Russian military aviation has a long history of fierce competition between the two major design bureaus–Mikoyan and Sukhoi–and their associated production centers. One consequence of this rivalry was that many of the major enterprises and research institutes associated with military aircraft production became primarily associated with one design bureau or the other.
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.
When Paul Fulchino took the helm as president and CEO of parts distributor Aviall in January 2000, the company’s stock price hovered in the low $8 per share range. “When I came here,” he said, “this was not a pretty place. It didn’t have a value proposition worth anything.”
With aircraft being pushed toward the edges of their flight envelopes here in the daily aerial displays at Farnborough International, their crews need real certainty that all is well with the engines. Helping to give them this assurance is local company Jet-Care which is providing its patented oil and engine debris analysis service for all aircraft here at the show this week.
Situated literally at the center of the show site, Goodrich Corp. has certainly made an impression at this year’s Farnborough with a new pavilion that combines a chalet and an exhibit stand, giving invited guests and drop-ins alike quick and easy access to information on its entire range of products.
Crane Aerospace & Electronics (Hall 4 Stand G20) has been selected to supply power conditioning modules for the Boeing 787 airliner as part of the common core system (CCS) being developed by Smiths Aerospace. The modules (four on each aircraft) provide isolation, conditioning and regulation of the power system for the CCS, which is an integrated avionics system that centralizes computer functions for the aircraft.
Embraer has selected Eaton Corp. to design, develop and manufacture secondary power distribution units and cockpit control panels for the Phenom 100 very light jet. Eaton has already won contracts for the Phenom’s hydraulic power-generation package, flap and landing gear control hydraulic components, throttle quadrant, landing gear control level and flap selector control lever.
Paul Fanelli, president and CEO of Aerospace Products International (API), announced two logistics hubs as well as more efficient parts supply management through its application of SAP software. API (Booth No. 615) helps clients manage some 200,000 parts spanning 150 product lines.
Aviation Technology Group has added Goodrich Aircraft Interior Products, Kavlico, Moritz and Parker Aerospace to its list of suppliers for its Williams FJ33-powered Javelin business jet and derivatives. Under the terms of the contracts, Goodrich will supply pilot seats, Kavilco the throttle quadrant, Moritz the power distribution system and Parker the hydraulics.
The Alliant integrated avionics and autopilot suite received FAA supplemental type certification for the Beech King Air 200 yesterday. Alliant is a partnership between autopilot manufacturer S-Tec and avionics-maker Avidyne. The King Air 200 installation includes two Avidyne Envision EXP5000 PFDs with built-in solid-state gyros and air-data system and an EX500 MFD coupled with S-Tec’s Intelli-Flight 2100 digital flight control system.
Midcoast Aviation and Bombardier Aerospace inked an agreement for completion of green large-cabin Bombardier jets. The agreement boosts Midcoast’s completion backlog for new Bombardier jets to 2011, according to Midcoast president Kurt Sutterer, more than doubling the company’s workload on behalf of Bombardier.