Helicopter engine manufacturer Turbomeca announced that the Ardiden 3C/WZ16, which was jointly developed with China’s Avic Engine, made its first run at the French firm’s test facility in Bordes in southwest France. The successful ground test confirmed the turboshaft engine’s aeromechanical behavior and performance, according to Turbomeca.
Lyon, France-based fuel-leak repair specialist Sunaero (also known as Aerowing in the U.S.) is offering its services to the helicopter industry, pledging significant time savings over conventional detection and repair methods.
Increasingly complex fuel-tank shapes have raised new challenges, Sunaero vice president Thierry Regond told AIN. Small but serious leaks, whether they originate from vibration wear or manufacturing defects, are difficult to locate and can force missions to be scrubbed, as one European country’s police force recently discovered, Regond said.
This month UTC Aerospace Systems will complete deliveries of new brakes and wheels for the U.S. Air Force’s entire Lockheed Martin C-130 Hercules fleet. The brakes replace the original equipment, offering significant performance improvements, enhanced maintainability and reduced life-cycle costs. Compared to the original steel brakes, the new brakes cool much quicker, resulting in reduced time on the ground in “hot” landing zones.
EADS has an ongoing partnership with Siemens and Diamond Aircraft on serial hybrid propulsion. The three companies announced the first flight, in June near Vienna, Austria, of a DA36 E-Star 2 motorglider, the propeller of which was driven by an electric motor. The batteries were recharged in-flight via a small Wankel-type engine.
Separately, the European group is already developing the E-Fan, an electric two-seater for pilot training.
EADS has set itself an ambitious target for its E-Thrust hybrid propulsion concept, a joint effort with British engine maker Rolls-Royce that went relatively unnoticed when it was revealed at the Paris Air Show in June. The E-Airbus, under its new moniker, is to enter into service in 2030 as a 100-seat regional aircraft.
A cargo loader beneath a Moroccan Boeing 767 caught fire November 5 shortly after the aircraft’s arrival at Montreal Pierre Trudeau International Airport last week. Ground crews had just begun unloading passenger bags when a conveyor belt pushed against the aircraft’s cargo door overheated, igniting the blaze. Two of the 250 passengers aboard were treated for smoke inhalation while five others were transported to hospital with varying injuries. A phone camera video recorded some of the efforts to evacuate passengers.
Duncan Aviation has selected Houston-based AV8 MRO as its preferred provider for the repair and overhaul of all Hawker landing gear.
“This agreement allows Duncan Aviation to take advantage of our complete in-house repair and overhaul capabilities, while also giving them the opportunity to offer an overhaul exchange program to their customers,” said Yoel Arnoni, one of the MRO’s principals.
Dassault Aviation’s long-awaited unveiling of the Falcon 5X large-cabin, long-range business jet is being accompanied by a number of Falcon 5X supplier announcements.
French engine manufacturer Snecma has been selected as the sole powerplant supplier for the new Dassault Falcon 5X, which was unveiled earlier this week here in Las Vegas. The new Silvercrest turbofan, rated at 11,450 pounds of thrust at takeoff and with a thrust-to-weight ratio of five, is expected to be certified in 2015. It will be the culmination of a 10-year effort, as Snecma began considering designing its first business jet engine in 2005.
At this year’s NBAA convention, ITT Cannon (Booth No. N314) is featuring its range of interconnect technologies, which are designed to reduce total cost of ownership and to increase bandwidth capacity for aviation applications.
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