Commercial Aviation

DeLaPorte

Turn the current design process on its head, recommends DeLaPorte at IESF 2014

EVERETT, Wa., 24 April 2014. “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower,” James DeLaPorte, business transformation consultant, DeLaPLM Consulting, says, quoting Steve Jobs. “Innovation is the lifeblood of business,” he adds during his “Rise of the Systems Engineer for the 21st Century” presentation during IESF 2014 at the Future of Flight museum in Everett, Wa.

Dr. Nick Smith

Mentor Graphics’ Smith: Take platform-level perspective to system and component engineering

EVERETT, Wa., 24 April 2014. “It is increasingly important to take a platform-level perspective when it comes to system and component design,” says Dr. Nick Smith, business development director, Integrated Electrical Systems Division at Mentor Graphics. “Platform-level engineering considers the complete challenge and complete platform, be it a satellite or military aircraft. Absence of platform-level view impairs integration.”

IESF

IESF 2014: Aerospace and defense systems and supply chains grow in complexity

EVERETT, Wa., 24 April 2014. Technical complexity is rising, as engineers work toward “more electric aircraft,” including commercial airliners and military combat aircraft, points out Dr. Nick Smith, business development director, Integrated Electrical Systems Division at Mentor Graphics. Dr. Smith delivered the keynote presentation opening the Integrated Electrical Solutions Forum (IESF) 2014, hosted by Mentor Graphics, at the Future of Flight Museum at Boeing’s Paine Field in Everett, Wa.

Lufthansa Technik builds short/medium-haul aircraft MRO site in Puerto Rico, signs JetBlue as launch customer

Lufthansa Technik builds short/medium-haul aircraft MRO site in Puerto Rico, signs JetBlue as launch customer

HAMBURG, Germany, 24 April 2014. Lufthansa Technik, in cooperation with the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, will create a new aviation maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) facility in Puerto Rico to service short-haul and medium-haul aircraft.

ACSS

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.

Kaman

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.

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.

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.

Learjet 85

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.

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. 

Airbus

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.

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. 

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.

airport

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.


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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