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FAA NextGen ADS-B

FAA asks industry to equip for NextGen, help to increase safety and efficiency

WASHINGTON, 19 Sept. 2014. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is holding an all-day “Call to Action” summit — to be held 28 October 2014 — to engage the aviation industry in meeting the 1 Jan. 2020 deadline to equip aircraft with new avionics technology.

Enabling electric green taxis, fuel and cost savings with electromechanical power contactors integrating intelligent sensing and protective functions

High-tech, no-cost webinar today: Enabling electric green taxis, fuel and cost savings with electromechanical power contactors

FREE WEBINAR, 9 Sept. 2014. Jet fuel is a major expense for airlines, so saving even a fraction per flight can add up to considerable savings. Electric green taxi systems enable commercial airplanes to push back from the gate and taxi out to the runway without starting the main engines, adding up to millions of dollars in savings. Register now to attend this free, high-tech webinar from Intelligent Aerospace and TE Connectivity. 

EASA certifies Rockwell Collins Aircraft Information Manager on 22 aircraft models

EASA certifies Rockwell Collins Aircraft Information Manager on 22 aircraft

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa, 4 Sept. 2014. European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) officials have certified Rockwell Collins’ Aircraft Information Manager (AIM)—the secure data transfer system for Pro Line Fusion, Pro Line 21, and Pro Line 4 avionics—for use on 22 aircraft models.

Dassault Falcon Jet expands in Little Rock, adds hangars for completing Falcon 5X and Falcon 8X

Dassault Falcon Jet expands in Little Rock, adds hangars for completing Falcon 5X and Falcon 8X

LITTLE ROCK, Ark., 3 Sept. 2014. Dassault Falcon Jet officials broke ground on a major expansion and upgrade of the company’s Little Rock, Arkansas completion facility dedicated to two new models, the Falcon 5X very large body twin jet and ultra-long range Falcon 8X trijet.

Pennsylvania invests in 20 airports, upgrading facilities and supporting more than 8,400 jobs

Pennsylvania invests in 20 airports, upgrading facilities and supporting more than 8,400 jobs

HARRISBURG, Pa., 28 Aug. 2014. Governor Tom Corbett announced a $3.4 million state investment to improve safety and operations at 20 Pennsylvania airports that support more than 8,400 jobs. "Aviation, just as Pennsylvania's other transportation assets, supports jobs and strengthens our state economy," Gov. Corbett said. "These investments position these airports to offer better service and generate additional business activity."

Wearable head-up display with enhanced vision for helicopter pilots introduced by Elbit

Wearable head-up display with enhanced vision for helicopter pilots introduced by Elbit

HAIFA, Israel, 25 Aug. 2014. Elbit Systems in Haifa, Israel, is introducing a helicopter version of the Skylens wearable head-up display for enhanced flight vision system (EFVS) applications.

DynCorp International and NASA make history with WB-57 aircraft rebuild

DynCorp International and NASA make history with WB-57 aircraft rebuild

FORT WORTH, Texas, 21 Aug. 2014. DynCorp International (DI) and NASA engineers, mechanics, and logisticians working on the NASA Aircraft Maintenance Operational Support (AMOS) program have made aviation history by reconstructing a WB-57 aircraft 40 years follows its last mission.

Pilatus Centre Canada (PCC), in association with Northeast Engineering & Development Ltd., has recieved a Transport Canada Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for the new Pilatus PC-12 Enhanced Vision System (EVS).

Pilatus Centre Canada wins STC for Pilatus PC-12 high-definition enhanced vision system

THUNDER BAY, Ontario, 19 Aug. 2014. Pilatus Centre Canada (PCC), in association with Northeast Engineering & Development Ltd., has received a Transport Canada Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for the new Pilatus PC-12 Enhanced Vision System (EVS).

Low PIM cable jumpers for black boxes, test gear, and antennas offered by Pasternack

Low PIM cable jumpers for black boxes, test gear, and antennas offered by Pasternack

IRVINE, Calif., 18 Aug. 2014. Pasternack Enterprises Inc. in Irvine, Calif., is introducing low passive intermodulation (PIM) cable jumpers with formable coax for low PIM applications like black boxes, test equipment racks and cabinets, distributed antenna systems (DAS), and lab testing.

Logicircuit

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

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.

in-flight entertainment and connectivity

Copper and fiber co-exist in commercial aerospace

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.

Enabling electric green taxis, fuel and cost savings with electromechanical power contactors integrating intelligent sensing and protective functions

Enabling electric green taxis, fuel and cost savings with electromechanical power contactors integrating intelligent sensing and protective functions

FAIRVIEW, N.C., Aug. 2014. Jet fuel is a major expense for airlines, so saving even a fraction per flight can add up to considerable savings. Electric green taxi systems enable commercial airplanes to push back from the gate and taxi out to the runway without starting the main engines, adding up to millions of dollars in savings.

GA

FAA promotes use of angle-of-attack systems on general aviation platforms to reduce accidents

WASHINGTON, 29 July 2014. Officials at the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT’s) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Flight Standards Service in Washington issued Information for Operators (InFO) information on the installation, training, and use of non-required/supplemental angle-of-attack (AOA) based systems for general aviation (GA) airplanes.

Lee Air chooses ARINC 429 databus interfaces from GE for Cessna aircraft

HUNTSVILLE, Ala., 28 July 2014. Avionics designers at Lee Air Inc. in Wichita, Kan., needed ARINC 429 databus interface for PC/104-Plus embedded computing systems for Cessna aircraft. They found their solution from GE Intelligent Platforms in Huntsville, Ala.

Hyperspectral VNIR sensor for small hand-launched UAVs introduced by Headwall

FITCHBURG, Mass., 28 July 2014. Headwall Photonics Inc. in Fitchburg, Mass., is introducing the Nano-Hyperspec sensor to provide small hand-launched commercial unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) with hyperspectral imaging capability.

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