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Emergency management firm adopts Smart UAV operating system with tamper-proof tracking, NATO-standard security

Emergency management firm adopts Smart UAV operating system with tamper-proof tracking, NATO-standard security

BRUSSELS, 31 Aug. 2015. Officials at the Bergen County Office of Emergency Management (BCOEM) in New Jersey sought unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), also known as drones and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), for emergency situations and search & rescue (SAR) operations. They found their solution at EagleEye Systems (EES) in Brussels, Belgium, selecting the company’s Smart UAV operating system to support their efforts.

L-3 Link to upgrade F-16 flight simulators to reflect latest jet fighter systems

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB, Ohio, 31 Aug. 2015. Simulation and training experts at L-3 Link Simulation & Training in Arlington, Texas, will upgrade the flight software of advanced U.S. Air Force F-16 Block 40/50 flight simulators.

HEICO boosts expertise in F-16 jet fighter maintenance with ACT acquisition

HOLLYWOOD, Fla., 31 Aug. 2015. HEICO Corp. in Hollywood, Fla., is boosting its expertise in maintaining Lockheed Martin F-16 jet fighters with its acquisition of F-16 maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) specialist Aerospace & Commercial Technologies Inc. (ACT) in Fort Worth, Texas.

FAA moves away from owning data centers, to the Cloud

FAA moves away from owning data centers, to the Cloud

WASHINGTON, 28 Aug. 2015. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) officials, wanting to benefit from advanced computing solutions in the Cloud, awarded a $108 million, 10-year contract to CSC Government Solutions, which will lead an overall integration effort to include Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, and other leading Cloud providers.

Advantage Aviation Technologies debuts Boeing 737 reamer repair kit for operators, MROs

Advantage Aviation Technologies debuts Boeing 737 reamer repair kit for operators, MROs

DALLAS, 27 Aug. 2015. Advantage Aviation Technologies (AAT) is introducing its Boeing 737 Canoe Fairing Shaft Reamer repair kit, a self-contained, portable tooling solution system designed to provide efficient front and rear bushing removal and installation of canoe fairing shaft on tarmac or in hanger for scheduled or as needed maintenance.

Secretary of U.S. Air Force stresses importance of partnering with industry

Secretary of U.S. Air Force stresses importance of partnering with industry

FORT WORTH, Texas, 26 Aug. 2015. "Partnerships with industry are as critical today as they've ever been," Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James said, stressing the importance of government and defense agencies working closely with technology firms. Officials at Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company in Fort Worth, hosted Sec. James, who appreciated seeing “firsthand the capabilities and advancements being developed to address future national security needs."

Air Force continues project to upgrade propeller control systems in C-130 aircraft

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga., 24 Aug. 2015. U.S. Air Force Reserve C-130 utility turboprop aircraft are receiving computer-controlled propeller control to enhance aircraft safety and performance.

Navy to buy as many as 80 L-3 Wescam MX-20HD EO/IR sensor pods for P-8A jets

LAKEHURST, N.J., 24 Aug. 2015. U.S. Navy maritime surveillance experts will buy as many as 70 electro-optical and infrared (EO/IR) sensor pods from L-3 Wescam in Burlington, Ontario, for use aboard U.S. and Australian Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft.

Wearable technology drives aerospace efficiency and productivity

Wearable technology drives aerospace efficiency and productivity

Seventy-two million wearable devices will be shipped this year, up a 173 percent from 26.4 million units shipped in 2014, according to International Data Corporation (IDC) analysts in Framingham, Mass., in the company’s Worldwide Quarterly Wearable Device Tracker. 

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MROs in India not ready for wave of Russian helicopters, Helisota officials say

KAUNAS, Lithuania, 18 Aug. 2015. India operates one of the largest rotorcraft fleets in the world, with the military employing more than 2,000 helicopters; yet, the country’s maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) industry sector is lacking, according to executives at MRO services firm Helisota, with headquarters in Lithuania.

FAA implements long-overdue flight training device upgrade

FAA implements long-overdue flight training device upgrade

OKLAHOMA CITY, 18 Aug. 2015. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Academy at Mike Monroney Aeronatical Center in Oklahoma City has upgraded three Frasca flight training devices (FTDs) that accommodate networking, ADS-B symbology, and tablet computers, including iPads.

Thales to build prototype deployable instrument landing systems for worldwide use

HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass., 17 Aug. 2015. Avionics experts at Thales Defense & Security Inc. in Clarksburg, Md., are taking the next step in developing a deployable aircraft instrument landing system for precision military aircraft approach worldwide in difficult conditions.

Air Force chooses 25 companies in $20.9 billion contract for flight training & simulation

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB, Ohio, 14 Aug. 2015. U.S. Air Force flight training & simulation experts are spending as much as $20.9 billion and involving 25 U.S. providers of flight simulators in an effort to streamline their acquisition and procurement process.

FL Technics: F-35 not prepared to run the show despite being officially ‘ready’

FL Technics: F-35 not prepared to run the show despite being officially ‘ready’

By FL Technics staff
After being developed for more than 14 years, costing more than $400 billion to make, and being 7 years too late, the Lockheed Martin F-35 fighter jet has finally been officially approved ‘ready for combat’ by the U.S. Marine Corps.

Air Force wants new electronics cooling techniques for fighter aircraft

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB, 13 Aug. 2015. U.S. Air Force electronics thermal management experts are asking industry for new ideas on how to cool the electronics on future fighter aircraft, which could be at least 10 times more demanding than they are today.

NASA notifies industry of CubeSat launch opportunities from 2016 to 2019

GREENBELT, Md., 13 Aug. 2015. Space exploration experts at the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) are inviting government researchers, non-profits, and schools to propose tiny satellite spacecraft and missions to be scheduled over the next four years.

