Electromagnetic Interference to be Minimized Further

January 21, 2009 by  
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A team of researchers from the University of York’s Department of Electronics have won a European grant to help aerospace companies try to produce safer aircraft whilst at the same time reducing costs involved. The team will specifically be attempting to tackle the problem of trying to test aircraft equipment against electromagnetic interference during the manufacture process.

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NASA Spends $25M to Explore Earth

August 12, 2008 by  
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The name NASA is usually associated with space exploration, but it seems the association is aiming a little lower with its most recent project – the purchase of two unmanned aircraft for use in long-duration, high-altitude Earth science missions. The association will also be paying Northrop Grumman plenty of money to keep the program up and running over the next five years.

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Mile High Internet Soon a Reality

August 11, 2008 by  
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Numerous regular airline passengers are eager to get talking should new laws make it possible to dial out whilst in the air. But now it seems that the services available to frequent flyers won’t only be limited to phone calls – millions of passengers may soon be able to log onto the Internet via a new Wi-Fi service from Aircell.

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In-Flight Mobile Use One Step Closer

July 30, 2008 by  
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While businessmen and women no doubt eagerly look forward to being able to use their mobile phones in-flight, it seems that there are a still a few obstacles that need to be tackled before the move becomes final. One of those obstacles was recently overcome after a ruling by communications regulator Ofcom.

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Monitoring Of Aircraft Wiring To Be Improved

June 4, 2008 by  
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Ensuring safety in flight has always been a full-time job and a lot of avionics systems have been dedicated to the monitoring of navigation, communication and other essential flight systems. Unfortunately aircraft wiring can usually only be checked on the ground, which means pilots get little warning if something goes wrong with their wiring during a flight.

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Odysseus Unmanned Aircraft Revealed by Aurora

April 23, 2008 by  
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Aurora Flight Sciences recently revealed the details of its new solar-powered airplane at the Boston Museum of Science. Called Odysseus, the radical new aircraft is not only unmanned, but it can stay aloft for up to five years. Aurora has been working in conjunction with its partners Sierra Nevada, Draper Laboratory and BAE Systems.

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New Garmin® Synthetic Vision System Receives Certification

April 11, 2008 by  
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Garmin International Inc. has proudly announced that it has received FAA supplemental type certification for the new Garmin Synthetic Vision Technology (SVT). The new technology is designed to work in conjunction with the G1000 avionics suite, which has already been installed in numerous aircraft and which has also won much acclaim.

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EU Allows Cell-Phones in Flight

April 9, 2008 by  
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The inability to use one’s cellular phone during flights in most parts of the world has gotten more than one person’s hackles up. As air hostesses and cell-phone holders battle it out almost daily on flights in some countries, the EU (European Union) gets set to legalize the use of cellular phones in flight in Europe.

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FAA Inspections to Improve

April 8, 2008 by  
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The Acting Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in Washington DC recently announced the results of a safety audit as well as internal plans to improve the general standards of the FAA Inspections. The safety audit showed that a striking 99 percent of airlines were complying with the Airworthiness Directives (ADs). While this is exceptionally high, steps are being taken to ensure that this success continues.

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Litchford: Aviation Inventor and Pioneer

April 3, 2008 by  
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Over the years, aviation has seen many pioneers and inventors influence the industry greatly. Paving the way forward with nothing more than a vision or a dream, these seemingly ordinary people set aviation on a path of improvement, develop new technology and create a safer industry. Just recently, aviation said good-bye to one of its more recent aviation legends, George B. Litchford Sr., who patented an invention in 1988 that would go on to save countless lives.

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