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EASA modernizes performance based navigation rules and regulations

EASA modernizes performance based navigation rules and regulations

COLOGNE, Germany, 1 April 2015. European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) officials have published Opinion 3/2015, which proposes amendments to Performance Based Navigation (PBN)-related safety rules, including significant changes to the way PBN operations are regulated.

EASA recommends two crew in cockpit entire flight to avoid pilot lockouts, intentional crashes

EASA recommends two crew in cockpit entire flight to avoid pilot lockouts, intentional crashes

COLOGNE, Germany, 31 March 2015. The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) officials have published a temporary recommendation for airlines to ensure that at least two crew, including at least one qualified pilot, are in the flight crew compartment at all times of the flight.

VNX-based small-form-factor mission computer for avionics uses introduced by CES

GENEVA, Switzerland, 30 March 2015. CES-Creative Electronic Systems SA in Geneva, Switzerland, is introducing the ROCK-3210 rugged VNX small-form-factor mission computer for deployed avionics and aerospace applications.

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).

U.S. Air traffic control computers vulnerable to cyber security threats, GAO says

WASHINGTON, 23 March 2015. The U.S. commercial air traffic control (ATC) system is vulnerable to hackers and other cyber security threats, say auditors at the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) in Washington, the investigative arm of Congress.

Connectors and pins for rugged electronic circuit cards introduced by Mill-Max

OYSTER BAY, N.Y., 23 March 2015. Mill-Max Manufacturing Co. in Oyster Bay, N.Y., is introducing target connectors and pins for use in place of SMT pads on a printed circuit board as the mating surface for spring-loaded pins.

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.

Watertight connector for avionics, night-vision, and simulation introduced by LEMO

ROHNERT PARK, Calif., 16 March 2015. LEMO USA Inc. in Rohnert Park, Calif., is introducing the 0T series small-size watertight connector for aerospace and defense applications like aircraft communications, night-vision equipment, and simulation.

Garmin software upgrade adds electronic stability and protection for aircraft using G3X autopilot

Garmin software upgrade adds electronic stability and protection for aircraft using G3X autopilot

OLATHE, Kan., 13 March 2015. Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ:GRMN), announced the availability of Electronic Stability and Protection (ESP-X) technology – an electronic monitoring and stability augmentation system that assists the pilot in maintaining the aircraft in a stable flight condition – for aircraft using Garmin’s G3X autopilot servos.

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