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.

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CERTON handles specifications, documentation, and test procedures for Parker Aerospace Fly-By-Wire flight control system components

MELBOURNE, Fla., 21 April 2014. Parker Aerospace officials selected CERTON to rewrite requirement specifications, conceptual and detailed design documentation, and field-programmable gate array (FPGA) verification test cases and procedures for the company’s remote electronics unit (REU) firmware, as well as advised Parker Aerospace on approval for the airborne electronic hardware (AEH) design in accordance with DO‑254 guidelines for Level A safety criticality. 

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.

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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.

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Kaman New Zealand SH-2G(I) Super Seasprite helicopter achieves first flight

BLOOMFIELD, Conn., 16 April 2014. Kaman Aerospace, on track to deliver 10 of its Super Seasprite helicopter to the New Zealand government, began production flight testing of the NZ SH-2G(I) aircraft at Kaman’s Bloomfield, Conn., facility. After production flight tests, Kaman anticipates delivering all 10 Super Seasprite aircraft, which will be used for maintenance and aircrew training, by mid-2015.

Global commercial aircraft sector grew 8.9 percent in 2013; record production expected to continue, says Deloitte

Global commercial aircraft sector grew 8.9 percent in 2013; record production expected to continue, says Deloitte

NEW YORK, 15 April 2014. Global commercial aircraft manufacturers grew their revenues by 8.9 percent in 2013, according to information from 100 global aerospace companies, Deloitte analysts say.

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.

U.S. Air Force selects Cubic for Moroccan P5 air combat training system

U.S. Air Force selects Cubic for Moroccan P5 air combat training system

SAN DIEGO, Calif., 14 April 2014. Cubic Defense Systems, a subsidiary of Cubic Corp. (NYSE:CUB) won a U.S. Air Force contract valued at more than $5 million to supply its P5 Combat Training System (P5CTS) to the Moroccan Air Force.

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Bombardier launches Learjet 85 flight test program

MONTREAL, 11 April 2014. Bombardier Aerospace’s Learjet 85 business aircraft completed its first flight, marking the start of the business jet’s flight test program that will lead up to the first customer delivery.

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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. 

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).

Lufthansa selects Pratt & Whitney PurePower Engines for 30 more Airbus A320neo aircraft

Lufthansa selects Pratt & Whitney PurePower engines for 30 more Airbus A320neo aircraft

EAST HARTFORD, Conn., 9 April 2014. Lufthansa has selected PurePower PW1100G-JM engines from Pratt & Whitney, a division of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX), for 30 additional A320neo family aircraft. Deliveries are scheduled to start in 2019 and continue through 2021, and will bring the total number of PW1100G-JM engine-powered aircraft in Lufthansa's fleet to 60.

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. 

ILFC subsidiary AeroTurbine expands aircraft maintenance facility to provide narrowbody aircraft MRO services

ILFC subsidiary AeroTurbine expands aircraft maintenance facility to provide narrowbody aircraft MRO services

MIAMI, 8 April 2014. AeroTurbine Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of International Lease Finance Corp. (ILFC), has expanded its aircraft maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) facility in Goodyear, Ariz.

Garmin Team X introduces G3X Touch large flight display system

Garmin Team X introduces G3X Touch large flight display system

OLATHE, Kan., 8 April 2014. Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ:GRMN) and a provider of satellite navigation solutions, announced its G3X Touch large touchscreen, glass flight display system for installation in experimental amateur-built and light sport aircraft (LSA). The non-certified G3X Touch system is designed to provide pilots easy-to-read, easy-to-use, high-resolution, 10.6-inch flight displays with split-screen functionality and advanced interface options.

Sandel Avionics launches all-digital attitude heading reference system

Sandel Avionics launches all-digital attitude heading reference system

VISTA, Calif., 7 April 2014. Sandel Avionics Inc., a manufacturer of retrofit avionics, has unveiled its first all-digital attitude heading reference system (AHRS), the SG102/D, which is identical to the SG102 (MOD2) without the analog interfaces. 

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.

Raytheon to develop hypertemporal multispectral sensor space instrument for Air Force Research Laboratory

Raytheon to develop hypertemporal multispectral sensor space instrument for Air Force Research Laboratory

KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE, N.M., 6 April 2014. U.S. Air Force space surveillance experts are looking to the Raytheon Co. Space and Airborne Systems segment in El Segundo, Calif., to blend multispectral images of the Earth taken over time to extract important reconnaissance information that otherwise might not be visible to intelligence analysts.