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Army orders five mobile air traffic control towers from Sierra Nevada for deployed operations

REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala., 24 Nov. 2014. U.S. Army aviation experts are asking for five mobile air traffic control towers from manufacturer Sierra Nevada Corp. in Sparks, Nev., to help coordinate air traffic in battlefield and other temporary airfields.

Marine Corps chooses 3D weather radar avionics from Honeywell for upgrade of KC-130T aircraft

PHOENIX, 24 Nov. 2014. U.S. Marine Corps avionics experts needed an advanced weather radar system for a planned upgrade to 14 KC-130T aircraft. They found their solution from Honeywell Aerospace in Phoenix.

FreeFlight Systems tests RANGR ADS-B system for UAS airspace integration test program

FreeFlight Systems tests RANGR ADS-B system for UAS airspace integration test program

WACO, Texas, 21 Nov. 2014. Engineers at Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station’s (TEES) Vehicle Systems & Control Laboratory (VSCL) have installed and flown the FreeFlight Systems RANGR ADS-B Universal Access Transceiver (UAT) system on their Pegasus II unmanned aircraft system (UAS)—an historic first for a certified ADS-B UAT system to receive FAA approval to be flown on a UAS.

SMART Aircraft flight deck communications and health monitoring system unveiled

SMART Aircraft flight deck communications and health monitoring system unveiled

TORONTO, Ontario, 21 Nov. 2014. Star Navigation Systems Group Ltd. and International Communications Group of Newport News, Va., are launching an integrated solution for Status Monitoring, Analysis, Reporting and Tracking System (S.M.A.R.T. AIRCRAFT), a result of the integration between ICG's NxtLink Series of satellite-based flight deck communications systems and the STAR-ISMS.

Honeywell and AVIAGE Systems adopt Crane Aerospace & Electronics power electronics for COMAC C919 narrow-body aircraft

Honeywell and AVIAGE Systems adopt Crane power electronics for COMAC C919 narrow-body aircraft

LYNNWOOD, Wash., 20 Nov. 2014. Crane Aerospace & Electronics, Power Solutions, officials in Lynnwood, Wash., is supplying its power electronics products for use on the much-anticipated C919 family of narrow-body aircraft from Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China Ltd. (COMAC), a Chinese state-owned aerospace manufacturer in Shanghai, China.

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DLA Energy, Air Force complete jet fuel conversion initiative expected to save millions

FORT BELVOIR, Va., 20 Nov. 2014. Defense Logistics Agency Energy, in partnership with the Air Force Petroleum Agency, have converted all U.S. Air Force bases from JP8 military-specification jet fuel to Jet A with additives commercial standard jet fuel. The intiative is expected to save the Air Force an estimated $25.5 million in fuel costs annually.    

Orbital wins NASA contract for scientific balloon engineering, flight operations for 15 missions annually

Orbital wins NASA contract for scientific balloon engineering, flight operations for 15 missions annually

DULLES, Va., 19 Nov. 2014. Space technology company Orbital Sciences Corp.’s (NYSE:ORB) Technical Services Division (TSD) in Greenbelt, Md., won a National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) contract to operate the space agency’s Science Balloon Operations program.

Avionics sales for general aviation aircraft, including bizjets, exceed $614 million in Q3 2014, says AEA

Avionics sales for general aviation aircraft, including bizjets, exceed $614 million in Q3 2014, says AEA

LEE'S SUMMIT, Mo., 19 Nov. 2014. Total worldwide avionics sales for business and general aviation exceeded $614 million in the three-month period from July through September 2014, according to the Aircraft Electronics Association (AEA) third-quarter 2014 Avionics Market Report. This figure represents a five (5) percent decrease in year-over-year sales; sales in the third-quarter 2013 reached more than $646 million.

South Korea and U.S. partner to improve air traffic management, advance ATC automation

South Korea and U.S. partner to improve air traffic management, advance ATC automation

WASHINGTON, 19 Nov. 2014. NASA and the Korea Agency for Infrastructure Technology Advancement (KAIA) are partnering to develop advanced air traffic management (ATM), also known as air traffic control (ATC), technologies to benefit airline passengers and citizens of both the U.S. and South Korea nations.

European Space Agency, NASA contractors deploy 15,000 Microsemi space products on Rosetta spacecraft mission

European Space Agency, NASA contractors deploy 15,000 Microsemi space products on Rosetta spacecraft mission

ALISO VIEJO, Calif., 18 Nov. 2014. Officials at Microsemi Corp. (Nasdaq:MSCC), a provider of semiconductor solutions, reveal that more than 15,000 of the company’s reliable space products -- including FPGAs, diodes, transistors, and integrated circuits (ICs) – have been and continue to be used in mission-critical applications over the 10-year, four-billion-mile Rosetta Spacecraft mission by the European Space Agency (ESA), NASA, and technology partners. Microsemi products, included in several avionics and platform functions built by multiple ESA contractors, continue to support the mission as it conducts a wide variety of research. The Microsemi products supporting the mission, they add.

Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration Unit formed to assist with legal complexities associated with UAS

Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration Unit formed to assist with legal complexities associated with UAS

NEW YORK, 18 Nov. 2014. Hunton & Williams LLP officials have formed a multidisciplinary Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration Unit to assist with the legal complexities associated with the developing regulatory framework pertaining to commercial UAS (commonly known as drones), including issues related to regulations and the rulemaking process of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), such as Section 333 guidance; the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), and other state and federal agencies.

Boeing undertakes major avionics upgrades to extend life spans of Air Force One aircraft

TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla., 17 Nov. 2014. Military avionics experts at the Boeing Co. are preparing to upgrade important avionics subsystems aboard the nation's two VC-25A presidential transport aircraft, which when in operation are known as Air Force One.

Boeing to upgrade cabin and cockpit avionics for Japan's fleet of E-767 AWACS aircraft

HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass., 17 Nov. 2014. Airborne electronics experts at the Boeing Co. Defense, Space & Security segment in Kent, Wash., will upgrade cockpit avionics and cabin avionics on four of Japan's wide-area radar surveillance jets under terms of a $25.6 million contract.

Indonesia airline Lion Air adopts L-3 data and voice recorders, integrated surveillance equipment for 234 Airbus A320 aircraft

Indonesia airline Lion Air adopts L-3 data and voice recorders, integrated surveillance equipment for 234 Airbus A320 aircraft

PHOENIX, 14 Nov. 2014. Officials at Lion Air in Indonesia sought integrated surveillance and voice- and data-recording equipment for the airline’s fleet of 234 Airbus A320 aircraft. They found their solutions at L-3 Aviation Products (L-3 AP) in Phoenix: L-3 AP’s FA2100 Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR)/Flight Data Recorder (FDR) and T3CAS Integrated Surveillance System.

TSA to deploy Implant Sciences desktop explosive trace detectors at multiple U.S. airports

TSA to deploy Implant Sciences desktop explosive trace detectors at multiple U.S. airports

WILMINGTON, Mass., 13 Nov. 2014. U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officials in Washington needed an effective method of detecting explosive materials at multiple airports across the U.S. They found their solution at Implant Sciences Corp. (OTCQB:IMSC), a high-technology supplier of systems and sensors for homeland security and defense markets in Wilmington, Mass. TSA officials have placed an initial order for 1,170 QS-B220 Desktop Explosive Trace Detectors and ancillary supplies.

Gulfstream Aerospace selects L-3 touch-screen standby displays and recorders for G500, G600 bizjets

Gulfstream Aerospace selects L-3 touch-screen standby displays and recorders for G500, G600 bizjets

PHOENIX, 13 Nov. 2014. Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. officials have selected the new GENESIS Touch Screen Standby System and FA5003 Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR)/Flight Data Recorder (FDR), both from L-3 Aviation Products (L-3 AP) in Phoenix, for installation on the business jet (bizjet) manufacturer’s newest G500 and G600 aircraft.

ATCA holds Aviation Cyber Security Day, urges industry-government collaboration to address cyber security challenges

ATCA holds Aviation Cyber Security Day, urges industry-government collaboration to address cyber security challenges

ALEXANDRIA, Va., 12 Nov. 2014. Officials at the Air Traffic Control Association (ATCA), a valued industry associate of Intelligent Aerospace, are holding an Aviation Cyber Security Day in an Arlington, Va., hotel on 13 Nov. 2014.

Virgin America adopts Astronautics Flight-Intelligence System for A320 aircraft fleet

Virgin America adopts Astronautics Flight-Intelligence System for A320 aircraft fleet

MILWAUKEE, Wis., 12 Nov. 2014. Virgin America officials in Burlingame, Calif., needed multifunction displays and robust server systems for the airline’s electronic flight bags (EFBs) onboard Airbus A320 aircraft. They found their solution at Astronautics Corp. of America in Milwaukee, Wis.

CFM International’s LEAP-1C Integrated Propulsion System with Nexcelle engine nacelle powers the COMAC C919

CFM International’s LEAP-1C Integrated Propulsion System with Nexcelle engine nacelle powers the COMAC C919

ZHUHAI, China, 11 Nov. 2014. CFM International’s LEAP-1C Integrated Propulsion System (IPS), which takes advantage of Nexcelle’s engine nacelle, has been selected to power COMAC’s C919 narrow-body commercial aircraft.

Curtiss-Wright to provide embedded computing for Army UH-60V helicopter avionics

ASHBURN, Va., 10 Nov. 2014. Helicopter avionics experts at Northrop Grumman Corp. needed rugged commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) single-board computers for a project to install glass cockpits in Army UH-60 utility helicopters. They found their solution from the Curtiss-Wright Corp. Defense Solutions division in Ashburn, Va.

