Standards, Regulations & Certifications

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Is ‘flying gun’ UAS video a smoking gun?

Is ‘flying gun’ UAS video a smoking gun?

HOWARD'S TOWER BLOG. A 14-second video, posted to YouTube by a user named Hogwit, is causing a great deal of controversy. Admittedly, it’s not as controversial as the Portland, Maine, diner owner yelling at a crying infant this week… but it’s a much-debated topic today, especially among aerospace professionals and hobbyists.

RN-Aircraft orders AW189 commercial helicopters for oil & gas application

RN-Aircraft orders AW189 commercial helicopters for oil & gas application

SAMARATE, Italy, 23 July 2015. Finmeccanica-AgustaWestland officials signed a contract for the sale of 10 AW189 commercial helicopters to RN-Aircraft, a subsidiary of oil company Rosneft.

Canada expands Blue Sky air transport agreements, adding Nigeria, Mali, and Oman

Canada expands Blue Sky air transport agreements, adding Nigeria, Mali, and Oman

OTTAWA, 21 July 2015. Government officials in Canada are proactively establishing air transport agreements with other nations under Canada’s Blue Sky policy, which enables Canadian airlines to better serve passengers travelling between Canada and these countries. This week, officials announced agreements with Nigeria, Mali, and Oman. 

Wind River harnesses LDRA tool suite to meet DO-178 compliance and certification needs

Wind River harnesses LDRA tool suite to meet DO-178 compliance and certification needs

WIRRAL, England, 10 July 2015. Wind River personnel in Alameda, Calif., sought the ability to test and verify the quality of its software internally, as well as to assist customers in qualifying and certifying solutions for aerospace and defense applications. They found their solution at LDRA, maker of standards compliance, automated software verification, source code analysis and test tools in Wirral, England.  

AdaCore Co-founder/President Robert Dewar loses battle with cancer at 70

AdaCore Co-founder/President Robert Dewar loses battle with cancer at 70

The global computer science community lost a pioneer on 30 June 2015 with the passing of AdaCore President and Co-founder Dr. Robert Dewar. Dr. Dewar served as the company’s CEO until 2012 and as its President until he succumbed to cancer at his home near Bennington, Vermont. 

Paris Air Show

Rohde & Schwarz debuts security scanner for increased air traffic safety

PARIS, 16 June 2015. Rohde & Schwarz is at Paris Air Show debuting a new product designed to contribute to air traffic safety: the R&S QPS100 security scanner. Developed for use in security zones at airports and other facilities with access control, the device detects potentially dangerous items carried on the body or in clothing.

 

Paris Air Show

Rohde & Schwarz exhibiting air traffic safety portfolio in Le Bourget

PARIS, 16 June 2015. Rohde & Schwarz, adopting the “Safety meets security” theme at Paris Air Show 2015, is presenting its secure airborne and air traffic control (ATC) communications products, including the R&S MR6000A military transceiver for airborne platforms that also meets civil aviation certification requirements. Military aircraft can only operate freely in the world's airspace when they meet military as well as civil certification requirements. The R&S MR6000A from the VHF/UHF R&S M3AR airborne transceiver family is the first radio to ensure compatibility with military and civilian avionics specifications, according to company officials.

Boeing selects space-saving DDC ARINC 629 optical converter for 777X aircraft

Boeing selects space-saving DDC ARINC 629 optical converter for 777X aircraft

BOHEMIA, N.Y., 11 June 2015. Data Device Corp. (DDC) won a contract from The Boeing Company to provide its ARINC 629 Plastic Optical Converter (APOC) – a line replaceable unit (LRU) that contains an array of optical media converters (OMCs) – for use on the Boeing 777X commercial aircraft. The APOC converts electrical ARINC 629 signals from each system LRU into optical signals able to be communicated on a passive optical network (PON) using plastic optical fiber (POF).

Airborne Technologies debuts Vulcanair P68R missionized by Airborne LINX

Airborne Technologies debuts Vulcanair P68R missionized by Airborne LINX for airborne surveillance

PARIS, June 2015. At Paris Air Show, Airborne Technologies is exhibiting the Vulcanair P68R missionized by Airborne LINX, which company officials call an “ingenious merger of system components for airborne surveillance.”

FAA works to improve runway and airport safety

FAA works with airports to improve runway safety

WASHINGTON, 4 June 2015. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) officials plan to work with airport sponsors over the next 10 to 15 years to further reduce runway risks through risk-based decision-making. The FAA’s Runway Incursion Mitigation (RIM) program will identify airport risk factors that might contribute to a runway incursion and develop strategies to help mitigate those risks.

FBI flies surveillance aircraft under guise of fake companies

FBI flies surveillance aircraft under guise of fake companies

WASHINGTON, 2 June 2015. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agents are using a fleet of small aircraft – under the front of fictitious businesses – armed with electro-optics over the United States. The low-flying planes are equipped with video and cell phone surveillance systems, largely being used without the consent of a judge, to gather intelligence related to specific, ongoing investigations, according to reports.

MDA delivers RADARSAT-2 information to the Netherlands for government, scientific, research applications

MDA delivers RADARSAT-2 information to the Netherlands for government, scientific, research applications

RICHMOND, B.C., 15 May 2015. MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (MDA; TSX:MDA), a global communications and information company, will provide RADARSAT-2 information to the Netherlands Space Office (NSO) for the next five years according to a $3.3 million (Canadian) contract amendment. The RADARSAT-2 information will be used to provide Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar (InSAR) information for government users as well as scientific and research purposes through the NSO Satellite Data Portal, a portal that enables the government of The Netherlands to disseminate satellite imagery to Dutch entities.

Thin film optical filter blocks laser interference and improves flight safety

Thin film optical filter blocks laser interference and improves flight safety

Lamda Guard, a subsidiary of Metamaterial Technologies Inc, in the U.K., has developed metaAIR, which uses an array of nano-particles of specific periodic geometry (called metamaterials) to protect flight crews from laser strikes.

FAA Administrator Huerta addresses effects of unmanned aircraft on national airspace, safety

FAA Administrator Huerta addresses effects of unmanned aircraft on national airspace, safety

ATLANTA, 6 May 2015. FAA Administrator Micheal Huerta held a press conference today at AUVSI 2015 in Atlanta to discuss the Federal Aviation Administration’s activities, as well as challenges and soultions, around the integration of myriad unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), also commonly called drones and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), into the national airspace system (NAS).

FAA debuts B4UFLY app to help UAS pilots operate safely and legally

FAA debuts B4UFLY app to help UAS pilots operate safely and legally

ATLANTA, 6 May 2015. The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) launched and demonstrated B4UFLY, a new smartphone application (app), today at the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) Unmanned Systems 2015 conference in Atlanta, Ga. FAA officials will release the app, designed to help model aircraft and unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) users know if it is safe and legal to fly in their current or planned location, to approximately 1,000 beta testers later this summer.

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