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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.

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.

VITA ratifies SpaceVPX next-generation space interconnect standard

PHOENIX, 15 April 2015. Members of the VITA trade association dedicated to open system architectures in critical embedded system applications, announce the long-awaited ratification of VITA 78 SpaceVPX Systems. The SpaceVPX specification has completed the VITA and American National Standards Institute (ANSI) processes, reaching full recognition under guidance of the VITA Standards Organization (VSO) and achieving ANSI recognition as ANSI/VITA 78.00-2015.

FAA Administrator Huerta on NextGen ATC: ‘A lot is at stake, and we need to get this right’

FAA Administrator Huerta on NextGen ATC: ‘A lot is at stake, and we need to get this right’

WASHINGTON, 15 April 2015. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Michael Huerta testified before Chairman Thune, Ranking Member Nelson, and members of the Senate Commerce Committee on the reauthorization of the FAA, crediting government and industry for partnering to upgrade and future-proof the aviation system in the U.S. He also acknowledged the FAA’s continuing work on transforming the national airspace system (NAS), including En Route Automation Modernization (ERAM), a new high altitude air traffic control system that accommodates NextGen technologies and replaces a legacy system from the 1960s.

Investment in Asian armed forces grows thermal imaging market, according to Transparency Market Research

ALBANY, N.Y., 8 April 2015. The global thermal imaging market, valued at $3,192.5 million U.S. in 2012, will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 9.76 percent through 2019, when it will reach $6,098.8 million U.S., according to a Transparency Market Research study. Thermal imaging is on an excellent growth path, with applications in surveillance, security, maintenance, monitoring, firefighting, public safety, and more.

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.

InfoZen to support mission-critical TSA programs under homeland security contract

BETHESDA, Md., 2 April 2015. Officials in the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS’s) Transportation Security Administration (TSA) sought a partner to support transportation vetting programs. They found their solution at InfoZen, a cloud broker and provider of mission-critical IT services in Bethesda, Maryland, awarding the company a five-year, $212 million contract.

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.

EASA recommends two crew in cockpit entire flight to avoid pilot lockouts, intentional crashes

EASA recommends two crew in cockpit entire flight to avoid pilot lockouts, intentional crashes

COLOGNE, Germany, 31 March 2015. The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) officials have published a temporary recommendation for airlines to ensure that at least two crew, including at least one qualified pilot, are in the flight crew compartment at all times of the flight.

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.

Germanwings co-pilot locks out pilot, intentionally crashes aircraft, killing everyone onboard

Germanwings co-pilot locks out pilot, intentionally crashes aircraft, killing everyone onboard

LE BOURGE, France, 26 March 2015. Officials from the Bureau d'Enquêtes et d'Analyses (BEA), French authority responsible for safety investigations into accidents or incidents in civil aviation, revealed shocking information gleaned from the recovered cockpit voice recorder (CVR), one of two “black boxes.” The flight data recorder (FDR) has yet to be located.

Presagis accelerates multi-touch cockpit display development with next-generation software

Presagis accelerates multi-touch cockpit display development with next-generation software

MONTREAL, Canada, 26 March 2015. Presagis, a provider of modeling, simulation, and embedded graphics software, is launching its next-generation software for human machine interface (HMI) development, VAPS XT 4.1. The software boasts a new multi-touch and gesture development framework formulated through close collaboration with major airframe manufacturers.

150 feared dead in Airbus 320 crash in French Alps

150 feared dead in Airbus 320 crash in French Alps

TOULOUSE, France, 24 March 2015. Airbus officials today confirmed that an A320 short- to medium-range, narrow-body, commercial passenger twin-engine jet airliner operated by Germanwings, a German low-cost airline based in Cologne that is wholly owned by Lufthansa, was involved in an accident around 11:00 a.m. (local time) near Prads-Haute-Bléone in the French Alps. The aircraft was operating a scheduled service, Flight 4U 9525, from Barcelona, Spain, to Dusseldorf, Germany.

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.

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