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Aerospace company SNC acquires 328 Support Services GmbH aircraft business

Aerospace company SNC acquires 328 Support Services GmbH aircraft business

LONDON, 27 Feb. 2015. Sierra Nevada Corp. (SNC) has acquired a United Kingdom- and Germany-based aircraft company, 328 Support Services GmbH. The company 328 owns the type certificate and intellectual property (IP) rights for design, manufacturing, maintenance, and certification of the 200 existing Dornier 328 (D328) prop and jet aircraft.

Textron Systems unveils web-based geospatial image exploitation capability

Textron Systems unveils web-based geospatial image exploitation capability

STERLING, Va., 27 Feb. 2015. Textron Systems Geospatial Solutions, a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) business, is unveiling the beta release of its RVcloud web-based Electronic Light Table (ELT), providing many of the image exploitation capabilities in its RemoteView geospatial intelligence (GEOINT) software.

VPT expands high-reliability, COTS line with encapsulated, 250-watt DC-DC converter

VPT expands high-reliability, COTS line with encapsulated, 250-watt DC-DC converter

BLACKSBURG, Va., 24 Feb. 2015. VPT Inc., a HEICO company (NYSE:HEI) with headquarters in Blacksburg, Va., is introducing the latest addition to the company’s high-reliability commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) product line – VPT250-2800S Series single output 250-watt isolated DC-DC converters – to meet growing power conversion needs in military vehicles, weapons, and rugged systems requiring high reliability.

Heroux-Devtek and C&L partner to enhance in-service support for Saab 340 aircraft operators

Heroux-Devtek and C&L partner to enhance in-service support for Saab 340 aircraft operators

LONGUEUIL, Quebec, 18 Feb. 2015. Héroux-Devtek UK, a subsidiary of Héroux-Devtek Inc. (TSX:HRX), an international manufacturer of aerospace products in Canada, has entered into a strategic alliance with C&L Aviation Group in the United States to enhance the global maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) services and support available to operators of all variants of the Saab 340 aircraft family.

FAA proposes regulations to facilitate integration of small UAS into U.S. aviation system

FAA proposes regulations to facilitate integration of small UAS into U.S. aviation system

WASHINGTON, 17 Feb. 2015. Officials in the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in Washington have proposed a framework of regulations allowing routine use of certain small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in the national aviation system, and accommodating future technological innovations.

FAA achieves critical milestone with proposed rule on commercial UAV use, AUVSI's Wynne says

FAA achieves critical milestone with proposed rule on commercial UAV use, AUVSI's Wynne says

ARLINGTON, Va., 17 Feb. 2015. President and CEO of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), Brian Wynne, calls the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA’s) proposed rule for small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) "a good first step" to allow commercial use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS).

FAA small UAS rule is important first step in airspace integration, says AIA’s Blakey

FAA small UAS rule is important first step in airspace integration, says AIA’s Blakey

ARLINGTON, Va., 17 Feb. 2015. The Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA’s) draft regulations for the use of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), also known as drones, is “an important step towards the integration of UAS into civil airspace,” says Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) President and CEO Marion C. Blakey.

Rising passenger travel, fuel-efficient aircraft grow global aerospace and defense industry

Rising passenger travel, fuel-efficient aircraft grow global aerospace and defense industry

NEW YORK, 13 Feb. 2015. Revenue and earnings growth in the commercial aerospace sector will be a driving force behind the global aerospace and defense industry performance in 2015, according to a new report from Deloitte Global.

L-3 launches Lynx line of ADS-B products, submits for TSO, reveals NextGen order

L-3 launches Lynx line of ADS-B products, submits for TSO, reveals NextGen order

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 12 Feb. 2015. L-3 Aviation Products (L-3 AP) has launched its Lynx MultiLink Surveillance System (MSS) line of Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) products.

Particle-filled silicones provide EMI shielding and environmental sealing

Particle-filled silicones provide EMI shielding and environmental sealing

By Dominic Testo
Particle-filled silicones are elastomeric compounds that combine the advantages of silicone with the electrical properties of metals. An inert, synthetic rubber, silicone offers thermal stability over a wide temperature range and resists ozone and ultraviolet (UV) light. Silicone rubber also resists water, and can be formulated to impart electrical conductivity. When filled with tiny metal particles, typically silver-plated or nickel-coated, silicone compounds can be used for environmental seals that resist electromagnetic interference (EMI).

Data bus market to reach $8.55 billion by 2020 as aerospace system complexity grows

Data bus market to reach $8.55 billion by 2020 as aerospace system complexity grows

DALLAS, 10 Feb. 2015. The global market for data bus hardware – a communications channel for transferring data between components and devices – is expected to reach $8.55 billion by 2020, growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 8.30 percent, according to a new market research report published by MarketsandMarkets.

Airservices Australia selects Saab integrated tower automation technology for four airports

Airservices Australia selects Saab integrated tower automation technology for four airports

SYDNEY, 10 Feb. 2015. Officials at Airservices Australia needed to equip four airports with integrated air traffic tower automation technology. They found their solution at defense and security company Saab, which won a contract effective through 2017 and valued at 130 million SEK (Swedish Krona) with additional future support options.

Harris to acquire Exelis

Harris Corp. to acquire Exelis for $4.75 billion; combined company to make $8 billion annually

MELBOURNE, Fla., 6 Feb. 2015. Officials at Harris Corp. (NYSE:HRS) and Exelis Inc. (NYSE:XLS) have signed a definitive agreement under which Harris will acquire Exelis in a cash and stock transaction valued at roughly $4.75 billion. The Boards of Directors of both companies have unanimously approved the transaction, which is expected to close in June 2015 and is subject to customary closing conditions, including regulatory and Exelis shareholder approval.

High-linearity 4-Watt power amplifier for Ka-band high-data-density SATCOM offered by M/A-COM

LOWELL, Mass., 2 Feb. 2015. M/A-COM Technology Solutions Inc. in Lowell, Mass., is introducing the MAAP-011139 high-linearity 4-Watt power amplifier for Ka-band high-data-density satellite communications (SATCOM).

Kannad Aviation to provide emergency locator transmitter distress beacon shipset for Embraer E2 jets

Kannad Aviation to provide emergency locator transmitter distress beacon shipset for Embraer E2 jets

SOPHIA-ANTIPOLIS, France, 22 Jan. 2015. Embraer officials have selected McMurdo Group, maker of end-to-end search and rescue (SAR) and maritime domain awareness (MDA) solutions, to provide complete Emergency Locator Transmitter (ELT) shipsets for its second-generation E-Jet aircraft, the E-Jets E2.

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