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Rotorcraft Avionics

Posted Tuesday, February 03, 2015 Posted in Industry News

From the FAA to hardware OEMs to installers' practices, special considerations abound

   Rotorcraft Avionics

Story by Dave Higdon for Avionics News February Edition.

Last October in Orlando, Florida, a young pilot scanned a display of new glass-cockpit systems before asking a company representative about two visually identical systems in the company brochure: "What's the 'H' designated on these?" Nearby on the floor of the National Business Aviation Association Convention and Exhibition stood the source of his puzzlement: Two pairings of primary flight displays with multifunctional displays, one pairing with an 'H' suffix on the model identification, the other lacking any letter.

Sandel HeliTAWS® is the Only Non-Russian HTAWS Approved for Installation in Russia

Posted Thursday, October 09, 2014 Posted in Company News, Industry News

This makes HeliTAWS the only non-Russian manufactured HTAWS approved for installation in Russia.

Sandel HeliTAWS® is the Only Non-Russian HTAWS Approved for Installation in Russia

VISTA, Cal., October 9, 2014 – Vista, CA – Sandel Avionics, Inc., the global leader in wire, terrain, and obstacles alerting technology for helicopters, today announced that the Russian Aviation Authorities and MIL Design Bureau has issued an official Service Installation Bulletin, equivalent to an FAA STC, for Sandel ST3400H HeliTAWS® installations in the Mi-8 AMT and Mi-8 MTV-1 helicopters. This makes HeliTAWS the only non-Russian manufactured HTAWS approved for installation in Russia.

Erickson Lifts Oracle Boat Sails into Retirement

Posted Friday, August 22, 2014 Posted in Industry News

Erickson Lifts Oracle Boat Sails into Retirement

Erickson lifts Oracle boat sails into retirement days prior to its rendezvous with destiny, on a “clear-blue-22” day, the Erickson Aircrane made its 350-mile journey from Central Point, Oregon, and lumbered into the San Francisco Bay area, flying past such national icons as Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary. Its destination: San Carlos Airport in the heart of Silicon Valley. Its mission: to preserve — and make — history. 

It all began last year when Erickson was asked to perform a high-profile lift job for technology titan Oracle. For more than 35 years, the Silicon Valley-based company has been a leader in database software. Over the decades that leadership has expanded to the entire stack, from servers and storage, to database and middleware, then on through applications and into the cloud.

Civil Aviation MRO: Fast changing market and requirements demand a new approach to MRO

Posted Monday, August 11, 2014 Posted in Industry News

By Kevin Deal, Vice President for Aerospace & Defense, IFS North America

From the advent of new manufacturing materials to new entertainment systems, the civil aviation support industry is changing dramatically, and these changes have a knock-on effect on the companies that specialize in maintenance of aviation assets, component repair shops, as well as original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). Here, Kevin Deal, Vice President for Aerospace & Defense IFS North America explains how all parties involved in Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) can adapt and remain competitive in a landscape of rapidly advancing technologies.

Given the numbers of aircraft in service today and how critical passenger safety is, MRO has now evolved to become a major market within aviation. Visiongain predicts that the value of the commercial aircraft MRO market in 2014 will reach a huge $53.4bn. It expects this trend will continue but the market will face many new challenges, including from some OEMs such as Boeing looking to increase their market share. Traditional third party MRO providers will need to adapt to this changing market in order to remain competitive.

Maintainability vs. Availability of Parts

Posted Friday, August 08, 2014 Posted in Company News, Industry News

Cockpit Considerations--Making the Case for Avionics Upgrades

Produced by Aviation Week, written by Paul Seidenman

Today, the decision to bring a cockpit into the 21st century is more than just a matter of considering front-end acquisition and installation costs for the new equipment. Also factored into the mix is maintainability, which is becoming increasingly dependent on the availability of parts.