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.
Ontario, Canada-based aerospace structural, landing gear and engine components manufacturer Noranco sealed a five-year deal with Goodrich’s landing gear business this week at the Farnborough Airshow. The agreement calls for Noranco to supply Goodrich with complex titanium landing gear components for the Airbus A380.
Mecaer Aviation is to design and manufacture the landing gear system for Bell Helicopters’s new 525 Relentless twin. The Italian company, which already provides landing gear for the existing 429 model, will be responsible for engineering, system integration, and the production of a complete ‘bolt-on’ system, comprising nose and main gears, electro-mechanical actuation, the braking system, wheels, tires and control panel. Mecaer also provides landing gear for AgustaWestland.
Constant Aviation has opened a new landing-gear repair and overhaul facility at its Birmingham, Ala. location. The facility will begin servicing Beechjet 400A/XP landing gear and expand to include the Embraer Legacy 600 and Hawker 800A/XP in the coming months.
Efforts to reduce the thousands of gallons of jet fuel now being burned each year just to move aircraft to and from runways are very much in evidence at the 2012 Farnborough International airshow. No fewer than four new products vying for the attention of airline and airport managements, including efforts by Israel Aircraft Industries (IAI), L-3, Safran/Honeywell and WheelTug, and they each have taken a different approach.
Tactair Fluid Controls is developing a new electromechanical uplock system for doors and landing gears. Compared with traditional mechanical systems, the new uplock offers airframe manufacturers an opportunity to introduce significant weight-savings as well as design flexibility.
Italy’s Mecaer Aviation Group (MAG) has become the exclusive tier-one supplier to Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) for the complete landing system for Hurkus, Turkey’s new primary and basic trainer aircraft. MAG will be responsible for engineering system integration, hydraulic steering system hydraulic actuation, braking system, brakes, tires and landing gear cockpit controls for the tandem-configured Hurkus.