France-based engine manufacturer Snecma has started ground-testing the core engine demonstrator of its Silvercrest turbofan design. At the company’s Villaroche facilities near Paris, the $100 million demonstration effort is expected to pave the way for full-scale development. The 9,500- to 12,000-pound-thrust engine is targeted mainly at super-midsize to large business jets. Snecma is hoping to launch the program by the middle of the year.
Since reopening its FBO at Sydney International Airport, Australia, early last year, Hawker Pacific Flight Centre’s business has expanded significantly. The company credits its strong relationships with flight-planning organizations Jeppesen, Air Routing and Base Ops for fueling its growth. Hawker Pacific completed a half-million-dollar refurbishment of the passenger terminal in April that includes:
There are many ways to gain access to information about airports and the services available there. Ac-U-Kwik’s printed pilot guides– and later its Web site–have traditionally been considered among the best. Now the company has refined and expanded its Web site (www.acukwik.com). Not only has more information been added, but now Ac-U-Kwik has sharpened its focus on international operations.
Raytheon Aircraft has chosen Avtrak to provide aircraft maintenance and compliance tracking technology for its Web-based factory aircraft comprehensive tracking system (Facts), which supports both Beechcraft and Hawker customers.
Duncan Aviation’s Lincoln, Neb. facility has entered into an agreement with Raytheon Aircraft to be the exclusive agent for Raytheon Aircraft parts, inventory and distribution (Rapid) to repair, overhaul, test and provide inventory logistics in support of the Rapid rotables program for Hawker landing gear. The agreement covers the Hawker 1A through 700, 800, 800XP and 1000.
Raytheon Aircraft has awarded Montreal’s Innotech Aviation Gold Bar status for service center excellence for Hawkers and King Airs. The award recognizes superior achievement in four major areas of product support: spares availability, tools and tooling, training and library currency. Innotech achieved an overall rating of 95 percent
in each area.
Rapid (Raytheon Aircraft parts inventory and distribution) has launched the largest parts price-reduction campaign in the company’s history. The prices of some 10,000 parts will be reduced, some by more than 50 percent. Customers can view part price updates at www.raytheonaircraftparts.com.
Hydrogenics, a Toronto design and manufacturing firm, has won a contract to supply 65-kilowatt hydrogen fuel cells for aircraft tow tractors. The contract is from the U.S. Department of Defense Fuel Cell Test and Evaluation Center, operated by Concurrent Technologies (CTC). The Hydrogenics fuel cell module will be mated to a CTC aircraft tug to be used in demonstrations at air force bases and civilian airports in conjunction with the U.S.
Erickson Air-Crane is giving its star heavy lifter, the S-64 Aircrane, a makeover. The company is gradually retrofitting the 19 aircraft in its fleet with new-generation cockpit displays, attitude/heading reference systems (AHRS) and three-axis autopilots.
With more exhibitor space reserved at this stage than ever before, the 11th biennial Helitech, due to take place at England’s historic Imperial War Museum in Duxford next September 27 to 29, could soon be a sellout.