How ACARS Will Evolve, Not Disappear, With Transition to IPS

Today, ACARS is well known by flight operations engineers as the character-based messaging service that uses ARINC 618-based air-to-ground protocols to transfer data between onboard avionics systems and ground-based ACARS networks operated by one of two datalink service providers (DSPs), SITA or Rockwell Collins. In the future, ACARS will evolve and eventually transition into the…

ACR Electronics Acquires Flight Data Systems

ACR Electronics has just acquired Flight Data Systems, which the safety and survival equipment provider says will enhance its growing aviation product and service portfolio. The new acquisition will bring Flight Data Systems into the fold with emergency locator transmitter (ELT)-provider ARTEX and flight data and communications-provider SKYTRAC, which ACR Electronics just acquired last year.…

Jordan’s AH-1F/S Cobra avionics upgraded

Northrop Grumman and Science and Engineering Services (SES) have upgraded the avionics system on the Royal Jordanian Air Force’s AH-1F/S Cobra attack helicopters, Northrop announced on 7 June. Under the programme, Northrop Grumman was responsible for the design and integration of the avionics system, while the aircraft was rewired and reconditioned by SES. The aircraft’s…

Qatar Airways CEO Talks ‘Super Wi-Fi’ on A350s, 777s

Qatar Airways is preparing for the roll out of what it calls “Super Wi-Fi” across a combined fleet of 130 Airbus A350s and Boeing 777 aircraft. When the service goes live, Qatar will become the first commercial airline based in the Middle East to invest in Inmarsat’s GX Aviation technology. Lufthansa became the first airline…

HDL Design House and Mentor Workshop at Aviation Electronics Europe 2018

HDL Design House and Mentor®, a Siemens business, will hold a joint technical workshop about the application of reuse for DO-254 projects at the Aviation Electronics Europe 2018. HDL Design House, provider of digital, analog, and back-end design and verification services and products in numerous areas of SoC, will host a joint technical workshop with…

APiJet Takes Open Architecture Approach to Aircraft Data Service

A partnership between Seattle-based Aviation Partners Inc. and iJet Technologies, called APiJet, has launched a new aircraft software as a service joint venture capable of monitoring every component and system of an airborne aircraft. ApiJet has taken a different approach to aircraft data monitoring, introducing an open architecture software that can run on any onboard…

Harris Engineer Seeks ‘Zero-Defect’ Culture in Supplying F-35 Avionics

In 2017, Lockheed Martin awarded a contract to Harris Corp. to provide the computing infrastructure for new panoramic cockpit displays, advanced memory systems and navigation technology for its fifth-generation fighter jet, the F-35. Under the upgrade, every F-35 will receive new hardware and software to include seven racks per aircraft consisting of 1,500 module components…

Rockwell Collins reports second quarter financial results

Rockwell Collins, Inc. reported sales for the second quarter of fiscal year 2018 of $2.180 billion, a 62% increase from the same period in fiscal year 2017, or 5% organic growth excluding $776 million of revenue from the acquisition of B/E Aerospace. Second quarter fiscal year 2018 earnings per share was $1.43 compared to $1.27…

Global Avionics Sales Grow 13% In First Quarter 2018

Worldwide business and general aviation avionics sales rose 13% in the first three months of 2018 to $639.8 million, compared to a year ago, according to the Aircraft Electronics Association. Sales of retrofit avionics—equipment installed after original production—rose 12.6% to $363.7 million from $322.9 million in the first quarter of 2017. Sales of avionics equipment…

HENSOLDT exceeds Growth Targets

The sensor solutions provider HENSOLDT has exceeded its growth targets in the first year of its existence. After taking stock for the first time at the International Aviation Exhibition (ILA) in Berlin, HENSOLDT’s CEO Thomas Müller announced that the company, which was originally formed in 2017 from the Airbus Group’s defence electronics activities, had recorded…

