Eurocopter is here exhibiting its “Bluecopter” diesel engine concept on the static display. The so-called “high-compression engine” is supposed to bring greener performance to light helicopters currently powered by a single turboshaft. Targeted are a 40-percent cut in CO2 emissions and a 53-percent reduction in NOx emissions.
Paris Air Show » June 17, 2009
Parker Hannifin has signed two agreements with major aerospace companies, which could net the company some $7.5 billion over the life of the programs. It will be partnering with Rolls-Royce on the Trent XWB engine for the new Airbus A350XWB family of airliners. Parker will provide the complete hydraulic and fuel systems for the A350XWB, as well as the fuel tank inerting system.
Transcanada’s ANR Pipeline Co. has ordered three AgustaWestland AW119s for offshore operations in the Gulf of Mexico. The first two aircraft will be delivered late this summer and the third will follow next year. ANR operates a major natural gas pipeline in the U.S. Meanwhile, the company is doubling to 214,000 sq ft the size of its logistics center in Lonate Pozzolo, near Milan. The expansion will be operational by the end of the summer.
CAE has been selected by Bombardier to provide engineering services and a flight simulator for the C Series narrowbody aircraft. The Canadian company will supply a so-called augmented engineering environment, which includes test support equipment under the hardware-in-the-loop concept. The idea is to have the tested system “believe” it is in a real aircraft.
The Teal Group’s latest Market Profile and Forecast for the unmanned aerial vehicle concludes that expenditure on UAVs will rise from an annual $4.4 billion in 2009 to $8.7 billion by 2018. At the same time, the aerospace analysis group forecasts a rise in UAV payload expenditure from $2 billion to nearly $5 billion.
Bell Boeing has just received a new contract to add to its existing support contract for the V-22 Ospreys operated by the U.S. Marine Corps and Air Force Special Operations Command. The initial Phase I $581 million, five-year integrated logistics support contract was awarded this January.
Honeywell is celebrating a further $400 million worth of orders for its TPE331 engine following a U.S. Air Force decision to procure a total of 319 General Atomics Reaper unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).
PPG Aerospace is developing transparencies for aircraft cockpit and cabin windows that help keep the interior cooler by reducing heat from the sun. The clear solar-reflective window coatings cut solar transmittance in half, said PPG Aerospace global director Anthony Stone. Aircraft like the Boeing 787 and Hawker 4000 that are built using composites don’t dissipate solar heat as well as aluminum airplanes, Stone noted.
ITT Interconnect Solutions has enhanced its chip-on-flex (CoF) filter connectors with TVS surge suppression capabilities using chip capacitors surface-mounted on a small pad adjacent to the feed-through contact.
GE Aviation is here in Hall 2A Stand C137 exhibiting a flight deck with a flight management system (FMS) able to optimize approaches for reduced fuel burn and maximized runway usage, with time-of-arrival precision within a claimed seven seconds. In GE’s simulated flight into Frankfurt airport, the new FMS has the aircraft shaving 26 minutes off the average trajectory.