Spacecraft

October 20, 2014 - 10:15am
X-37B OTV-3 test mission concludes

Boeing’s X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle (OTV) landed at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., on October 17, completing its third and longest test mission since 2010. The unmanned spaceplane under development by the U.S. Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office orbited for 674 days following its launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., aboard an Atlas V launch vehicle last December.

July 17, 2014 - 6:37am

Safety system specialist Aero Sekur of Aprilia, Italy comes to the Farnborough Airshow on the heels of signing a licensed teaming agreement with U.S.-based aerospace supplier Bullerdick GSE. Here at the airshow Aero Sekur is introducing a new lightweight flexible fuel tank while highlighting recent successes in its space projects.

July 17, 2014 - 6:37am

Safety system specialist Aero Sekur of Aprilia, Italy comes to the Farnborough Airshow on the heels of signing a licensed teaming agreement with U.S.-based aerospace supplier Bullerdick GSE. Here at the airshow Aero Sekur is introducing a new lightweight flexible fuel tank while highlighting recent successes in its space projects.

May 29, 2014 - 2:25pm

Cessna Aircraft rolled out the first production Citation CJ3+ today at the company’s manufacturing facility in Wichita. The upgraded twinjet features a new interior with a redesigned cabin and cockpit, new pressurization and new diagnostics systems. It also has a Garmin G3000 avionics suite that includes turbulence detecting weather radar, TCAS II, TAWS and ADS-B capabilities. The CJ3+ was announced on March 20 and it is expected to receive FAA certification in the second half.

May 6, 2014 - 2:50am

Calgary, Canada-based Flyht Aerospace Solutions has developed the Dragon, a low-cost Iridium-based portable satcom system that draws on the company’s expertise in airborne telecom. Selling for less than $10,000, Dragon allows pilots and passengers to communicate using voice or data, without the need for an expensive certification and installation approval program.

February 27, 2014 - 2:41pm

Airbus Helicopters and Esterline CMC (Booth No. 1414) have spent more than a decade collaborating on helicopter avionics, culminating in new certifications of avionics and airframes announced at Heli-Expo 2014. On display for the announcement were examples of Esterline’s CMA-9000 flight management system and CMA-5024 GPS landing system sensor in the Airbus EC175.

“Well over 1,000 CMC flight management systems are in service on Airbus helicopters,” said Greg Yeldon, president of Esterline CMC. “The navigation system on the EC175 is the latest example of this collaboration.”

February 24, 2014 - 7:15pm

Phoenix Heliparts of Mesa, Ariz. is adding to its supplemental type certificate (STC) offerings, this time by retrofitting an MD 530F with full-digital instrumentation and a modern interior. The aircraft is destined for Robert Reish of El Dorado, Calif., who has used Phoenix in the past for his helicopter refurbishments.

February 13, 2014 - 1:30pm

Robinson will display a new avionics suite for its helicopters at Heli-Expo, which will be held February 25 to 27 in Anaheim, Calif. Most options for the new panels meet ADS-B in and out requirements and include Aspen Avionics primary flight and multifunction displays, and Garmin GTN 600/700 touchscreen navigators, GTR 225B com radio, GMA 350H audio panel, GDL 88 universal access transceiver and GTX 330ES transponder. The FAA has already granted approval for most of these new equipment installations.

January 5, 2014 - 3:40am

Canada-based Flyht Aerospace Solutions has begun shipping its Dragon portable Iridium satcom device, which uses Apple’s iPad as an interface. Users can make voice and data calls over the Iridium network anywhere in the world. The Dragon device can also be used for flight following services. Because it is portable, no supplemental type certificate is required, and the Dragon does not need to be installed in the aircraft. Price of the Dragon is $10,000, plus annual service charges.

November 19, 2013 - 3:13am
Phoenix Heliparts, based in Mesa, Arizona, provides MRO support of for MD 500, Bell UH-1, Bell 407 and AH-1 Cobra helicopters, as well as fixed-wing aircraft.

Potomac Solutions (Stand 2177) and Phoenix Heliparts have entered into a multi-year agreement to provide maintenance and repair organization (MRO) capabilities in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.

 
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