Aerostructures and equipment manufacturer Goodrich (Chalet CD07) tomorrow will inaugurate its new maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facility here in Singapore. The facility is now Goodrich’s largest MRO facility in the world. In addition to sophisticated composite repairs, the Charlotte, North Carolina-based company is here doing research and development, such as a fan cowl for Pratt & Whitney’s geared turbofan.
In a decision directly in opposition to an earlier conclusion by the NTSB, a federal court jury in Kentucky has found Goodrich Avionics completely liable for the June 1999 crash of a University of Kentucky aeromedically configured Sikorsky S-76. Killed were pilot Donald Greene and three other crewmembers.
Goodrich has broken ground for a new 110,000-sq-ft MRO facility in Dubai targeting the Middle East, Africa and South Asia markets.
In a move that will create one of the largest aerospace lighting businesses, Goodrich has entered into an agreement with Germany’s Hella KG Hueck & Co. to purchase a 95-percent stake in Hella Aerospace, one of the largest manufacturers of aerospace lighting systems in the world, according to Goodrich officials.
• Goodrich accepted terms of a licensing agreement with Honeywell to settle a lawsuit in which Honeywell claimed that Goodrich infringed on EGPWS patents. The deal allows Goodrich to continue selling its own TAWS units while paying licensing fees to Honeywell. But Goodrich won’t keep its TAWS units much longer because the company last month agreed to sell its avionics business to L-3 Communications.
Starting next year, Raytheon will offer the Goodrich Sky Watch HP collision avoidance system as a standard option on the King Air B200 and 350. No price was immediately available, but the Sky Watch HP as a traffic advisory system carries a list price of about $28,915 uninstalled. The unit can also be installed as a TCAS I. Installed in the King Air, the system will be displayed on the airplane’s Goodrich Stormscope CRT.
Goodrich has relocated and expanded its wheel and brake overhaul facility in Wichita. The new facility on Pueblo Drive is 60 percent larger than its predecessor at 2000 Airport Rd., which opened in 1995. The center overhauls steel and carbon brakes for Cessna’s Citation line, Bombardier’s Learjet 45, Raytheon’s Premier I and Beech King Airs and the Pilatus PC-12.
Dubai-based carrier Emirates has selected Goodrich electronic flight bags (EFBs) for its entire fleet of Boeing 747s and 777s and Airbus A310s, A330s and A340s. The system includes EFB software, two touch-screen displays and two laptop-docking stations. Goodrich will provide system supplemental type certification (STC) for each aircraft type. Deliveries are expected to begin after receiving the STC, which is expected later this year.
Goodrich Corp. of Charlotte, N.C., announced yesterday that it has developed DC starter-generator brushes to extend the time between overhaul required on a helicopter’s starter or generator.
A follow-on contract to supply cargo systems for the Boeing 777, 767 and 747 that could be worth more than $390 million over the next seven years is one of a series of new contracts announced here by Charlotte, North Carolina-based Goodrich Corp.