Human Interest

September 5, 2012 - 1:00pm

An airworthiness directive has been issued for all Honeywell TFE731-20R, -20AR, -20BR, -40, -40AR, -40R, -50R and -60 turbofan engines. It was prompted by a report of a quality escape of about 8,000 second-stage low-pressure turbine (LPT2) rotor blades manufactured by Honeywell’s Chihuahua, Mexico, manufacturing operation since 2009. This AD requires removing and inspecting certain LPT2 rotor blades. Cost of the fix is $3,480.

September 1, 2012 - 2:20am
Much of the work at Eurocopter’s blade shop is accomplished by hand, by technicians who often inspect the finished product with eyes and ears rather than computers.

American Eurocopter’s blade shop in Grand Prairie, Texas, is a busy place. The 20 craftsmen repair and refurbish 1,000 helicopter main and tail rotor blades every year. That translates into 95 percent of all Eurocopter blade work in the U.S.

Much of the work is done by hand. “It is a slow process,” acknowledges shop manager Jim Tully. “It would be nice if we could find a way to go faster, but it has to be done the same way. With fiberglass, it wouldn’t take long to scrap out a blade completely” if a mistake were made.

August 30, 2012 - 3:51pm

Former NBAA director Robert Breiling will receive the association’s John P. “Jack” Doswell Award at the NBAA Convention in late October. “NBAA is proud to recognize Breiling’s outstanding contributions to the business aviation community,” said NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen.

August 9, 2012 - 2:50pm

The Helicopter Association International is accepting nominations for the 2013 Salute to Excellence Awards program, which honors “outstanding achievements and exceptional merits of individuals and organizations in the international helicopter community.” The awards are open to any individual or organization, according to HAI. Categories include pilots, mechanics, instructors, safety, law enforcement, medevac and more. The awards will be presented on March 6 during Heli-Expo 2013 in Las Vegas.

August 9, 2012 - 2:45pm

A group of Beechcraft King Air aficionados launched a new social website–KingAirNation.com–to consolidate King Air information and connect people interested in the popular twin-engine turboprop. “We’ve had such a great response,” said Danny Carpenter, director of marketing and a key player behind the new website. Features include a Facebook page, YouTube channel and Twitter page plus links to for performance, maintenance, travel, King Air stories, videos and more.

August 6, 2012 - 4:10am

Air traffic management solutions company NATS is collaborating with UAE-based Royal Jet to help improve the environmental performance of the air charter firm’s flights in UK airspace. The partnership will see the two parties work together to improve Royal Jet’s flight efficiency, as well as reduce fuel burn and CO2 emissions. NATS will provide Royal Jet with actual data to monitor its flight profiles.

July 26, 2012 - 3:35pm

New York City’s Wings Club has recognized General John R. “Jack” Dailey (USMC Ret.), as the recipient of its 2012 Distinguished Achievement Award, which acknowledges outstanding accomplishments in the field of aviation. Dailey, a retired U.S. Marine Corps general, assistant commandant and pilot as well as former NASA associate deputy administrator, became the director of the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in January 2000. He will receive the award on October 26 at the club’s annual gala.

July 9, 2012 - 4:00pm

Zodiac Aerospace (Hall 1 Stand A15k) announced at the Farnborough International airshow on Monday that it has signed two contracts with Irkut (Hall 1 Stand E8) to supply equipment for the Russian manufacturer’s in-development MC-21 narrowbody airliner. Under the first deal, Zodiac subsidiary ECE will provide the primary power distribution system. Another new contract, with cabin specialist Zodiac C&D, is for the MC-21’s interior.

July 5, 2012 - 3:35am

The National EMS Pilots Association (Nemspa) is taking nominations for its 2012 pilot of the year. Nominations can be made at www.nemspa.org through September 1. The award will be presented at the Air Medical Transport Conference in Seattle this October.

June 13, 2012 - 10:20am

The FAA has issued an airworthiness directive for all Honeywell ALF502L-2C; ALF502R-3; ALF502R-3A; ALF502R-5; LF507-1F; and LF507-1H turbofans. The AD was prompted by two reports of engines experiencing uncontained release of low-pressure (LP) turbine blades. The AD requires operational checks of the engine overspeed trip system to prevent LP turbine overspeed, which could lead to uncontained release of the LP turbine blades and damage to the airplane.

 
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