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DLA Energy, Air Force complete jet fuel conversion initiative expected to save millions

FORT BELVOIR, Va., 20 Nov. 2014. Defense Logistics Agency Energy, in partnership with the Air Force Petroleum Agency, have converted all U.S. Air Force bases from JP8 military-specification jet fuel to Jet A with additives commercial standard jet fuel. The intiative is expected to save the Air Force an estimated $25.5 million in fuel costs annually.    

Honeywell and AVIAGE Systems adopt Crane Aerospace & Electronics power electronics for COMAC C919 narrow-body aircraft

Honeywell and AVIAGE Systems adopt Crane power electronics for COMAC C919 narrow-body aircraft

LYNNWOOD, Wash., 20 Nov. 2014. Crane Aerospace & Electronics, Power Solutions, officials in Lynnwood, Wash., is supplying its power electronics products for use on the much-anticipated C919 family of narrow-body aircraft from Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China Ltd. (COMAC), a Chinese state-owned aerospace manufacturer in Shanghai, China.

Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration Unit formed to assist with legal complexities associated with UAS

Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration Unit formed to assist with legal complexities associated with UAS

NEW YORK, 18 Nov. 2014. Hunton & Williams LLP officials have formed a multidisciplinary Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration Unit to assist with the legal complexities associated with the developing regulatory framework pertaining to commercial UAS (commonly known as drones), including issues related to regulations and the rulemaking process of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), such as Section 333 guidance; the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), and other state and federal agencies.

Boeing undertakes major avionics upgrades to extend life spans of Air Force One aircraft

TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla., 17 Nov. 2014. Military avionics experts at the Boeing Co. are preparing 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.

Boeing to upgrade cabin and cockpit avionics for Japan's fleet of E-767 AWACS aircraft

HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass., 17 Nov. 2014. Airborne electronics experts at the Boeing Co. Defense, Space & Security segment in Kent, Wash., will upgrade cockpit avionics and cabin avionics on four of Japan's wide-area radar surveillance jets under terms of a $25.6 million contract.

TSA to deploy Implant Sciences desktop explosive trace detectors at multiple U.S. airports

TSA to deploy Implant Sciences desktop explosive trace detectors at multiple U.S. airports

WILMINGTON, Mass., 13 Nov. 2014. U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officials in Washington needed an effective method of detecting explosive materials at multiple airports across the U.S. They found their solution at Implant Sciences Corp. (OTCQB:IMSC), a high-technology supplier of systems and sensors for homeland security and defense markets in Wilmington, Mass. TSA officials have placed an initial order for 1,170 QS-B220 Desktop Explosive Trace Detectors and ancillary supplies.

Crane Aerospace & Electronics expands power electronics portfolio, introduces new products at Electronica

Crane Aerospace & Electronics expands power electronics portfolio, introduces new products at Electronica

MUNICH, 11 Nov. 2014. Crane Aerospace & Electronics officials in Redmond, Wash., are unveiling several new power electronics products well suited to commercial aircraft, military aircraft, and civil and defense space platforms during Electronica in Munich, Germany, this week.

Curtiss-Wright to provide embedded computing for Army UH-60V helicopter avionics

ASHBURN, Va., 10 Nov. 2014. Helicopter avionics experts at Northrop Grumman Corp. needed rugged commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) single-board computers for a project to install glass cockpits in Army UH-60 utility helicopters. They found their solution from the Curtiss-Wright Corp. Defense Solutions division in Ashburn, Va.

Rockwell Collins wins $101.1 million avionics radio contract for foreign sales

Rockwell Collins wins $101.1 million avionics radio contract for foreign sales

PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md., 10 Nov. 2014. Military radio communications experts at Rockwell Collins in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, will provide 1,160 AN/ARC-210 avionics radios and related equipment for foreign militaries under terms of a $101.1 million contract.

Kontron introduces rugged embedded computing switches for commercial and military avionics

Kontron introduces rugged embedded computing switches for commercial and military avionics

POWAY, Calif., 10 Nov. 2014. Kontron in Poway, Calif., is introducing the AIRES line of rugged switch products for harsh-environment avionics networking embedded computing applications in military and commercial avionics, mining, smart grid, homeland security, rail transportation, and oil & gas applications.

Russian Mi-26 helicopter crew transporting cargo saves polar bear cub in Arctic

Russian Mi-26 helicopter crew transporting cargo saves polar bear cub in Arctic

MOSCOW, 7 Nov. 2014. The crew of a Russian Mi-26 military helicopter from the Eastern Military District Army Aviation airbase saved a baby polar bear from starving to death in the Arctic, after the young bear became separated from its mother.

U.S. Navy and Lockheed Martin deliver third MUOS secure communications satellite for mobile warfighters

U.S. Navy and Lockheed Martin deliver third MUOS secure communications satellite for mobile warfighters

SUNNYVALE, Calif., 7 Nov. 2014. The U.S. Navy and Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT) have delivered the third Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) spacecraft to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, where it will be prepared for a January 2015 liftoff aboard a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket.

Altavian selects Lockheed Martin Perceptor sensors to deliver enhanced imaging in small unmanned aircraft s

Altavian selects Lockheed Martin Perceptor sensors to deliver enhanced imaging in small unmanned aircraft

OWEGO, N.Y., 6 Nov. 2014. Altavian Inc. won a $4 million contract to provide gimbaled sensor payloads, featuring Lockheed Martin imaging sensors, for the U.S. Army's RQ-20 Puma small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS). 

Australian navy buys L-3 Link tactical flight trainers for EA-18G pilot training

ORLANDO, Fla., 3 Nov. 2014. U.S. Navy flight training & simulation experts are asking the L-3 Communications Corp. Link Simulation & Training segment in Arlington, Texas, to build simulation, training, and mission rehearsal equipment for Australian navy EA-18G Growler electronic warfare jet aircraft crews.

Air Force to use existing on-board sensors to enable UAS to sense and avoid other aircraft

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB, Ohio, 3 Nov. 2014. Military and industry researchers are finding ways to use existing sensors aboard manned and unmanned aircraft to enable the platform to sense and avoid other aircraft and operate safely in the National Airspace System (NAS).

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