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Curtiss-Wright Controls Awarded Contract From Thales


Curtiss-Wright Controls, Inc. today announced that it has received a contract from Thales UK to supply Boeing with the Tactical Data Unit and Data Transfer Unit for use in the Avionics Suite supplied for the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) Project Julius Chinook Upgrade. The initial contract, which began in late 2009 and runs through 2013, is valued at $9 million. "Curtiss-Wright is pleased to support Thales and its cus- tomer Boeing with our Tactical Data Unit and Data Transfer Unit technology for this important UK MoD upgrade program," said David Adams, co-chief operating officer of Curtiss-Wright Corporation. The Curtiss-Wright hard-


ware includes a fully ruggedized, high-performance processing engine and high integrity 3D OpenGL graphics solution that will host Mission Planning and Moving Map software from Thales within a secure comput- ing environment. Curtiss-Wright's Specialist Electronics Services business operation is developing and manufacturing the Tactical Data Unit and Data Transfer Unit at its Camberley, UK facility. The products are deliv- ered to Thales UK's Crawley facility, and then installed on the UK MoD's fleet of


Chinook helicopters. Project Julius will upgrade the UK Royal Air Force's fleet of Boeing CH-47 transport helicopters to a common con- figuration. The upgrade pro- gram includes the integration of a glass cockpit and digital avionics. ◆


NTSB to Offer Training on Emergency Communications Involved in Major Aircraft Accidents and Incidents


The National


Transportation Safety Board is devoting two days at its Training Center to offer guid- ance to aviation public affairs professionals on how to most effectively manage emergency communications following a major aircraft accident or inci- dent. The training will be offered on October 13-14, 2011, at the NTSB Training Center in Ashburn, Virginia, (near Washington, D.C.) and is aimed at communications pro- fessionals working with air- ports, airlines and corporations with aviation departments. Representatives from the


NTSB Office of Public Affairs will explain the process by which investigation-related information is verified and released to the news media and the family members of those affected by a major accident. ◆


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