A number of business jets–more than 3,000 by some estimates–are sitting idle on the ramp as their owners wait for the economy to improve. According to Rich Schuller, founder of Schuller Aerospace Services International of Scottsdale, Ariz., there could be trouble brewing for those owners.
Eurocopter’s new high-compression, diesel engine is expected to bring better environmental performance to turbine-powered helicopters as large as the EC 135.
The goal of the program is to reduce CO2 emissions by 40 percent and NOx emissions by 53 percent. The company announced the program, dubbed “Bluecopter,” at the Paris Air Show in June.
Chromalloy (Hall 3 Stand A33) has announced that the U.S. Air Force has selected it to provide module repairs during maintenance on the F108 gas turbine engine that powers the KC135R tanker aircraft. The follow-on award, valued at $15.8 million plus options, brings the total value of the contract to approximately $38 million over three years.
Chromalloy has implemented a new global sales structure, with each region of the world having a designated Chromalloy sales leader. “The intent of having team members dedicated to various regions throughout the world is for them to be able to ratchet up the level of service to gas-turbine engine operators,” said Tom van der Linden, Chromalloy vice president of sales.
Helicopter turboshaft manufacturers are incorporating new technologies in their engines to lower fuel burn, enhance capabilities and reduce operating costs. The major manufacturers are developing engines to meet these demands, along with the need for more power and lower emissions.
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.
A new Web site from BBA Aviation Engine Repair and Overhaul (ERO), www.bbaaviationero.com, is aimed at providing the company’s customers with details about the capabilities, locations, OEM engine authorizations and direct contact information for all ERO operating companies and worldwide sales representatives. ERO companies include Dallas Airmotive, H+S Aviation, Premier Turbines, W.H.
On September 4 Dallas Airmotive officially opens its regional turbine engine shop in Boynton Beach, Fla., just south of West Palm Beach. The new facility expands the company’s network of locations where it provides comprehensive inspections and maintenance for Honeywell TFE731s and Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6s and JT15Ds. Dallas Airmotive further expanded its operations with the recent acquisition from Sabreliner Corp.
PAS Technologies (Hall 3 Stand B8) is here to highlight its expanding product line, global reach and repair performance.
President and CEO Robert Weiner joined the new company at its formation and immediately set about transforming a business he admits was underperforming.
Record numbers of new aircraft orders, particularly for commercial jetliners, have driven expansion at aerospace precision components and assemblies manufacturer Doncasters (Hall 4, Stand G10). Furthermore, under the new ownership of Dubai Investment Capital (DIC), the UK company is better positioned to invest in its future, according to group chief executive Eric Lewis.