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EIAST builds primay satellite manufacturing facility, preps to produce KhalifaSat

EIAST builds primay satellite manufacturing facility, preps to produce KhalifaSat

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, 21 Aug. 2014. The Emirates Institution for Advanced Science and Technology (EIAST) is constructing its primary satellite manufacturing facility, which includes a clean room and electrical and mechanical labs. This facility marks the first phase of a larger development dedicated to satellite manufacturing; the whole project is expected to be completed within two years.

DynCorp International and NASA make history with WB-57 aircraft rebuild

DynCorp International and NASA make history with WB-57 aircraft rebuild

FORT WORTH, Texas, 21 Aug. 2014. DynCorp International (DI) and NASA engineers, mechanics, and logisticians working on the NASA Aircraft Maintenance Operational Support (AMOS) program have made aviation history by reconstructing a WB-57 aircraft 40 years follows its last mission.

Methodology and certification roadmap key to standards compliance, addressing goals of regulatory authorities, says LDRA’s StClair

Methodology and certification roadmap key to standards compliance, addressing goals of regulatory authorities, says LDRA’s StClair

An avionics regulations and certification expert from LDRA describes the FAA National Systems, Software and Airborne Electronic Hardware conference, which the company is co-sponsoring, and the path to certification.

Greece, U.S. continue to enhance NATO airpower

Greece, U.S. continue to enhance NATO airpower

SOUDA BAY, Greece, 20 Aug. 2014. The bilateral training between Greek and U.S. air forces continues this week with more large-force employments (LFE).

Orbital completes cargo delivery to ISS, plans next mission, praises public-private partnership

Orbital completes cargo delivery to ISS, plans next mission, praises public-private partnership

DULLES, Va., 19 Aug. 2014. Orbital Sciences Corp. (NYSE:ORB) has completed its third cargo delivery mission to the International Space Station (ISS) in the past 10 months, including the initial demonstration flight completed in October 2013 and the first two operational missions under the company’s $1.9 billion Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) contract with NASA. Its third CRS mission of 2014 is currently scheduled to take place in mid-October.

Pilatus Centre Canada (PCC), in association with Northeast Engineering & Development Ltd., has recieved a Transport Canada Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for the new Pilatus PC-12 Enhanced Vision System (EVS).

Pilatus Centre Canada wins STC for Pilatus PC-12 high-definition enhanced vision system

THUNDER BAY, Ontario, 19 Aug. 2014. Pilatus Centre Canada (PCC), in association with Northeast Engineering & Development Ltd., has received a Transport Canada Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for the new Pilatus PC-12 Enhanced Vision System (EVS).

Cathay Pacific airlines chooses avionics interface from Ballard to safeguard flight controls

Cathay Pacific airlines chooses avionics interface from Ballard to safeguard flight controls

EVERETT, Wash., 18 Aug. 2014. Avionics integrators at Cathay Pacific airlines in Hong Kong needed avionics interface technology to protect flight-critical aircraft control systems aboard long-range passenger jets from potential corruption from in-flight entertainment and other non-flight-critical systems. They found their solution from Ballard Technology Inc. in Everett, Wash.

Navy asks Raytheon to upgrade electronic subsystems in AIM-9X Block II air-to-air missile

Navy asks Raytheon to upgrade electronic subsystems in AIM-9X Block II air-to-air missile

PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md., 18 Aug. 2014. Air-to-air missile designers at the Raytheon Co. Missile Systems segment in Tucson, Ariz., will make several subsystem upgrades to the AIM-9X Block II aircraft-launched heat-seeking missile under terms of a $44 million contract modification.

Logicircuit

Leverage COTS IP to speed development, comply with requirements, and mitigate SEE, urges Logicircuit’s Lange

An avionics regulations and certification expert from Logicircuit describes the upcoming FAA National Systems, Software and Airborne Electronic Hardware conference and its value, commercial off-the-shelf IP, and the path to certification.

Aerojet Rocketdyne tests rocket motor for Low Earth Orbiting Nanosatellite Integrated Defense Autonomous System

Aerojet Rocketdyne tests rocket motor for Low Earth Orbiting Nanosatellite Integrated Defense Autonomous System

SACRAMENTO, Calif., 14 Aug. 2014. Aerojet Rocketdyne’s Low Earth Orbiting Nanosatellite Integrated Defense Autonomous System (LEONIDAS) first-stage, solid-propellant rocket motor (LEO-46) has completed a hot-fire static test at the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) at Edwards Air Force Base in California.

