Avionics Design – July 2016                               
July 2016

The Avionics Design monthly 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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Unmanned aircraft leverage PC/104, COM Express, and other small form factors
Unmanned aircraft leverage PC/104, COM Express, and other small form factors

Unmanned aircraft systems (UASs) continue to shrink in size, as do their payloads, requiring system designers to leverage small-form-factor, embedded-computing standards like PC/104, COM Express, and others.


More payload interoperability key for UAS platforms
More payload interoperability key for UAS platforms

Unmanned aircraft system (UAS) designers are enabling payload interoperability and leveraging COTS avionics, processing, and materials technology to meet demanding military requirements but also to enable applications in agriculture, oil and gas, and fire prevention. In this Q&A with Peter Klein, Director of UAS Programs for the Airborne Business Unit of Elbit Systems of America, he discusses these trends as well as Department of Defense (DoD) funding for unmanned platforms.



Will COTS suppliers find profits in commercial UAV applications?
Will COTS suppliers find profits in commercial UAV applications?

Suppliers of commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) hardware and software have had much success in the military unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) market, especially in the areas of sensor payloads and signal-processing designs, where they excel. UAVs continue to be a profitable arena for these vendors, but as unmanned aircraft technology spreads to commercial markets such as agriculture, construction, retail delivery, disaster relief, and the like, will they find similar success in these nondefense applications, all of which promise to dwarf the value of the military UAV market?


Avionics standards and cybersecurity highlighted Aviation Electronics Europe
Avionics standards and cybersecurity highlighted Aviation Electronics Europe

As an Advisory Board Member for the Aviation Electronics Europe show it is always a fun time when the show finally arrives -- seeing the results of our committee's work and preparation. Pre-registration for the event was up this year and we put together an exciting program. The exhibit floor was also well represented by the avionics industry.


Maintenance Software: More real-time, more mobile
Maintenance Software: More real-time, more mobile

Automation is everywhere you look -- in the hangar and repair shop as well as the cockpit. For the repair shops, line maintenance operations, MROs, and airline support departments that make the best use of it, computer technology gives a competitive edge in this tight-margin business. Benefits include lower costs, higher efficiencies, and greater capacity.


COTS, GaN, cybersecurity flavor spring trade shows
COTS, GaN, cybersecurity flavor spring trade shows

Attendees and exhibitors at trade shows I attended this spring - regardless of the show's subject matter or location - wanted fewer product pitches and more technology demonstrations, education on new technology, and more commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) solutions and open standards. The three shows - Aviation Electronic Europe in Munich, International Microwave Symposium (IMS) in San Francisco, and Xponential in New Orleans - reflected these trends.


Crystal ballin'
Crystal ballin'

Record low oil prices. Record high airline profits. Slow growth in the U. S. and slower than predicted in China. Workforce retirements. Big data. More electric aircraft. Unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). New technologies.


You've got to fight for your right to PMA-ty
You've got to fight for your right to PMA-ty

Over the years, I have heard a lot of debate about the use of PMA parts on leased aircraft. Challenges may arise from restrictive clauses in lease agreements that prevent the use of PMA on the asset. This can cause particular headaches when the lessor is an air carrier that is looking to reduce maintenance costs, but whose largely (or exclusively) leased fleet means that restrictive clauses (either perceived or actual) restrict use of PMA.


New technology helps multicore meet safety-critical standards
New technology helps multicore meet safety-critical standards

With industry's drive to reduce the size, weight, and power (SWaP) of embedded systems, multicore systems are becoming the go-to for military and aerospace fields.


Safety-certifiable COTS modules speed and ease DO-254 safety certification
Safety-certifiable COTS modules speed and ease DO-254 safety certification

Increasingly, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) regulations are requiring that airborne electronics used in military applications meet the DO-254 safety certification standard. The good news is that there are safety-certifiable commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) modules able to meet the demanding FAA/EASA criteria. What's more, compared to standard COTS boards, modules designed to a DO-254 design process may also deliver significant reliability benefits for many aerospace and defense applications that do not require DO-254 compliance.



Predator C Avenger gets FAA experimental certificate
Predator C Avenger gets FAA experimental certificate

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA‑ASI), officials announced that its company-owned Predator C Avenger unmanned aircraft system (UAS) received a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)-issued Experimental Certificate (EC), enabling it to perform routine operations in the U.S. National Airspace System (NAS). The announcement was made this week at the Farnborough International Air Show.






Rockwell Collins' flight management software receives first FACE verification statement
Rockwell Collins' flight management software receives first FACE verification statement

The Future Airborne Capability Environment (FACE) consortium issued the first FACE Verification Statement to Rockwell Collins Missionized Flight Management Software (MFMS-1000) once it completed verification authority tests and inspections.


Air Force ARTS program contract won by Textron Systems
Air Force ARTS program contract won by Textron Systems

Textron Systems Electronic Systems won an $11 million order from the U.S.Air Force for 12 Advanced Radar/Electronic Warfare Test Station (ARTS) Automatic Test Equipment (ATE) systems to support the B-1B Lancer strategic bomber fleet.


Vector Software and Lynx announce partnership at Aviation Electronics Europe
Vector Software and Lynx announce partnership at Aviation Electronics Europe

At the Aviation Electronics Europe in Munich, Germany, Vector Software and Lynx Software Technologies officials announced that engineers will integrate the LynxOS family of real-time operating systems and the VectorCAST test automation platform.


Avionics development contract won by Charles Stark Draper Laboratory Inc.
Avionics development contract won by Charles Stark Draper Laboratory Inc.

The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory Inc. of Cambridge, Massachusetts, will provide development and operations support to the Engineering Directorate at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston under the Advanced Guidance, Navigation, and Control (GNandC) and Avionics Technology Development and Analysis II contract valued at $38.7 million.


FAA releases new regulations on small UAS
FAA releases new regulations on small UAS

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) officials released the awaited new rules and regulations for small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). The regulations - called Small Unmanned Aircraft Regulations (Part 107) - will take effect in late August and industry officials say it has the potential to create more than 100,000 new jobs over the next ten years as well as generate more than $82 billion for the U.S. economy.


T-50A aircraft completes flight test for USAF T-X trainer competition
T-50A aircraft completes flight test for USAF T-X trainer competition

Lockheed Martin engineers completed an initial flight test of the T-50A aircraft configured with a 5th generation cockpit. The test was conducted in Sacheon, South Korea completing a milestone in an effort to win the bid under the U.S. Air Force's T-X Advanced Pilot Training competition, also known as the T-X program.




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