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Bill Carey

Senior Editor, Aircraft Systems & Safety

Based in Washington, DC, Bill covers avionics, air traffic management and aviation safety for Aviation Week. A former daily newspaper reporter, he has covered the commercial, business and military aviation segments as well as unmanned aircraft systems. Prior to joining Aviation Week in November 2017, he worked for Aviation International News and Avionics and Rotor & Wing magazines.

Bill is the recipient of the National Business Aviation Association’s 2017 Gold Wing Award for his reporting on drones, and in 1997 received the British Royal Aeronautical Society Aerospace Journalist of the Year award in the business aviation category. He is the author of the book, “Enter the Drones, The FAA and UAVs in America,” published in 2016.

Viasat, Teledyne Controls to partner on connectivity
Satellite communications (satcom) provider Viasat and avionics manufacturer Teledyne Controls have partnered to support inflight streaming of flight deck data for airline operational and maintenance uses.
US and non-US airlines avoid Iranian airspace after FAA ban 
Passenger and Cargo airlines around the world are re-routing their flights into and over the Middle East after FAA issued a notice to airmen (NOTAM) banning US-based civil aircraft from flying over the Persian Gulf and Gulf of Oman, citing “inadvertent risk to US civil aviation operations and potential for miscalculation or misidentification.”
Avionica to develop SwiftBroadband-Safety terminal 
Avionica will develop a new lightweight satellite communications (satcom) terminal for Inmarsat’s SwiftBroadband-Safety (SB-S) service.
ACSS introduces ADS-B in retrofit system 
ACSS announced the SafeRoute+ retrofit system for reception and display of automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) In target data from surrounding aircraft.
General Atomics supports drone-in-airport space demo 
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems (GA-ASI) said it supported a simulated flight demonstration by the Netherlands Research Laboratory (NLR) that placed its MQ-9B SkyGuardian remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) in a civilian airport environment.
Collins: Software timing error caused receiver malfunctions
A software design error that misinterprets GPS time updates is the root cause of Collins Aerospace GPS and multi-mode receiver malfunctions, the manufacturer has advised aircraft operators.
FAA investigates satellite navigation system error messages 
The FAA on June 10 said it was investigating the cause of a satellite navigation system anomaly on Bombardier CRJ and other jets that caused several US airlines to cancel flights.
Drone Delivery Canada X1000 Sparrow drone.
Air Canada signs sales & marketing deal with Drone Delivery Canada
Air Canada and Drone Delivery Canada (DDC) have entered into an exclusive sales agency agreement that calls for Air Canada Cargo to market DDC’s drone delivery services in Canada, the companies announced.
The FAA’s Drone Advisory Committee meets June 6 in Arlington, Virginia.
FAA pushes for industry-led voluntary compliance with Remote ID
After a nearly year-long hiatus, the FAA’s drone advisory committee (DAC) met June 6 with a new chairman and a tasking from the agency to marshal industry behind a coming requirement that drones be capable of being identified in flight.
EASA certifies Aireon as surveillance provider
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has certified Aireon to provide surveillance services in support of aircraft separations, the first such approval, the company announced June 4.
Inmarsat new GX Ka-band satellites
Airbus, Inmarsat ink deal for new GX satellites
Inmarsat on May 30 announced a contract with Airbus Defense and Space to acquire three new-generation Global Xpress (GX) satellites, which will mark a step change in inflight broadband connectivity, the satellite communications company said.
BAA Training operates CAE 7000XR series full-flight simulators
BAA Training of Lithuania adds six full-flight simulators
Independent aviation training provider BAA Training of Lithuania is expanding its facilities in Europe and Asia with the acquisition of six new full-flight simulators (FFSs), representing a preliminary investment of €60 million ($67 million).
Gogo to build 5G cellular network for aviation
Inflight connectivity provider Gogo will build a 5G cellular network for aviation, with a plan to begin offering the broadband service in 2021.
FAA deploys ATC contingency operations plans 
FAA is rolling out contingency operations plans to hundreds of air traffic control (ATC) facilities, an effort that started after a September 2014 fire shut down its Chicago en route center and disrupted air traffic across the US midwest.
FAA expands approval system for commercial drone flights near airports 
FAA has expanded the number of air traffic control (ATC) facilities covered by its Low-Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC), an automated system that allows commercial drone operators to request and obtain authorization to fly in the vicinity of airports.
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Jun 25, 2019

US Big 3 glosses over UAE Open Skies outcome

Reading the US Partnership for Open & Fair Skies’ press release on the US-UAE joint government policy statement on their Open Skies agreement, the expression "lipstick on a pig" comes to mind. Except it’s more about gloss than lipstick....More
Jun 20, 2019

PARIS 2019 BLOG: Air transport industry confidence on display

The fourth and final trade show day saw a handful of additional Airbus narrowbody orders or conversions, closing a show that was relatively light on new airliner order numbers—as anticipated—but which still delivered some surprises....More
Jun 19, 2019

PARIS 2019 BLOG: The significance of the A321XLR’s long legs

Day three of the air show was a good one for Airbus and particularly its newly-launched A321XLR, which is demonstrating early on that airlines see how they can stretch their networks, enter new markets and do good business with a longer-legged narrowbody....More

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