Australian air traffic control system will monitor both civilian and military aircraft in ‘world first’ approach

In what the Government says is a world first, Australia’s next air traffic management system will service both civilian and military aircraft, doing away with long-standing separation. The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) previously resisted the move, arguing it was imperative Defence retained full control over military flight traffic. But …

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An overview of the Airline Industry

In order to understand how new aircraft might fit into the current market, one must understand the customer. For commercial transport aircraft manufacturers, the customers are the airlines. For business aircraft, military programs, or recreational aircraft, the market behaves quite differently. The following discussion is intended to provide an example …

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Airbus Aviation Global Market Forecast: 2013 – 2032

The latest Airbus Global Market Forecast (GMF) – titled “Future Journeys” – covers the 2013-2032 timeframe, and highlights how emerging economic regions will further increase their importance in overall traffic growth during the coming 20 years. This report proves very interesting reading for anyone who has a vested interest in …

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FAA rulings on model aircraft stifle development of new technologies, think tank claims

Federal Aviation Administration rules governing model aircraft are too restrictive and would stifle the use of new, innovative technologies, a Washington, D.C.-based technology think tank contends. In a letter (pdf) to the FAA’s Regulations Division, the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation states that the administration’s Special Rule for Model Aircraft …

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Boeing Annual Summary of Commercial Jet Airplane Accidents – 2013

Each year since 1959, Boeing Commercial Airplanes has published the latest edition of its “Statistical Summary of Commercial Jet Airplane Accidents Worldwide Operations” The latest one was published in 2013 and is based on accident data for 2012. The statistics presented in these Annual Summaries are based only on commercial …

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What is performance based navigation (PBN)?

Performance Based Navigation, or PBN, is navigation that uses global navigation satellite systems (GNSS) and computerised on-board systems. This is in contrast with traditional sensor-specific navigation based largely on fixed ground-based beacons guiding aircraft along published routes via waypoints defined by these beacons. PBN defines aircraft navigation requirements in terms …

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Worries about the use of composite material in new aircraft

Commercial airplane manufacturers have been using composite materials in transport airplane components for decades. But since 2011, new large transport aircraft built mostly with composite material have started commercial service.  This is the case of the Boeing 787, and later the Airbus A350. Some industry observers have raised concerns about …

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FAA: Philippines complies with ICAO safety standards and receives IASA Cat. 1 rating

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced that the Republic of the Philippines complies with international safety standards set by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and has been granted a Category 1 rating. The country previously held a Category 1 rating until January 2008, when it was downgraded to …

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India prompts airlines on real-time tracking

India’s aviation authority has requested its airlines to use on-board aircraft communications addressing and reporting (ACARS) or automatic dependent surveillance – broadcast (ADS-B) technology to allow real-time tracking of aircraft. “This is significant in view of the preliminary report released by ministry of transport, Malaysia, into the accident of MH370 …

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FAA Completes Nationwide Equipment Installation for NextGen Aircraft Tracking System

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration today announced the completion of a nationwide infrastructure upgrade that will enable air traffic controllers to track aircraft with greater accuracy and reliability, while giving pilots more information in the cockpit. This upgrade is a key improvement in the Next …

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Why NextGen Matters

The movement to the next generation of aviation is being enabled by a shift to smarter, satellite-based and digital technologies and new procedures that combine to make air travel more convenient, predictable and environmentally friendly. As demand for our nation’s increasingly congested airspace continues to grow, NextGen improvements are enabling the FAA to guide …

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