Airspace & Air Traffic Management

Boeing selects L-3 T3CAS integrated surveillance system and FA2100 recorder for KC-46A tanker

Boeing selects L-3 T3CAS integrated surveillance system and FA2100 recorder for KC-46A tanker

PHOENIX, 18 April 2014. Boeing engineers have selected the T3CAS Integrated Surveillance System and FA2100 Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR) and Flight Data Recorder (FDR) system from L-3 Aviation Products (L-3 AP) in Phoenix as standard avionics for the KC-46A Military Tanker program.

ACSS

ACSS certifies ADS-B compliant avionics in advance of mandates

PHOENIX, 17 April 2014. ACSS, an L-3 Communications & Thales Company in Phoenix, has certified its DO-260B (ADS-B Out compliant) Mode S transponders for airlines ahead of the ADS-B Out mandates. The company’s DO-260B Mode S transponders are installed on hundreds of aircraft, including commercial airplanes operated by JetBlue, U.S. Airways (American), and UPS. The company has also infused SafeRoute ADS-B In capabilities on a lot of those aircraft, a company official explains.

FAA and Exelis complete NextGen ADS-B aircraft tracking system upgrades nationwide

FAA and Exelis complete NextGen ADS-B aircraft tracking system upgrades nationwide

WASHINGTON, 14 April 2014. The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT’s) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) completed the nationwide infrastructure upgrade enabling air traffic controllers to track aircraft with greater accuracy and reliability, while giving pilots more information in the cockpit.

Air Force reaches out to industry to find leading-edge technologies for possible major upgrade to AWACS aircraft

Air Force reaches out to industry to find leading-edge technologies for possible major upgrade to AWACS aircraft

HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass., 13 April 2014. U.S. Air Force surveillance experts are reaching out to industry for enabling technologies that would improve the airborne moving target indication (AMTI) capabilities of the of the E-3 Sentry Airborne Warning & Control Systems (AWACS) aircraft.

DARPA researchers eye standard building blocks for RF phased array antennas to speed development and lower costs

DARPA researchers eye standard building blocks for RF phased array antennas to speed development, lower costs

ARLINGTON, Va., 13 April 2014. U.S. military researchers plan to spend more than $100 million, involve at least seven defense companies, and award at least nine separate contracts in a landmark project to speed development of electronic RF transmit and receive arrays for communications, signals intelligence (SIGINT), radar, and electronic warfare (EW).

FAA to establish center of excellence to deal with issues of military and civil unmanned aircraft operating together

FAA to establish center of excellence to deal with issues of military and civil unmanned aircraft operating together

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J., 13 April 2014. U.S. aviation authorities say they will create a center of excellence for unmanned aircraft within the next year, consisting of representatives from government, academia, and industry to conduct unmanned aircraft research, education, and training.

Bombardier Learjet 85 achieves first flight with Rockwell Collins Pro Line Fusion avionics

Bombardier Learjet 85 achieves first flight with Rockwell Collins Pro Line Fusion avionics

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa, 10 April 2014. Bombardier’s new business jet, the Learjet 85 aircraft, made its first flight in Wichita, Kan., with the help of Rockwell Collins’ Pro Line Fusion avionics and horizontal stabilizer trim system (HSTS).

JBT Corp. to deliver more than $7 million in gate equipment to North American airport

JBT Corp. to deliver more than $7 million in gate equipment to North American airport

CHICAGO, 8 April 2014. JBT Corp.’s (NYSE:JBT) JBT AeroTech business won a contract valued at more than $7 million to supply gate equipment at an unnamed North American international airport. 

Navy continues effort to extend range of helicopter UAVs; asks Northrop Grumman to build five MQ-8C Fire Scouts

Navy continues effort to extend range of helicopter UAVs; asks Northrop Grumman to build five MQ-8C Fire Scouts

PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md., 6 April 2014. Unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) designers at Northrop Grumman Corp. will build five long-range unmanned helicopters for operation from destroyers and other surface warships under terms of a $43.8 million U.S. Navy contract announced this past week.

Air Force initiative to keep giant C-5M Galaxy flying moves to new avionics mission computers and weather radars

Air Force initiative to keep giant C-5M Galaxy flying moves to new avionics mission computers and weather radars

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB, Ohio, 6 April 2014. Military avionics experts at the Lockheed Martin Corp. Aeronautics segment in Marietta, Ga., will upgrade the mission computer and weather radar systems in the giant C-5M Super Galaxy cargo jet under terms of an $84.3 million contract.

airport

Amadeus launches cloud-based, common-use platform to save airports costs and space

MADRID, Spain, 4 April 2014. Amadeus has launched Amadeus Airport Common Use Service (ACUS), a cloud-based Software as a Service (SaaS) airport platform capable of carrying out all passenger processing functions and enabling airlines and ground handlers to share the airport’s physical space and IT resources without a hosting and development burden, says a company spokesperson.


