Bell Helicopter, which will be displaying the mockup of its 525 Relentless super-medium twin next week at the Farnborough International Airshow, announced key program suppliers for the new helicopter yesterday. They include GKN Aerospace and Triumph Group for airframe structure machining and composites; Kuka for major structural tooling; Goodrich for ice protection; Israel Aerospace Industries for passenger seating; and Mecaer for wheeled landing gear.
Farnborough Air Show » July 9, 2012
Aerospace, Defence & Security (ADS), the UK trade group, is again organizing professional conferences for the Farnborough International Airshow. This year’s conferences take place on Tuesday, July 10, and Wednesday, July 11.
Airliners, always an integral part of the static display and winning the crowds with awesome aerial performances at the Farnborough International Airshow, will again be at the show in force. The airliners in this gallery are from the 2010 Farnborough show.
Fans of Lockheed Martin have a chance to win a ride on an historic Lockheed C-121C Super Constellation at the upcoming Farnborough International Airshow (July 9 to 15). Five lucky winners will have a seat on the airplane, when it makes a celebratory flight from the UK’s Farnborough Airport on the morning of July 10.
What makes the T-6 series a better trainer than the old airplanes is that it is designed to help new pilots make a faster transition into jets. The PT6 engine has a power management unit (PMU) that makes it respond more like a jet engine than a turboprop; hopefully the only difference is that T-6 pilots still need to step on the right rudder during takeoff, although rudder trim is available and easily accessible on the Hotas. Naturally the HUD helps with the transition to jets, too, as does the modern avionics suite.
The Hawker Beechcraft T-6C is powered by Pratt & Whitney Canada’s 1,100-shp PT6A-68. Max cruise speed is 316 kias. Fully aerobatic, the T-6 is rated to +7.5 g and -3.5 g. More than 760 T-6A, B and C models have been built since the type went into production in 2000. Matt Thurber, AIN senior editor, flew the T-6C with Randal Black, T-6 program senior test pilot and demo pilot at Hawker Beechcraft Defense Company.
Reflecting the increasing roles that UAVs are taking in military and civilian surveillance, Farnborough International AIrshow 2012 will feature an enlarged unmanned system showcase. The UAVs in this gallery are from the 2010 Farnborough show.
A host of fighters will perform their aerial artistry for thousands of enthusiasts and professionals at this year’s at Farnborough International Airshow. Members of 39 worldwide military delegations will join representatives from the UK’s Ministry of Defence to watch the always impressive flying displays. The combat aircraft in this gallery are from the 2010 Farnborough show.
Once again AIN will publish its award-winning daily publications at this year’s Farnborough air show. Our Farnborough Airshow News print publications will appear on July 9, 10, 11 and 12 and will be distributed at the show site and in leading show hotels. AIN will have the largest team of reporters, photographers, video crew and graphic artists at the show.
The 2012 Farnborough International Airshow will fly in the face of still-tough business conditions, according to organizers of the biennial event to be staged in the UK July 9 to 15. “The last two years have seen a very difficult economic environment, but 2012 is looking like it will be a really great show,” said Farnborough International chief executive Shaun Ormrod.