Standards, Regulations & Certifications

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.

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.

Saab and Mxi Technologies partner on military fleet management

BROMMA, Sweden, 12 April 2014. Defence and security company Saab and MRO software company Mxi Technologies are cooperating in the provision of Military Fleet Management using Mxi´s Maintenix software.

VCC offers solderless LED interconnect solution to save assembly time, money

VCC offers solderless LED interconnect solution to save assembly time, money

POWAY, Calif., 9 April 2014. VCC, a provider of indication and specialty illumination solutions, has developed solderless, panel-mount LED holders that combine simple and fast assembly with reliability and ruggedness. The CNX 440 and CNX 460 Series receptacles require no tools for assembly, offering quick and easy threaded connections into a broad selection of panel lenses. 

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. 

NDIA urges collaboration between industry and government for aerospace missions

NDIA urges collaboration between industry and government for aerospace missions

LONG BEACH, Calif., 3 April 2014. Hosted payloads are a key method of government cost savings related to aerospace, describes Jeanne Innis Olson, board member of the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) and client sales executive for the Air Force at HP Enterprise Services, at the Space Tech Conference in Long Beach, Calif.

Interoperable components with standardized interfaces key to future aerospace systems

Interoperable components with standardized interfaces key to future aerospace systems

LONG BEACH, Calif., 2 April 2014. U.S. Government officials seek interoperable components that support a variety of [satellite] buses, providing an easy, standardized interface, to build satellites more efficiently and competitively, describes Bernard “Bernie” F. Collins II, senior advisor, office of the Director of National Intelligence, U.S. Government, at the Space Tech Conference in Long Beach, Calif.

Aviation test equipment market to reach $7.15 billion by 2020

DALLAS, 28 March 2014. The global aviation test equipment market—including electrical, hydraulic, pneumatic, and power solutions—will reach $7.15 billion by 2020, according to Yajan Dua, research associate, Aerospace and Defense business unit at MarketsandMarkets in Dallas.

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.

L-3 realigns business segments to drive growth, create value

L-3 realigns business segments to drive growth, create value

NEW YORK, 19 March 2014. L-3 Communications (NYSE:LLL) has reorganized its business segments to better align its organizational structure with customer priorities and increase operational efficiencies, officials say.

Biometric border controls failed passengers of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, says security technology expert

DENVER, 18 March 2014. "Had the Kuala Lumpur International Airport employed biometric authentication for everyone with access to airplanes, investigators would have a reliable record of every individual--passengers, crew, and workers--who accessed the aircraft prior to take off. These measures may not have prevented the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, but they may very well prevent similar tragedies in the future," says Maxine Most, biometric identity and security technology expert and principal at Acuity Market Intelligence in Louisville, Colo.

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.

Crane Aerospace & Electronics Microwave Solutions launches Microwave Space Qualified Products

Crane Aerospace & Electronics Microwave Solutions launches Microwave Space Qualified Products

WEST CALDWELL, N.J., 17 March 2014. Crane Aerospace & Electronics Microwave Solutions announces its re-launched Microwave Space Qualified Products (MSQP) product line with such standard passive products as power dividers, hybrids, couplers, and mixers.

Boeing selects Harris Corp. antennas for Inmarsat Global Xpress satellite

Boeing selects Harris Corp. antennas for Inmarsat Global Xpress satellite

MELBOURNE, Fla., 14 March 2014. Boeing engineers needed reliable Ka-band antennas for their work on the fourth Inmarsat Global Xpress satellite, part of Inmarsat’s $1.6 billion investment in the Global Xpress globally available, high-bandwidth, Ka-band network delivered by a single operator. They found their solution at Harris Corp. (NYSE:HRS), an international communications and information technology company, in Melbourne, Fla.

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Passenger and cargo traffic continue to grow at Frankfurt Airport, reports Fraport AG

FRANKFURT, Germany, 13 March 2014. The positive growth trend for passenger and cargo traffic continues to advance at Frankfurt Airport (FRA), which welcomed roughly 3.7 million passengers in February 2014. This figure signifies a 1.8 percent increase year-on-year.


FAA approves Sandel HeliTAWS helicopter terrain awareness & warning system for Part 27 and Part 29 AML-STCs

FAA approves Sandel HeliTAWS helicopter terrain awareness & warning system for Part 27 and Part 29 AML-STCs

VISTA, Calif., 6 March 2014. Sandel Avionics Inc., a provider of wire, terrain, and obstacles alerting technology for helicopters, has received its first HeliTAWS Approved Model List (AML) Supplemental Type Certificates (STC) for Part 27 and Part 29.

AIM Avionics Databus Solutions expands portfolio with COTS-based test tool

AIM Avionics Databus Solutions expands portfolio with COTS-based test tool

FREIBURG, Germany, 1 March 2014. AIM’s Avionics Databus Solutions division has introduced a smart tool set for handling ARINC429 testing with system made up of standard AIM hardware and software solutions plus a commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) computer platform.

Rockwell Collins selects Green Hills Software’s INTEGRITY-178 operating system for multi-function display on Sikorsky S-92 helicopter

Rockwell Collins selects Green Hills Software’s INTEGRITY-178 operating system for multi-function display on Sikorsky S-92 helicopter

SANTA BARBARA, Calif., 28 Feb. 2014. Rockwell Collins selected Green Hills Software’s INTEGRITY-178 operating system (OS) for the development of its MFD-268P2B multi-function display for Sikorsky’s S-92 helicopter’s advanced cockpit avionics.

Curtiss-Wright rugged graphics display module taps AMD, CoreAVI, VITA technologies

ASHBURN, Va., 25 Feb. 2014. Curtiss-Wright Corp.’s (NYSE:CW) Defense Solutions division is now shipping its highest-performance embedded graphics module, the new VPX3-716 3U OpenVPX multi-head graphics display card, the first based on the next-generation AMD Embedded Radeon E8860 “Adelaar” graphics processing unit (GPU).