U.S. military researchers ready to kick off program to enable unmanned aircraft to share information and work together

U.S. military researchers ready to kick off program to enable unmanned aircraft to share information and work together

ARLINGTON, Va., 30 March 2014. U.S. military researchers will brief industry in April on an upcoming project to enable surveillance and attack unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to work together on missions involving electronic jamming, degraded communications, and other difficult operating conditions.

Air Force asks General Atomics to upgrade UAV ground-control stations for use with the Internet

Air Force asks General Atomics to upgrade UAV ground-control stations for use with the Internet

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB, Ohio, 30 March 2014. Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) experts at General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. in Poway, Calif., are performing major software upgrades on U.S. Air Force UAV ground control stations to enhance UAV ground control over the Internet.

DOD officials choose Exelis to provide EW jammer pods to Turkish air force F-16 jets in $75.3 million contract

DOD officials choose Exelis to provide EW jammer pods to Turkish air force F-16 jets in $75.3 million contract

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga., 30 March 2014. Electronic warfare (EW) designers at the Exelis Electronic Systems segment in Clifton, N.J., will build ALQ-211(V)-9 Advanced Integrated Defensive Electronic Warfare System (AIDEWS) pods for F-16D Block 50 jet fighters of the Turkish air force under terms of a potential $75.3 million contract announced Friday.

Meridiana Group equips fleet with navAero iPad Air EFB

Meridiana Group equips fleet with navAero iPad Air EFB

SUNDSVALL, Sweden, 26 March 2014. Meridiana Group officials sought an effective electronic flight bag (EFB) platform for its fleet-wide EFB initiative. They have selected the navAero iPad Air Class 2 EFB system, and also established a strategic partnership with Meridiana Maintenance S.p.A. DOA (EASA.21J.470) to provide engineering services for the installation of the EFB systems on the Meridiana fleet as well as for other airline fleets.

Air Force aircraft upgrade experts considering AESA radar improvements for B-1 and B-52 strategic bomber fleets

Air Force aircraft upgrade experts considering AESA radar improvements for B-1 and B-52 strategic bomber fleets

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB, Ohio, 23 March 2014. U.S. Air Force bomber experts are considering upgrading the Air Force fleet of B-1 Lancer and B-52 Stratofortress long-range jet bombers with active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar systems to improve bomber surveillance and targeting capability.

Airport

Hawthorne Global expands network of FBOs, opens in Chicago

CHICAGO, Ill., 18 March 2014. Hawthorne Global Aviation Services is expanding its fixed-base operator (FBO) network with the opening of its new FBO at Chicago Executive Airport (KPWK), featuring hangar, office space, and a range of services for passengers, crew, and private jet owners.

navAero receives EASA STC for Class 2 tablet EFB system on Q400

navAero receives EASA STC for Class 2 tablet EFB system on Q400

SUNDSVALL, Sweden, 17 March 2014. navAero has received an EASA STC (10048381) on the Bombardier DHC-8-400 Series for the installation of Class 2 Tablet Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) provisions for the navAero Tablet EFB System that includes the navAero Universal Aircraft Interface Device (UAID).

navAero completes RTCA rapid decompression and EMI tests on iPad Air

navAero completes RTCA rapid decompression and EMI tests on iPad Air

SUNDSVALL, Sweden, 17 March 2014. navAero, having completed RTCA DO160-G testing for Electromagnetic Interference and Rapid Decompression on Apple iPad Air tablets, announces additional offerings of value-added services for deployment of tablet devices as Class 2 electronic flight bag (EFB) platforms.

U.S. military forces plan to spend more than $2.4 billion in fiscal 2015 on unmanned aerial vehicle production

U.S. military forces plan to spend more than $2.4 billion in fiscal 2015 on unmanned aerial vehicle production

WASHINGTON, 16 March 2014. U.S. military leaders plan to spend $2.45 billion next year on unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) procurement and research, with the RQ-4 Global Hawk, MQ-9 Reaper, and the experimental U.S. Navy Unmanned Carrier-Launched Airborne Surveillance And Strike (UCLASS) system expected to be the biggest winners.

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