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Flight attendants applaud working group assessing security of commercial communication onboard aircraft

Flight attendants applaud working group assessing security of commercial communication on board aircraft

WASHINGTON, 5 Feb. 2016. U.S. aviation and communication regulators will work together to ensure safe and secure communications onboard commercial aircraft, according to members of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA).

Government agencies collaborate on aviation communications safety and security

Government agencies collaborate on aviation communications safety and security

WASHINGTON, 5 Feb. 2016. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) officials are establishing a Federal Interagency Working Group to more effectively collaborate with other agencies on a variety of issues, including the safe and secure use of consumer communications onboard domestic commercial aircraft.

TNT causes explosion on Somali airliner

MOGADISHU, Somalia, 4 Feb. 2016. A military grade of the explosive TNT caused this week's explosion on a Somali airliner, a source familiar with the investigation told CNN, citing an initial analysis of residue recovered from the aircraft. The blast took place Tuesday on board a commercial plane after it set off above East Africa. Two people were injured before the pilot landed safely, a passenger said.

Somalia Daallo Airlines explosion: Wheelchair passenger suspected as suicide bomber

MOGADISHU, Somalia, 4 Feb. 2016. A wheelchair passenger who boarded a commercial plane in Somalia’s capital may have been a suicide bomber responsible for Tuesday’s explosion that ripped a hole in the side of the aircraft as it took off. Investigators suspect the man was able to use the wheelchair to bypass rigorous security. 

Air traffic controllers texting while directing planes

NEW YORK, 4 Feb. 2016. The Eyewitness News Investigators have uncovered exclusive details about air traffic controllers distracted on the job, including workers who were watching sexually explicit videos and taking selfies while directing planes in the air. Using open records law, we were able to get disciplinary documents that show air traffic controllers around the nation suspended from their jobs for texting or watching video instead of watching planes. 

Smiths Microwave integrates TECOM, TRAK, and Millitech into single business

Smiths Microwave integrates TECOM, TRAK, and Millitech into single business

TAMPA, Fla., 4 Feb. 2016. Officials have restructured three companies in the Smiths Microwave portfolio into a single integrated business. Organized as Smiths Microwave Subsystems, the business unit includes Millitech in Northampton and South Deerfield, Mass.; TECOM Industries in Thousand Oaks, Calif.; and TRAK Microwave in Tampa, Fla.

Cobham announces QML V qualification of MRAMs with Everspin commercial IP

Cobham announces QML V qualification of MRAMs with Everspin commercial IP

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., 4 Feb. 2016. Non-volatile products from Cobham Semiconductor Solutions (formerly Aeroflex) -- using Magnetoresistive Random-Access Memory (MRAM) intellectual property (IP) from Everspin Technologies Inc. in Chandler, Ariz. -- are now QML V certified. 

Safety spotlight: ‘The huge wing fell off. But it wasn’t unsafe.’

Safety spotlight: ‘The huge wing fell off. But it wasn’t unsafe.'

“Google's huge wing fell off and it crashed. But it wasn't unsafe and no one was hurt," said the voice on the phone. Really.... "It wasn't unsafe.” “No one was hurt." I was doing AFuzion safety business in Europe and tried to return to sleep after hearing those words in the chilling, middle-of-the-night call. 


Lufthansa Technik offers smart damage prevention to help solve recurring MRO challenge

Lufthansa Technik offers smart damage prevention to help solve recurring MRO challenge

HAMBURG, Germany, 3 Feb. 2016. Lufthansa Technik AG engineers in Hamburg, Germany, have developed the Logo Light Protector to avoid unscheduled maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) actions. The light protector avoids damage that can occur while removing a logo light located in the horizontal stabilizer of the Boeing 777 commercial passenger jet, for example.

Affinity wins 18-year contract to support U.K. military flight training systems

Affinity wins 18-year contract to support U.K. military flight training systems

HAIFA, Israel, 3 Feb. 2016. Affinity Flying Services Limited, a joint venture between Elbit Systems Ltd. (NASDAQ:ESLT) and Kellog, Brown and Root Limited (KBR), won a fixed-price contract to support Ascent Flight Training (Services) Limited in the delivery of the U.K. Military Flight Training Systems (UKMFTS) program for the U.K. Ministry of Defence (MOD).

