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July 17, 2014, 5:25 AM

Israel’s Elbit Systems (Hall 1 Stand C14) and Nicarnica Aviation of Norway signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) at the Farnborough International Airshow yesterday to implement Nicarnica’s volcanic ash detection technology into Elbit’s enhanced vision system (EVS) cameras on commercial aircraft. The combination will help pilots avoid flying into contaminated areas while still maintaining safe operation in areas affected by volcanic eruptions.

July 17, 2014, 5:20 AM
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With four maritime surveillance aircraft (MSA) in the static park at this week’s Farnborough Air Show, and much talk about British requirements in the chalets, it might seem that the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) is about to take action to rectify its most glaring “capability gap.” But British defence procurement minister Philip Dunne told journalists at the show on Wednesday that no decision to reconstitute the capability will be taken until after next year’s strategic defense review.

July 17, 2014, 5:20 AM

Unison Industries (Hall 4 Stand C14) has launched a new high-energy, high-temperature turbine engine ignition system designed to meet the “growing trend of climbing engine temperatures and combustion pressures.”

The Acclimate ignition system features solid-state electronics, with exciter performance that can vary depending on specific combustion and environmental requirements, according to Unison. This helps optimize ignition performance and overall system life, the company added.

July 17, 2014, 5:18 AM

Switzerland’s Ruag Aviation (Hall 4 Stand E3/4) has entered into an agreement with Tata Advanced Systems (Hall 1 Stand B13) under which the Indian company will provide fully assembled fuselages and wings for the Do 228-212NG aircraft from its Hyderabad factory.

Tata is a leader in the Indian aerostructures sector, and holds a number of certifications, such as AS9100, Nadcap and ISO 14000.

July 17, 2014, 5:15 AM

The second quarter of 2014 has been good to ST Aerospace, which booked $520 million worth of contracts during the quarter.

ST Aerospace (Chalet B18/19) booked a five-year agreement with a regional airline in the U.S. for heavy maintenance on 42 Embraer E-170 and E-175 jets. The maintenance will be done at ST Aerospace’s San Antonio, Texas facility.

In Guangzhou, ST Aerospace received FAA, EASA and Chinese CAAC Part 145 approval. This makes it possible for the company to service aircraft registered under those authorities’ frameworks.

July 17, 2014, 5:14 AM

Sinters America of Boucherville, Quebec, (Hall 4 Stand C17-C19) has been selected by Rockwell Collins to develop and manufacture an IFE electronics tester. The automated test equipment will be used to maintain Rockwell Collins’ Paves On-demand in-seat and overhead displays. The Québec government awarded Sinters a non-repayable contribution of C$35,775 (U.S.$33,300) to support its international marketing initiatives and claims this helped the company obtain the contract.

July 17, 2014, 5:12 AM

U.S.-based UTC Aerospace Systems and Selex ES, a Finmeccanica company, have signed an agreement to offer a TacSAR (tactical synthetic aperture radar) to complement the proven DB-110 EO/IR sensor. The European company will adapt its Seaspray 7500 radar to fit in the center third of the pod that houses the UTC DB-110 on fighter aircraft.

July 17, 2014, 4:58 AM

Boeing’s centerpiece display at the show, the 787-9 not only represents a revolution in technology, but perhaps more important, it embodies a validation of the company’s decision a year and a half ago to reorganize its management structure to segregate airplane development from production.

July 17, 2014, 4:47 AM

Hong Kong Aviation Capital (HKAC) today at the Farnborough International Airshow signed a firm order with Airbus for 70 A320neo narrowbodies.

July 17, 2014, 4:30 AM

BAE Systems launched a new version of the Striker integrated display helmet for combat aircraft pilots here at the Farnborough Airshow this week. Mark Bowman, the company’s chief test pilot, demonstrated how BAE has leveraged its work on an alternative helmet-mounted display (HMD) for the Lockheed Martin F-35 to produce Striker 2. The company was tapped to provide the alternative, using night-vision goggles, after serious development problems with the Elbit Systems/Rockwell Collins HMD that is integral to the F-35 cockpit.

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