On September 12, Europe’s EADS unexpectedly assigned a schedule and a market segment to its “E-Thrust” hybrid propulsion concept, which was revealed at the Paris Air Show this year with Rolls-Royce. The “E-Airbus,” under its new moniker, is to enter into service in 2030 as a regional aircraft, probably a 70- to 100-seater. The announcement came during a conference organized by the French government in Paris about its industrial policy.
Pascal Chrétien, the designer and pilot of an electric rotorcraft that flew in 2011, is forming a company that aims to offer hybrid power for aircraft, notably helicopters. The patented technology is called Tetraero, and according to its promoters its main benefit would be in safety.
On an unused corner of James A. Richardson International Airport in Winnipeg, Manitoba, a massive structure has emerged, the newest test cell in GE Aviation’s stable.
Engine MRO specialist Precision Turbines (Booth No. C12944) recently won several contract renewals as a result of its support of customers’ maintenance operations and reliable performance of aircraft in the field.
Turbine-engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce predicted robust growth for the global helicopter market over the next decade at a Heli-Expo press conference yesterday, with total deliveries of more than 16,400 turbine helicopters valued at $146 billion in its 2010 to 2019 forecast horizon. The helicopters will require approximately 26,000 new turbine engines valued at about $12 billion, according to the company.
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.
Twin Commander Aircraft (Booth No. 2639) is introducing two new products at the NBAA Convention: a digital fuel-quantity indicating system and retrofit boots for the control column and rudder pedals. The digital fuel indicator features a digital LCD cockpit display with low fuel warning indicator, a quick-disconnect wiring harness and a remote processor unit.
Honeywell’s small heavy fuel engine (SHFE), in development since 2003, “will change the game for turboshaft engines in the future,” predicted Ron Rich, the company’s director of advanced aerospace technology.
Responding to increased demand for Rolls-Royce Model 250 turbine engine overhaul and repair, Dallas Airmotive has expanded its services and added a pair of regional sales managers.
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