US Air Force Cuts Fuel Costs by Going Paperless

After seven years, the U.S. Air Force Air Mobility Command (AMC) has proof of the value of portable electronic EFBs in transport-category military aircraft. What started off in 2010 as an EFB initiative to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of AMC aircrews on C5 Galaxy mega-transports is now a money-saving tool on numerous other aircraft,…

Cyberattacks on Connected Aircraft Are Happening Right Now

As commercial aircraft increasingly become connected to the larger Internet of Things, the potential for safety risks also rise, the head of Thales’ business operations in the U.S. said Wednesday. There have already been hacks of aircraft and aviation-related systems, including in-flight entertainment systems, data communications between pilots and ground-based controllers, and airline operations systems…

Elbit Systems completes Universal Avionics Systems acquisition

HAIFA, Israel. Defense electronics contractor Elbit Systems Ltd. has completed its previously announced acquisition of avionics manufacturer Universal Avionics Systems. As a wholly-owned subsidiary of Elbit Systems, UA will lead commercial sales in North America for Elbit Systems’ Aerospace Division’s Commercial Aviation Business Line. “Combining our product offering with Elbit Systems’ strengthens our position in…

Honeywell (HON) Boosts Organic Growth Path on New Contracts

Honeywell International Inc. HON inked a fresh three-year contract with Asia Pacific’s biggest business aviation operator – Deer Jet – in a bid to extend the latter’s aircraft protection plan. Per the deal, Deer Jet will enroll nine aircrafts into Honeywell Mechanical Protection Plan (MPP) and additional 12 aircrafts in Honeywell Avionics Protection Plan (HAPP).…

Take Off for the 2018 Conference Programme

HOT TOPICS – LEADING DISCUSSIONS – TACKLING THE INDUSTRY CHALLENGES Take Off 30% on Delegate Fees for Very Early Bird Registration by 31st March – register online today at www.ae-expo.eu/2018-reg Improving Performance, Integration and Harmonisation in SESAR and Next-Gen Download Preliminary Conference Programme guide at www.ae-expo.eu/PSG AEE (Avionics & Flight Ops) will discuss topics and…

Abaco Systems to Offer CoreAVI’s COTS-D DO-254/ED-80 DAL A Certifiable Hardware IP Solutions to Military and Civil Avionics Markets

Core Avionics & Industrial Inc. (“CoreAVI”) and Abaco Systems, a global leader in open architecture rugged embedded systems, unveiled today their strategic partnership to bring COTS DO-254/ED-80/DO-178C/ED-12C certifiable hardware and software solutions to military and civil avionics markets. CoreAVI offers the industry’s first COTS Hardware IP solutions which are safety certifiable and part of an…

GADSS: The Latest Progress

he International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) Global Aeronautical Distress and Safety System (GADSS) Advisory Group in 2017 published a combined 27 areas of improvement criteria across aircraft systems, air traffic services (ATS) and search and rescue (SAR) system operations. These improvement criteria are designed to inform the global aviation industry and all of its various…

AEE Delivers Leading Certified Training Courses in Munich

This year AEE is delighted to offer three one-day courses, enabling you to gain enhanced levels of specialist knowledge, will take place during the two days of AEE and cover: –Applied DO-178C / ED-12C Avionics Software Certification by AFuzion – Applied DO-254 & ED-80 Avionics Hardware Certification by AFuzion – “ARINC 818 Systems” Hands-on workshop…

9 Updates on FAA NextGen Deployment Progress

The release of U.S. President Donald Trump’s fiscal year 2019 budget includes a 2% reduction in the FAA’s budget, including cuts to spending on NextGen and FAA research activities. As the budget awaits lawmaker approval, here are nine of the latest updates on progress the agency has made with the deployment of its NextGen air…

BAE Showcases Successful Autonomous Software

BAE Systems has developed software that autonomously provides information to pilots when communication networks are disrupted to help them avoid threats and complete missions when that capability would otherwise be hindered. BAE showcased what it calls distributed battle management software during an 11-day mix of live test flights and simulations with DARPA and the U.S.…

