Appeal Court rejects FAA's Refusal to Regulate Airline Seat Size

The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) had shown no reasonable basis for denying a 2015 petition by the passenger organization FlyersRights.org to institute rulemaking over ever-shrinking seat sizes, the passenger organization said.

The Court remanded the matter back to agency to review the FlyersRights.org petition.

Current safety regulations require that all occupants in a fully loaded airliner be able to evacuate within 90 seconds with half the exits disabled in low light conditions, in order to reduce likely fatalities due to smoke, fire or drowning common crash landings.

FlyersRights.org is the largest airline passenger organization with over 60,000 members. It provides information and expertise to the Government and the public, advocates for airline passenger rights, publishes a weekly newsletter and operates a toll free hotline for airline passengers 877-FLYERS6.

Avianca suspends flights to and from Caracas

Avianca has decided to suspend its operations to and from Venezuela, and not beginning on August 16th, the company said.

This includes ending the sale of tickets on routes connecting Caracas with Bogotá and Lima.

Avianca will make every effort to assist passengers with reservations on flights to Venezuela scheduled for this week. These passengers are being accommodated on flights from other airlines based on availability. Passengers with reservations that cannot be accommodated on other airlines will be reimbursed 100% of the value paid for their tickets.

SkyWest announces Q2 2017 profit

SkyWest, Inc. (NASDAQ: SKYW) has reported financial and operating results for the second quarter of 2017, including net income of USD 50 million, or USD 0.95 per diluted share, compared to net income of USD 40 million, or USD 0.77 per diluted share for Q2 2016, the company said.

The improvement in net income over Q2 2016 was primarily due to SkyWest´s continued fleet transition, including the addition of 47 new E175s, and the removal of 51 ERJ145s and 18 CRJ200s since Q2 2016. Additionally, since Q2 2016, SkyWest transitioned 49 CRJ700s from other major airline partners to American Airlines, Inc. (“American”) under a previously announced multi-year agreement, further reducing fleet risk.

Revenue was USD 810 million in Q2 2017, up from USD 801 million in Q2 2016. The increase in revenue included the net impact of adding 47 new E175 aircraft since Q2 2016, partially offset by the removal of 76 unprofitable or less profitable aircraft over the same period, including 51 ERJ145s, 18 CRJ200s and seven CRJ700s.

Operating expenses were USD 703 million in Q2 2017, down from USD 717 million in Q2 2016. The decrease was primarily due to lower direct operating costs from 29 fewer aircraft in service and a 5% reduction in block hour production, partially offset by higher crew training costs associated with the new E175 aircraft deliveries.

SkyWest, Inc. is the holding company for two scheduled passenger airline operations and an aircraft leasing company. SkyWest´s airline companies provide commercial air service in cities throughout North America with more than 3,000 daily flights carrying more than 50 million passengers annually. SkyWest Airlines operates through partnerships with United Airlines (“United”), Delta Air Lines (“Delta”), American and Alaska Airlines (“Alaska”). ExpressJet Airlines operates through partnerships with United, Delta and American. Based in St. George, Utah, SkyWest continues to set the standard for excellence across the regional industry with unmatched value for customers, shareholders and its more than 18,000 employees.

Eutelsat agreement builds on longstanding cooperation

Eutelsat Communications (Paris:ETL) (NYSE Euronext Paris: ETL) and Digiturk beIN Media Group have concluded a multi-year multi-transponder agreement on the Eutelsat 7A satellite, extending a collaboration that began in 2000 with the launch of Turkey´s first pay-TV platform that is today the platform of choice for TV homes in Turkey, the company said.

Digiturk, Turkey´s largest pay-TV operator, has confirmed it will use 17 transponders on the Eutelsat 7A satellite to broadcast a broad array of content that includes the Turkish Football Super League and the Tahincioglu Basketball Super League. Digiturk broadcasts 221 channels to approximately 3.5 million subscriber homes.

