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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.

UTC Aerospace Systems shows bizjet interior technologies, including in-flight entertainment and cabin management solutions

UTC Aerospace Systems shows bizjet interior technologies, including in-flight entertainment and cabin management solutions

GENEVA, Switzerland, 20 May 2015. UTC Aerospace Systems, part of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX), is showing its latest business jet aircraft interiors, including in-flight entertainment (IFE) and cabin management systems (CMS), at the European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE) in Geneva, Switzerland.

Electro-optical sensor and gimbal for airborne tactical surveillance introduced by IJK

SOUTH PASADENA, Calif., 18 May 2015. IJK Controls LLC in South Pasadena, Calif., is introducing the Tactical Airborne Gimbal System (TAGS) electro-optical sensor gimbal for special operations, tactical surveillance, and law enforcement applications on fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters.

EMI/RFI shielding essential in safety-critical systems

Advances in electronics technology deliver myriad benefits, but also pose challenges – especially for today’s engineers. The proliferation of advanced electronics and wireless solutions is driving the need, now more than ever, to shield safety- and mission-critical systems from electromagnetic interference (EMI), also known as radio frequency interference (RFI).

Power electronics connectors for military and commercial aerospace uses introduced by TE

HARRISBURG, Pa., 4 May 2015. TE Connectivity in Harrisburg, Pa., is introducing the AS81714 Series II DEUTSCH CTJ connector modules that are customizable for military and commercial aerospace applications.

UAV Turbines to lend engines for evaluation to UAV manufacturers

UAV Turbines to lend engines for evaluation to UAV manufacturers

MIAMI, 30 April 2015. UAV Turbines Inc. (UAVT) demonstrated a new generation of gas turbine engines designed for Group 3 and Group 4 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), also called drones and unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), in a range from 30 horsepower (hp) to 150 hp.

Unmanned X-47B aircraft completes first autonomous aerial refueling with Honeywell navigation

Unmanned X-47B aircraft completes first autonomous aerial refueling with Honeywell navigation

PHOENIX, 23 April 2015. Honeywell Aerospace (NYSE:HON), together with Northrop Grumman and the U.S. Navy, advanced the X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System Demonstrator (UCAS-D) program by achieving the first unmanned autonomous midair refueling.

Rugged avionics computer for commercial aircraft introduced by Curtiss-Wright

ASHBURN, Va., 20 April 2015 The Curtiss-Wright Corp. Defense Solutions division in Ashburn, Va., is introducing the MPMC-9355-0002 multi-platform avionics computer for image, signal, and radar processing aboard military and commercial aircraft and ground vehicles.

Dallas Avionics equips custom Airvan GA-8 aircraft for law enforcement

Dallas Avionics equips custom Airvan GA-8 aircraft for law enforcement

DALLAS, Texas, 14 April 2015. Dallas Avionics engineers have equipped an Australian Airvan GA-8 aircraft for a California-based law enforcement agency in conjunction with Air Bear Tactical Aircraft (Air Bear).

 

Cessna Citation X+

Textron Aviation orders $3 million in Citation X+ wing spar assemblies from CPI Aero

EDGEWOOD, N.Y., 7 April 2015. Engineers and managers at Cessna Aircraft Company in Wichita, Kansas, needed wing spar assemblies for the airframe manufacturer’s flagship aircraft, the Citation X+. They found their solution at CPI Aerostructures Inc. (CPI Aero; NYSE MKT:CVU) in Edgewood, N.Y.

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.

Air Force asks Boeing for prototype avionics for upgrade of Air Force One aircraft

TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla., 30 March 2015. Special aircraft experts at the Boeing Co., are moving forward with a project to upgrade important avionics subsystems aboard the nation's two VC-25A presidential transport aircraft, which when in operation are known as Air Force One.

FAA grants experimental airworthiness certificate for Amazon unmanned aircraft

FAA grants experimental airworthiness certificate for Amazon unmanned aircraft

WASHINGTON, 20 March 2015. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) officials have issued an experimental airworthiness certificate to an Amazon Logistics Inc. unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) design to be used for research and development and crew training.

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.

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