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ONLINE PRE-REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN BOOK TODAY AND SAVE 30% ON REGISTRATION FEES Registration online is now available – book your place today and benefit from Early Bird savings: SAVE EXTRA €€ if you register before 31st March 2018. Register online here >> Early Bird Deadline 19th May 2018.   REGISTRATION FEES • EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT –…

82 Airlines in the World Now Provide Internet

Nearly half of all available seat miles worldwide now feature in-flight connectivity, according to a new report. In 2017, 12 new airlines added Wi-Fi to their fleets, and a total of 82 commercial air carriers globally now offer access to web browsing, streaming and other internet-based services. Data about global airline internet service equipage was…

Bad ADS-B Codes a No-Go, Per FAA

The FAA said it is cracking down on improper ADS-B codes in 2018. Though improperly configured ADS-Bs broadcasting improper hexadecimal codes like 000000 or FFFFFF are nothing new, as of Jan. 2, the FAA has started actively blocking them. The FAA said that, on average, there is a flight per day in the national airspace using…

Rockwell Collins’ Q1 2018 Sales Soar Past 2017’s

Rockwell Collins, Inc. reported 9% organic growth in sales year-over-year in the first quarter of fiscal year 2018 as part of 69% total growth, thanks largely to the acquisition of B/E Aerospace. B/E Aerospace’s acquisition provides Rockwell Collins with an interior systems segment, and accounted for $716 million of more than $2 billion total in…

Report: ADS-B is a Cyber Risk to US Military Aircraft

U.S. Defense Department officials have yet to address known cybersecurity risks associated with a military aircraft tracking tool and have only two years before the system must be fully integrated, according to a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report published Jan. 18. The ADS-B Out tracking tool, part of an FAA program to provide transparency on…

Flying Colours ramping up team, STCs and equipment for ADS-B installations

To prepare for the increased demand for the tracking system installations, Flying Colours Corp. has invested in additional equipment inventory and has upped its team numbers, increasing its ADS-B Out installation capacity by approximately 30 per cent. In addition, the North America-headquartered business has developed ADS-B Out supplemental type certificates (STCs) for the Bombardier Challenger…

AEE (Avionics & Flight Ops) Conference Committee Set Agenda

The AEE (Avionics & Flight Ops) Conference Committee recently met to discuss the abstracts submitted for the conference programme and set the conference topics and agenda for the 2018 event. London played host to the committee meeting which enjoyed interesting and fruitful discussions to develop a leading conference programme and line up of international expert…

Embraer KC-390 Reaches Initial Operational Capability

Embraer has attained initial operational capability (IOC) with its KC-390. As part of the IOC, the manufacturer received a provisional type certificate from the Brazilian National Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC) for its KC-390. “We are pleased to announce the achievement of this important milestone for the KC-390 Program,” said Jackson Schneider, president and CEO of…

Driving airspace modernization in Europe

The Single European Sky remains mired in bureaucracy but individual countries can move modernization forward The European economy could be boosted by €245 billion ($288bn) by 2035. All it would take is an airspace modernization program that would deliver the capacity needed to avoid the inefficiencies and delays that dog the existing system. The Single…

EUROCAE & ICAO sign Memorandum of Understanding

EUROCAE & ICAO mark the start of an even closer partnership with the signature of an updated Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). On 12 December 2017, the two organisations agreed on reinforced cooperation on the development of standards for better & safer aviation by signing an MoU along with other major standardisation bodies in aviation. EUROCAE…

Airbus, Facebook Partner on HAPS Connectivity

Facebook has announced a partnership with Airbus to expand ongoing development of its Aquila drone program, which the Silicon Valley-based company calls its “high altitude platform station (HAPS) broadband connectivity system.” The two companies will be collaborating to “advance spectrum and aviation policy” and to demonstrate the “viability” of the HAPS concept. According to Facebook,…