Since the acquisition of Digiturk by beIN Media Group in August 2016, Digiturk has pursued its customer-oriented and innovative focus under the umbrella of a media giant operating in 40 countries in five continents. As a member of beIN Media Group, Digiturk benefits from synergies with the Group´s international network and its global know-how and expertise. As a trailblazer for HD broadcasting in Turkey, Digiturk has displayed a consistent commitment to the highest signal quality and is pursuing this track record with the country´s first full-time Ultra HD channel.

Established in 1977, Eutelsat Communications (Euronext Paris: ETL, ISIN code: FR0010221234) is one of the world´s and most experienced operators of communications satellites. The company provides capacity on 39 satellites to clients that include broadcasters and broadcasting associations, pay-TV operators, video, data and Internet service providers, enterprises and government agencies. Eutelsat´s satellites provide ubiquitous coverage of Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia-Pacific and the Americas, enabling video, data, broadband and government communications to be established irrespective of a user´s location. Headquartered in Paris, with offices and teleports around the globe, Eutelsat represents a workforce of 1,000 men and women from 37 countries who are experts in their fields and work with clients to deliver the highest quality of service.

One Aviation chooses PPG's Alteos interactive window system

Research Frontiers Inc. (NASDAQ: REFR) – Global aircraft manufacturer One Aviation has announced the selection of the Alteos electronically dimmable window (EDW) by PPG for its new Eclipse 700 aircraft, the company said.

The Eclipse 700 aircraft, being developed under the name “Project Canada,” is an upgraded version of their Eclipse 500/550.

One Aviation´s announcement revealed that PPG will provide EDWs that incorporate Alteos interactive window systems. The Alteos EDW utilizes the Nuance V2 shading product by Vision Systems that uses SPD-Smart light-control technology from Research Frontiers.

Vision Systems, a licensee of Research Frontiers, uses SPD-Smart technology in their EDW shading solutions, including their Nuance V2 product.

Research Frontiers is the developer of SPD-Smart light-control technology which allows users to instantly, precisely and uniformly control the shading of glass or plastic, either manually or automatically. Research Frontiers has an infrastructure of over 40 licensed companies that collectively are capable of serving the growing global demand for smart glass products in automobiles, homes, buildings, museums, aircraft and boats.

8×8 mid-market/enterprise service revenue increases 29%

8×8, Inc. (NASDAQ:EGHT), a provider of the world´s first Communications Cloud, has reported financial results for the first quarter of fiscal 2018 ended June 30, 2017, the company said.

During the first quarter: service revenue increased 18% year-over-year (YoY) to USD 65.1 million.

Adjusting for constant currency and the exclusion of the discontinued, non-core DXI business segment, service revenue increased 21%.

Service revenue from mid-market and enterprise customers increased 29% YoY and represented 57% of the company´s total service revenue.

8×8 is the provider of the world´s first Communications Cloud that combines unified communications, team collaboration, contact center, and analytics in a single, open and real-time platform. 8×8 eliminates information silos to expose vital, real-time intelligence across multiple clouds, applications and devices to improve individual and team productivity, business performance and customer experience.

Cubic upgrades Royal Australian Air Force Hawk fleet

Cubic Global Defense (CGD), a business unit of Cubic Corporation (NYSE:CUB), has supplied more than 60 P5 Combat Training Systems (CTS/TCTS) with Air Combat Maneuvering Instrumentation (ACMI) pods for the upgrade of the Royal Australian Air Force´s (RAAF) Hawk 127 fleet, the company said.

As part of the Lead-In Fighter Capability Assurance Program (LIFCAP) — which achieved Initial Operating Capability (IOC) earlier this month — Cubic´s P5CTS and ACMI offers enhanced air combat training capabilities, including live monitor functionalities and debriefing stations for the Hawk 127 Lead-In Fighter.

Cubic´s P5CTS provides real-time and post-mission training for air-to-air, air-to-ground and surface-to-air combat missions by displaying the live-air picture, recording mission data and relaying Time, Space and Positioning Information (TSPI) between participating aircraft during training sorties.

Key components of the system include GPS-enabled, aircraft-mounted airborne instrumentation “pods” plus ground stations, which help aircrew conduct, monitor and manage air combat training and post-flight debriefing.

In addition to the Hawk 127, Cubic´s P5CTS and ACMI were provided for the F/A-18F/G Super Hornet and Growler, F/A-18A Hornet and the flight test community of the Air Warfare Centre.

