Bell Helicopter will be unveiling its Model 429 light twin with wheeled landing gear on Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. at the NBAA Convention in Las Vegas (Booth No. C9343). Compared to the $5.8 million standard skidded variant, the $6.17 million Bell 429WLG has a top speed of 152 knots, about five knots faster. The retractable gear and sponsons does add approximately 250 pounds, but range actually increases by 1 nm to 412 nm.
Hartzell Propeller received FAA and EASA type certificate approval for an advanced swept airfoil structural composite five-blade propeller for the TBM 700 and 850. The new design, specifically engineered for the TBM turboprop single, delivers quicker takeoff acceleration, higher cruise speeds and better climb, along with less noise.
Ontic (Hall 5 B219) has signed a license agreement with Tempe, Arizona-based Curtiss-Wright Controls to further expand its electronic and electro-mechanical portfolio–including landing gear levers, tiller modules, pilot LED checklists, flight control surface indicators, rudder trim switches and push-to-talk switches. These products will be moved to Ontic’s manufacturing facilities in Chatsworth, California and Cheltenham, UK.
Twin Commander Aircraft has developed a pressurization leak kit for rudder-pedal horns. Leaks in the boots that enclose the rudder-pedal horns can result in a noticeable loss of pressure differential, meaning a higher cabin altitude at cruise. Twin Commander’s new rudder-pedal seal kit includes a plug for the rudder-pedal horns/brake valve arms and improved boots that help preserve cabin pressurization.
GE Aviation Systems is looking to rename its integrated vehicle health monitoring system now that it is ready to see it enter service. The product has a launch application on an undisclosed business jet and is also being evaluated by prospective airline clients. “This turns unscheduled events into scheduled events and could save roughly $8 billion for the industry,” said president and CEO Lynn Bolsinger.
A new (March 21) airworthiness directive (AD) for the Cessna 560XL was prompted by reports of jammed or stiff rudder control due to water freezing on the rudder bias cables and pulleys in the tailcone. The directive requires modification of the drain installation of the tailcone stinger on the aft canted bulkhead, inspections for drain holes in the forward and aft frames, and modification of the drain holes.
The FAA published a new AD on March 21st for the Cessna Citation 560XL. The AD was prompted by reports of jammed or stiff rudder actuation after water froze on the rudder bias cables and pulleys in the tail cone at high altitude.
“Birdbrain…” It’s more an insult to our feathered brethren than to the human deemed short on intellect.
Pelzer Consult has its own solution to cabin noise in the form of new “closed sandwich” trim tab technology. Conventional trim panels, said the Swiss acoustic products supplier, create an undesired loudspeaker effect.
Hartzell Propeller has received an FAA type certificate for its new advanced-composite ASC-II four-blade propeller. It is the company’s first
ASC-II propeller developed for turboprop aircraft.
Hartzell developed its first composite blade in 1978 principally out of aramid fiber. According to the company, it was the first composite propeller ever certified by the FAA.
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