Airbus in late February successfully tested an emissions-free fuel cell in flight. The hydrogen- and oxygen-based fuel cell system generated up to 20 kilowatts of electrical power on an A320 test aircraft, and the output was used to power the aircraft’s electric motor pump for the back-up hydraulic circuit that operates the aircraft’s ailerons.
Auxiliary power unit
Raytheon Aircraft has awarded Montreal’s Innotech Aviation Gold Bar status for service center excellence for Hawkers and King Airs. The award recognizes superior achievement in four major areas of product support: spares availability, tools and tooling, training and library currency. Innotech achieved an overall rating of 95 percent
in each area.
Honeywell will announce a new APU at the NBAA Convention this month aimed at turboprops, light jets and small helicopters. The company said the RE-50 is the first oilless and gearless APU with an integrated generator on the same shaft, and at 50 pounds it is about one-third the weight of Honeywell’s RE-150.
Hamilton Sundstrand, a United Technologies subsidiary, and EADS Sogerma Services announced a joint venture to repair and overhaul aircraft APU systems and accessories, subject to government and regulatory approvals.
Two weeks ago Honeywell opened a $35 million advanced aerospace systems integration laboratory designed to make next-generation aircraft, including medium and large business jets, more efficient. The unique 100,000-sq-ft facility is located in Mexicali, Mexico, and initially will employ 300 people, said Bob Smith, Honeywell vice president for advanced technology.
Lufthansa has selected Hamilton Sundstrand, a United Technologies company, to supply its APS 3200 auxiliary power unit (APU) for 30 new single-aisle Airbus aircraft. The company has also recently delivered the first production-configuration secondary electric power distribution center (SEPDC) chassis assembly for the Airbus A400M military airlifter.
When DeCrane Aircraft Holdings bought PATS in 1999, the newly acquired company’s primary focus was on the installation of auxiliary fuel tanks, and in particular an exclusive contract to provide auxiliary tank systems for the Boeing Business Jet. At the time, DeCrane CEO Jack DeCrane noted that the Georgetown, Del.-based company had “significant growth prospects.”
Honeywell’s airline support and aftermarket business gained more momentum here Sunday when the Phoenix, Arizona-based company landed a deal to supply Air New Zealand with wheels and brakes for its entire fleet of Boeing 747-400s. In January 2004, Honeywell and Lufthansa embarked on an STC program to develop new carbon friction material for the 747-400 with tailored friction and wear properties.
Honeywell Aerospace Trading (HAT) now includes pre-owned Honeywell engines, auxiliary power units, starter and environmental control systems, as well as avionics, the Morris Township, New Jersey-based company announced here at Paris. Wheels and brakes will be added in the future.
Airbus has chosen Honeywell’s HGT1500 auxiliary power unit (APU) to provide electric and pneumatic power for the new A350 variant of the A330 twin-aisle airliner, while Boeing has selected the company’s nitrogen-generation system (NGS) for the single-aisle 737.