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Bell Helicopter mates V-280 Valor tiltrotor wing and fuselage

Bell Helicopter mates V-280 Valor tiltrotor wing and fuselage, readies for first flight

FORT WORTH, Texas, 5 May 2016. Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, has joined the V-280 Joint Multi Role Technology Demonstrator (JMR-TD) wing and nacelles to the aircraft fuselage at the company’s aircraft assembly center in Amarillo, Texas. This major milestone is evidence the next-generation tiltrotor is coming together quickly and according to schedule, says Lisa Atherton, executive vice president of military business development for Bell Helicopter, who is counting down to the first flight in 2017.

NASA, AeroVironment, and SmartC2 demonstrate beyond-visual-line-of-sight unmanned aircraft system traffic management

NASA, AeroVironment, and SmartC2 demonstrate beyond-visual-line-of-sight unmanned aircraft system traffic management

AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2016, NEW ORLEANS, 4 May 2016. AeroVironment Inc. (NASDAQ:AVAV), a provider of small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS), and SmartC2, a provider of flight business management systems are teaming up with NASA on its Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM) Technology Capability Levels (TCL) 2 flight demonstration slated for October 2016.

Curtiss-Wright shrinks networked data storage system size, weight for unmanned aircraft

Curtiss-Wright shrinks networked data storage system size, weight for unmanned aircraft

AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2016, NEW ORLEANS, 4 May 2016. Curtiss-Wright’s Defense Solutions division is introducing the Data Transport System 1-Slot (DTS1) to address the rapidly increasing demand for high-capacity, secure storage on unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft.

Amimon demonstrates drone-based inspection with Connex-enabled, real-time HD video link

Amimon demonstrates drone-based inspection with Connex-enabled, real-time HD video link

AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2016, NEW ORLEANS, 3 May 2016. Amimon, a developer of zero-latency wireless, high-definition (HD) video transmission technology, is demonstrating its CONNEX real-time drone vision system at Xponential event hosted by the Association of Unmanned Vehicles Systems International (AUSVI) this week in New Orleans.

FLIR calibrated thermal camera module for commercial UAS provides remote temperature measurements

FLIR calibrated thermal camera module for commercial UAS provides remote temperature measurements

AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2016, NEW ORLEANS, 3 May 2016. FLIR Systems Inc.’s (NASDAQ:FLIR) new FLIR Vue Pro R thermal imaging camera module adds radiometric functionality to the company’s Vue Pro camera for commercial unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), also known as drones. The new module provides UAS operators the ability to save images for post-flight analysis and accurately measure the temperatures of individual image pixels.  

Raytheon to upgrade Fire Scout UAV control system with open-systems software

PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md., 2 May 2016. Military drone experts at the Raytheon Co. will continue upgrading the MQ-8 Fire Scout unmanned air system (UAS) control console with open-systems software to enhance interoperability among military UAV control systems, reduce costs, and facilitate future upgrades.

DDC enhances position in rad-hard space electronics market with Maxwell acquisition

BOHEMIA, N.Y., 2 May 2016. Executives of avionics specialist Data Device Corp. (DDC) in Bohemia, N.Y., plan to expand their company's offerings in radiation-hardened electronics for space applications with their upcoming acquisition of the Maxwell Technologies Inc. microelectronics group in San Diego.

Rectangular connectors for commercial aircraft cabin connections introduced by Esterline

PASO ROBLES, Calif., 2 May 2016. Esterline Connection Technologies in Paso Robles, Calif., is introducing the MQuick rectangular connectors for commercial aircraft cabin avionics connection applications.

Astronics next-gen, tablet-based radio test set combines nine test capabilities in one device for field radio testing

Astronics next-gen, tablet-based radio test set combines nine test capabilities in one device for field radio testing

EAST AURORA, N.Y., 29 April 2016 Astronics Test Systems, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Astronics Corp. (NASDAQ:ATRO), in Irvine, Calif., is introducing a radio test solution for commercial aerospace, military, and civil security applications. The new CTS 6000 Series radio test set incorporates nine test capabilities into a single tester with an easy-to-use touchscreen interface for testing radio communications systems at the factory, at the depot, or in the field.

Engineers assess cloud-based air traffic and unmanned aircraft technologies in DHS integration test

Engineers assess cloud-based air traffic and unmanned aircraft technologies in DHS integration test

ALEXANDRIA, Va., 29 April 2016. Engineers at Modern Technology Solutions Inc. (MTSI), PrecisionHawk, and Texas A&M University Corpus Christi finished testing current unmanned aircraft system (UAS) and air traffic management (ATM) technologies to help enable the safe integration of unmanned aircraft, also known as drones, into the National Airspace System (NAS) alongside manned aircraft.


