A prevailing gloomy economic outlook notwithstanding, Turbomeca projected an air of optimism at a Saturday afternoon press briefing when Pierre Fabre, the company’s chairman and CEO, declared that the French turboshaft engine manufacturer has “long-term confidence in the helicopter market.” He said Turbomeca’s immediate goal is to stabilize activity at the same high level achieved in 2008 when it built 1,313 engines and recorded “the best ove
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The Honeywell/Pratt & Whitney joint-venture Advanced Turbine Engine Co. (ATEC) successfully completed the preliminary design review by the U.S. Army Aviation Applied Technology Directorate and other government customers for the advanced affordable turbine engine (AATE) technology demonstrator program.
Since the August 2007 acquisition of StandardAero (Booth No. 1918) by Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE), the Tempe, Ariz.-based company has launched a number of new initiatives, including the expansion and redesign of some of its facilities, the opening of a new PW600 test cell and the implementation of a safety management system (SMS).
A Heli-Lynx-modified Eurocopter AS 355FX2R recently passed 5,000 hours time in service with the Special Anti-Crime Unit of Trinidad and Tobago. The Heli-Lynx STC conversion replaces the standard helicopter’s engines, electrical system, instrument panel and trim cables. It also increases horsepower, fuel capacity, endurance and useful load.
BBA Aviation and its engine repair and overhaul (ERO) companies are at Booth No. 2310 publicizing their array of facilities and capabilities, both in the U.S. and abroad. Its operations include Dallas Airmotive, with regional turbine centers (RTC) in Phoenix; Dayton, Ohio; and, beginning this spring, at Dallas Love Field.
L-3 Avionics is at Booth No. 2526 demonstrating the GH-3001 electronic standby primary flight display, which the U.S. Army’s Redstone Arsenal has ordered for the CH-47F Improved Cargo Helicopter fleet program. The open-ended contract valued at approximately $9.2 million will run through early 2013.
Onboard Systems (Booth No. 3848) is displaying a new fixed-beam suspension system for the Bell 407. The system offers “several important improvements and benefits”
Filtration Development Corporation (FDC), provider of inlet barrier filters for a variety of civil and military helicopters, has received EASA approval for installation of its filters on all Turbomeca Arriel-powered Sikorsky S-76s, following FAA issuance of an STC last September. FDC, exhibiting at Booth No.
Savings of up to 40 percent on jet fuel for the Rolls-Royce 250 turbine-engine family? That is the prospect offered by Frontline Aerospace, said company CEO Ryan Wood in describing an emerging aviation technology called gas turbine recuperation.
An innovative coating system that is extending the life of U.S. Army Black Hawk helicopter main rotor blades may soon be available for commercial use courtesy of Kaman Helicopters (Booth No. 1719) and partner Hontek of South Windsor, Conn. The coating helps improve blade life, thus increasing helicopter availability and lowering maintenance costs.