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Honeywell wins $15.7 million to provide cockpit displays for Navy jets

PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md., 29 Sept. 2014. U.S. Navy avionics experts needed a variety of cockpit displays for the Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet jet fighter-bomber and the EA-18 Growler electronic warfare jets. They found their solution from the Honeywell International Inc. Aerospace segment in Albuquerque, N.M.

Aircraft pilots benefit from modern cockpits with greater visual acuity, situational awareness, communications

Aircraft pilots benefit from modern cockpits with greater visual acuity, situational awareness, communications

CINCINNATI, Ohio, 25 Sept. 2014. “Visual acuity in the cockpit is a bigger problem than you might think,” describes Bruce S. Maxwell of Luma Technologies during the SAE Aerospace Systems and Technology Conference (ASTC) in Cincinnati, Ohio, this week. “The sun is the enemy; pilots are in and out of it all day long,” he says, showing an image of a pilot wearing dark sunglasses and a fully extended sun visor in the sunlit cockpit.

All avionics technology domains growing, with exception of HUDs, says Thales Avionics’ Gatti

All avionics technology domains growing, with exception of HUDs, says Thales Avionics’ Gatti

CINCINNATI, Ohio, 25 Sept. 2014. The avionics sector sits at the intersection of two major technology domains: electronics and aeronautical – with the added pressure of certification, describes Marc Gatti of Thales Avionics during his talk, titled “Technological Changes and Competitive Advantage: the New Deal for Avionics Firms,” at the SAE Aerospace Systems and Technology Conference (ASTC) in Cincinnati, Ohio, this week.

“As the role of the engine evolves, we have to understand the systems around it and support subsystems,” says Michael L. Zierolf, engineer/technologist, energy systems & technology, GE Aviation in Cincinnati, Ohio. Zierolf and his colleagues at GE Aviation presented at SAE's Aerospace Systems and Technology Conference (ASTC) in Cincinnati, Ohio, this week.
GE Aviation’s Garrigan stresses need to intelligently integrate with safety in mind

GE Aviation’s Garrigan stresses need to intelligently integrate with safety in mind

CINCINNATI, Ohio, 24 Sept. 2014. Neil R. Garrigan, executive manager - advanced integrated products at GE Aviation opened the SAE 2014 Aerospace Systems and Technology Conference (ASTC) this week in Cincinnati, Ohio, with a discussion of propulsion, power, and avionics technologies and systems integration. He stressed the need to “intelligently integrate” electronics systems and technologies.

APEI engineering manager presents wireless sensor networks for extreme environments

APEI engineering manager presents wireless sensor networks for extreme environments

CINCINNATI, Ohio, 24 Sept. 2014. Functionality and reliability of high-temperature electronics systems must be proven to different levels based upon the application, explains John R. Fraley, engineering manager, extreme environment systems at APEI in Fayetteville, Ark. Fraley presented “A Review of Wireless Sensor Networks for Instrumentation Channel for Turbine Engine Control, PHM, and Test Cell Implementation” during the SAE 2014 Aerospace Systems and Technology Conference (ASTC) this week in Cincinnati, Ohio.

 

Problems with cost overruns, missed deadlines, supplier quality issues, and negative Government Accountability Office (GAO) reports

SAE to publish AS6500 manufacturing management standard

CINCINNATI, Ohio, 23 Sept. 2014. Problems with cost overruns, missed deadlines, supplier quality issues, and negative Government Accountability Office (GAO) reports prompted the formation of the SAE G-23 Manufacturing Management Committee. The recognition of manufacturing and quality problems kicked off a 360-degree study led by Dr. Tom Christian, ASC/EN, describes Committee Secretary Hamid Akhbari, AFLCMC/EZSM, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (AFB), during the SAE 2014 Aerospace Systems and Technology Conference (ASTC) this week in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Raytheon to upgrade TV-guided Maverick air-to-ground missiles with the latest laser guidance

PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md., 22 Sept. 2014. Missile designers at the Raytheon Co. are upgrading versions of the AGM-65 Maverick air-to-ground missile by replacing relatively old optical TV-guided seekers with late-model precision-guided laser sensors.

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NASA partners with industry to return Americans to space, advance space exploration

WASHINGTON, 19 Sept. 2014. The U.S. Government is partnering with American technology leaders to enable human space exploration once again, according to NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and NASA officials. The North American aerospace community and general public are celebrating the news, announced this week.

NASA names SpaceX Falcon and Dragon to U.S. human spaceflight program

NASA names SpaceX Falcon and Dragon to U.S. human spaceflight program

HAWTHORNE, Calif., 19 Sept. 2014. NASA officials have selected SpaceX’s Falcon 9 launch vehicle and Dragon spacecraft to fly American astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS) under NASA’s Commercial Crew Program. Under the $2.6 billion contract, SpaceX will launch the Crew Dragon spacecraft atop the Falcon 9 launch vehicle from Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida.

