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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.

Garmin software upgrade adds electronic stability and protection for aircraft using G3X autopilot

Garmin software upgrade adds electronic stability and protection for aircraft using G3X autopilot

OLATHE, Kan., 13 March 2015. Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ:GRMN), announced the availability of Electronic Stability and Protection (ESP-X) technology – an electronic monitoring and stability augmentation system that assists the pilot in maintaining the aircraft in a stable flight condition – for aircraft using Garmin’s G3X autopilot servos.

Aerospace materials market to grow globally through 2019

Aerospace materials market to grow globally through 2019

DALLAS, 11 March 2015. The global aerospace materials market is projected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 6.6 percent through 2019, when its value will reach $18.5 billion, according to market analysts at RnRMarketResearch.com.

AgustaWestland upgrades AW609 TiltRotor cockpit, range and endurance

AgustaWestland upgrades AW609 TiltRotor cockpit, range and endurance

ORLANDO, 6 March 2015. AgustaWestland has completed an extended technology development flight test program on the AW609 TiltRotor aircraft, confirming an increase in the maximum take-off weight up to 18,000 pounds (8,165 kg) as a result of engine upgrades, landing gear modifications, and optimized flight control techniques.

Rolls-Royce to boost power, fuel efficiency of new Bell 407GXP helicopter

Rolls-Royce to boost power, fuel efficiency of new Bell 407GXP helicopter

ORLANDO, 5 March 2015. Engineers at Bell Helicopter in Fort Worth, Texas, are powering the new Bell 407GXP helicopter with upgraded M250 engines from Rolls-Royce in London. The companies signed a long-term agreement to purchase the enhanced M250 engines, designed to boost power and fuel efficiency.

Robinson Helicopter enters into 10-year contract, continues powering R66 helicopter with Rolls-Royce RR300 engines

Robinson Helicopter enters into 10-year contract, continues powering R66 helicopter with Rolls-Royce RR300 engines

ORLANDO, 5 March 2015. Officials at Robinson Helicopter Company in Torrance, Calif., have elected to power the company’s R66 gas-turbine helicopter with RR300 engines from Rolls-Royce in London. The company’s signed a 10-year agreement whereby Rolls-Royce will supply at least 1,000 RR300 engines for Robinson Helicopter’s R66 aircraft.

Marenco Swiss Helicopter offers Sagem ICDS-8A glass cockpit for SKYe SH-09 helicopter

Marenco Swiss Helicopter offers Sagem ICDS-8A glass cockpit for SKYe SH-09 helicopter

ORLANDO, 4 March 2015. Engineers at Marenco Swiss Helicopter (MSH) have selected the ICDS-8A Glass Cockpit suite from Sagem, a Safran high-tech company, as part of the standard avionics and instrument package for their new SKYe SH-09 helicopter.

Airbus Helicopters unveils all-new H160 medium-class rotorcraft, formerly called X4

Airbus Helicopters unveils all-new H160 medium-class rotorcraft, formerly called X4

ORLANDO, Fla., 3 March 2015. Airbus Helicopters at HAI Heli-Expo 2015 today revealed its all-new H160 medium-class rotorcraft – the first product introduced under the transformed Airbus Helicopters corporate identity. The 5.5-6-ton-class, twin-engine H160 rotorcraft integrates up to 68 different Airbus Helicopters-patented technologies.

Airbus Helicopters unveils X4 medium-sized aircraft, new era of rotorcraft excellence at Heli-Expo 2015

Airbus Helicopters reveals X4 medium-sized aircraft, new era of rotorcraft excellence at Heli-Expo 2015

ORLANDO, Fla., 3 March 2015. Airbus Helicopters officials delivered on their promise of one year ago, providing Heli-Expo 2015 attendees a glimpse of the company’s all-new X4 rotorcraft.

Curtiss-Wright presents rugged, COTS-based helicopter avionics, subsystems at Heli-Expo 2015

Curtiss-Wright presents rugged, COTS-based helicopter avionics, subsystems at Heli-Expo 2015

ORLANDO, Fla., 3 March 2015. Curtiss-Wright Corp.’s (NYSE:CW) Defense Solutions division is introducing COTS-based solutions for use commercial and defense helicopter platforms at Heli-Expo 2015. Among them are data acquisition, data storage, networking, and video management avionics, as well as mission displays and mission computers.

HAI Heli-Expo 2015 opens in Orlando with 725 vendors, more than 50 aircraft, roughly 20,000 attendees

HAI Heli-Expo 2015 opens in Orlando with 725 vendors, more than 50 aircraft, roughly 20,000 attendees

ORLANDO, Fla., 3 March 2015. Helicopter Association International (HAI) opened Heli-Expo 2015, the annual trade show and exposition dedicated to vertical aviation, in Orlando, Fla.

Upgraded Blue Sky Networks asset-tracking software has SMS and email formatting

LA JOLLA, Calif., 2 March 2015. Blue Sky Network (BSN) in La Jolla, Calif., is introducing upgrades to the company's SkyRouter’s Alert Notification system for tracking aircraft and other assets by satellite.

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.

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