During a technical briefing held yesterday at Heli-Expo, Eurocopter encouraged EC 135 operators to keep a close eye on their helicopters’ main transmission gearbox. The European helicopter manufacturer, along with transmission supplier ZF Luftfahrttechnik of Flugplatzstrasse, Germany (Booth No. 4349), is taking a proactive approach to prevent spalling or tooth breakage of the input drive gears.
Maintenance and Modifications
News and issues about aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO), covering all segments of the aviation industry; and modifications for aircraft and engines. Subjects include product support of aircraft, engines and avionics, MRO company mergers, acquisitions, announcements and personnel, Airworthiness Directives, Supplemental Type Certificate approvals and other topics.
California firm Vishay Intertechnology (Booth No. 1914) has introduced a wireless aircraft-weighing system that can be used for monitoring center of gravity, performing weight checks after an airframe repair and providing weight calculations for the purpose of design-proving.
Standard Aero (Booth No. 4621) is now offering a Rolls-Royce-approved repair procedure for the Model 250 Series II first-stage Mar-M nozzles and Series IV second-stage turbine nozzles. The company also announced a new modification for Roll-Royce 250 Series III and IV air/oil separator gears.
Accessories make an outfit. They also make a helicopter, or at least they make it better. That’s the theory with which Jeff Shapiro launched Dart Helicopter Services (Booth No. 2263) in 2005, and it has apparently been a successful one.
PHI has partnered with Aviall in an effort to improve the Lafayette, La. helicopter operator’s parts supply-chain management. PHI will use Aviall’s Web Services online tools to communicate with suppliers, eliminating paperwork and costs, the companies said. Aviall is a Dallas- based aviation parts distributor that offers products from 225 OEMs.
Flight testing of BLR Aerospace’s Bell 212 FastFin modification has demonstrated improved performance that will allow the 212 to carry more weight to higher altitudes than standard 212s, according to BLR. The Everett, Wash. company conducted the flight tests at the 9,927-foot airport in Leadville, Colo., late last year.
Van Horn Aviation (VHA) is showing a prototype of its new composite tail-rotor blade for Bell 206-series helicopters at its Heli-Expo’08 booth (No. 3307).
Lufthansa Technik’s Asia Pacific joint ventures are expanding in line with the region’s air transport growth. Ameco Beijing (Stand No. D78) is due to inaugurate the biggest maintenance hangar in Asia next month, Lufthansa Technik Philippines (Stand No. H65) has opened a second widebody hangar in Manila and Lufthansa Technik Shenzhen has added new capabilities.
Denmark’s Satair announced yesterday that it has agreed to acquire a 49-percent stake in the Chinese hydraulics repair specialist Ruibo.
Already the world’s largest third-party MRO, ST Aerospace (Stand No. G01) will expand further this week in Singapore by adding CFM56-7 engine overhauls at Paya Lebar and breaking ground for a new narrowbody aircraft hangar at Seletar Airport. The state-owned company now has a turnover of more than S$1.6 billion ($1.15 billion) and boasts a grand total of 43 narrowbody and 25 widebody hangars worldwide.