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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.

Boeing upgrades, tests NATO AWACS aircraft with Rockwell Collins avionics

Boeing upgrades, tests NATO AWACS aircraft with Rockwell Collins avionics

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa, 25 March 2015. The Boeing Company completed the first test flight of a North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) aircraft with Flight2 integrated avionics system from Rockwell Collins in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The flight deck upgrade replaces existing analog instruments with a modern integrated avionics system that meets the 2020 Communication, Navigation, Surveillance/Air Traffic Management (CNS/ATM) mandates. Rockwell Collins is providing large displays and controls, Flight Management System (FMS), and new communication and navigation equipment under the program.

Innovative Solutions & Support tests and delivers NextGen C-130 flight deck

Innovative Solutions & Support tests and delivers NextGen C-130 flight deck

EXTON, Pa., 25 March 2015. Innovative Solutions & Support Inc. (IS&S) (NASDAQ:ISSC) completed the flight testing and customer delivery of its NextGen Flight Management System (FMS) on the C-130 aircraft. “This extensive flight deck upgrade transforms the cockpits on both C-130 and L-100-30 aircraft, integrating legacy and newly installed equipment into a common advanced cockpit,” IS&S officials say.

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.

Hainan Airlines orders Rockwell Collins head-up guidance systems

Hainan Airlines orders Rockwell Collins head-up guidance systems

HAIFOU, China, 24 March 2015. Hainan Airlines officials in China needed a modern display to aid pilots of its new and in-service Next-Generation Boeing 737 aircraft and flight simulators. They found their solution at Rockwell Collins in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, opting to improve safety and performance by equipping an undisclosed number of aircraft and flight simulators with Rockwell Collins’ Head-up Guidance System (HGS).

Space company Astrotech acquires imaging technology in auction

Space company Astrotech acquires imaging technology in auction

AUSTIN, Texas, 24 March 2015. Astrotech Corp. (Nasdaq:ASTC), a provider of disruptive technology solutions, acquired certain key assets and intellectual property from Image Trends Inc. during a bankruptcy auction. Company officials coupled the acquired technologies, intellectual property, and know-how with selected high-performance space imaging technologies to establish Astral Images Inc., intended to revolutionize the film-to-digital conversion process for the new ultra-high definition 4K standards, affirms Thomas B. Pickens, CEO of Astrotech.

Army places $241.7 million order with Sikorsky to build 22 new UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters

REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala., 23 March 2015. U.S. Army aviation experts are ordering 22 late-model UH-60M Black Hawk utility helicopters for missions like armed reconnaissance and troop transport, medical evacuations, and search and rescue.

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.

U.S. Army Research Lab advanced dashboard may change military aviation

U.S. Army Research Lab advanced dashboard may change military aviation

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md., 19 March 2015. A futuristic dashboard could change the way Army aviation operates, allowing for autonomous location tracking and updates on the health of an aircraft even at the material level, according to U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) scientists.

Sparton acquires Stealth.com, expands into ruggedized electronics space

Sparton acquires Stealth.com, expands into ruggedized electronics space

SCHAUMBURG, Ill., 19 March 2015. Sparton Corp.’s (NYSE:SPA) wholly owned subsidiary, Sparton of Canada Ltd., has acquired Stealth.com Inc., an Ontario-based manufacturer of built-to-order and custom-configured ruggedized computers and peripherals – such as mini PCs, rackmount server PCs, portable PCs, and touch-screen displays – for military, government, industrial, and commercial applications.

SAIC services to support U.S. Strategic Command systems and missions

SAIC services to support U.S. Strategic Command systems and missions

MCLEAN, Va., 19 March 2015. Science Applications International Corp. (NYSE:SAIC) in McLean, Va., won a subcontract from Constellation West, a provider of mission-critical technology solutions for the U.S. government, to support the U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) Systems and Missions Support (USAMS) III program.

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.

Navy shops for 1553-to-Ethernet interface boxes for Marine UH-1Y and AH-1Z helicopters

PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md. 16 March 2015. U.S. Navy avionics experts are reaching out to industry to find interface boxes that convert MIL-STD-1553 signals to Ethernet for use aboard the Marine Corps UH-1Y utility helicopter and the AH-1Z attack helicopter.

Navy orders E-2D maritime patrol aircraft from Northrop Grumman for $148.3 million

PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md., 16 March 2015. U.S. Navy aviation experts are ordering one advanced E-2D maritime radar surveillance aircraft from its manufacturer, Northrop Grumman Corp., under terms of a $148.3 million contract modification.

Marines ask ViaSat for hatch-mount SATCOM streaming-video antenna for KC-130J aircraft

QUANTICO MARINE BASE, Va., 16 March 2015. U.S. Marine Corps aviation experts needed hatch-mount satellite communications (SATCOM) antennas for the KC-130J Super Hercules utility turboprop aircraft. They found their solution from ViaSat Inc. in Carlsbad, Calif.