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Aerospace technology leaders open SAE 2014 Aerospace Systems and Technology Conference

WARRENDALE, Pa., 13 Aug. 2014. SAE International is holding the SAE 2014 Aerospace Systems and Technology Conference 23-25 Sept. 2014 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Neil R. Garrigan, executive manager, Advanced Technology Systems, Programs and Strategy at GE Aviation, is delivering the keynote speech to open the conference.

Sikorsky, Boeing to build SB>1 Defiant helicopter technology demonstrator for future vertical lift

Sikorsky, Boeing to build SB>1 Defiant helicopter technology demonstrator for future vertical lift

WASHINGTON, 13 Aug. 2014. U.S. Army Aviation Technology Directorate (AATD) officials have contracted Boeing (NYSE:BA) and Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX), to continue developing the SB>1 Defiant medium-lift helicopter for the U.S. Army’s Joint Multi-Role Technology Demonstrator Phase 1 program (JMR TD), designed to pave the way for the next generation of vertical lift aircraft.

ETC installs altitude chambers at Spanish Air Force aerospace training center

ETC installs altitude chambers at Spanish Air Force aerospace training center

SOUTHAMPTON, Pa., 12 Aug. 2014. Environmental Tectonics Corp. delivered and installed two altitude training and research chambers at the Spanish Air Force’s (SPAF’s) aerospace medical training center (CIMA) in Madrid, Spain.

Big-data analytics framework released for public beta testing

NEWARK, Del., 12 August 2014. ET International Inc. (ETI) has released a beta version of its HAMR big-data analytics framework for testing. After an extensive period of collaborative R&D and private testing, HAMR is now available for market-wide testing by developers and data scientists.

Navy chooses secure data transfer units from Physical Optics for carrier-based combat jets

Navy chooses secure data transfer units from Physical Optics for carrier-based combat jets

JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, N.J., 11 Aug. 2014. U.S. Navy air warfare experts needed encrypted data transfer units for the carrier-based F/A-18E/F fighter-bombers and EA-18G electronic warfare jets. They found their solution from Physical Optics Corp. in Torrance, Calif.

Scoot adopts Rockwell Collins Dispatch 100 avionics support program for Boeing 787 Dreamliner fleet

Scoot adopts Rockwell Collins Dispatch 100 avionics support program for Boeing 787 Dreamliner fleet

SINGAPORE, 8 Aug. 2014. Scoot Pte Ltd., a subsidiary and budget long-haul carrier of Singapore Airlines, has selected Rockwell Collins’ Dispatch 100 avionics service and asset management program for its new fleet of 20 Boeing 787 Dreamliners.

FAA

LDRA and Logicircuit sponsor FAA certification conference on systems, software, airborne electronic hardware policy and practice changes

ALPHARETTA, Ga., 8 Aug. 2014. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is hosting the 2014 National Systems, Software, and Airborne Electronic Hardware Conference, co-sponsored by Logicircuit in Alpharetta, Ga., and LDRA in Wirral, U.K. This year’s conference, to be held 23-25 Sept. 2014 in Los Angeles, Calif., connects industry members and regulators to discuss recent significant changes to policy and practice in aircraft systems, software, and hardware.

U.S. Air Force

DRS Technologies to overhaul U.S. Air Force Halvorsen aircraft loader/transporter under $175 million contract

ARLINGTON, Va., 7 Aug. 2014. U.S. Air Force officials sought a technology partner to support the military organization’s fleet of Halvorsen 25K Aircraft Cargo Loaders around the globe. They found a partner in DRS Technologies Inc., a Finmeccanica Company, in Arlington, Va.

MRO

Military aircraft maintenance, repair, and overhaul market worth nearly $50 billion

LONDON, 7 Aug. 2014. Competition in the maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) market is increasing dramatically, as companies are hard pressed to make profits in a market ever more focused on performance and efficiencies, according to visiongain analysts. At the same, they say, aerospace technology is growing much more sophisticated, requiring MRO providers to make larger investments in the equipment and skills required to service next-generation aerospace platforms and components.

