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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.


Gyro-Stabilized Systems introduces ultra-HD airborne surveillance sensor

FARNBOROUGH, England, 17 July 2014. Gyro-Stabilized Systems is introducing its S516 RetinEye Ultra-HD airborne sensor during Farnborough International Airshow 2014.

Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-300ER

Cathay Pacific employs Rockwell Collins ARINC eEnabled take-off-to-touchdown information management for B777-300ER aircraft

FARNBOROUGH, England, 16 July 2014. Cathay Pacific officials begin their operational evaluation of the Rockwell Collins eEnabled Aircraft Solution for complete, take-off-to-touchdown advanced information management on three Boeing 777-300ER commercial aircraft.

Intelligent Aerospace

Groundbreaking Intelligent Aerospace Event Issues Call for Papers

SPOKANE, Wash., 3 July 2014. Intelligent Aerospace Conference Director Courtney E. Howard is issuing a Call for Papers for the Intelligent Aerospace 2015 conference, to be held 6-8 Oct. 2015 at Passenger Terminal Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Asiana NTSB

NTSB: Mismanaged approach, airspeed, misunderstanding of complex avionics led to Asiana flight 214 crash

WASHINGTON, 24 June 2014. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) officials in the U.S. have determined that Asiana Airlines flight 214 crashed when the airplane descended below the visual glidepath due to several factors, including: the flight crew's mismanagement of the approach and inadequate monitoring of airspeed, as well as autothrottle and autopilot flight director system complexities and the crew's misunderstanding of those systems.

Elbit Systems deploys Aldec DO-254/CTS, passes EASA Level A verification audit

Elbit Systems deploys Aldec DO-254/CTS, passes EASA Level A verification audit

HENDERSON, Nev., 19 June 2014. Elbit Systems Ltd. engineers employed Aldec Inc.’s DO-254/CTS as the primary FPGA physical testing platform for a project that has just passed a critical European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) verification audit.

Teledyne LeCroy tool designed to simplify design, debug using CAN Flexible Data Rate standard

Teledyne LeCroy tool designed to simplify design, debug using CAN Flexible Data Rate standard

CHESTNUT RIDGE, N.Y., 18 June 2014. Teledyne LeCroy extends its portfolio of test tool for CAN, LIN, FlexRay, SENT, MOST, and BroadR Reach with the CAN Flexible Data (FD) Rate trigger and decode solution.


ViaSat and U.S. Air Force demonstrate in-flight network switching between defense and commercial satellites

Carlsbad, Calif., 13 June 2014. ViaSat Inc. (NASDAQ:VSAT) engineers have demonstrated in-flight network switching between a U.S. Government Ka-band wideband global satellite communications (SatCom) satellite and a commercial Ka-band satellite.

BP energy and AeroVironment

BP and AeroVironment launch first FAA-approved, commercial unmanned aircraft operations over land and water

PRUDHOE BAY, Alaska, 12 June 2014. BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc. engineers selected AeroVironment (NASDAQ:AVAV) to provide mapping, geographic information system (GIS), and other commercial information services at its Prudhoe Bay oil field, the largest oil field in North America, for a five-year period. 


FAA approves first commercial UAS flights over land

WASHINGTON, 12 June 2014. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) officials have approved unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) manufacturer AeroVironment and energy corporation BP to fly an AeroVironment Puma AE to perform aerial surveys in Alaska, marking the first time the FAA has authorized commercial UAS operation over land. 


Airbus and Emirates Airline agree to cancel A350 XWB order

TOULOUSE, France, 11 June 2014. Emirates Airline officials have cancelled the company’s order for 70 Airbus A350 XWB aircraft, according to Airbus personnel in Toulouse, France.

server modules

Themis Computer adds networking and management modules to high-density server family

FREMONT, Calif., 11 June 2014. Themis Computer has introduced system management and networking modules for the company’s Intel-based RES-XR4 high-density server product line.


FAA: Nevada UAS test site operational, will help examine UAS integration with air traffic control procedures

WASHINGTON, 11 June 2014. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) officials announced that the State of Nevada’s unmanned aircraft systems test site is ready to conduct research vital to integrating UAS into the nation’s airspace.


MicroTCA: a compelling open COTS alternative for aerospace and defense applications

By Ian Shearer, VadaTech

In recent years, MicroTCA has seen increasing adoption in embedded computing systems for aerospace and defense applications. So why are system designers selecting MicroTCA for these applications when you have a seemingly suitable standard in OpenVPX?

Tax credit

R&D credit open to more companies thanks to modified IRS regulations

By Jim Foster, J.D.
On 3 June 2014, the United States (U.S.) Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) published a policy change that will benefit research and development businesses to the tune of millions of dollars through the promulgation of temporary regulation TD 9666.

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