Avionics Design – January 2017                               
January 2017

The Avionics Design quarterly E-newsletter from the editorial staff of mil-embedded.com covers hardware and software avionics designs and certification issues in the commercial and military avionics markets in the U.S. and Europe via the Military Embedded Systems partnership with Aviation Maintenance magazine and the Aviation Electronics Europe show.

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Software: King of SWaP
Software: King of SWaP

Size, weight, and power (SWaP) considerations have always been important for embedded electronics but will become even more critical in the future. Driving this trend in embedded system design is the plethora of small platforms, such as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), entering the inventory.


AVM's look at world-renowned MROs who are driving the industry forward.
AVM's look at world-renowned MROs who are driving the industry forward.

MRO Industry growth will continue over the next decade, but will be driven by Asia Pacific, but will be marked by greater original equipment manufacturer (OEM) participation.


Sentinel Revitalized
Sentinel Revitalized

Arguably the UK's best Information, Surveillance, Target Acquisition, and Reconnaissance (ISTAR) asset, four of five are being prepared for service for next five years


Optimizing your video-enabled drone design
Optimizing your video-enabled drone design

Over the next decade, it is estimated that nearly $98 billion will be spent globally on aerial drones and other unmanned aircraft. While the commercial applications for drone technology are forecasted to drive a global market of more than $127 billion, consumer drones are reaping the benefits of these investments. To better understand the safe operation of drones, let's dive into a key requirement for enabling safe flight: low-latency video transmission.


Unmanned Aircraft and Safety Certification

Sponsored by: Curtiss-Wright, LDRA
March 15, 2pm ET


COTS Signal Processing for Radar and Electronic Warfare Systems

Curtiss-Wright, Pentek, Abaco Systems, Annapolis Micro Systems
August 15, 11am ET



Top avionics and aviation stories of 2016
Top avionics and aviation stories of 2016

The top avionics and aviation stories of 2016 covered subjects as manned and unmanned teaming (MUM-T) and the Long-Range Strike Bomber concept. While these two stories dominated, the most read stories of the year also covered Department of Defense (DoD) procurements and modernization efforts, the certification process, helicopter avionics upgrades, and more.


An increase in demand for DO-254 certification explained
An increase in demand for DO-254 certification explained

The importance of certifying safety critical systems in airborne platforms is an ongoing topic. During this year’s Embedded Tech Trends (ETT), Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions’ Mike Slonosky took the floor to explain why this demand for D0-254 safety-critical solutions has increased. Within the presentation, he noted the digitization of cockpits; commercial technology advancements over civil population centers; and the use of synthetic vision systems for landing has increased design assurance level (DAL) of mission computers – all play a role.


Uncovering the SAE: from automotive to aircraft composites
Uncovering the SAE: from automotive to aircraft composites

SAE International was originally established as the Society of Automotive Engineers and is a U.S.-based, globally active professional association and standards developing organization for engineering professionals in various industries.


Tips for repair stations with foreign clients
Tips for repair stations with foreign clients

Many repair station clients think that repairs are not covered by export regulations. That is not the case! Items intended to be repaired, and items that have been repaired, are generally subject to export regulations when they cross international borders.



U.S. Air Force T-X competition moves forward without Raytheon & Leonardo team
U.S. Air Force T-X competition moves forward without Raytheon & Leonardo team

The U.S. Air Force Advanced Pilot Training program will move forward without a Raytheon and Leonarndo team. Company officials have announced they will not pursue a winning bid in the competition.




Carbon nanotube technology licensed for aircraft deicing
Carbon nanotube technology licensed for aircraft deicing

UTC Aerospace Systems has obtained an exclusive license from engineering design firm Metis Design to use a carbon nanotube (CNT) heater based technology for aircraft electrothermal ice protection.


Northrop Grumman/Lufthansa partnership aids Australian air force
Northrop Grumman/Lufthansa partnership aids Australian air force

Northrop Grumman Integrated Defence Services (IDS), a fully-owned Australian subsidiary of Northrop Grumman Corp. (Falls Church, Va.) has signed an agreement with Lufthansa Technik to support the Royal Australian Air Force’s fleet of KC-30A Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) aircraft.


NAVAIR avionics projects funding continues through fiscal 2018
NAVAIR avionics projects funding continues through fiscal 2018

Funding for avionics projects will continue through fiscal 2018. The Navy’s Avionics Component Improvement Program (AvCIP) are accepting proposals from Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) program offices with more than $10 million in funding for selected projects.


Leonardo unmanned helicopter products strengthened by Sistemi Dinamici acquisition
Leonardo unmanned helicopter products strengthened by Sistemi Dinamici acquisition

Leonardo-Finmeccanica officials announced that the company acquired full control of Sistemi Dinamici S.p.A from IDS S.p.A this week, further strengthening Leonardo's unmanned product portfolio such as the acquisition of the new unmanned lightweight helicopter SD-150 Hero program.


NATO country buys $17 million multispectral vision system from Elbit
NATO country buys $17 million multispectral vision system from Elbit

Elbit Systems has been awarded a $17 million/30-month contract to supply its BrightNite multispectral helicopter-pilot vision systems to an air force in a NATO country; the company did not specify the country in the announcement.


FACE Conformance program now open for business
FACE Conformance program now open for business

The Future Airborne Capability Environment (FACE) Conformance Program is now up and running, officials say.




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