 April 2015. European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) officials have published Opinion 3/2015, which proposes amendments to Performance Based Navigation (PBN)-related safety rules, including significant changes to the way PBN operations are regulated.

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