The U.S. Marine Corps awarded Northrop Grumman a $207 million modification to a previously awarded contract to begin low-rate initial production (LRIP) of four ground/air task-oriented radar (G/ATOR) systems, plus spares and support. G/ATOR is the first Pentagon’s first program to develop a ground-based, multi-mission active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar, the company said.
The FAA changed its mind last week and refused a developer’s request to erect a number of wind turbines in the Erie, Pa. area, claiming they will interfere with radar in use at an ATC tower near the city. The agency had earlier decided the turbines would not be an issue for the airport. This decision has also found its way into a debate about the construction of wind turbines in Somerset, Md., amid concerns those units could interfere with flight-testing radar at nearby Naval Air Station Patuxent River.
Avidyne, based in Lincoln, Mass., has added ADS-B IN functionality to its ADS-B products for general aviation. By partnering its AXP340 mode-S transponder, which provides ADS-B OUT capability, with its 978 MHz MLB100 receiver, users can access traffic and flight information system-broadcast (FIS-B) services for display on numerous Avidyne displays. The receiver will be available in early 2015 and is listed at $2,495, including connector kit and mounting tray. Upgrading existing systems to work with the MLB100 is achieved by a field-loadable software update.
Losing bidders have protested the U.S. Air Force’s contract award to Raytheon for the Three-Dimensional Expeditionary Long-Range Radar (3DELRR) program to replace the service’s primary ground-based aerial search radar. Northrop Grumman and Lockheed Martin filed protests with the Government Accountability Office (GAO) on October 21 and 22, respectively.
Leading Edge Composites (Booth 937) is experiencing significant growth, doubling its work force and tripling its plant space over the last year. The Coatesville, Pa.-based company recently moved into a new 44,000-sq-ft facility and now has more than 60 employees. It was founded 23 years ago by Brian and Charlene Arni. Brian, a former shop supervisor of Keystone Helicopter, also has a background in fixed-wing aircraft composite structures.
The U.S. Air Force awarded Raytheon a $19.5 million contract for engineering and manufacturing development (EMD) of the Three-Dimensional Expeditionary Long-Range Radar, a mobile radar the company says will detect, identify and track drones, missiles and aircraft.
The FAA’s assistant administrator for NextGen, Edward Bolton Jr., will be a featured speaker at the second-day opening session on October 22 at the NBAA Convention in Orlando, Fla. According to NBAA, this will be the first industry event at which Bolton provides a roadmap for further NextGen development.
Ten days after the Chicago air route traffic control center (ZAU) was shut down by a saboteur’s fire that badly damaged the facility’s infrastructure, business aviation operations seem to have recovered fairly well. According to the air traffic services team of the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA), bizav operations at Chicago-area satellite airports were moving well last week.
While greater safety in flight is always the trump card when it comes to weather radar performance, the core benefits of more modern systems can be measured in dollars and cents. Knowing early and with confidence precisely where heavy weather isn’t can save money by making dispatch and flight planning a lot more efficient and improving en route decision making for crews. That’s where Honeywell’s IntuVue 3-D weather system makes new and important inroads.
CRS Jet Spares named Don Gallisath north central sales manager. The region includes 11 states and stretches from Missouri to Manitoba, Canada. Gallisath has more than 25 years’ experience providing product support to corporate aviation operations and maintenance facilities in the North Central Region of the U.S. He spent more than 20 years at Raytheon Aircraft Services in various sales and managerial roles during his time with the airframe OEM in aftermarket support.
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