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The avionics industry is on par to outperform sales from 2012 according to the 2nd Quarter Avionics Market Report released by the Aircraft Electronics Association. In the months of April, May and June 2013, total worldwide avionics sales amounted to more than $1.6 billion, as reported by the 20 aviation electronics manufacturers participating in the report. Bombardier's new narrow bodied CSeries aircraft could be seen in the skies for the first time very soon now that high speed taxi runs have been completed. The taxi tests up to 120 knots were run last Friday. Bombardier released a video of the test runs in Mirabel, Quebec. The Lunar Atmosphere
Industry Total Avionics Sales Amount to More Than $1.6 Billion, On Pace To Outperform 2012
The Aircraft Electronics Association announced its second quarter Avionics Market Report for this year, and it shows the industry on pace to outperform 2012. In the months of April, May and June 2013, total worldwide avionics sales amounted to $1,620,201,160.49, or more than $1.6 billion, as reported by the 20 aviation electronics manufacturers participating in the report.
"Although there was a slight decrease in the amount of sales compared to the first quarter of this year, the industry is still on pace to outperform the total year-end sales from 2012, which amounted to more than $6.3 billion. It's important to remember that the AEA Avionics Market Report is still in its first year of existence, and it has not had the opportunity to gather and report a complete year's worth of data on a quarter-by-quarter basis. However, as we move forward in time and the report evolves into its second and third phases, we certainly will be better able to analyze and compare current sales against the same time period from previous years. I expect the report eventually will reveal the impact of seasonal and economic trends as well as upcoming equipment mandates,
Allows Air Canada To Reduce Costs On Regional Routes, Executive Says
Air Canada has successfully completed the transfer of all 15 of its Embraer 175 aircraft, the smallest jet aircraft in Air Canada's fleet, to Sky Regional to operate the aircraft on behalf of Air Canada under the capacity purchase agreement between the parties. Sky Regional now operates 20 aircraft on behalf of Air Canada, under this agreement.
Additional Demonstrations Of V-22's Refueling Capability Planned
The Bell Boeing V-22 Program, a strategic alliance between Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. and Boeing, has successfully completed an initial test of the V-22 Osprey performing as an aerial refueling tanker. Adding this capability to the tiltrotor aircraft would further advance its versatility in combat, humanitarian and ship-based operations.
Goals Are To Protect Earth From Asteroid Impacts, Find A Candidate For Exploration
NASA has chosen 96 ideas it regards as most promising from more than 400 submitted in response to its June request for information (RFI) about protecting Earth from asteroids and finding an asteroid humans can explore.
Increase Recommended By Transport Accident Investigation Commission In Report
It's not just the FAA and the NTSB that sometimes disagree about aviation safety considerations. The Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand says it will not double inspections of some GA airplanes despite a call to do so by that country's Transport Accident Investigation Commission.
Major Contracts And Collaboration Agreements 'Confirm' Airbus' Commitment To Reinforcing Opportunities With Russia
Airbus’ participation at Russia's MAKS Airshow was marked not only by the magnificent A380 which performed daily flying displays and was present all day in the static park, but also by several important agreements with the Russian partners which strengthen Airbus cooperation in the region. Airbus and VSMPO-AVISMA Corporation, major titanium supplier for Airbus, signed a Memorandum of Understanding at the show to further develop strategic collaboration covering joint study of new alloys, rough machining, and the extension of Airbus’ product portfolio as well as recycling of titanium.
Aircraft Delivered From AgustaWestland's Philadelphia Final Assembly Plant
Weststar Aviation Services of Malaysia has taken delivery of an additional AW139, bringing the total delivered of the type to 18 in support of Weststar’s offshore oil & gas transportation and VIP transport services.
Simlat UAS Training Systems Selected By ING Robotic Aviation To Provide Hardware
Simlat UAS & ISR Training & Simulation systems will be part of the first UAV operator’s training program in Ontario, Canada, conducted by Canadore College. Curriculum design and training system recommendations were provided by ING Robotic Aviation. ING Robotic Aviation will also be providing instructors for the course.
Software-Defined Networking Radios Represent A Significant Milestone In Modernizing The National Airspace System
General Dynamics C4 Systems announced today that the new software defined CM 300/350 (V2) UHF and VHF air traffic control (ATC) radios have completed the first phase of the FAA’s Factory Acceptance Testing program that evaluated the radios' hardware and software.
