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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.

Rockwell Collins to provide oceanic data link services to FAA for increased safety, fuel savings

Rockwell Collins to provide oceanic data link services to FAA for increased safety, fuel savings

ANNAPOLIS, Md., 18 March 2015. Rockwell Collins won a seven-year Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) contract to provide its oceanic data link (ODL) service to enable real-time, data communications between pilots and air traffic controllers, the goal of which is to have aircraft fly more efficient routes to save fuel and enhance safety.

FAA: U.S. aviation on the rise through 2035 with increases in air cargo, passengers, take offs and landings

FAA: U.S. aviation on the rise through 2035 with increases in air cargo, passengers, take offs and landings

WASHINGTON, 17 March 2015. “The improving economy continues to bode well for the health of the U.S air transportation system,” FAA Administrator Michael Huerta says. In fact, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) officials in Washington expect more people to fly more miles each year, growing the nation’s aviation system over the next 20 years.

Rockwell Collins introduces ARINC MultiLink comprehensive flight tracking

Rockwell Collins introduces ARINC MultiLink comprehensive flight tracking

ANNAPOLIS, Md., 10 March 2015. Rockwell Collins officials are unveiling the ARINC MultiLink flight tracking service as a comprehensive, cost-effective global flight tracking solution for airlines. 

AgustaWestland upgrades AW609 TiltRotor cockpit, range and endurance

AgustaWestland upgrades AW609 TiltRotor cockpit, range and endurance

ORLANDO, 6 March 2015. AgustaWestland has completed an extended technology development flight test program on the AW609 TiltRotor aircraft, confirming an increase in the maximum take-off weight up to 18,000 pounds (8,165 kg) as a result of engine upgrades, landing gear modifications, and optimized flight control techniques.

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 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.

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).

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