Standards, Regulations & Certifications

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Aerospace company SNC acquires 328 Support Services GmbH aircraft business

Aerospace company SNC acquires 328 Support Services GmbH aircraft business

LONDON, 27 Feb. 2015. Sierra Nevada Corp. (SNC) has acquired a United Kingdom- and Germany-based aircraft company, 328 Support Services GmbH. The company 328 owns the type certificate and intellectual property (IP) rights for design, manufacturing, maintenance, and certification of the 200 existing Dornier 328 (D328) prop and jet aircraft.

Textron Systems unveils web-based geospatial image exploitation capability

Textron Systems unveils web-based geospatial image exploitation capability

STERLING, Va., 27 Feb. 2015. Textron Systems Geospatial Solutions, a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) business, is unveiling the beta release of its RVcloud web-based Electronic Light Table (ELT), providing many of the image exploitation capabilities in its RemoteView geospatial intelligence (GEOINT) software.

Polytron Devices introduces 10-watt, universal input AC-DC power supplies

Polytron Devices introduces 10-watt, universal input AC-DC power supplies

PATERSON, N.J., 18 Feb. 2015. Polytron Devices engineers designed the company’s new UI10 series of 10-watt, single- and dual-output AC-DC power supply modules deliver 75 percent power supply efficiency in 2.5 x 1.75 x .75-inch encapsulated plastic cases. 

FAA achieves critical milestone with proposed rule on commercial UAV use, AUVSI's Wynne says

FAA achieves critical milestone with proposed rule on commercial UAV use, AUVSI's Wynne says

ARLINGTON, Va., 17 Feb. 2015. President and CEO of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), Brian Wynne, calls the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA’s) proposed rule for small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) "a good first step" to allow commercial use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS).

FAA proposes regulations to facilitate integration of small UAS into U.S. aviation system

FAA proposes regulations to facilitate integration of small UAS into U.S. aviation system

WASHINGTON, 17 Feb. 2015. Officials in the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in Washington have proposed a framework of regulations allowing routine use of certain small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in the national aviation system, and accommodating future technological innovations.

Data bus market to reach $8.55 billion by 2020 as aerospace system complexity grows

Data bus market to reach $8.55 billion by 2020 as aerospace system complexity grows

DALLAS, 10 Feb. 2015. The global market for data bus hardware – a communications channel for transferring data between components and devices – is expected to reach $8.55 billion by 2020, growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 8.30 percent, according to a new market research report published by MarketsandMarkets.

Airservices Australia selects Saab integrated tower automation technology for four airports

Airservices Australia selects Saab integrated tower automation technology for four airports

SYDNEY, 10 Feb. 2015. Officials at Airservices Australia needed to equip four airports with integrated air traffic tower automation technology. They found their solution at defense and security company Saab, which won a contract effective through 2017 and valued at 130 million SEK (Swedish Krona) with additional future support options.

Taiwan TransAsia plane clips bridge and crashes into river, killing 25

Aerospace Images: Scenes from TransAsia crash and rescue

TAIPEI, Taiwan, 5 Feb. 2015. View images from TVBS in Taiwan of the wreckage of TransAsia Airways ATR 72-600 twin-engine turboprop short-haul regional airliner carrying 58 people, including 53 passengers and five crewmembers, which crashed into a river in Taiwan shortly after takeoff. 

Taiwan TransAsia plane clips bridge and crashes into river, killing 25

Taiwan TransAsia plane clips bridge and crashes into river, killing 25

TAIPEI, Taiwan, 4 Feb. 2015. A TransAsia Airways ATR 72-600 twin-engine turboprop short-haul regional airliner carrying 58 people--53 passengers and five crewmembers--has crashed into a river in Taiwan, killing at least 25 people.

Wind River updates VxWorks 653 platform for next-gen avionics

Wind River updates VxWorks 653 platform for next-gen avionics

ALAMEDA, Calif., 3 Feb. 2015. Wind River, a provider of software for intelligent connected systems, has released updates to its VxWorks 653 operating platform, including support for multi-core silicon and robust partitioning for applications that enable multilevel RTCA DO-178C certification. Wind River also announced support for the Safety Base Profile of Future Airborne Capability Environment (FACE) 2.1 Technical Standard.

AIM GmbH introduces ADock for integrating Ethernet-based data bus interface devices

AIM GmbH introduces ADock for integrating Ethernet-based data bus interface devices

FREIBURG, Germany, 29 Jan. 2015. AIM GmbH, a manufacturer of avionics data bus test solutions with headquarters in Germany, has introduced a docking solution for integrating products in its ANET Ethernet-based line for MIL-STD-1553, STANG3910/ EFEX and ARINC429 testing.

Aerospace community partners to advance SpaceVPX industry standard, sensor open systems architecture

Aerospace community partners to advance SpaceVPX industry standard, sensor open systems architecture

PHOENIX, 20 Jan. 2015. Aerospace platform and systems designers partner to advance SpaceVPX standard and Sensor Open Systems Architecture (SOSA) for current and future space and intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) programs, explains Patrick Collier, senior electrical research engineer and deputy program manager, Air Force Research Labs (AFRL) in Albuquerque, N.M.

Secure, trusted computing requirements rise as aerospace vendors go global

Secure, trusted computing requirements rise as aerospace vendors go global

PHOENIX, 20 Jan. 2015. Aerospace and defense departments and prime contractors are looking to sell more globally; yet, risks are inherent in doing so. “As more and more platforms and systems are deployed, risk is there that assets will fall into at the hands of adversarial nations or people,” explains Steve Edwards, technical fellow and product marketing manager at Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions in Ashburn, Va.

Aerospace engineers opt for optical technologies

PHOENIX, 19 Jan. 2015. Aerospace and defense applications are increasingly going to optical implementations. “It’s a mature technology that has been used on a lot of programs,” explains Rodger Hosking, vice president and cofounder of Pentek in Upper Saddle River, N.J.

Industry seeks new, rugged interfaces as electronics in aircraft grows exponentially

Industry seeks new, rugged interfaces as electronics in aircraft grows exponentially

PHOENIX, 19 Jan. 2015. Legacy architecture is at its limit for aviation systems, says Michael Plannerer, head of development at MEN Mikro Elektronik GmbH in Numberg, Germany. The amount of electronic equipment in aircraft continues to increase, as does the need for new interfaces and rugged computer boards and systems for harsh, mobile, and mission-critical environments, he says.

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