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FAA asks industry to equip for NextGen, help to increase safety and efficiency

WASHINGTON, 19 Sept. 2014. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is holding an all-day “Call to Action” summit — to be held 28 October 2014 — to engage the aviation industry in meeting the 1 Jan. 2020 deadline to equip aircraft with new avionics technology.

NASA selects Boeing CST-100 as next American spacecraft, awards $4.2 billion under Commercial Crew Program

NASA selects Boeing CST-100 as next American spacecraft, awards $4.2 billion under Commercial Crew Program

HOUSTON, 18 Sept. 2014. Boeing (NYSE:BA) won an award of $4.2 billion from NASA to build and fly the United States’ next passenger spacecraft. Boeing’s Crew Space Transportation (CST)-100 is being developed as part of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program, which aims to resume U.S.-based flights to space by 2017.

Commercial Space Transportation-100 relies on Aerojet Rocketdyne propulsion

Commercial Space Transportation-100 relies on Aerojet Rocketdyne propulsion

SACRAMENTO, Calif., 18 Sept. 2014. A Commercial Space Transportation-100 (CST-100) spacecraft teammate with Boeing since 2010, Aerojet Rocketdyne, a GenCorp (NYSE:GY) company,  has designed and developed an integrated propulsion system designed to propel the crew to safety in case of a launch abort. The propulsion system also will enable precise in-space maneuvers as the spacecraft docks/undocks from the International Space Station and other future low-Earth orbit destinations.

StorTrends 3500i SSD hybrid, full flash storage array completes testing, company to provide free pizza during Webcast

StorTrends 3500i SSD hybrid, full flash storage array completes testing, company to provide free pizza during Webcast

NORCROSS, Ga., 17 Sept. 2014. StorageReview Enterprise Lab staff completed benchmark tests on the StorTrends 3500i solid-state disk (SSD) hybrid and full flash storage array. Comparing the StorTrends device to many of the industry's most well-known Tier 1 storage solutions, StorageReview.com Founder, Publisher, and Editor Brian Beeler will present the test results during a live webinar on Wed., 24 Sept. 2014 at 1 p.m. Eastern Time. StorTrends Senior SAN Engineer James Dyckowski will also provide a 3500i deep dive and demo, and the company is offering free pizza to attendees.

Teledyne LeCroy introduces 500 MHz, $5,000 WaveJet Touch portable oscilloscope

Teledyne LeCroy introduces 500 MHz, $5,000 WaveJet Touch portable oscilloscope

CHESTNUT RIDGE, N.Y., 16 Sept. 2014. Teledyne LeCroy is introducing the WaveJet Touch oscilloscope, equipped with a touch screen, powerful debug tools, and advanced triggering. Built on the popular WaveJet 300 oscilloscope platform, the WaveJet Touch is available in two models with 350 MHz or 500 MHz bandwidth, four channels, up to 5 Mpts of memory at 2 GS/s, and a 7.5-inch touch-screen display.

Kontron debuts ACE Flight 600 airborne server with 4G LTE modem for enhanced ground communications, data loading

Kontron debuts ACE Flight 600 airborne server with 4G LTE modem for enhanced ground communications, data loading

POWAY, Calif., 16 Sept. 2014. Kontron is introducing its latest ACE Flight 600 general-purpose airborne servers with an integrated 4G LTE modem. This upgrade to the ACE Flight Server platform enables airlines to achieve a 3X or greater increase in the amount of wireless content loaded during aircraft turnarounds compared to the 3G modem version.

BAE Systems integrates Global Eagle Entertainment WISE streaming into IntelliCabin inflight entertainment system

BAE Systems integrates Global Eagle Entertainment WISE streaming into IntelliCabin inflight entertainment system

LOS ANGELES, Calif., 16 Sept. 2014. Global Eagle Entertainment Inc. (Nasdaq:ENT), a worldwide provider of content, connectivity, and digital media solutions to airlines, has entered into a strategic, technological relationship with BAE Systems, a global provider of defense, security, and aerospace systems. Global Eagle Entertainment’s WISE inflight streaming solution is being integrated with BAE Systems’ inflight entertainment (IFE) offering for commercial aircraft.

Boeing prepares to build 24 AH-6I light helicopter gunships for Saudi Arabia

REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala., 15 Sept. 2014. Military helicopter designers at the Boeing Co. Defense, Space & Security segment in Mesa, Ariz., are preparing to build 24 new AH-6I light helicopter gunships.

Cobham to acquire Aeroflex in merger expected to close 12 September 2014

Cobham to acquire Aeroflex in merger expected to close 12 September 2014

PLAINVIEW, N.Y., 11 Sept. 2014. Aeroflex Holding Corp. (NYSE:ARX), a global provider of microelectronic components and test & measurement equipment, is on track to merge with Cobham plc (LSE:COB.LN), a U.K.-listed company that designs and manufactures a wide range of equipment, specialized systems, and components for the aerospace, defense, energy, and electronics industries.

