By Paul Seidenman & David Spanovich

By Paul Seidenman & David Spanovich
Articles
Reconfiguring Avionics Support 
Airlines counter obsolescence in flexible support solutions.
Retrofitting Regional Cabins
The quest for seamless service reaches into the cabin as carriers look at regional jet upgrades.
Avionics Integrity

As airlines transition to a new generation of software-driven aircraft while continuing to fly older models with outdated electronics, industry concern is rising that avionics issues are a growing source of AOG (aircraft on ground) situations.

Faster Finish

The global economy and environmental concerns are changing the aircraft painting business as more MROs seek coatings with fewer hazardous materials and greater efficiency.

Passenger to Freighter Conversions Picking Up 

A dynamic shift is taking place in the air freighter market as older aircraft reach obsolescence, and air cargo traffic growth is expected to outpace that of passenger boardings over the next 20 years. This means that for more cargo haulers, fleet planning decisions are at hand. Sweetening the pot is the fact that since Sept. 11, 2001, reduced passenger airline flying has made younger airliners more affordable for conversion to freighters.

Digital Communications On The Not-Too-Distant Horizon 

In the not-so-distant future, pilots and air traffic controllers will talk less as a way to improve communications and reduce workload. Rather than relay routine messages over often-congested high frequency (HF) voice communication channels, pilots and controllers will ``talk'' through controller-pilot data link communications (CPDLC) systems working in tandem with automated dependence surveillance (ADS) systems. Pilots will send routine messages, both en-route and in terminal control areas, in much the same way that office workers communicate by e-mail.

Special Topics
 
Blogs
May 5, 2015
blog

ISS Fluid Dynamics Experiment: Fresh-Brewed Espresso 1

"Coffee: the finest organic suspension ever devised," according to European Space Agency astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti....More
May 1, 2015
blog

From The Archives: 1956 Lockheed Job Advert

Less than a year after the U-2 Dragon Lady made its first flight, Lockheed was enticing jobseekers in the engineering field with ads promising 'a new era of classified projects'....More
Apr 30, 2015
blog

From The Archives: 1956 Rolls-Royce Advert 3

This advert appeared in Aviation Week & Space Technology a little over eight years after the iconic Dart engine powered the maiden flight of the prototype Viscount. The engine helped make the Vickers Viscount one of Britain's best-selling aircraft....More
Apr 30, 2015
blog

Disappointed in Boeing’s Earnings? Be Glad It’s Not 1956 5

Luckily for CEO Jim McNerney, this is not 1956....More
Apr 29, 2015
blog

From The Archives: 1956 Boeing 707 Advert

Almost two years after the rollout of the 707 prototype at Renton Field, Boeing placed adverts in Aviation Week & Space Technology promoting the flight characteristics of the airplane. "Seattle to Washington, D.C., and return - in 8 hours, 6 minutes!"...More

Sign up to Aviation Week Newsletter

Daily analysis on technology advances impacting the global aviation, aerospace & defense industries.

Sponsored Introduction Continue on to (or wait seconds) ×