DSP282 Dual Quad Core Multiprocessor

Scalability for best size, weight and power (SWaP) Designed for size, weight and power (SWaP) sensitive application's, Abaco's high performance embedded computing (HPEC) platforms deliver expanded mission capabilities across a wide range of manned- and un-manned airborne, ground and naval platforms.


The KVH GEO-FOG 3D commercial off-the-shelf inertial navigation system (INS) has KVH’s highly accurate Fiber Optic Gyro (FOG)-based 1750 inertial measurement unit (IMU) as its core processor. With a data rate 10x faster than competing systems, the advanced GEO-FOG 3D includes 3 KVH DSP-1750 gyros, the world’s smallest high performance FOG, integrated with 3 low noise MEMS accelerometers, 3 axes of magnetometers, a pressure sensor, and an option of a single or dual antenna GNSS receiver.

ONYX HD: Video HD Rugged Computer Unit-Watch, track, overlay, record, and stream your EO/IR sensors in 1920*1080p @30fps

Thanks to ONYX HPEC heterogeneous platform based on Haswell + E8860, it offers up to 2*HD-SDI + 2*PAL simultaneous video captures, 4*HD-SDI, DVI, VGA, STANAG graphic outputs, H.264 video streaming and Metadata extraction/insertion. ONYX-HD had passed DO-160 & MIL-STD-810 EQT, works between -40°C/+71°C: He wait for your next program of C4ISR, search and rescue, 360° awareness, border control, digital video mapping, augmented reality, EMS and more.

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Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS)

Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS)

The Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) is the Nation’s next generation of polar-orbiting environmental satellites. JPSS is a collaborative effort between NOAA and NASA, and represents significant technological and scientific advancements in severe weather prediction and environmental monitoring and will help advance weather, climate, environmental and oceanographic science. 

EHang 184 autonomous aerial vehicle

EHang 184 autonomous aerial vehicle

EHang, a Chinese manufacturer of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), also commonly referred to as unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) or drones, has introduced what is being called the first personal, all-electric autonomous aerial vehicle (AAV).

Boeing rolls out first 737 MAX

Boeing rolls out first 737 MAX

Boeing provided a bright spot in Washington State -- and the global and local aerospace communities – as the first 737 MAX 8 exited the airframe manufacturer’s paint hangar in Renton, Wash.

Blue Origin New Shepard reusable rocket

“Now safely tucked away at our launch site in West Texas is the rarest of beasts—a used rocket,” says Jeff Bezos, founder of Blue Origin in Kent, Wash. “Blue Origin’s reusable New Shepard space vehicle flew a flawless mission—soaring to 329,839 feet and then returning through 119-mph high-altitude crosswinds to make a gentle, controlled landing just four and a half feet from the center of the pad. Full reuse is a game changer, and we can’t wait to fuel up and fly again.”

HondaJet bizjet

HondaJet, Honda's first commercial aircraft

The HondaJet is a fast, high-flying, quiet, and fuel-efficient light business jet (bizjet). The HondaJet is powered by two highly fuel-efficient GE Honda HF120 turbofan jet engines, and is equipped with "the most sophisticated glass flight deck available in any light business jet, a Honda-customized Garmin G3000," company officials say.

White Papers & Executive Briefings

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Press Releases

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

Pentek Adds VITA 49 Protocol Engine to Cobalt FPGA Boards

Pentek, Inc., today announced the newest member of its highly popular Cobalt® family of high-speed data converter XMC FPGA modules: the 4-channel Cobalt Model 71664, is a 200 MHz 16-bit A/D with programmable digital down converter, based on the Xilinx Virtex-6 FPGA. The Model 71664 is the first Pentek product

Leader in Rugged Solid-State Power Controllers Launches its First AC SSPC!

Bohemia, New York (January 2016) Data Device Corporation (DDC) introduces a new 10-Channel, 120A, 115VAC Solid-State Power Controller (SSPC), offering advanced programmability, system health diagnostic and prognostic data, and high-power density in a compact and reliable board, certifiable to DO-160, making it ideal for use in mission system and non-flight

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