GE Aviation and Bristow Group signed the first engine service agreement for the CT7-2E1 turboshaft that powers the new AgustaWestland AW189 twin. The agreement expands the longstanding GE-Bristow partnership by adding the AW189s’ engines to Bristow’s global fleet of powerplants maintained under a maintenance cost per hour (MCPH) service agreement.
Extant Components Group, a U.S.-based specialist in legacy electronics manufacturing and obsolescence management, recently signed a significant new contract with an unnamed major aerospace OEM. The November 2013 agreement has prompted a wave of investment in new equipment at the Melbourne, Florida factory of its Symetrics subsidiary, which is providing continuing manufacturing repair, obsolescence management and technical support for a series of vehicle health management systems (VHMS) used in fighters, trainer and light attack aircraft.
GE Aviation is aiming to expand its Business and General Aviation business to $1 billion in revenues by 2020 from the current $300 million level. This is already significantly up from the $150 million it turned over in 2008. Brad Mottier, vice president and general manager of the unit, said $1 billion has been the goal he has headed for since 2008. The challenge, he believes, is to right-size products from the larger GE Aviation into engine technology for business aircraft “that the market can afford.”
Astronics Advanced Electronic System (AES) has been selected by a fifth aircraft manufacturing program to supply its next-generation CorePower electrical power distribution system (EPDS). AES is a wholly owned subsidiary of Astronics (Booth No. N5129), based in East Aurora, N.Y.
To meet increasing demand for electrical power to keep portable electronic devices (PEDs) operating during flight and charged for arrival, a new in-seat power system (ISPS) is on display at NBAA 2013. The new dual-mode EmPower system was developed by Astronics Advanced Electronic Systems, a wholly owned subsidiary of Astronics Corp. (Booth No. N5129).
Dynamic Precision Group has signed an agreement to acquire eight aerospace component fabrication and machining facilities located at three sites in the U.S., Canada and the UK. The Stuart, Fla.-based company is an independent manufacturer of complex components, specializing in the hot section of turbine engines used in commercial and military aircraft and in industrial applications. All three facilities design, manufacture and integrate components and systems for aircraft engines and airframes from Unison Engine Components, a subsidiary of GE Aviation.
GE Aviation named Comlux an authorized service center for GE’s CF34-3 engines, which power the large-cabin Bombardier Challengers. Under the terms of the agreement, Comlux can perform line maintenance inspections and routine installed engine maintenance, including removal and replacement of engines and engine components.
Electroair’s electronic ignition system is now a factory option for Aviat Aircraft’s Husky utility piston single-engine airplane. Electroair added the Husky to its Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) approved model list just before EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, according to Michael Kobylik, president of the Howell, Mich.-based company. Electroair is working with Aviat on certification of the electronic ignition system for six-cylinder Lycomings in the Pitts Special and in Aviat’s Eagle biplane kit.
In its continued partnership with GE, StandardAero signed two license agreements to become an independent TruEngine authorized maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) provider for CF34 and CFM56 engines. According to StandardAero, it will be the first independent TruEngine-authorized MRO provider for CF34s and the second for CFM56s. Under this new status, CFM56 or CF34 engines overhauled by Standard Aero are eligible for TruEngine status, allowing the engine serial numbers to be included in a database made available to industry appraisers and potential buyers.
Moorpark, California-based Custom Sensors and Technologies (CST)–also known under its Crouzet Aerospace and Kavlico brands–is here at the Paris Air Show (Hall 2B, Stand B40) exhibiting its proximity sensors with remote electronics. The technology–just certified–allows these sensors to work safely in harsh environments and in a smarter way. CST is also showcasing a demonstrator of an electric fault detection system and a better-connected helicopter grip.
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