Features & Analysis

Former NASA Administrator Griffin urges government to reduce dependence on Russia, proactively pursue space, and clearly define goals and policy

Former NASA Administrator Griffin urges government to reduce dependence on Russia, proactively pursue space, and clearly define goals and policy

August 27, 2014

A former NASA administrator discusses current and future aerospace opportunities and challenges, including U.S. dependence on foreign aerospace technologies and capabilities. 

Methodology and certification roadmap key to standards compliance, addressing goals of regulatory authorities, says LDRA’s StClair

Methodology and certification roadmap key to standards compliance, addressing goals of regulatory authorities, says LDRA’s StClair

August 20, 2014

An avionics regulations and certification expert from LDRA describes the FAA National Systems, Software and Airborne Electronic Hardware conference, which the company is co-sponsoring, and the path to certification.

Logicircuit

Leverage COTS IP to speed development, comply with requirements, and mitigate SEE, urges Logicircuit’s Lange

August 15, 2014

An avionics regulations and certification expert from Logicircuit describes the upcoming FAA National Systems, Software and Airborne Electronic Hardware conference and its value, commercial off-the-shelf IP, and the path to certification.

Navy preparing for major presence of new P-8 maritime patrol jets at Whidbey Island NAS, Wash.

Navy preparing for major presence of new P-8 maritime patrol jets at Whidbey Island NAS, Wash.

August 11, 2014

SILVERDALE, Wash., 11 Aug. 2014. U.S. Navy maritime patrol experts are preparing for a major presence of the new Boeing P-8 Poseidon maritime patrol jet at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station in Oak Harbor, Wash., as the new jet slowly begins to replace the venerable Lockheed Martin P-3 Orion maritime patrol turboprop.

MRO

Fast changing market and requirements demand a new approach to civil aviation MRO

August 6, 2014

From the advent of new manufacturing materials to new entertainment systems, the civil aviation support industry is changing dramatically, and these changes have a knock-on effect on the companies that specialize in maintenance of aviation assets, component repair shops, as well as original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). All parties involved in maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) can adapt and remain competitive in a landscape of rapidly advancing technologies, explains Kevin Deal, vice president for aerospace & defense at IFS North America.

in-flight entertainment and connectivity

Copper and fiber co-exist in commercial aerospace

August 6, 2014

Aircraft depend increasingly on digital electronics for information and control. The trend toward MEA (more electric aircraft) highlights the transition from mechanical systems to electronically controlled systems. As the electronics content in both aircraft operation and passenger amenities continues to grow, so do the processing loads. Embedded computers are evolving to allow ever-increasing sophistication in flight sensors and radar. Distributed processing—moving the processing power from a centralized location to the point of use—still requires communication between boxes.

Navy to ask industry to develop laser weapon prototype for deployment on helicopters

Navy to ask industry to develop laser weapon prototype for deployment on helicopters

August 4, 2014

RIDGECREST, Calif., 4 Aug. 2014. U.S. Navy airborne weapons experts are ready to kick off a program to develop a high-energy laser weapon for manned and unmanned helicopters to perform a variety of military operations at sea.

Global military simulation and training market trending stable to downward through 2022

July 28, 2014

LONDON, 28 July 2014. The global military training and simulation market is set to take a slight dip over the next decade from $6.74 billion in 2013 to $6.36 billion in 2022 as military spending continues to shrink, say analysts at market researcher Frost & Sullivan in London.

Global demand for commercial passenger jets over next two decades set at 36,770 worth $5.2 trillion

Global demand for commercial passenger jets over next two decades set at 36,770 worth $5.2 trillion

July 21, 2014

FARNBOROUGH, England, 21 July 2014. Analysts at the Boeing Co. in Seattle predict global demand for commercial passenger jets will be 36,770 new airplanes over the next 20 years worth $5.2 trillion. Boeing, one of the world's largest commercial jet manufacturers, made its announcement this past week at the Farnborough International Airshow in Farnborough, England.

