Avionics Design – March 2017                               
March 2017

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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Avionics data bus users demand more reliability and flexibility
Avionics data bus users demand more reliability and flexibility

New and old military aircraft platforms are continuing to embrace high-speed networks in their new avionics data bus selections, choosing protocols such as high-speed Ethernet and ARINC 429. Meanwhile, MIL-STD 1553 continues to live on in new designs and sustainment contracts despite its slower speeds. Reliability and flexibility in design are what military avionics integrators want from a data bus solution, whether it is MIL-STD 1553 or 40 GBit Ethernet.


Next-gen aviation systems see push for automation, multicore processors in the certification process
Next-gen aviation systems see push for automation, multicore processors in the certification process

As the complexity of aviation systems rises, certifying safety-critical systems in manned and unmanned aircraft has pushed engineers towards automation and working in parallel to increase the efficiency of the process. Multicore processors are playing a major role in this push, along with added tools to ease the process. However, challenges remain as the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) work toward streamlining the process.


Getting the requirements right in avionics safety certification, FACE compliance, and certifying UAVs
Getting the requirements right in avionics safety certification, FACE compliance, and certifying UAVs

In this Q&A with Jim McElroy, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at LDRA, he discusses how poor requirements can doom avionics certification efforts, common mistakes engineers make in this process, Future Airborne Capability Environment (FACE) compliance, and how certifying commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) hardware to Design Assurance Level A for avionics safety certification. He also looks at how certifying unmanned aircraft to fly in civilian airspace may require a new mindset for everyone involved.


PMA vs. OEM parts: notes from the front
PMA vs. OEM parts: notes from the front

In 2016 multiple press reports covered the ending of Boeing’s arrangement with Spirit AeroSystems, under which the former Boeing unit had produced and sold Boeing-intellectual property (IP) parts directly to the airlines.


Digital Data Simplifies Process Not Safety
Digital Data Simplifies Process Not Safety

Airbus Helicopter is investing in digital analysis to take it to the next level of customer support. The Airbus Helicopter work ethic is currently epitomised by its new engineering facility. “Don’t call it a building,” said Rémi Maillard, VP chief engineer development helicopters rather proudly, as he guided a group of international journalists around the new engineering facility during a pre-Heli-Expo visit in late February. “This is a tool for us to use,” he asserted, almost challenging us to disagree with him.


COTS Signal Processing for Radar and Electronic Warfare Systems

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Optimize Production for Agile Manufacturing

A key advantage of 3D printing is that it removes constraints found with traditional manufacturing, reducing cycle time and production costs.


Rapid Prototyping a High-Performance Embedded Computing System

The availability of appropriate hardware can be a gating factor in the development of high performance, SWaP-constrained applications. However, this white paper describes an approach that can deliver a compelling process.



Landing drones on moving targets
Landing drones on moving targets

Landing a drone on a moving target – and using fuzzy logic to do it – is simply badass. In a move with intriguing potential for U.S. military applications, a group of researchers at the University of Cincinnati (UC) are using “fuzzy logic” to teach drones to land on moving targets by programming them to make better on-the-fly navigational decisions.


Generations of fighter aircraft and the F-35 vs F/A-18 arguments
Generations of fighter aircraft and the F-35 vs F/A-18 arguments

When some writer talks about 4th, 5th, or 6th generation fighter aircraft, what do they mean? Like the previous articles in this series on the generations of warfare, there are multiple definitions by multiple authors. For fighter aircraft generations, there’s Hallion (1990), Aerospaceweb (2004), Air Force Magazine (2009), Jim Winchester (2011), and Air Power Development Center (Royal Australian Air Force, 2012).



NASA tests Lockheed's quieter supersonic X-plane design
NASA tests Lockheed's quieter supersonic X-plane design

NASA and Lockheed Martin have begun the first high-speed wind tunnel tests for the Quiet Supersonic Technology (QueSST) X-plane preliminary design -- a supersonic plane designed for quieter overland flight -- at NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland.






Boeing unveils helicopter in USAF competition
Boeing unveils helicopter in USAF competition

Boeing officials unveiled its MH-139 helicopter in the competition to replace the U.S. Air Force’s UH-1N “Huey” fleet, which currently protects intercontinental ballistic missiles and transports U.S. government and security forces.


Research ongoing into avoiding aircraft icing
Research ongoing into avoiding aircraft icing

Researchers at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) believe that they are close to cracking the code regarding how to provide aircraft with a way to avoid potentially hazardous icing conditions.


MS-177 sensor payload begins testing on RQ-4 Global Hawk
MS-177 sensor payload begins testing on RQ-4 Global Hawk

Engineers at Northrop Grumman Corp. started testing the MS-177 sensor payload on an RQ-4 Global Hawk aircraft system.


Army purchases AH-64E Apache helicopters in $3.4B contract
Army purchases AH-64E Apache helicopters in $3.4B contract

U.S. Government officials and Boeing signed a five-year contract, through which the U.S. Army and a customer outside the U.S. will acquire the Apache attack helicopter.


DARPA working on program to enable airborne UAS launch-and-recovery system
DARPA working on program to enable airborne UAS launch-and-recovery system

DARPA recently completed Phase 1 of its Gremlins program, which has as its goal fielding volleys of low-cost, reusable unmanned aerial systems (UASs) that would be launched and later retrieved in midair.


Lockheed Martin's Airborne Multi-INT Lab gets new capabilities
Lockheed Martin's Airborne Multi-INT Lab gets new capabilities

Lockheed Martin has upgraded its manned airborne testbed, the Airborne Multi-INT Lab (AML), in a bid to expedite the craft's ability to deliver real-time intelligence.


Air Force invites industry to participate in light attack platform experiment
Air Force invites industry to participate in light attack platform experiment

U.S. Air Force officials are inviting the industry to evaluate the military utility of light attack platforms in future force structure.




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