Aviation Insights

Aviation Insights is a portal to the aviation industry, delivering a snapshot of the larger aircraft community, including: organizations making headlines; philanthropic news and other investments in the industry and its continued education and health; and a glossary of avionics, aviation, and aeronautics terminology, aircraft platforms, and more.

General Interest

EASA certifies Airbus Helicopters EC225 gear shaft redesign

EASA certifies Airbus Helicopters EC225 gear shaft redesign

MARIGNANE, France, 22 April 2014. European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) officials have certified the redesigned vertical bevel gear shaft for Airbus Helicopters’ EC225, enabling its production and installation on all rotorcraft of this type being produced and currently in operation globally. 

Navy orders shipboard aircraft identification-friend-or-foe interrogators from BAE Systems in $6.7 million deal

Navy orders shipboard aircraft identification-friend-or-foe interrogators from BAE Systems in $6.7 million deal

PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md., 21 April 2014. U.S. Navy aviation experts needed identification-friend-or-foe (IFF) interrogators for surface ships and land installations to help identify friendly and potentially hostile aircraft. They found their solution from the BAE Systems Electronic Systems segment in Greenlawn, N.Y.

First UAS test site operational: FAA issues North Dakota Department of Commerce COA to begin testing

First UAS test site operational: FAA issues North Dakota Department of Commerce COA to begin testing

WASHINGTON, 21 April 2014. The first of U.S. six test sites chosen by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to perform unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) research is operational more than 2 months ahead of the Congress-specified deadline for the program. FAA officials granted the North Dakota Department of Commerce team a Certificate of Waiver or Authorization (COA) to begin using a Draganflyer X4ES small UAS at its Northern Plains Unmanned Aircraft Systems Test Site. The team plans to begin flight operations during the week of May 5; the COA is effective for two years.

Education

Saab completes flight test with Infra Red Search and Track for Gripen E

Saab completes flight test with Infra Red Search and Track for Gripen E

BROMMA, Sweden, 7 April 2014. Defence and security company Saab has performed the first Gripen E flight with the new Infra Red Search and Track (IRST) sensor on schedule. The IRST does not emit a signal and can, without revealing the aircraft’s own position, silently detect, track, and identify all types of targets, officials say.

Bizjet

Spirit Aeronautics expands to support growing interiors business

COLUMBUS, Ohio, 22 Jan. 2014. Spirit Aeronautics, a provider in business aircraft services, has added another hangar to its Port Columbus International Airport (CMH) campus to support its aircraft interiors refurbishment service expansion.

Rockwell Collins sells part of Rockwell Collins Government Systems avionics business to Endress+Hauser

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa, 23 Nov. 2013. Rockwell Collins Inc. (NYSE:COL) sold subsidiary Kaiser Optical Systems Inc.—a provider of spectrographic instrumentation and applied holographic technology with operations in Ann Arbor, Michigan and Lyon, France—to Endress+Hauser (International) Holding AG.

Glossary

The Glossary provides definitions of popular aviation, avionics, and aeronautical terms, as well as descriptions of new and existing aircraft platforms, systems, regulations, standards, programs, and more. For company-specific information, visit the Buyer's Guide at buyersguide.mae.pennnet.com/search/index.html.

Here are some examples of what you'll discover on the Glossary page:

Learjet

Learjet 85 from Bombardier Aerospace

The Learjet 85 business aircraft features a flight deck that combines advanced technology with superior design elements for a cockpit environment unlike any other midsize jet, according to Bombardier Aerospace officials. 

K-MAX

Lockheed Martin Corp. and Kaman Aerospace Corporation have transformed Kaman’s proven K-MAX® power lift helicopter into an unmanned aircraft system (UAS) capable of autonomous or remote controlled cargo delivery. Its mission: battlefield cargo resupply for the U.S. military.

NASA

A look inside NASA’s Morpheus lander

Project Morpheus tests NASA automated, and even autonomous, landing and hazard-detection and -avoidance technology, as well as a novel spacecraft engine that runs on liquid oxygen and methane, considered “green” propellants.

satellite

Global Xpress (GX) satellite network

Inmarsat-5 F1 (I-5 F1), the first satellite in the Global Xpress (GX) network, has been launched onboard a Proton Breeze-M rocket from Kazakhstan.

Community Outreach

EASA certifies Airbus Helicopters EC225 gear shaft redesign

EASA certifies Airbus Helicopters EC225 gear shaft redesign

MARIGNANE, France, 22 April 2014. European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) officials have certified the redesigned vertical bevel gear shaft for Airbus Helicopters’ EC225, enabling its production and installation on all rotorcraft of this type being produced and currently in operation globally. 

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).

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