MRO

Fast changing market and requirements demand a new approach to civil aviation MRO

From the advent of new manufacturing materials to new entertainment systems, the civil aviation support industry is changing dramatically, and these changes have a knock-on effect on the companies that specialize in maintenance of aviation assets, component repair shops, as well as original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). All parties involved in maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) can adapt and remain competitive in a landscape of rapidly advancing technologies, explains Kevin Deal, vice president for aerospace & defense at IFS North America.

commercial space

NovaWurks taps industry veteran to lead new commercial space-based services arm

LOS ALAMITOS, Calif., 5 Aug. 2014. “Traditional space programs will not survive without a new and innovative entrepreneurial strategy,” says Talbot Jaeger, founder and chief technologist at NovaWurks. NovaWurks Inc., a provider of high-technology space products and services, appointed industry veteran Paul Lithgow as chief, advanced concepts overseeing the company’s commercial arm in growing space-based services and technologies projects.

Boeing 737

China Eastern increases maintenance, engineering efficiency with Boeing Airplane Health Management

SEATTLE, 5 Aug. 2014. China Eastern Airlines, reportedly China’s largest operator of Boeig 737 passenger jets, and its subsidiaries Shanghai Airlines and China United Airlines are implementing Boeing Airplane Health Management (AHM) to improve maintenance and engineering operations efficiency across China Eastern's growing fleets.

SPAWAR aims at upgrading MIDS LVT terminals to comply with JTRS software and protocols

SPAWAR aims at upgrading MIDS LVT terminals to comply with JTRS software and protocols

SAN DIEGO, 4 Aug. 2014. Military communications experts from two U.S. defense contractors are upgrading military tactical data communications terminals to standards of the Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS).

AAR to overhaul power electronics on U.S. Army UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters

GARDEN CITY, N.Y., 1 August 2014. AAR (NYSE:AIR) won a five-year contract, valued at more than $23 million, from the U.S. Army to upgrade and overhaul auxiliary power units (APUs) for its UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters.

Exelis delivers enhanced electronic warfare technology for U.S. Navy F/A-18 Aircraft

Exelis delivers enhanced electronic warfare technology for U.S. Navy F/A-18 Aircraft

CLIFTON, N.J., 31 July 2014. Exelis has delivered next-generation electronic self-protection systems to the U.S. Navy for its F/A-18 fighter aircraft.

Exelis, Korn Ferry, and Points of Light accepting applications for military-to-civilian leadership transformation program

MCLEAN, Va., 30 July 2014. Aerospace and defense company Exelis (NYSE:XLS) through its Exelis Action Corps employee volunteer service program—together with Korn Ferry (NYSE:KFY), a source of leadership and talent consulting services, and Points of Light, a nonprofit focused on volunteer service—is hosting the free Leveraging Military Leadership Program (LMLP) to help veterans apply their leadership experience to civilian positions.

Passenger group: Airlines should disclose routes for international flights over conflict zones

Passenger group: Airlines should disclose routes for international flights over conflict zones

WASHINGTON, 29 July 2014. U.S.-based airline passenger organization FlyersRights.org is calling on all airlines to provide detailed route maps on their websites, enabling passengers on international flights to decide whether to take such flights, in light of the shoot down of the MH 17 flight over eastern Ukraine.

Air Force looking into advanced staring infrared search and track for fighter aircraft

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB, Ohio, 28 July 2014. U.S. Air Force electro-optics researchers are reaching out to industry for ideas and enabling technologies for a next-generation infrared search-and-track (IRST) system to provide advanced passive surveillance, tracking, and target-acquisition capability for military combat aircraft.

Lee Air chooses ARINC 429 databus interfaces from GE for Cessna aircraft

HUNTSVILLE, Ala., 28 July 2014. Avionics designers at Lee Air Inc. in Wichita, Kan., needed ARINC 429 databus interface for PC/104-Plus embedded computing systems for Cessna aircraft. They found their solution from GE Intelligent Platforms in Huntsville, Ala.

Dubai

COMSOFT and skyguide partner to advance aeronautical information management

DUBAI, U.A.E., 25 July 2014. Skyguide and COMSOFT officials have entered into a partnership to advance aeronautical information management (AIM) and COMSOFT’s AIM core product CADAS-AIMDB, designed to assist air navigation service providers (ANSPs) as they implement the ICAO AIS to AIM roadmap.

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