Cubic designs, integrates and operates systems, products and services focused in the transportation, defense training and secure communications markets. Cubic Transportation Systems is a integrator of payment and information technology and services to create intelligent travel solutions for transportation authorities and operators. Cubic Global Defense is a provider of live, virtual, constructive and game-based training solutions, special operations and intelligence for the US and allied forces. Cubic Mission Solutions provides networked Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) capabilities for defense, intelligence, security and commercial missions.

Connection reports record Q2 2017 results

PC Connection, Inc. (NASDAQ: CNXN), a technology solutions provider of a full range of information technology (IT) solutions to business, government, and education markets, has announced results for the quarter ended June 30, 2017, the company said.

Net sales for the quarter ended June 30, 2017 increased by 10.9% to USD 749.8 million, compared to USD 676.2 million for the prior year quarter. Net income for the quarter ended June 30, 2017 increased by 9.0% to USD 13.6 million, or USD 0.51 per diluted share, compared to net income of USD 12.5 million, or USD 0.47 per diluted share for the prior year quarter.

The second quarter 2017 results include USD 0.9 million of severance and restructuring costs. Earnings per share, adjusted for severance and restructuring charges, increased to USD 0.53 cents per share for the quarter ended June 30, 2017, compared to USD 0.49 cents per share for the prior year quarter.

Net sales for the six months ended June 30, 2017 were USD 1,420.4 million, an increase of USD 171.8 million or 13.8%, compared to USD 1,248.6 million for the six months ended June 30, 2016. Net income for the six months ended June 30, 2017 was USD 21.0 million, or USD 0.78 per diluted share, compared to net income of USD 21.5 million, or USD 0.81 per diluted share, for the six months ended June 30, 2016.

PC Connection, Inc. and its subsidiaries, dba Connection, (www.connection.com; NASDAQ: CNXN) is a Fortune 1000 company headquartered in Merrimack, NH. With offices throughout the United States, Connection delivers custom-configured computer systems overnight from its ISO 9001:2008 certified technical configuration lab at its distribution center in Wilmington, OH.

PCTEL joins CBRS Alliance

PCTEL, Inc. (Nasdaq:PCTI), a provider of Performance Critical TELecom solutions, has joined the CBRS Alliance. The Alliance seeks to develop and promote innovative LTE-based solutions for the 3.5 GHz Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) band, using the shared spectrum model adopted by the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the company said.

PCTEL and the CBRS Alliance believe that efficient use of this underutilized 3.5 GHz spectrum will expand coverage and capacity to meet growing wireless data demands. PCTEL scanning receivers currently support LTE network testing on the 3.5 GHz CBRS band.

PCTEL supplies antennas and wireless network testing solutions, designs and manufactures precision antennas, and provides test tools and engineering services that improve the performance of wireless networks globally. Mobile operators, neutral hosts, and equipment manufacturers use PCTEL to analyze, design, and optimize next generation wireless networks.

Kaan Air Australia inks deal for 10 Black Hawk helicopters

Kaan Air Australia, Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) company, and StarFlight Australia, have signed an agreement worth up to AUD USD 63 million to bring 10 Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters into Australia, with options for an additional 10 aircraft, the company said.

In a world-first refurbishment program to be undertaken in Brisbane, the agreement will see the purchase of 10 ex-US military Black Hawks, to be imported into Australia early next year. The Black Hawks will be brought up to ´as new´ condition and repurposed specifically for aerial firebombing operations during future bushfire seasons around Australia and New Zealand and for year-round emergency services and disaster relief work.

The aircraft will be refurbished and maintained in Brisbane by Sikorsky. This initiative sees Kaan Air Australia and StarFlight Australia partner to usher in a new era in Australian emergency services and disaster relief aviation.

This agreement with Sikorsky Australia will be a boost for local aviation jobs, potentially creating more than 50 pilot and technical jobs in the long term, including apprenticeships.

Headquartered in Canberra, Lockheed Martin Australia is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin Corporation. The company employs more than 800 people in Australia working on a wide range of major programs spanning the aerospace, defence and civil sectors.