MetaVR visuals selected for U.S. Army National Guard UH-72A Lakota synthetic flight training systems

MetaVR visuals selected for U.S. Army National Guard UH-72A Lakota synthetic flight training systems

BROOKLINE, Mass., 13 Aug. 2015. MetaVR delivered 48 Virtual Reality Scene Generator (VRSG) licenses to Fidelity Flight Simulation Inc. (F2Si) for the production of eight UH-72A Lakota Synthetic Flight Training Systems (SFTS) for the Army National Guard (ARNG).

Lockheed Martin gets go-ahead to develop new Joint-Air-to-Ground Missile (JAGM)

REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala., 13 Aug. 2015. Missile experts at Lockheed Martin Corp. are gearing-up potentially to build thousands of new missiles as part of the Joint-Air-to-Ground Missile (JAGM) program.

Raytheon readies full-scale development of carrier-based GPS landing system

PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md., 12 Aug. 2015. U.S. Navy carrier aviation experts are planning to award a 6-year contract to Raytheon Co. for full-scale development of an aircraft carrier instrument landing system based on differential Global Positioning System (GPS) satellite navigation technology.

Navy orders 46 electronic warfare jammers for Navy F/A-18 fighter-bombers

PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md., 12 Aug. 2015. Electronic warfare (EW) experts at the Exelis Inc. in Clifton, N.J., will provide the U.S. Navy with 46 sophisticated EW systems designed to protect Navy combat aircraft from incoming radar-guided missiles.

Rockwell Collins provides prototype differential GPS for JPALS risk reduction

Rockwell Collins provides prototype differential GPS for JPALS risk reduction

PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md., 12 Aug. 2015. U.S. Navy shipboard electronics experts needed a precision Global Positioning System (GPS) satellite navigation system for a differential GPS-based carrier landing system. They found their solution from Rockwell Collins in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Lockheed Martin wins commercial Atlas launch contract for EchoStar XIX communications satellite

Lockheed Martin wins commercial Atlas launch contract for EchoStar XIX communications satellite

DENVER, 11 Aug. 2015. EchoStar Corp. (NASDAQ:SATS) officials sought a provider of commercial launch services for its EchoStar XIX communications satellite, scheduled to launch in late 2016 on a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. They found their launch provider in Lockheed Martin Commercial Launch Services, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Lockheed Martin Corp. (NYSE:LMT).

Will there be light at the end of the supply chain tunnel?

Will there be light at the end of the supply chain tunnel?

By Locatory.com staff
Unquestionably, aviation aftermarket today is a vital segment of the entire industry. Currently valued at more than $28 billion dollars, it accounts for nearly half of the maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) market pie.

Boeing continues development on XS-1 reusable hypersonic unmanned spacecraft

Boeing continues development on XS-1 reusable hypersonic unmanned spacecraft

ARLINGTON, Va., 11 Aug. 2015. U.S. military researchers are pushing forward with a project to design a reusable hypersonic unmanned spacecraft able to carry and deploy 3,000-to-5,000-pound satellites to low-Earth orbit (LEO) for less than $5 million per launch.

Lockheed Martin to provide flight computers for MC-130J special-ops aircraft

McCLELLAN, Calif., 10 Aug. 2015. U.S. military microelectronics experts are asking Lockheed Martin Corp. to upgrade special-operations flight computers aboard the U.S. Air Force MC-130J Commando II special-ops aircraft, as well as manufacture several of the upgraded airborne computers.

Rockwell Collins acquires ICG, adds satellite-based communication products

Rockwell Collins acquires ICG, adds satellite-based communication products

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa, 7 Aug. 2015. Rockwell Collins (NYSE:COL) has acquired International Communications Group (ICG), a provider of satellite-based global voice and data communication products and services for the aviation industry, in Newport News, Va., for roughly $50 million.

Bell Helicopter Training Academy opens doors with flight simulators, tower, flight line, maintenance hangar

Bell Helicopter Training Academy opens doors with flight simulators, tower, flight line, maintenance hangar

FORT WORTH, Texas, 6 Aug. 2015. Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, opened the Bell Helicopter Training Academy (BTA) in Fort Worth, Texas. The 86,000 square-foot facility includes full flight simulators, new and updated flight technology demonstrators, a dedicated tower and flight line, a maintenance hangar, and classrooms.

Manufacturing Day Builds Futures for Many

Manufacturing Day builds futures for many, industry

In October, thousands of manufacturers, colleges, and trade schools across the country will celebrate Manufacturing Day by opening their doors and inviting young people to experience modern manufacturing. The annual national event, executed at the local level, is designed to dispel the prevalent misconceptions about our industry and also address the serious skilled labor gap that now exists.

Corporate aviation bizjet sales and supplies booming, on tap to reach $21B this year

Corporate aviation bizjet sales and supplies booming, on tap to reach $21B this year

LONDON, 5 August 2015. The business jet (bizjet) market is growing and will reach $21 billion this year due to a strengthening global economy and a rise in the high net worth individual population, according to Visiongain’s new 263-page “Business Jet Market Report 2015-2025.”

Mitsubishi Aircraft opens Seattle Engineering Center to accelerate MRJ conformity, provide flight test support

Mitsubishi Aircraft opens Seattle Engineering Center to accelerate MRJ conformity, provide flight test support

SEATTLE, 5 Aug. 2015. Officials at Mitsubishi Aircraft Corp. opened and started full operations of the Seattle Engineering Center (SEC) in Seattle, Washington. SEC, an engineering arm of subsidiary Mitsubishi Aircraft Corp. America Inc., enables Mitsubishi Aircraft to tap professional expertise on aircraft development in the global hub of the aviation industry and to accelerate the development of the Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ), officials say.

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