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Era Group Inc. opens Super Base, adopts Sikorsky S-92 helicopter for oil-and-gas applications

Era Group Inc. opens Super Base, adopts Sikorsky S-92 helicopter for oil-and-gas applications

STRATFORD, Conn., 26 June 2015. Era Group Inc. (NYSE:ERA), a helicopter transport operator, opened its Super Base, a 35-acre passenger terminal and climate-controlled hangar in Houma, La., and took delivery of a S-92 helicopter from Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX).

Line driver to convert TL/CMOS input to ARINC amplitudes introduced by DDC

BOHEMIA, N.Y., 22 June 2015. Data Device Corp. (DDC) in Bohemia, N.Y., is introducing the DD-4107X ARINC 429 line driver to convert TL/CMOS serial input data to ARINC-specified amplitudes in avionics applications.

Avionics sales exceed $587 million in Q1 2015, declining nearly 10 percent year over year

General aviation, bizjet avionics sales exceed $587 million in Q1 2015, declining nearly 10 percent year over year

PARIS, 19 June 2015. In the first three months of 2015, total worldwide business and general aviation avionics sales exceeded $587 million ($587,100,212.92), according to the Aircraft Electronics Association first-quarter 2015 Avionics Market Report. The figure represents a 9.9 percent decrease in sales compared to the first-quarter 2014 ($651,748,994.12, or more than $651 million); this year's first-quarter sales are more in line with the first-quarter sales of 2013 ($586,006,894.49, or more than $586 million).

GE and joint ventures win $19B in orders, commitments at Paris Air Show

GE and joint ventures win $19B in orders, commitments at Paris Air Show

PARIS, 19 June 2015. GE Aviation and its joint venture companies, including CFM International (joint company between GE and Snecma/Safran), won more than $19 billion (USD) in orders and commitments for nearly 1,000 GE and CFM engines as well as OnPoint agreements for engine maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO).

Alenia Aermacchi engineers opt for Honeywell environmental, cabin press controls

Alenia Aermacchi engineers opt for Honeywell environmental, cabin press controls

PARIS, 18 June 2015. Engineers at Alenia Aermacchi needed an environmental control system for the company’s new, lightweight M-345 High Efficiency Trainer jets, due to enter service in 2018. They found their solution at Honeywell Aerospace (NYSE:HON), and signed a contract for Honeywell’s Environmental Control Systems and Cabin Pressure Control Systems, designed for aircraft cooling, cockpit pressurization, and temperature control.  

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Gore aerospace presents materials, cables, microwave assemblies modern airborne digital networks

PARIS, June 2015. W. L. Gore & Associates officials are on hand at Paris Air Show 2015 this week demonstrating new advances in aerospace and avionics technology in the areas of aerospace materials, Ethernet cables, and microwave assemblies for commercial and defense applications. 

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Parker to provide wheels and brakes on multiple general aviation aircraft programs

PARIS, 15 June 2015. Parker Aerospace’s Aircraft Wheel & Brake Division — also known in the industry as Cleveland Wheels & Brakes — has been selected to provide FAA TSO-approved, caliper-style wheels, brakes, and brake system hydraulics on several aircraft programs, including: Diamond Aircraft’s DA62, Discovery Aviation’s Model 201 and XL-2, and Piper Aircraft’s Meridian M600.

Paris Air Show

Parker taps 3D printing for general and business aviation wheels and brakes

PARIS, June 2015. Parker Aerospace’s Aircraft Wheel & Brake Division, also known in the industry as Cleveland Wheels & Brakes, is drawing attention at Paris Air Show for its use of precision tooling and 3D printing (also known as additive manufacturing) in the production of its wheels and brakes for general aviation, business aircraft, and helicopter.

Commuter Air Technology to provide 5‐blade MT composite propellers for King Air aircraft

Commuter Air Technology to provide 5‐blade MT composite propellers for King Air aircraft

PARIS, June 2015. Commuter Air Technology (CAT), an AGC Aerospace & Defense company headquartered in Oklahoma City, has added 5-blade MT Composite Propellers to its portfolio of King Air modification products. A new agreement with Finnoff Aviation Products grants CAT exclusive rights to sell MT Propellers to U. S. Department of Defense (DOD) customers and foreign government military sales (FMS) in which the U.S. Government is the contracting and/or financing agent.

Bombardier CSeries bizjet family arrives at Paris Air Show

Bombardier CSeries bizjet family arrives at Paris Air Show

PARIS, June 2015. “Bombardier arrives at the Paris Air Show at a very exciting time as we debut our CSeries family of aircraft,” says Fred Cromer, president, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. “We are proud to present the first all-new designed, single-aisle aircraft that the industry has seen in over 25 years.”

Gulfstream selects Crane Aerospace & Electronics TRUs for G500 and G600 bizjets

Gulfstream selects Crane Aerospace & Electronics TRUs for G500 and G600 bizjets

PARIS, 15 June 2015. Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. engineers and officials have selected Crane Aerospace & Electronics, a segment of Crane Co. (NYSE:CR), to supply its ELDEC Transformer Rectifier Units (TRU) for the Gulfstream G500 and G600 business jets (bizjets). Crane officials announced the contract win at Paris Air Show 2015 this week.

Communications on-the-move antenna to link UAS and military vehicles offered by CPI

CAMARILLO, Calif., 8 June 2015. Communications & Power Industries (CPI) in Camarillo, Calif., is introducing the GMA-100QB communications on-the-move antenna system for communications on-the-move antenna applications on military ground vehicles.

Electro-optical gimbal sensor for manned and unmanned aircraft offered by ADSYS

IRVINE, Calif., 1 June 2015. Electro-optics experts at ADSYS Controls Inc. in Irvine, Calif., are introducing the Arrow 600 stabilized gimbal with modular configurations for a variety of manned and unmanned aircraft.

Is NASA-developed distributed electric propulsion key to future ultra-quiet UAS?

ATLANTA, 25 May 2015. U.S. government researchers are experimenting with what could be the key to ultra-quiet unmanned aircraft for a wide variety of uses ranging from covert military surveillance and reconnaissance to package deliveries that don't annoy the neighbors.

ATC/DME test set for engineering and validation introduced by Cobham AvComm

WICHITA, Kan., 25 May 2015. Cobham Avionics and Communications (AvComm) in Wichita, Kan., formerly the Aeroflex AvComm business unit, is introducing the ATC-5000NG NextGen ATC/DME test set for engineering development, design validation, manufacturing, and return-to-service test applications.

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