You couldn’t be in a better place than Le Bourget during airshow week to appreciate–if that’s the right word–aircraft noise. Yet a comparison between the takeoff rumble of the newest airliners and the thunderous departures of the latest military models amply demonstrates the progress in noise suppression made by the civil aircraft industry. And this progress continues, aimed at the eventual development of truly silent aircraft.
Raytheon Beech King Air 200, Leonardtown, Md., Oct. 12, 2006–Landing on Runway 29 at St. Mary’s County Regional Airport, King Air N528WG touched down on the main gear in a “firm but normal” landing, approximately 1,200 feet down the runway and within four or five feet of the right of centerline. As soon as the airplane touched down, the landing gear warning horn sounded intermittently for several seconds, and the right wing began to drop.
Eaton (Hall 4 Stand F12) has been selected by Embraer to provide five packages for Embraer’s Phenom 100 very light jet. These include the hydraulic power generation package, design of the aircraft’s flap system and landing gear control hydraulic components. It will also supply miscellaneous cockpit controls including the throttle, landing gear and flap selectors.
Landing gear maker Messier-Bugatti hosted the launch meeting for the distributed and redundant electrical nose gear steering system (DRESS) project on June 26 and 27 at its corporate headquarters in Vélizy-Villacoublay, near Paris.
Messier-Bugatti (Hall 4 Stand B12) is scheduled to deliver the first complete braking system for the Boeing 787-8 airliner by December. The first all-electric brakes on a civil aircraft promises a weight savings and improved performance as well as maintenance ease and added safety. To support 787 production, the French company has established a workshop in Seattle within close proximity to the big airframer.
Crane Aerospace & Electronics (Hall 4 Stand G20) has been selected to supply power conditioning modules for the Boeing 787 airliner as part of the common core system (CCS) being developed by Smiths Aerospace. The modules (four on each aircraft) provide isolation, conditioning and regulation of the power system for the CCS, which is an integrated avionics system that centralizes computer functions for the aircraft.
Embraer has selected Eaton Corp. to design, develop and manufacture secondary power distribution units and cockpit control panels for the Phenom 100 very light jet. Eaton has already won contracts for the Phenom’s hydraulic power-generation package, flap and landing gear control hydraulic components, throttle quadrant, landing gear control level and flap selector control lever.
Cessna 525 CitationJet, Murfreesboro, Tenn., May 16, 2006–The NTSB blamed the CitationJet accident on the pilot’s failure to maintain directional control
while landing on a wet runway.
Learjet 25B, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Dec. 20, 2004–The NTSB blamed the accident on loss of directional control due to the failure of the nosegear strut seal, which prevented the gear from centering. It also mentioned as a factor the berm with which the airplane collided.
Raytheon Premier I, Rockland, Maine, Sept. 14, 2005–The landing gear of the Premier I, registered to JIK, of Mission Lakes, Wilmington, Del., collapsed into the right wing during a hard landing at Rockland. No injuries were reported.