Satcom Direct is the First Reseller for ViaSat’s Ka-band IFC Service

ViaSat has expanded its current relationship with authorized value-added reseller Satcom Direct to offer ViaSat’s full suite of in-flight connectivity (IFC) systems and services to large and mid-cabin business jets. The new agreement adds ViaSat’s latest Ka-band business jet service to Satcom Direct’s IFC portfolio, which already included ViaSat’s Ku-band IFC service. ViaSat’s business aviation…

Curtiss-Wright, Green Hills Software, and Harris Corporation Announce Power Architecture-based FACE Aligned Digital Moving Map Solution

Airborne solution combines Harris’s FACE conformant FliteScene® Digital Moving Map Software, Green Hills and Pre-Validated Board-sets for Embedded Defense Applications Curtiss-Wright’s Defense Solutions division, in collaboration with Harris Corporation and Green Hills Software, has announced a new Power Architecture-based Future Airborne Capability Environment (FACE™) aligned Airborne Digital Mapping Solution. The rugged open architecture COTS-based system…

Eurocontrol MUAC Air Traffic Controllers Have a New Voice Communication System

Eurocontrol has employed the use of a new voice communications system (N-VCS) at its Maastricht Upper Area Control Center (MUAC), Eurocontrol said. The system allows air traffic controllers to use a fully automated communications system. The system was supplied by Frequentis and jointly produced by MUAC and France’s air navigation service provider, DSNA. Delivered on…

Core Avionics & Industrial Inc. Announces the Industry’s First Commercial Off the Shelf Safety Certifiable Hardware Design IP (COTS-D) for Mil/Aero/Avionics Markets

Core Avionics & Industrial Inc. (“CoreAVI”) announces the availability of the industry’s first COTS Hardware Design IP solutions which are certifiable to DO-254/ED-80, as part of a complete safety critical solution including comprehensive DO-178C software support. CoreAVI’s hardware solutions are offered as Commercial-Off-The-Shelf-Designs (COTS-D) in the form of Intellectual Property, packaged in industry standard form…

U.S. Army to Deploy Doppler Global Positioning Navigation Set Supported by AMD Embedded Radeo GPU and CoreAVI’s Safety Critical Graphics Driver and RTCA DO-178C Certification Packages

Core Avionics & Industrial Inc. (“CoreAVI”) has announced the completion of the integration of CoreAVI’s ArgusCore SC™ (OpenGL SC®) graphics driver with BAE Systems’ ASN-128E Doppler/Global Positioning System Navigation Set (DGNS). This driver delivery supports the AMD Embedded Radeon GPUs and includes the integration of a Card Support Library provided by BAE Systems, running on…

Core Avionics & Industrial Inc. Announces the Availability of the Industry’s First FACE-aligned Safety Certifiable Graphics Compositor Engine

Core Avionics & Industrial Inc. (“CoreAVI”) announces the immediate availability of the industry’s first FACE-aligned EGL_EXT_compositor extension for their OpenGL SC 1.0.1 and OpenGL SC 2.0 driver families. Synthetic vision, 2D/3D map and various mission computer applications can take advantage of CoreAVI’s composition engine to most efficiently display complex video, 3D and 2D overlay visual…

EUROCAE and CANSO commit to jointly develop standards on air traffic management issues including integration of UAS and Cyber-Security

The Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation (CANSO) and the European Organisation for Civil Aviation Equipment (EUROCAE) have agreed to work together on developing aviation industry standards, with a particular focus on standards for air traffic management. The Memorandum of Understanding enables the two organisations to address issues such as the safe integration of UAS in…

New Approaches to Developing Avionics Software

New embedded technologies and initiatives being deployed across the commercial and military segments of aviation are enabling new approaches to developing avionics software. Lockheed Martin’s F-35 shows the impact that delays and cost overruns in safety-critical airborne software could cause in new platforms. In April, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) published a 49-page report…