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Bell V-280 Valor tiltrotor

The Bell V-280 Valor is a third-generation tiltrotor being developed by Bell Helicopter, as prime contractor, with Lockheed Martin and an aerospace industry team for the United States Army's Future Vertical Lift (FVL) program. The aircraft was officially unveiled at the 2013 Army Aviation Association of America's (AAAA) Annual Professional Forum and Exposition in Fort Worth, Texas, with a projected first flight in 2017.

EagleEye delivers unmanned aircraft with “brain on board”

EagleEye delivers unmanned aircraft with “brain on board”

EagleEye was founded in 2014 by a team of three entrepreneurs in the software industry – and all are licensed pilots. They set out to develop an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) with a “brain” on board that could make decisions based on real-time inputs from sensors and cameras, and that does not need a pilot to constantly oversee the mission.

Erickson helicopters

Erickson Incorporated medium-lift helicopters suppress fires

Erickson Incorporated (NASDAQ:EAC), a global provider of aviation services in Portland, Oregon, won two exclusive-use contracts with the State of Alaska’s Department of Natural Resources for wildfire suppression. Under the contracts Erickson will provide two medium-lift helicopters.

Flydubai Boeing plane crash

FlyDubai Flight 981 crash investigation

Members of the Interstate Aviation Committee (IAC), Russia’s authority on civil aviation and airworthiness certification in Moscow, have retrieved the flight data recorder, designed and tested by Honeywell engineers, and badly damaged cockpit voice recorder from the Boeing 737-800 passenger jet operated by FlyDubai that crashed at Rostov-on-Don Airport in southern Russia on 19 March 2016.  

 

Rockwell Collins integrated flight deck selected for forward-fit and retrofit turboprop aircraft cockpit upgrades

Rockwell Collins integrated flight deck selected for forward-fit and retrofit turboprop aircraft cockpit upgrades

Rockwell Collins' Pro Line Fusion integrated flight deck is certified by the FAA and EASA for installation in forward-fit and retrofit turboprop aircraft, including Beechcraft's line of King Air general aviation platforms. Many turboprop owners and operators are employing Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul (MRO) facilities to install new Pro Line Fusion avionics in existing aircraft, both as a glass cockpit upgrade and to meet the latest regulations and requirements, such as for ADS-B avionics hardware and software. 

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Press Releases

KVH Surpasses 200,000 Mobile Satellite Antennas for Broadband Connectivity and Satellite TV Reception

MIDDLETOWN, RI – February 11, 2016 – KVH Industries, Inc., (Nasdaq: KVHI), announced today that it recently shipped its 200,000th mobile satellite antenna, setting a milestone in the mobile satellite marketplace. The antennas include KVH’s award-winning TracPhone line of satellite communications antenna systems for broadband access at sea, and the

Abaco Systems Recognized by Mentor Graphics for Innovative Design

HUNTSVILLE, Ala.— February 9, 2016 Abaco Systems today announced that it was chosen by Mentor Graphics as the winner of “Best Overall Design” in Mentor’s 26th annual PCB Technology Leadership Awards. The award acknowledges engineers and designers who use innovative methods and design tools to address today’s complex PCB

X-ES Announces a Xilinx Artix-7 FPGA-Based VME Bridge

Extreme Engineering Solutions, Inc. (X-ES) announces several new 6U VME SBCs featuring a Xilinx Artix-7 FPGA-based VME Bridge. These 6U VME products are designed to be pin-compatible with the Radstone/GE/Abaco PPC7D VME IDT Tsi148-based card, providing users with a straightforward, disruption-free upgrade path for legacy systems and a solution to

Low-Cost, High-Reliability, Plug & Play Industrial Motor Controller

Bohemia, New York (January 2016) Data Device Corporation (DDC) introduces a new, low-cost BLDC motor controller for speed, torque and position control. The MC-5000 series BLDC motor controller provides a turnkey, plug-and-play solution, that is available in configurations to support motors that utilize Hall sensor or sensorless commutation for torque

Abaco Systems Announces DSP282 High Performance Multiprocessor for Demanding Applications in Harsh Environments

HUNTSVILLE, Ala.— January 19, 2016 Responding to the growing customer requirement for more compute power per chassis slot for demanding applications, Abaco Systems today announced the DSP282 6U OpenVPX rugged multiprocessor. Designed for processor-intensive systems deployed in harsh environments such as radar, sonar and image- and sensor processing, it

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