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Consortium for Aerospace Research and Innovation in Canada launches

MONTRÉAL, Québec, 22 April 2014. The Consortium for Aerospace Research and Innovation in Canada (CARIC), an initiative of Industry Canada and the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada (AIAC), has launched to serve as a national research and technology network that unites stakeholders from industry, universities, colleges, and research institutions to advance strategic aerospace technology areas and facilitate collaborative research and development.

Army helicopter avionics experts look to Elbit for displaying systems status on night-vision cockpit displays

Army helicopter avionics experts look to Elbit for displaying systems status on night-vision cockpit displays

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md., 22 April 2014. U.S. Army aviation experts needed special processors to convert electronic signals from helicopter sensors to trend information for display on night-vision equipment. They found their solution from Elbit Systems of America LLC in Fort Worth, Texas.

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.

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).

Rugged, rad-hard 10-bit A/D converter introduced by DATEL for avionics, space, and military applications

Rugged, rad-hard 10-bit A/D converter introduced by DATEL for avionics, space, and military applications

MANSFIELD, Mass., 13 April 2014. The DATEL Business Unit of Murata Power Solutions in Mansfield, Mass., is introducing the ADS-1011 series rad-hard analog-to-digital (A/D) converters in hermetically sealed ceramic packages for aerospace and defense applications.

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UTC Aerospace Systems to provide nacelle component maintenance and spare components for Spirit Airlines

CHARLOTTE, N.C., 10 April 2014. Florida-based Spirit Airlines has chosen UTC Aerospace Systems' Aerostructures business to provide maintenance services for its Airbus A320-family aircraft fleet powered by V2500 engines. The work will be performed at UTC Aerospace Systems' Alabama Service Center in Foley, Ala. 

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High-level executive provides insight into TriQuint-RFMD merger into $2B company

EXECUTIVE Q&A: TriQuint and RFMD have merged to form a new company (name to be announced) with combined revenue of more than $2 billion, serving the defense/aerospace, network infrastructure, and mobile device communities. A senior manager talks specifically about infrastructure and defense.

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.

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.

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.

Comtech PST hits the market with solid-state power amplifier for avionics, EW, radar, and communications uses

Comtech PST hits the market with solid-state power amplifier for avionics, EW, radar, and communications uses

MELVILLE, N.Y., 6 April 2014. Comtech PST Corp. in Melville, N.Y., is introducing the model BME69189-20 solid-state power amplifier module for electronic warfare (EW), radar, and communications systems where space, cooling, and power are limited.

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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.


Aerospace companies face competitive and congestive threats, as well as budget pressures

Aerospace companies face competitive and congestive threats, as well as budget pressures

LONG BEACH, Calif., 2 April 2014. “While operating on all cylinders, [aerospace and defense] developers are facing new challenges – competitive and congestive threats in space and back on Earth very real budget pressures,” recognizes Mark Calassa, vice president of protected communications systems, Lockheed Martin Space Systems.

GE Aviation to build $100 million jet engine assembly facility in Indiana

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind., 1 April 2014. Officials at GE Aviation, a provider of jet engines and aircraft systems, plan to break ground this year on a new $100 million jet engine assembly facility in Lafayette, Ind.—the seventh new GE Aviation facility in the U.S. in the past seven years.

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GE Aviation partners with educators in Indiana for research, talent recruitment

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind., 1 April 2014. GE Aviation worked closely with key educators and officials at the state of Indiana to secure a location for the company’s new jet engine assembly factory in Lafayette, Ind.

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Commercial aircraft cabin interior market continues steady global growth

DALLAS, 31 March 2014. The total commercial aircraft cabin interior market is expected to reach $17,194.9 million in 2019, according to a new market research report published by MarketsandMarkets in Dallas.

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.