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Futuristic aircraft part from Boeing Research & Technology undergoes structural testing at NASA

Futuristic aircraft part from Boeing Research & Technology undergoes structural testing at NASA

WASHINGTON, 18 Dec. 2014. Scientists and engineers at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va., are testing part of a futuristic hybrid wing body aircraft constructed of carbon-fiber material.

Boeing, South African Airways use energy-rich tobacco to make sustainable aviation biofuel

Boeing, South African Airways use energy-rich tobacco to make sustainable aviation biofuel

MARBLE HALL, South Africa, 17 Dec. 2014. Boeing [NYSE:BA] and South African Airways (SAA) are using energy-rich tobacco plants from South African farmers to aid in the production of sustainable aviation biofuel.

Boeing selects Aircelle titanium exhaust systems for GE Aviation engines on 777X jetliner

Boeing selects Aircelle titanium exhaust systems for GE Aviation engines on 777X jetliner

LE HAVRE, France, 16 Dec. 2014. Aircelle (Safran) will produce titanium exhaust systems for the Boeing 777X commercial jetliner, according to what is the nacelle manufacturer's first major supplier win with the airframe manufacturer. 

Alaska Center for Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration selects VTOL UAS from ING Robotic Aviation

Alaska Center for Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration selects VTOL UAS from ING Robotic Aviation

OTTAWA, Ontario, 16 Dec. 2014. Officials at the Alaska Center for Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration (ACUASI) sought a robotic aircraft, also known as a drone, for research into systems integration and specific unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) applications, as well as to increase the center’s focus on robust Arctic-proven technology. They found their solution at ING Robotic Aviation: the company's Responder rotary-wing unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) system.

Northrop Grumman moves to next phase of DARPA aircraft laser missile-defense program

ARLINGTON, Va., 15 Dec. 2014. Laser weapons experts at the Northrop Grumman Corp. Aerospace Systems segment in Redondo Beach, Calif., are moving forward with a military research program to use lasers for defending manned and unmanned military aircraft from heat-seeking missiles.

ARINC 429 and ARINC 717 Mini PCI Express board for avionics applications introduced by DDC

BOHEMIA, N.Y., 15 Dec. 2014. Data Device Corp. in Bohemia, N.Y., is introducing the DD-40001H060 ARINC 429 and ARINC 717 Mini PCI Express avionics databus board for a variety of commercial aviation and business aviation avionics applications.

F-35 military aircraft MRO

Maintenance, repair, overhaul, and upgrade facilities named for F-35 military airframes, engines in Europe

WASHINGTON, 12 Dec. 2014. U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) officials have issued the first F-35 Regional Maintenance, Repair, Overhaul and Upgrade (MRO&U) facility assignments. These initial MRO&U assignments will support near-term engine and airframe F-35 overseas operations and maintenance, and will be reviewed and updated in approximately five years.

WIRRAL, U.K., 11 Dec. 2014. LDRA has integrated the LDRA tool suite with the next-generation Wind River VxWorks 7 real-time operating system (RTOS) to achieve compliance with industry safety- and security-critical standards.

LDRA unveils software verification on VxWorks 7 platform

WIRRAL, U.K., 11 Dec. 2014. LDRA has integrated the LDRA tool suite with the next-generation Wind River VxWorks 7 real-time operating system (RTOS) to achieve compliance with industry safety- and security-critical standards.

Risk analysis and staying informed help MRO businesses conquer supply-chain issues this holiday travel season

Risk analysis and staying informed can help MRO businesses conquer supply-chain issues this holiday travel season

If you’ve been keeping up with conversations around the hangar, you’ve likely noticed all the talk these days about supply-chain management in aerospace maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO). Supply-chain management techniques, including supply-chain mapping and risk analysis, have emerged as major contributors to efficient aviation maintenance and repair.

Munich Airport flight information display system powered by Matrox graphics cards

Munich Airport flight information display system powered by Matrox graphics cards

MUNICH, 9 Dec. 2014. Flughafen München GmbH officials overseeing Munich Airport, the second busiest airport in Germany behind Frankfurt, sought to modernize the airport’s flight information display system (FIDS). They found their solution at InoNet, hiring the company to integrate a 72-monitor video wall driven by Matrox M-Series multi-display graphics cards.

Lightning and surge protection for top-mount electronics introduced by Times Microwave

WALLINGFORD, Conn., 8 Dec. 2014. Times Microwave Systems in Wallingford, Conn., is introducing the Times-Protect LP-GTV-T series of DC pass RF lightning and surge protection products for applications requiring DC voltage and current to power tower top-mounted electronics.

L-3 Link delivers F/A-18D Tactical Operational Flight Trainer to Royal Malaysian Air Force

L-3 Link delivers F/A-18D Tactical Operational Flight Trainer to Royal Malaysian Air Force

ARLINGTON, Texas, 4 Dec. 2014. L-3 Link Simulation & Training (L-3 Link) has delivered an F/A-18D Tactical Operational Flight Trainer (TOFT) to the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) in Butterworth, Malaysia.

Boeing ecoDemonstrator 787 logs first flight with green diesel as aviation biofuel

Boeing ecoDemonstrator 787 logs first flight with green diesel as aviation biofuel

SEATTLE, 4 Dec. 2014. Boeing’s [NYSE:BA] ecoDemonstrator 787 flight test airplane flew for the first time using "green diesel," a sustainable aviation biofuel blend of 15 percent green diesel and 85 percent petroleum jet fuel in the left engine.

CAE delivers first U.S. Army UH-72A flight simulator to Ft. Rucker

CAE delivers first U.S. Army UH-72A flight simulator to Ft. Rucker

ORLANDO, Fla., 2 Dec. 2014. The U.S. Army has accepted for training the first UH-72A flight training device (FTD) from CAE to be located at the U.S. Army's Aviation Center of Excellence (USAACE) at Ft. Rucker, Alabama. This news was announced today at the Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) in Orlando, Fla.

10-gigabyte connectors for aerospace and defense uses introduced by TE Connectivity

HARRISBURG, Pa., 1 Dec. 2014. TE Connectivity in Harrisburg, Pa., is introducing the CeeLok FAS-X connector that meets aerospace and military industry demand for 10-gigabyte-per-second requirements and other high-speed protocols such as IEEE 1394b I/O, Fibre channel networks and Modular D38999 for harsh environment applications.

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