Aircell rebrands as Gogo Business Aviation, relocates headquarters to accommodate growth

Aircell rebrands as Gogo Business Aviation, relocates headquarters to accommodate growth

BROOMFIELD, Colo., 10 Sept. 2014. Gogo Inc. (NASDAQ:GOGO), a global aero-communications service provider, announces that Aircell, the company’s business aviation division, has rebranded as Gogo Business Aviation.

Navy orders EW missile-control computers for U.S. and Australian combat aircraft

Navy orders EW missile-control computers for U.S. and Australian combat aircraft

PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md., 8 Sept. 2014. Military avionics experts at the Raytheon Co. will provide airborne computers that link sensors aboard the U.S. Navy Boeing F/A-18E/F and EA-18G combat aircraft and the Raytheon AN/AGM-88 anti-radar missile.

Northrop Grumman to build three Air Force advanced Global UAS for surveillance

Northrop Grumman to build three Air Force advanced Global UAS for surveillance

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB, Ohio, 8 Sept. 2014. Unmanned aerial system (UAS) designers at the Northrop Grumman Corp. Aerospace Systems segment in San Diego will build three advanced versions of the RQ-4B Global Hawk high-altitude, long-range UAS under terms of a $240.7 million contract.

EASA certifies Rockwell Collins Aircraft Information Manager on 22 aircraft models

EASA certifies Rockwell Collins Aircraft Information Manager on 22 aircraft

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa, 4 Sept. 2014. European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) officials have certified Rockwell Collins’ Aircraft Information Manager (AIM)—the secure data transfer system for Pro Line Fusion, Pro Line 21, and Pro Line 4 avionics—for use on 22 aircraft models.

Industry and military partner to protect helicopter aircrews from attack

Industry and military partner to protect helicopter aircrews from attack

MERRIMACK, N.H., 3 Sept. 2014. Military personnel are preparing to redeploy a workhorse electronic protection system that helps protect helicopter aircrews from shoulder-fired weapons to other regions as U.S. military involvement in Afghanistan winds down.

Dassault Falcon Jet expands in Little Rock, adds hangars for completing Falcon 5X and Falcon 8X

Dassault Falcon Jet expands in Little Rock, adds hangars for completing Falcon 5X and Falcon 8X

LITTLE ROCK, Ark., 3 Sept. 2014. Dassault Falcon Jet officials broke ground on a major expansion and upgrade of the company’s Little Rock, Arkansas completion facility dedicated to two new models, the Falcon 5X very large body twin jet and ultra-long range Falcon 8X trijet.

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Dassault Systemes to acquire Quintiq, a provider of supply chain and business operations tools

FARNBOROUGH, England, 2 Sept. 2014. Dassault Systèmes officials intend to acquire Quintiq. By combining Dassault Systèmes' 3D software solutions with Quintiq’s full scope of business operations planning solution, they will enable businesses to imagine innovation in a 3D world, design and plan operations, schedule and produce products, and deliver with yet unimaginable outcomes.

Quintiq software helps KLM Royal Dutch Airlines manage the tactical and strategic planning of 2,800 pilots

Quintiq software helps KLM Royal Dutch Airlines manage 2,800 pilots

FARNBOROUGH, England, 2 Sept. 2014. KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (KLM) officials adopted software from Quintiq, a provider of supply chain planning and optimization (SCP&O), to optimize the company’s workforce planning strategies for pilot management.

Standex expands aviation market foothold with Enginetics acquisition

Standex expands aviation market foothold with Enginetics acquisition

SALEM, N.H., 29 Aug. 2014. Standex International Corp. (NYSE:SXI) has entered into an exclusive agreement to acquire Ohio-based Enginetics Corp., a producer of aircraft engine components for all major aircraft platforms.

Pennsylvania invests in 20 airports, upgrading facilities and supporting more than 8,400 jobs

Pennsylvania invests in 20 airports, upgrading facilities and supporting more than 8,400 jobs

HARRISBURG, Pa., 28 Aug. 2014. Governor Tom Corbett announced a $3.4 million state investment to improve safety and operations at 20 Pennsylvania airports that support more than 8,400 jobs. "Aviation, just as Pennsylvania's other transportation assets, supports jobs and strengthens our state economy," Gov. Corbett said. "These investments position these airports to offer better service and generate additional business activity."

Former NASA Administrator Griffin urges government to reduce dependence on Russia, proactively pursue space, and clearly define goals and policy

Former NASA Administrator Griffin urges government to reduce dependence on Russia, proactively pursue space, and clearly define goals and policy

A former NASA administrator discusses current and future aerospace opportunities and challenges, including U.S. dependence on foreign aerospace technologies and capabilities. 

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