Satellite communications systems have security vulnerabilities that may allow hackers to gain access to aircraft systems, according to cyber security expert Ruben Santamarta, principal security consultant at IOActive Security Services, speaking at the Black Hat USA conference early last month. Santamarta and IOActive published a white paper that discusses security vulnerabilities in air, sea and land satcom systems, including systems made by Cobham (formerly Thrane & Thrane) and Iridium.
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.
Williams International and Rolls-Royce tied for best turbofan support and Honeywell earned the top spot for turboprop support, according to the 2014 AIN Product Support Survey Part 3: Engines.
The U.S. Air Force is ready to ‘”weaponize’” and quickly field directed-energy technology, following two recent successful high-power microwave demonstration programs. Progress is also being made with solid-state high-energy lasers. Directed Energy was one of three ‘”game-changing’” technologies discussed by Maj Gen Tom Masiello, the commander of the Air Force Research Laboratory, at the recent Air Force Association Conference in Washington, D.C. The others were hypersonics and autonomy.
The Federal Aviation Administration is processing more than 50 requests from applicants seeking to operate small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) by exemption under a provision of the 2012 FAA Modernization and Reform Act. The number of applicants exceeds what the FAA reported one week ago when it announced the first authorizations.
The FAA today adopted an airworthiness directive requiring the replacement of Honeywell phase 3 display units (DUs) on 1,326 U.S.-registered Boeing 737 and 777 airliners. The AD, which takes effect November 5, is based on concerns that the data such as airspeed, altitude, pitch and roll, attitude and heading could disappear from the displays due to interference from wireless devices.
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.
Among manufacturers of turbofans for business aircraft, Williams retains the number-one slot in product support but is not alone at the top this year, sharing the honors with Rolls-Royce, which moves up from the number-three slot it held last year.
I pulled the Eclipse 550’s throttles back and allowed the jet to slow down. The autopilot and autothrottles were turned off, but as we neared the stall, an audio alert sounded (“STALL”), the autothrottles kicked in and automatically advanced power to maximum continuous thrust and the airspeed climbed back to a safe level as I simultaneously unloaded the wings. After leveling off, I reset the throttles and resumed normal cruise speed.
On the heels of statements of dissatisfaction by senior U.S. Air Force officials about the current delay of more than two years in producing the critical Mission Data Unit (MDU) of the DOD’s future GPS III satellite program, the USAF issued a Sources Sought ultimatum to GPS III contractor Lockheed Martin and its subcontractor Excelis. Such a declaration–essentially advising the contractor to improve performance and indicating that the agency is investigating other sources for the work–was a bombshell event for the aerospace community.