AFuzion and HDL Design House Joint Webinar: Optimizing DO-254

AFuzion and HDL Design House invite you to join the free October 4, 2017 webinar at 4pm CEST, on DO-254 optimization techniques including DO-254 requirements, mistakes, best practices, and use of random verification and UVM methodology. AFuzion, the safety-critical systems and certification company and HDL Design House, provider of digital, analog, and back-end design and…

Operators Will Prefer Smaller Aircraft: Bombardier Forecast

Bombardier Commercial Aircraft’s 20-year Market Forecast for the 60- to 150-seat segment projects a strong market outlook, according to the manufacturer. “We are the only manufacturer with a solution for any type of business model in the 60- to 150-seat segment, and we are well positioned to capture the value from the exciting opportunities outlined…

Eurocontrol Network Manager, 10 Airports to Implement SESAR Concepts

European Union funding instrument Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) has granted funding to the Eurocontrol Network Manager for Single European Sky ATM Research (SESAR) projects, Eurocontrol said. Now, 10 airports are set to implement SESAR concepts. Eurocontrol said that two concepts have been designed to help airports handle local capacity: Airport Operations Centres (APOC) and the…

Rockwell Collins Installs Avionics System on French Air Force C-130H Aircraft

Rockwell Collins has integrated a new avionics system for the French air force’s C-130H Hercules military transport aircraft as part of a modernization contract from France’s defense procurement agency. The company said that the Flight2 avionics system offers communications, navigation, surveillance and air traffic management capacities that comply with International Civil Aviation Organization standards. Rockwell…

Boosters for NASA’s Space Launch System complete avionics test

The solid rocket boosters that will power NASA‘s new Space Launch System super-heavy-lift rocket away from Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Complex 39B took another step toward flight today when Orbital ATK announced that the avionics system which will control the new boosters has completed its qualification testing. In order to meet the demanding human-rated requirements…

Air Data Systems Market to reach $850.9 million by 2022

A new research document with title ‘Air Data Systems – Global Market Outlook (2016-2022)’ covering detailed analysis, Competitive landscape, forecast and strategies. The study covers geographic analysis that includes regions like North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Rest of the World and important players/vendors such as Ametek Inc., Meggitt PLC ,Rockwell Collins, Inc. etc. The report…

How Kontron is benefitting from wave of new connectivity installs

Gogo’s big 2Ku connectivity win with Alaska Airlines bodes well for its international partners on the program. Israeli firm Gilat, for instance, is providing the nextgen modem for 2Ku, and is gearing up to see its equipment on “over 1,800 aircraft”. Illinois-based Telefonix PDT provides Gogo’s advanced airborne server which “is going on every single…

Mercury Systems Introduces First Low-Profile High-Density Secure Memory Device for Defense and Commercial Avionics Markets

Mercury Systems, Inc. announced volume production of the most recent addition to its portfolio of high-density secure memory devices. Optimized for significantly space-constrained defense and commercial avionics applications, Mercury’s new product embeds 2GB of double data rate third-generation synchronous dynamic random-access memory (DDR3 SDRAM) in a highly compact, ruggedized ball grid array (BGA) package. Incorporating…

CoreAVI and HENSOLDT Demonstrate RTCA DO-178C and EUROCAE ED-12C Safety Certifiable 4K Video Output Capability on HENSOLDT’s Mission Computer

Enabling Next Generation Avionics Sensor and Display Systems Tampa, Florida June 20, 2017. Core Avionics & Industrial Inc. (“CoreAVI”) and HENSOLDT Sensors GmbH (“HENSOLDT”) have announced the world’s first RTCA DO-178C and EUROCAE ED-12C safety certifiable 4K video output hosted on HENSOLDT’s RTCA DO-254 and EUROCAE ED-80 safety certifiable Mission Computer. This continues the long…