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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.

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. 

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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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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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. 

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.

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.

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.

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Hosted payloads are a necessity to save money, combat threats, says U.S. Air Force SMC Col. Beidleman

LONG BEACH, Calif., 5 April 2014. Hosted payloads are a necessity, affirms Colonel Scott Beidleman, director, development planning, Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC), U.S. Air Force, during the Space Tech Conference in Long Beach, Calif.

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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.


Hosted payloads: Opportunity exists for commercial and military collaboration, questions and concerns remain

Hosted payloads: Opportunity exists for commercial and military collaboration, questions and concerns remain

LONG BEACH, Calif., 3 April 2014. “We are at an inflection point, and have opportunity now,” says Skot Butler, vice president, satellite networks & space services at Intelsat General Corp. “Technology advances, mounting government pressures, emerging new launch access, and more present the opportunity to have a meaningful new dialog about a national space architecture that benefits us all.”

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.

Boeing’s Simpson: Commercial technologies and approaches, hosted payloads can reduce cost of access to space

Boeing’s Simpson: Commercial technologies and approaches, hosted payloads can reduce cost of access to space

LONG BEACH, Calif., 2 April 2014. When TSAT was cancelled in 2009, the recommendation was to leverage commercial and leverage TSAT technologies to build next-generation aerospace systems and platforms, describes Jim Simpson, president, Boeing Satellite Systems International, Space and Intelligence Systems, The Boeing Company during a talk at the Space Tech Conference in Long Beach, Calif.

Aerospace firms can do more with less with digital design tools

Aerospace firms can do more with less with digital design tools

LONG BEACH, Calif., 2 April 2014. “The pressures are going to continue and we need to change the way we do business and how we manufacture,” stresses Tim Cahill, vice president, engineering, Lockheed Martin Space Systems at the Space Tech Conference in Long Beach, Calif.

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