Rockwell Collins wins $101.1 million avionics radio contract for foreign sales

Rockwell Collins wins $101.1 million avionics radio contract for foreign sales

PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md., 10 Nov. 2014. Military radio communications experts at Rockwell Collins in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, will provide 1,160 AN/ARC-210 avionics radios and related equipment for foreign militaries under terms of a $101.1 million contract.

Russian Mi-26 helicopter crew transporting cargo saves polar bear cub in Arctic

Russian Mi-26 helicopter crew transporting cargo saves polar bear cub in Arctic

MOSCOW, 7 Nov. 2014. The crew of a Russian Mi-26 military helicopter from the Eastern Military District Army Aviation airbase saved a baby polar bear from starving to death in the Arctic, after the young bear became separated from its mother.

U.S. Navy and Lockheed Martin deliver third MUOS secure communications satellite for mobile warfighters

U.S. Navy and Lockheed Martin deliver third MUOS secure communications satellite for mobile warfighters

SUNNYVALE, Calif., 7 Nov. 2014. The U.S. Navy and Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT) have delivered the third Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) spacecraft to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, where it will be prepared for a January 2015 liftoff aboard a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket.

Swedish airport gains approval for operation of Saab remote tower technology

Swedish airport gains approval for operation of Saab remote tower technology

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, 6 Nov. 2014. Officials at the LFV Group, the Swedish Air Navigation Service Provider (ANSP) and transport agency, have granted final operational approval for the remote operation of Örnsköldsvik Airport from Sundsvall, Sweden. This achievement means the world’s first airport remotely controlled by Remote Tower Services (RTS) from defense and security company Saab will commence shortly, paving the way for more efficient, safe, and cost-effective delivery of air traffic control services.

MOSCOW, 6 Nov. 2014. Officials at Russian Helicopters, part of State Corporation Rostec in Moscow, implemented lean technology across the company’s production in 2013 and have found that the lean technology pilot projects delivered a saving of roughly 70 million roubles last year.

Russian Helicopters saves 70 million roubles with lean technology pilot projects

MOSCOW, 6 Nov. 2014. Officials at Russian Helicopters, part of State Corporation Rostec in Moscow, implemented lean technology across the company’s production in 2013 and have found that the lean technology pilot projects delivered a saving of roughly 70 million roubles last year.

Altavian selects Lockheed Martin Perceptor sensors to deliver enhanced imaging in small unmanned aircraft s

Altavian selects Lockheed Martin Perceptor sensors to deliver enhanced imaging in small unmanned aircraft

OWEGO, N.Y., 6 Nov. 2014. Altavian Inc. won a $4 million contract to provide gimbaled sensor payloads, featuring Lockheed Martin imaging sensors, for the U.S. Army's RQ-20 Puma small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS). 

NEW YORK, 5 Nov. 2014. Some aerospace industry pundits speculate that Asian airlines may have ordered too many aircraft, resulting in excess capacity. Several subregions, including China and East Asia, likely have not ordered enough, according to CIT Aerospace, a global aircraft finance division of CIT Group Inc. (NYSE:CIT).

Asian airlines likely to require 13,000 new aircraft, says CIT Aerospace

NEW YORK, 5 Nov. 2014. Some aerospace industry pundits speculate that Asian airlines may have ordered too many aircraft, resulting in excess capacity. Several subregions, including China and East Asia, likely have not ordered enough, according to CIT Aerospace, a global aircraft finance division of CIT Group Inc. (NYSE:CIT).

Australian navy buys L-3 Link tactical flight trainers for EA-18G pilot training

ORLANDO, Fla., 3 Nov. 2014. U.S. Navy flight training & simulation experts are asking the L-3 Communications Corp. Link Simulation & Training segment in Arlington, Texas, to build simulation, training, and mission rehearsal equipment for Australian navy EA-18G Growler electronic warfare jet aircraft crews.

Army orders 17 UH-72 Lakota utility helicopters from Airbus in $82.9 million deal

REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala., 3 Nov. 2014. Airbus Helicopters Inc. in Herndon, Va. (formerly EADS North America), will build 17 UH-72 Lakota utility helicopters with radio avionics for the U.S. Army under terms of a $82.9 million contract modification.

Orbital Antares rocket suffers catastrophic failure, destroying space vehicles and hosted payloads

Orbital Antares rocket suffers catastrophic failure, destroying space vehicles and hosted payloads

DULLES, Va., 31 Oct. 2014. Shortly after lift-off from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport Pad 0A in Virginia at 6:22 p.m. (EDT), an Orbital Sciences Corp. (NYSE:ORB) Antares space launch vehicle suffered a catastrophic failure. No casualties were incurred and property damage was limited to the south end of Wallops Island, but the launch vehicle, onboard spacecraft, and hosted payloads went up in flames.

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