Pilatus has selected Tactair Fluid Controls (Hall 3A 117A) to supply brake master cylinders for the Pilatus PC-24 twinjet. Tactair has also been selected by Mecaer Aviation Group for the brake master cylinder control system, which includes master cylinders, parking brake valve and reservoir for integration into the Bell 525 Relentless helicopter retractable landing gear. Tactair has also delivered flight test hardware to support the Embraer Legacy 500 and 450 landing gear.
Duncan Aviation addresses the common questions and concerns regarding Challenger and Global Express landing gear work in its new field guide, Caring for an Aircraft’s Legs: Explaining Bombardier Challenger and Global Express Landing Gear Restoration Uncertainties. “We are constantly asked about timetables, pricing, what to expect, what the customer needs to provide and how we determine whether to repair or replace a part or the entire gear.
A proposed Learjet 60 airworthiness directive
Mecaer Aviation Group has been selected by Eurocopter to design and manufacture the landing gear shock absorbers for the new-generation X4 helicopter. The company is responsible for the design, engineering, certification, production and after-sales support of the landing gears, and will provide to Eurocopter the absorbers for the nose landing gear and the two main landing gears, in addition to the nose landing gear electrical wheel lock actuator.
BBA Aviation continues to advance its available helicopter services. Here at Heli-Expo ‘13 the company unveiled a new website for its International Governor Services unit, which features its various services including maintenance, repair, overhaul and exchange of engine control products such as fuel controls, torque limiters and power turbine governors for Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6T (Twin Pac) and Rolls-Royce M250 engines.
Constant Aviation has relocated and expanded its accessory facility and capabilities. “The decision to relocate our landing-gear facility from the Birmingham location to the Cleveland location was made in part to leverage the efficiencies of the larger accessory facility and the capability of future growth. The new 20,000-sq-ft facility will allow us to expand into the service and repair of additional airframe landing gear and accessories. We have already begun the process of purchasing core gear units for our other niche aircraft,” said Stephen Maiden, president of Constant Aviation.
As a component and subsystem player in the fluid power and motion control market Tactair Fluid Controls (Booth No. 1510) is in a unique position to view the state of the aerospace industry. Tactair has a contract from Sumitomo Precision Products to design and manufacture the complete hydraulic package for the landing gear extension and retraction and steering control systems for the Mitsubishi MRJ.
The FAA is proposing an Airworthiness Directive for the Eurocopter AS332C, AS332L and AS332L1. It is based on reports of electro-valve power supply disruptions while the helicopter is on the ground. It causes the landing gear to retract and the helicopter nose to drop, resulting in damage to the forward section of the helicopter’s underside. The AD would require modifying the main landing-gear control panel 33G, connector 100G and wiring.
West Star Aviation has acquired a roll-around Challenger 600/601/604/605 landing gear ship set that allows it to reposition aircraft with the gear removed. Dave Krogman, general manager for the Grand Junction, Colo. facility, told AIN, “We can now move the aircraft into the paint shop instead of having it sit on the floor waiting for its gear to be reinstalled. Roll-around gear means decreased downtime during gear swaps and multi-shop events.” West Star Aviation can also perform in-house landing-gear overhaul/repair on the Challenger 300/600/601/604.
West Star Aviation has purchased a roll-around set of landing gear for Hawker-series jets, so that aircraft undergoing landing gear overhauls or repairs can be moved. The roll-around landing gear will help shorten downtime during gear swaps and multi-shop events, according to West Star, which also offers overhauls and repairs for HS125 through Hawker 900XP landing gear. “This roll-around shipset will offer a whole new solution for operators who would like to have their aircraft serviced during a gear restoration,” said Steve Goede, accessories program manager.