France-based turboshaft manufacturer Turbomeca has delivered its 2,000th Makila engine to Eurocopter. The engine powers an EC225. The latest version of the Makila, the 2A1, offers 2,411 shp at maximum emergency power (one engine inoperative). The engine maker plans a TBO increase, to 4,000 hours.
Hartzell Propeller has entered into a five-year agreement with Hawker Beechcraft (HBC) to be the exclusive provider of constant-speed propellers for all the OEM’s new piston and turboprop commercial aircraft–the G36 Bonanza, G58 Baron and King Air C90GTx, B200GT and 350i. The agreement also includes new, higher performance propellers for the upcoming 50th anniversary Baron.
Embraer has opened a service center dedicated exclusively to its executive
jets at its headquarters in São José dos Campos. “As promised at the last Labace, we have met our goal of delivering this new service center dedicated to executive aviation to our customers,” said Edson Carlos Mallaco, Embraer vice president for customer support and services-executive jets. Since the facility opened late
Maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) service providers are here at the Singapore Airshow chasing more market share in a still-promising Asia-Pacific region.
Taiwan’s Aero Industrial Development Corp. (AIDC) is bidding to achieve Tier 1 supplier status with the major aerospace OEMs. It is building the Taiwan Advanced Composites Center (TACC), a 538,000-sq-ft facility that will contain large new autoclaves, ply cutters and computer-controlled milling machines. AIDC already produces smaller composite parts, such as the co-cured frames for the cockpit of Sikorsky’s S-92 helicopter.
Eurocopter (Stand H23) has chosen a strategy of partnerships in Asia. In Japan, the helicopter manufacturer wants to grow its subsidiary, notably through its maintenance joint venture with All Nippon Airways (ANA). In Korea, it is supporting Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI, Stand T87) in the design of the Korean Utility Helicopter (KUH), also known as the Surion.
American charter firm ExcelAire and pilots Joe Lepore and Jan Paul Paladino remain entangled in Brazilian legal battles more than three years after the Sept. 29, 2006, midair over the Amazon jungle between their Embraer Legacy 600 and a Gol Airlines 737-800 that resulted in the deaths of all 154 aboard the airliner.
Australia’s Sydney International Airport has modified its parallel runway operating procedures as a result of a November 2008 incident in which the crew of a Saab 340B lost control on approach while it was trailing an Airbus A380 landing on a parallel runway.
Having delayed its launch for the third time (most recently to December), Ireland-based would-be air-taxi operator JetBird is now publicly no more specific in its planning than to say it will start operations this year. The first aircraft were to have been delivered in September but delays then were attributed to production problems at Embraer.
Eclipse Aerospace has grown to more than 60 employees since purchasing the assets of bankrupt Eclipse Aviation on September 4, and the new company is meeting its plan to supply parts and provide upgrades to Eclipse 500 VLJ owners.