The trade organization representing major U.S. airlines is conducting its own study of the pros and cons of privatizing the nation’s ATC system. Airlines for America (A4A) plans to release its findings as Congress drafts the next long-term reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration.
While the Chicago ARTCC remains “ATC Zero” due to the equipment damage from a fire on September 26, the FAA is now planning to begin the transition to regular operations on Sunday night at 10 p.m. (CDT), according to NBAA Air Traffic Services.
Dassault has redelivered to the French Navy the first of ten 10 Rafale M aircraft , that are being upgraded from F1 to F3 standard. The work included replacement of the fighter’s central mission computer;, new cockpit screens;, wiring and weapons store changes. The Spectra electronic warfare system was also upgraded, and provision to change the RBE2 radar to the latest AESA version was made.
The Federal Aviation Administration will not relent from requiring operators in the U.S. to equip their aircraft for automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) by 2020, the agency’s deputy administrator Michael Whitaker told an industry-government committee. The ADS-B equipage mandate is the next major milestone of the agency’s NextGen ATC modernization effort.
CFM International on October 9 achieved the first flight of its new Leap engine when an example of the new turbofan took off on a modified Boeing 747 flying testbed from GE Aviation’s flight-test operations center in Victorville, Calif. The new series of turbofans is set to power the Airbus A320neo, the Boeing 737 Max and China’s Comac C919 new-generation narrowbodies.
The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration has no choice but to cut the services it provides or raise more money over the next decade, according to an FAA executive involved in planning the agency’s next reauthorization.
Sagem has revealed more details of its Patroller UAV, as the French army prepares to issue a request for proposal for the Système de Drone Tactique (SDT), for which it is a contender. The program is expected to be worth €200 to €250 million (up to $310 million), for the acquisition of 8-10 systems, with three UAVs per system. The other contenders are likely to be the Thales Watchkeeper, and a version of the Textron Shadow M2 that Airbus Defence & Space will propose.
Lithuania’s FL Technics Training is instituting an ab initio program designed to bring new personnel into the aviation field. When it begins in January, the program will provide comprehensive aircraft maintenance training in accordance with EASA requirements.
Purdue University’s Department of Aviation Technology will receive a commercial regional jet, donated by Delta Air Lines, to be used for on-the-ground research and teaching at the Purdue University Airport.
Lufthansa Technik is set to offer maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services for the new Airbus A350. The aircraft received EASA certification on September 30. The spectrum of services covers the entire life cycle of the A350 and includes production inspections, material supply, maintenance and maintenance management as well as engineering services, entry-into-service support and LRU and engine maintenance.