Mechanical engineering

July 15, 2014 - 6:40am
Microturbo’s e-APU has now been approved by the U.S. FAA.

Safran subsidiary Microturbo’s new e-APU60 auxiliary power unit received certification from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration last month. It achieved European approval in May last year.

July 14, 2014 - 7:50am
Titanium-aluminide low-pressure turbine blades and proposed cooling arrangements on Rolls-Royce’s proposed future UltraFan engine may owe much to the RB3025 powerplant unsuccessfully offered to power the Boeing 777X. For example, the RB3025 featured a “vortex amplifier” to simplify turbine-blade cooling with HPC air.

New engines planned by Rolls-Royce (R-R) reflect recent powerplant trends, including steadily increasing propulsive efficiency obtained with larger-diameter fans, higher bypass ratios and smaller engine cores. The engines could power updated contemporary widebody platforms, with R-R civil large engines president Eric Schulz confirming “very live” discussions with Airbus. “If it decides to re-engine the A330 or A380, we will be here to provide support,” he said during a pre-show briefing.

July 14, 2014 - 6:25am
Pratt’s envisioned NGRT engine would feature an all-new compressor, a miniaturized version of P&W’s Talon combustor and possibly an eight-blade propeller.

While ATR and Bombardier continue to vacillate over plans to introduce a new 90-seat turboprop, Pratt & Whitney Canada keeps moving forward with a powerplant it believes will deliver a 20-percent fuel burn improvement over existing engines in the 5,000- to 7,000-shp range by the turn of the decade. Dubbed the Next Generation Regional Turboprop (NGRT), the engine would feature an all-new compressor, a miniaturized version of Pratt & Whitney’s patented Talon combustor and (probably) an eight-blade propeller.

July 14, 2014 - 5:15am

Legacy product support specialist Ontic (Hall 1 stand B13) is here at Farnborough 2014 announcing new “extended life solution” contracts, a local stamp of approval for its Singapore maintenance facility and “incredible growth” over the past 12 months, when total annual sales exceeded $30 million.

July 14, 2014 - 1:40am

The technology stakes are high for the GE9X engine that will power Boeing’s new 777X twinjet, but GE Aviation believes its big bet on the weight savings to be delivered by unprecedented use of composites is about to pay off. The U.S. engine maker, which currently holds orders for some 600 of the engines, is leaving nothing to chance and, with more than two years of technology maturation behind it, the company is now stepping up its test program en route to certification in 2018.

July 13, 2014 - 6:00am
Artist’s impression of Bloodhound SSC during a record run. The actual record attempts are planned to take place in South Africa in 2016.  The car is appearing at Farnborough before heading for South Africa.

It is ironic that a Scottish entrepreneur who failed to make a success of two innovative aviation projects has had more success in what many would consider the much riskier world of land-speed record breaking.

A qualified pilot, Richard Noble created ARV Aviation in 1983 to design and build an all-British light aircraft: the Super2, which was powered by a Hewland AE75 three-cylinder two-stroke engine, but only 35 were made before production ceased.

July 3, 2014 - 2:04pm

France-based engine developer Price Induction is taking its DGen 380 turbofan on a U.S. tour this month. Exhibited on a mobile test bed, the 575-pound-thrust powerplant and all of its operating equipment have been mounted on a truck platform for the tour. Next stops are Chicago (July 21), Cleveland (July 24) and University Park, Pa. (July 28).

July 3, 2014 - 10:06am

While 3-D printing applications in aerospace remain limited to relatively small and simple parts, Honeywell engineers believe the technology carries potential in the manufacturing of a critical engine component: turbine vanes.

July 2, 2014 - 12:55pm

Rusada has signed an agreement with Aircraft Maintenance Services Australia for the implementation of the Envision MRO material modules across all of its line maintenance bases in Australia. The company’s Envision software is Camo-compliant, providing key management information and operational process control for operators, original equipment manufacturers, maintenance and repair organizations and service organizations.

June 18, 2014 - 11:15am

The 123 Go program is AV8 MRO’s flat-rate plan that offers operators choices in pricing methods and turn times when having their Hawker landing gear repaired, overhauled or exchanged. Operators who choose to have their landing gear serviced at AV8 MRO can pick the service needed–repair, overhaul or exchange–and then select their preferred pricing method, including actual labor/material cost, time/material cost with “not to exceed amount” or a flat rate.

 
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