An SA-17 missile fired from a Buk launcher would make short work of a 777 passenger jumbo jet

An SA-17 missile fired from a Buk launcher would make short work of a 777 passenger jumbo jet

July 18, 2014

HOWARD'S TOWER BLOG, 18 July 2014. It looks like Malaysia Airlines had another really bad day yesterday. News reports say a Malaysia Airlines 777 jumbo jet en-route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur was shot down over Ukraine where government forces and Russian-backed separatists are locked in a civil war in the eastern region of the country.

Exelis

Airborne EW on the rise, focuses on A2AD and pivot to Pacific, says Andy Dunn of Exelis

July 10, 2014

"The biggest changes in the world [relate to] the Pivot to the Pacific and reacting to the anti-access/area-denial (A2AD) strategies. Electronic warfare (EW) demands in the past were to support ongoing conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, so the focus of those EW investments were counter-IED, for example, and other technologies to fight that war and counter the threats of those campaigns," explains Andrew "Andy" Dunn, VP, Business Development, Integrated & Electronic Warfare, Exelis Inc., Electronic Systems Division.

Accenture

Farnborough Airshow agenda: the biggest aerospace challenges and how to solve them

July 8, 2014

Most of the difficult challenges with building airplanes are well known, such as delivering them to market faster at lower costs, yet the solutions to them continue to be elusive or insufficient. In fact, well publicized delays in delivering major aircraft models to market have cost the industry billions of dollars.

Aviation authorities to brief industry this fall on UAS sense-and-avoid technologies

July 7, 2014

LAUREL, Md., 7 July 2014. U.S. government aviation authorities will meet with industry this fall to discuss lightweight sense-and-avoid technologies to enable unmanned aerial systems (UAS) to operate safely with manned aircraft in crowded civil airspace.

Navy asks Boeing to update obsolescent electronic modules in F/A-18 AESA airborne radar

June 30, 2014

PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md., 30 June 2014. Component obsolescence in advanced weapon systems is one of the most nagging and costly challenges of long-term systems development, but U.S. Navy officials are seeking to nip this problem in the bud for one of their newest airborne radar systems.

Chassis Plans

Enhancing displays used in unmanned aircraft systems ground control stations

June 26, 2014

Displays used in ground stations for unmanned vehicles must be usable not only in an indoor facility but also deployed in a field location such as a vehicle or out in the open where there may be direct sunlight. To use a standard LCD display several improvements must be made to improve the brightness, contrast and ruggedness of the display.  

Worldwide demand for altimeters and pitot tubes to grow 12.2 percent over next five years

Worldwide demand for altimeters and pitot tubes to grow 12.2 percent over next five years

June 23, 2014

DALLAS, 23 June 2014. The global market for aircraft altimeter systems and pitot tubes will rise 12.2 percent from an estimated $2.3 billion this year to $2.62 billion in 2019, predict analysts at market researcher Markets and Markets in Dallas. These sensors measure aircraft altitude and speed.

Three companies to design new L-band RF power amplifiers to improve GPS signals efficiency

Three companies to design new L-band RF power amplifiers to improve GPS signals efficiency

June 16, 2014

KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE, N.M., 16 June 2014. U.S. Global Positioning System (GPS) satellites may be on the way to becoming smaller and more power efficient with a series of planned upgrades to the way the satellites generate navigation signals.

MicroTCA

MicroTCA: a compelling open COTS alternative for aerospace and defense applications

June 6, 2014

By Ian Shearer, VadaTech

In recent years, MicroTCA has seen increasing adoption in embedded computing systems for aerospace and defense applications. So why are system designers selecting MicroTCA for these applications when you have a seemingly suitable standard in OpenVPX?

Tax credit

R&D credit open to more companies thanks to modified IRS regulations

June 4, 2014

By Jim Foster, J.D.
On 3 June 2014, the United States (U.S.) Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) published a policy change that will benefit research and development businesses to the tune of millions of dollars through the promulgation of temporary regulation TD 9666.

flight recorder

Are black boxes obsolete?

June 3, 2014

By Chip Downing, Wind River
Black boxes have been the foundation of safety analyses for over 50 years, but do we need a more modern, more timely, and more accurate way to understand airline safety issues?

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