Devon Air Ambulance has added a second Eurocopter EC135 to its helicopter fleet, enhancing the service provider’s own airlift capabilities and further fostering the market presence of this rotorcraft type in medical missions throughout the United Kingdom. The EC135 P2i version of Eurocopter’s twin-engine workhorse helicopter family was delivered by the Eurocopter UK subsidiary.
Considered A Pioneer Of The Genre, He Wrote For Over 75 Years
While space flight is currently reserved for the very few, science fiction authors ... at least the good ones ... give the rest of us an opportunity to imagine what it might be like to ply the stars. Such an author, by almost anyone's estimation, was Fredrik Pohl, who was considered by many to be one of the pioneers of the genre with a career spanning 75 years.
Contrast Between EAA and AOPA More Noticeable Than Ever
News/Commentary By ANN/SportPlane Resource Guide Editor John Ylinen, With Some Comments By ANN E-I-C Jim Campbell
ANN's John Ylinen had an interesting Friday... traveling to Frederick to visit AOPA to see what there was to see of the AOPA's Annual Meeting of Members -- and the installation of Mark Baker as the new Boss... where we hope he will prove to be different than the old Boss. We didn't have high hopes going into this meeting after braving through some of the arrogant Fuller deification and other hype of recent weeks, describing departing President Craig Fuller as an aviation "Statesman" and having the brass to name a number of bloggers as aviation opinion leaders... which we thought hyst
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A legend of aviation in the U.K. passed away. Wing Commander Ken Wallis, who was instrumental in the development of the autogyro, was 97 years old. Wallis allegedly cheated on his eye test in order to become a bomber pilot in WWII and was awarded the Bomber Command medal after waiting 71 years for the recognition. The newest version of WingX Pro7, Version 7.1, supports the recently TSO’d NavWorx ADS600-B transceiver making WingX Pro7 the first major mobile aviation app to support ADS-B Out transceivers. The FAA has mandated ADS-B Out
Seven general aviation organizations are asking the FAA to withdraw a proposed airworthiness directive affecting ECi cylinders used as aftermarket replacements on thousands of Continental Motors 520 and 550 engines until the GA community receives the information and time needed to respond.
The Virginia Seaplane Pilots Association (VSPA) will host a Seaplane Splash-In on Saturday, October 5 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Lake Gaston Resort. This is an opportunity to watch seaplanes taking off and landing using water “runways”. The Virginia Department of Aviation, the Virginia Seaplane Pilots Association, Mecklenburg-Brunswick Regional Airport and the National Seaplane Pilots Association are joining together to enjoy refreshments, share information displays, listen to music and network with other seaplane pilots and their guests. This event is free and open to the public.
LOBO, the Lancair Owners and Builders Organization, is partnering with Lancair International Inc. to plan and organize the Third Annual LOBO/Lancair Landing. Scheduled for October 4-6, 2013 at the Hilton Greenville in Greenville, SC, and preceded by LOBO’s Ground School on October 3, all are welcome to register for an educational event uniting Lancair owners and other enthusiasts with those who supply and support them.
Final Invoice Was Over Twice The Estimate Provided
Santa Barbara County Supervisors were hit with a final invoice for the repair of one of the Sheriff's department's five helicopters that was more than double the estimate they had been provided by the company doing the work ... and the members of the board are none too happy about the situation.
Jonathan Corbett Says TSA Allowed To 'Lie' In Documents Requested Under The Freedom Of Information Act
A lawsuit filed by Jonathan Corbett in U.S. District Court in South Florida has been dismissed by a judge who says there is "no genuine dispute as to any material fact and the movant is entitled to judgment as a matter of law" regarding information not provided by TSA under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).
Aero Linx: The AeroSpace and Defence Industries Association of Europe
The AeroSpace and Defence Industries Association of Europe, ASD, represents the aeronautics, space, defence and security industries in Europe in all matters of common interest with the objective of promoting and supporting the competitive development of the sector. ASD pursues joint industry actions which require to be dealt with on a European level or which concern issues of an agreed transnational nature, and generates common industry positions. ASD has 27 member associations in 20 countries across Europe. In 2011 over 2000 aeronautics, space and defence companies in these countries employed more than 730.000 people and generated a turnover of almost &
Receiver Autonomous Integrity Monitoring (RAIM)
A technique whereby a civil GNSS receiver/processor determines the integrity of the GNSS navigation signals without reference to sensors or non-DoD integrity systems other than the receiver itself. This determination is achieved by a consistency check among redundant pseudorange measurements.