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Upgraded Blue Sky Networks asset-tracking software has SMS and email formatting

LA JOLLA, Calif., 2 March 2015. Blue Sky Network (BSN) in La Jolla, Calif., is introducing upgrades to the company's SkyRouter’s Alert Notification system for tracking aircraft and other assets by satellite.

Aerospace company SNC acquires 328 Support Services GmbH aircraft business

Aerospace company SNC acquires 328 Support Services GmbH aircraft business

LONDON, 27 Feb. 2015. Sierra Nevada Corp. (SNC) has acquired a United Kingdom- and Germany-based aircraft company, 328 Support Services GmbH. The company 328 owns the type certificate and intellectual property (IP) rights for design, manufacturing, maintenance, and certification of the 200 existing Dornier 328 (D328) prop and jet aircraft.

Textron Systems unveils web-based geospatial image exploitation capability

Textron Systems unveils web-based geospatial image exploitation capability

STERLING, Va., 27 Feb. 2015. Textron Systems Geospatial Solutions, a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) business, is unveiling the beta release of its RVcloud web-based Electronic Light Table (ELT), providing many of the image exploitation capabilities in its RemoteView geospatial intelligence (GEOINT) software.

Panasonic Avionics selects Intertrust ExpressPlay Marlin for X Series IFE platform

Panasonic Avionics selects Intertrust ExpressPlay Marlin for X Series IFE platform

LAKE FOREST, Calif., 26 Feb. 2015. Panasonic Avionics Corp. (Panasonic) engineers incorporated Intertrust’s ExpressPlay Marlin Digital Rights Management (DRM) technology into the Panasonic eXW wireless in-flight entertainment (IFE) system to protect and manage in-flight content libraries.

Boeing selects BAE Systems flight control electronics for 777X aircraft

Boeing selects BAE Systems flight control electronics for 777X aircraft

ENDICOTT, N.Y., 26 Feb. 2015. The Boeing Company officials have selected BAE Systems to provide the Remote Electronic Units (REU) for both variants of the Boeing 777X commercial aircraft.

RESTON, Va., 24 Feb. 2015. Rolls-Royce officials have appointed Marion C. Blakey as president and chief executive officer (CEO) of Rolls-Royce North America and chair of the Rolls-Royce North America Board of Directors, replacing James M. Guyette who will be retiring in May.

AIA’s Blakey named president and CEO of Rolls-Royce North America

RESTON, Va., 24 Feb. 2015. Rolls-Royce officials have appointed Marion C. Blakey as president and chief executive officer (CEO) of Rolls-Royce North America and chair of the Rolls-Royce North America Board of Directors, replacing James M. Guyette who will be retiring in May.

U.S. air traffic control/management (ATC/ATM) system

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University to host NextGen 101

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., 24 Feb. 2015. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University will be presenting a two-day NextGen 101 workshop, on the U.S. air traffic control/management (ATC/ATM) system, in Washington, D.C., 23-24 June 2105.

VPT expands high-reliability, COTS line with encapsulated, 250-watt DC-DC converter

VPT expands high-reliability, COTS line with encapsulated, 250-watt DC-DC converter

BLACKSBURG, Va., 24 Feb. 2015. VPT Inc., a HEICO company (NYSE:HEI) with headquarters in Blacksburg, Va., is introducing the latest addition to the company’s high-reliability commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) product line – VPT250-2800S Series single output 250-watt isolated DC-DC converters – to meet growing power conversion needs in military vehicles, weapons, and rugged systems requiring high reliability.

FPGA with an integrated AFDX avionics databus for commercial aircraft offered by MEN Micro

BLUE BELL, Pa. 23 Feb. 2015. MEN Micro Inc. in Blue Bell, Pa., is introducing the CS1 field-programmable gate array (FPGA) chip with an integrated AFDX avionics databus protocol for commercial aircraft data networking.

Zen Technologies and Rockwell Collins debut rotary-wing simulator, enter military flight simulation market

Zen Technologies and Rockwell Collins debut rotary-wing simulator, enter military flight simulation market

BANGALORE, 20 Feb. 2015. Zen Technologies and Rockwell Collins have jointly unveiled a next-generation, rotary-wing simulator at Aero India 2015 in Bangalore. The companies are partnering and combining their strengths in simulation and training to offer advanced and high-fidelity military flight simulation solutions.

Heroux-Devtek and C&L partner to enhance in-service support for Saab 340 aircraft operators

Heroux-Devtek and C&L partner to enhance in-service support for Saab 340 aircraft operators

LONGUEUIL, Quebec, 18 Feb. 2015. Héroux-Devtek UK, a subsidiary of Héroux-Devtek Inc. (TSX:HRX), an international manufacturer of aerospace products in Canada, has entered into a strategic alliance with C&L Aviation Group in the United States to enhance the global maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) services and support available to operators of all variants of the Saab 340 aircraft family.

FAA proposes regulations to facilitate integration of small UAS into U.S. aviation system

FAA proposes regulations to facilitate integration of small UAS into U.S. aviation system

WASHINGTON, 17 Feb. 2015. Officials in the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in Washington have proposed a framework of regulations allowing routine use of certain small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in the national aviation system, and accommodating future technological innovations.

FAA achieves critical milestone with proposed rule on commercial UAV use, AUVSI's Wynne says

FAA achieves critical milestone with proposed rule on commercial UAV use, AUVSI's Wynne says

ARLINGTON, Va., 17 Feb. 2015. President and CEO of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), Brian Wynne, calls the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA’s) proposed rule for small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) "a good first step" to allow commercial use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS).

FAA small UAS rule is important first step in airspace integration, says AIA’s Blakey

FAA small UAS rule is important first step in airspace integration, says AIA’s Blakey

ARLINGTON, Va., 17 Feb. 2015. The Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA’s) draft regulations for the use of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), also known as drones, is “an important step towards the integration of UAS into civil airspace,” says Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) President and CEO Marion C. Blakey.

Rugged XMC video and graphics module for civil and military avionics offered by Aitech

CHATSWORTH, Calif., 16 Feb. 2015. Aitech Defense Systems Inc. in Chatsworth, Calif., is introducing the rugged M596 embedded video and graphics Express Mezzanine Card (XMC) for harsh environments that have versatile video overlay and capture requirements.

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