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Cooperation, integration key to safe single airspace with civil and military aircraft, says Eurocontrol’s Director General

Cooperation, integration key to safe single airspace with civil and military aircraft, says Eurocontrol’s Director General

ATCA/CMAC, NATIONAL HARBOR, Md., 30 Sept. 2014. “Airspace should not be designated as either permanently civil or military but considered as a continuum in which all use requirements have to be accommodated to the greatest extent possible,” says Frank Brenner, director general of Eurocontrol, during the Air Traffic Control Association’s Civil/Military Aviation Conference (CMAC) in National Harbor, Md.

Air Traffic Control Association partners with Intelligent Aerospace

Air Traffic Control Association partners with Intelligent Aerospace

ATCA/CMAC, NATIONAL HARBOR, Md., 30 Sept. 2014. Intelligent Aerospace, the annual aerospace event and industry resource, and the Air Traffic Control Association (ATCA), the renowned industry association dedicated to progress in the science of air traffic control and the preservation of a safe flight environment in Alexandria, Va., have entered into a strategic partnership to jointly support and serve the rapidly expanding global aerospace community. The agreement was struck during ATCA’s 59th Annual Conference and Exposition and Civil/Military Aviation Conference (CMAC) being held this week, 28 September – 1 October 2014, in National Harbor, Maryland.

Air Traffic Control Association’s CMAC opens, fosters civil and military collaboration

Air Traffic Control Association’s CMAC opens, fosters civil and military collaboration

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md., 30 Sept. 2014. Opportunities exist for collaboration between civil and military organizations to increase the safety and efficiency of air traffic management, recognizes Peter Dumont, president and CEO of the Air Traffic Control Association (ATCA) during the association’s Civil/Military Aviation Conference (CMAC).

Power PRM for UAS and other SWAP-constrained military applications introduced by Vicor

ANDOVER, Mass., 29 Sept. 2014. Vicor Corp. in Andover, Mass., is introducing the power pre-regulator module (PRM) for unmanned aerial systems (UAS) and other military systems designs that focus on small size, weight, and power (SWAP).

Aircraft pilots benefit from modern cockpits with greater visual acuity, situational awareness, communications

Aircraft pilots benefit from modern cockpits with greater visual acuity, situational awareness, communications

CINCINNATI, Ohio, 25 Sept. 2014. “Visual acuity in the cockpit is a bigger problem than you might think,” describes Bruce S. Maxwell of Luma Technologies during the SAE Aerospace Systems and Technology Conference (ASTC) in Cincinnati, Ohio, this week. “The sun is the enemy; pilots are in and out of it all day long,” he says, showing an image of a pilot wearing dark sunglasses and a fully extended sun visor in the sunlit cockpit.

GE Aviation’s Garrigan stresses need to intelligently integrate with safety in mind

GE Aviation’s Garrigan stresses need to intelligently integrate with safety in mind

CINCINNATI, Ohio, 24 Sept. 2014. Neil R. Garrigan, executive manager - advanced integrated products at GE Aviation opened the SAE 2014 Aerospace Systems and Technology Conference (ASTC) this week in Cincinnati, Ohio, with a discussion of propulsion, power, and avionics technologies and systems integration. He stressed the need to “intelligently integrate” electronics systems and technologies.

GaN RF and microwave amplifier for X-band radar applications introduced by Comtech PST

MELVILLE, N.Y., 22 Sept. 2014. Comtech PST Corp. in Melville, N.Y., is introducing the model BMC858109-600 gallium nitride (GaN) RF amplifier for X-band radar applications.

FAA NextGen ADS-B

FAA asks industry to equip for NextGen, help to increase safety and efficiency

WASHINGTON, 19 Sept. 2014. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is holding an all-day “Call to Action” summit — to be held 28 October 2014 — to engage the aviation industry in meeting the 1 Jan. 2020 deadline to equip aircraft with new avionics technology.

Kontron debuts ACE Flight 600 airborne server with 4G LTE modem for enhanced ground communications, data loading

Kontron debuts ACE Flight 600 airborne server with 4G LTE modem for enhanced ground communications, data loading

POWAY, Calif., 16 Sept. 2014. Kontron is introducing its latest ACE Flight 600 general-purpose airborne servers with an integrated 4G LTE modem. This upgrade to the ACE Flight Server platform enables airlines to achieve a 3X or greater increase in the amount of wireless content loaded during aircraft turnarounds compared to the 3G modem version.

BAE Systems integrates Global Eagle Entertainment WISE streaming into IntelliCabin inflight entertainment system

BAE Systems integrates Global Eagle Entertainment WISE streaming into IntelliCabin inflight entertainment system

LOS ANGELES, Calif., 16 Sept. 2014. Global Eagle Entertainment Inc. (Nasdaq:ENT), a worldwide provider of content, connectivity, and digital media solutions to airlines, has entered into a strategic, technological relationship with BAE Systems, a global provider of defense, security, and aerospace systems. Global Eagle Entertainment’s WISE inflight streaming solution is being integrated with BAE Systems’ inflight entertainment (IFE) offering for commercial aircraft.

COTS analog module for flight test applications introduced by Curtiss-Wright

ASHBURN, Va., 15 Sept. 2014. The Curtiss-Wright Corp. Defense Solutions division in Ashburn, Va., is introducing the Acra KAM-500 ADC/136 commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) analog module for flight test instrumentation applications.

Aircell rebrands as Gogo Business Aviation, relocates headquarters to accommodate growth

Aircell rebrands as Gogo Business Aviation, relocates headquarters to accommodate growth

BROOMFIELD, Colo., 10 Sept. 2014. Gogo Inc. (NASDAQ:GOGO), a global aero-communications service provider, announces that Aircell, the company’s business aviation division, has rebranded as Gogo Business Aviation.

Enabling electric green taxis, fuel and cost savings with electromechanical power contactors integrating intelligent sensing and protective functions

High-tech, no-cost webinar today: Enabling electric green taxis, fuel and cost savings with electromechanical power contactors

FREE WEBINAR, 9 Sept. 2014. Jet fuel is a major expense for airlines, so saving even a fraction per flight can add up to considerable savings. Electric green taxi systems enable commercial airplanes to push back from the gate and taxi out to the runway without starting the main engines, adding up to millions of dollars in savings. Register now to attend this free, high-tech webinar from Intelligent Aerospace and TE Connectivity. 

High-power GaAs MMIC amplifier for X-band communications and radar introduced by M/A-COM

GaAs MMIC amplifier for X-band communications and radar introduced by M/A-COM

LOWELL, Mass., 8 Sept. 2014. M/A-COM Technology Solutions Inc. in Lowell, Mass., is introducing the MAAP-015036 high-power monolithic microwave integrated circuit (MMIC) amplifier for X-band communications and radar applications.

EASA certifies Rockwell Collins Aircraft Information Manager on 22 aircraft models

EASA certifies Rockwell Collins Aircraft Information Manager on 22 aircraft

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa, 4 Sept. 2014. European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) officials have certified Rockwell Collins’ Aircraft Information Manager (AIM)—the secure data transfer system for Pro Line Fusion, Pro Line 21, and Pro Line 4 avionics—for use on 22 aircraft models.

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