Bombardier relies heavily on a new factory in Belfast, Northern Ireland, run by its Short Brothers subsidiary for CSeries wing production. Built with the help of £60 million ($90 million) from the UK government, the 600,000-sq-ft plant on the northwest side of Belfast City Airport’s runway specializes in new resin transfer infusion (RTI) fabrication techniques refined at other Bombardier plants in the region, in Dunmurry and Newtownabbey.
Duncan Aviation Lincoln’s nondestructive testing (NDT) team has added weekend shift coverage to help meet shorter turn-time demands while enhancing customer service. “We needed to add a weekend shift to serve our internal and external customers better and meet the shorter turn times they were requesting,” said Marty Lincoln, Duncan Aviation’s accessories manager. The addition calls for both new hires and the repositioning of existing team members.
The FAA is proposing to supersede an existing airworthiness directive for the Agusta A109E that requires reducing the tail rotor (T/R) blade life limit, modifying a T/R hub and grip assembly, re-identifying two T/R assemblies, clarifying the never-exceed speed (Vne) limitation and reducing the inspection interval. The OEM has since redesigned a T/R grip bushing that reduces the loads, which caused cracking on the T/R blades.
Bowman Plating, a chemical processing company located in Compton, Calif., was sentenced in U.S. District Court, Los Angeles, for providing false statements related to the chemical processing of aircraft parts sold to commercial aviation companies and to the Department of Defense. Bowman was ordered to pay a fine of $500,000, a special assessment of $1,200, and to serve three years of probation.
The ever-increasing use of composites in aerospace has given rise to technological advances not only in aerodynamics but in so-called green disciplines. Engineers have studied different processes for decades, and recycled composites from Boeing 787s have already found their way onto recreational products such as kayak paddles.
Reaction to the collapse of negotiations between Hawker Beechcraft and Superior Aviation Beijing seems to be less that of surprise and more about the inevitability of the dead end the two companies reached.
The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive for all Agusta A109S and AW109SP helicopters. A fatigue crack found in the left elevator assembly along the riveting of the upper skin to the fourth rib on an Agusta A109S prompted the AD. The airworthiness directive requirements are designed to detect a crack that could lead to a failure of the elevator, reduced maneuverability of the helicopter, and subsequent loss of control of the helicopter.
PPG Aerospace is introducing new materials for improved aircraft windshields and windows.
Commuting practices among airline pilots could potentially contribute to fatigue, and because fatigue can reduce performance, pilots, airlines and the FAA should take steps to reduce the likelihood that commuting will pose a safety risk, according to a new report produced by the National Research Council (NRC).
Some days I feel like Richard Clarke the fateful summer before the tragedy of 9/11, when his hair was all on fire as his warnings about the mounting threats by Al Qaeda against the U.S. fell on deaf ears. We all know how that turned out.