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.


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.
Chinese manufacturer to equip drones with ADS-B receivers from 2020 
Leading small unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) manufacturer DJI has committed to installing surveillance receivers on new models weighing more than 250 grams by 2020, a safety measure intended to make drone pilots aware of nearby manned aircraft transmitting their position.
Chinese-manufactured drones have security risks, DHS warns 
The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has advised organizations of “inherent risks” associated with using unmanned aircraft vehicles (UAVs) manufactured in China.
Jersey Airport receives remote tower operations approval 
Jersey Airport in the Channel Islands became the first British airport to receive approval for operational use of remote tower technology to manage commercial aircraft movements, the airport said May 20.
DOT re-establishes FAA drone advisory committee 
The US Department of Transportation (DOT) has reconstituted the FAA’s drone advisory committee (DAC) and scheduled a June 6 meeting of the high-level advisory group.
FAA changes regulations for recreational drone operators 
The FAA on May 16 announced changes to operating rules for recreational drones, including a requirement that hobbyists obtain prior authorization from the agency before flying their aircraft in controlled airspace near airports.
Collins Aerospace names Steve Timm as avionics business president 
Collins Aerospace announced that Steve Timm has taken over as president of its avionics business unit, five months after the company merged with UTC Aerospace Systems (UTAS).
FAA updates US airports’ drone detection guidance 
The FAA “cannot confirm the legality” of using technologies designed to detect small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), or drones, the agency stated in updated guidance sent to US airports.
Inmarsat SwiftBroadband-Safety gains FAA approval 
Inmarsat’s SwiftBroadband-Safety (SB-S) service has received final FAA approval for use in air traffic services applications, the company announced May 7.
Lufthansa Systems integrates weather into e-charts 
Lufthansa Systems has introduced a weather display feature to its Lido/eRouteManual electronic charts that allows pilots to display weather information on en route navigation maps.
Gulf Air selects Thales Global Express connectivity system 
Bahrain flag carrier Gulf Air has selected the Thales Global Express (GX) Ka-band connectivity system for its Airbus A321neo and Boeing 787-9 cabins.
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