The AgustaWestland AW169 represents a new generation of helicopter technology, and the multinational companies that designed and manufactured its innovative thermoplastic composite horizontal tailplane: Fokker Aerostructures (Netherlands), AgustaWestland (Italy), TenCate Advanced Composites (Netherlands) and Ticona (Germany), are being celebrated with the prestigious JEC innovation award, which will be presented at the opening ceremony of the JEC Composites Show, to be held
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.
Composite material specialist Cytec Engineered Products (Chalet C4-5) has two factory expansion projects under way. The company is also here at the Farnborough International Airshow discussing a new process that combines low-cost manufacturing and the ability to produce primary structure components.
According to an industry source, Piaggio will announce more improvements for the P.180 Avanti twin turboprop before year-end. While the source wouldn’t discuss more details, one of the most obvious areas that Piaggio has yet to address is the Avanti’s unmistakable whine, which has led to its being the only modern turboprop banned under noise restrictions at Santa Monica (Calif.) Airport.
Louis Martin wants his company, Technical Composites Corp., to “seek its own level in the industry,” as a distinct and growing brand, though still connected in service philosophy and ownership to Lou Martin & Associates, his composite business. Martin is discussing the capabilities of both brands from his booth (No. 4281), as well as marking his 30th year in service.
It started out as a small, Griffin, Ga.-based repair station specializing in fiberglass aircraft such as the Cirrus but quickly expanded into carbon fiber and Kevlar. Atlanta Aerospace Composites continues to expand rapidly, adding comprehensive sheet metal repairs to its list of services.