The top three spots for product support among turbofan builders remain unchanged this year from last year’s rankings: Williams retains the number-one position, followed by Rolls-Royce and Pratt & Whitney Canada, separated this year by one hundredth of a point.
Aviation International News » October 2011
The AgustaWestland AW189 medium twin helicopter will be the first civil application for Microturbo’s e-APU, an auxiliary power unit that delivers essentially electric power.
“We’re a prime contractor–a small version of what Greenpoint Technologies and Gore Design Completion started out as,” said Gary Girard, president of Diversified Aviation Services, explaining the role of his Miami-based facility in the cabin completion and refurbishment industry.
The process through which business aircraft passengers and crew can clear U.S. customs and immigration in Shannon, Ireland, has been significantly speeded up thanks to a decision to allow operators to keep their aircraft powered up while on the ground. This means that the procedures can be completed in just 45 minutes from chocks-on to chocks-off, compared with at least 80 minutes when all aircraft power had to be shut down.
In the quest to develop more aircraft systems driven by electricity and to improve reliability, Bombardier Aerospace completed another milestone in its Strategic Technology program for civil aviation: known-icing tests of an electro-thermal wing leading-edge ice-protection system. The system features a Fokker composite electro-thermal leading edge, Meggitt heaters and a power harness using ICE Corp.
The European Commission is refusing to back down over the implementation of its controversial emissions trading scheme (ETS), even in the face of possible new legislation that would make it illegal for U.S. aircraft operators to comply with its requirements.