First Italian F-35A rolls off production line

First Italian F-35A rolls off production line

CAMERI, Italy, 12 March 2015. The Italian Ministry of Defense, Finmeccanica-Alenia Aermacchi, and Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT) achieved a milestone today when the first Italian F-35A Lightning II rolled out of the Final Assembly and Check Out (FACO) facility in Cameri, Italy. It is the first F-35A assembled internationally and the first of eight aircraft currently being assembled at Cameri.

Blue Med FAB and Aireon collaborate to optimize air traffic safety between Europe and Africa

Blue Med FAB and Aireon collaborate to optimize air traffic safety between Europe and Africa

MADRID, 12 March 2015. Officials at Blue Med Functional Airspace Block (FAB), a cooperative of air navigation service providers (ANSPs) in Cyprus, Greece, Italy, and Malta, have entered into an agreement with Aireon LLC, developer of a space-based global air traffic surveillance system in McLean, Va., to better streamline the flow of airspace over the Mediterranean area in compliance with the Single European Sky 2 (SESII) regulatory framework.

11 presumed dead after Black Hawk helicopter crashes during military training exercises

11 presumed dead after Black Hawk helicopter crashes during military training exercises

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla., 11 March 2015. Search-and-rescue crews are on the scene of a helicopter accident and recovering debris of the crashed aircraft near range site A-17 at Eglin Air Force Base (AFB), a few miles southwest of Valparaiso in Okaloosa County, Florida. Eleven, including four aircrew and seven Marines, are presumed dead.

Aerospace materials market to grow globally through 2019

Aerospace materials market to grow globally through 2019

DALLAS, 11 March 2015. The global aerospace materials market is projected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 6.6 percent through 2019, when its value will reach $18.5 billion, according to market analysts at RnRMarketResearch.com.

World ATM Congress draws thousands from around the world to Madrid

World ATM Congress draws thousands from around the world to Madrid

MADRID, 11 March 2015. The third edition of World ATM Congress continues this week at the IFEMA Feria de Madrid in Spain. Organizers from the Air Traffic Control Association (ATCA) and Civil Air Navigation Services Organization (CANSO) expect the 2015 event to top last year’s record attendance of 6,265 individuals from around the world.

ATCA and CANSO open 2015 World ATM Congress in Madrid

ATCA and CANSO open 2015 World ATM Congress in Madrid

MADRID, 10 March 2015. Officials at the Air Traffic Control Association (ATCA) and Civil Air Navigation Services Organization (CANSO) opened the third edition of the World Air Traffic Management (ATM) Congress today in Madrid, Spain.

Exelis to provide airfield monitoring solutions to Los Angeles International Airport

Exelis to provide airfield monitoring solutions to Los Angeles International Airport

HERNDON, Va., 10 March 2015. Officials at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), Calif., sought to enhance airport safety and efficiency. They found their solution at Exelis (NYSE:XLS), a provider of critical network systems, selecting the company’s airfield monitoring solutions.

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. 

Boeing moves ahead with upgrading strategic communications on airborne command post

TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla., 9 March 2015. Military strategic communications experts at the Boeing Co. are moving forward on a major project to upgrade a low-frequency airborne communications designed to connect U.S. command authorities with submerged ballistic missile submarines in times of national emergency.

Orbital ATK to build and upgrade aircraft missile-warning in $30.7 million contract

PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md., 9 March 2015. Missile-defense experts at Orbital ATK Inc. in Clearwater, Fla., will build, upgrade, and repair AN/AAR-47 (V) missile-warning set assemblies under terms of a potential $30.7 million U.S. Navy contract.

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.

Rolls-Royce to boost power, fuel efficiency of new Bell 407GXP helicopter

Rolls-Royce to boost power, fuel efficiency of new Bell 407GXP helicopter

ORLANDO, 5 March 2015. Engineers at Bell Helicopter in Fort Worth, Texas, are powering the new Bell 407GXP helicopter with upgraded M250 engines from Rolls-Royce in London. The companies signed a long-term agreement to purchase the enhanced M250 engines, designed to boost power and fuel efficiency.

Robinson Helicopter enters into 10-year contract, continues powering R66 helicopter with Rolls-Royce RR300 engines

Robinson Helicopter enters into 10-year contract, continues powering R66 helicopter with Rolls-Royce RR300 engines

ORLANDO, 5 March 2015. Officials at Robinson Helicopter Company in Torrance, Calif., have elected to power the company’s R66 gas-turbine helicopter with RR300 engines from Rolls-Royce in London. The company’s signed a 10-year agreement whereby Rolls-Royce will supply at least 1,000 RR300 engines for Robinson Helicopter’s R66 aircraft.

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