Wind power

March 4, 2013 - 2:35am
Magenta hoops on the upper PFD section depict the Xavion-determined flight path. The airports are color-coded, indicating reachable airports.

If your engine or engines suddenly quit, could you glide safely to the end of a runway? If that does happen, an iPad/iPhone app called Xavion can help point the way to a safe landing in any weather.

Xavion is the latest product from X-Plane simulator developer Austin Meyer’s Laminar Research. The company tested Xavion extensively on X-Plane and used the simulations to hone the program’s algorithms. A side benefit is that you can run Xavion on X-Plane to practice before trying it in a real airplane.

October 1, 2012 - 3:42pm

A new turbulence-detection and -avoidance system now operating at Juneau International Airport (JNU) in Alaska is expected to be adapted for additional U.S. airports beginning with those most often affected by dangerously unstable air. Juneau often closes during bouts of significant turbulence to avoid risk to people, cargo and aircraft.

April 11, 2012 - 12:00pm

Goodrich has signed a nacelle services agreement with Lot Polish Airlines for the airline’s fleet of Embraer E195s powered by the GE CF34-10E. The five-year Prime Solutions nacelle services agreement will be managed through Goodrich’s Prestwick Service Center in Scotland, which provides support for Lot Polish Airlines’ growing Embraer fleet. Under the agreement, Goodrich will provide nacelle maintenance, repair and overhaul services for the thrust reversers, inlet cowls and other nacelle components.

April 5, 2012 - 2:40am

Aveillant, a spin-off company from France-based technology engineering specialist Altran, is developing a new radar designed to distinguish between aircraft and the rotating blades of wind turbines, eliminating the potential confusion wind farms could cause in ATC and allowing wind farms to be built closer to airports.

January 31, 2012 - 3:05pm

University of Cambridge Professor Holger Babinsky has created a one-minute video to dispel the myth that an airplane wing generates lift because the airflow moving over the upper surface has a longer distance to travel and “needs to go faster to have the same transit time as the air traveling along the lower, flat surface.” What actually causes lift, he said, “is introducing a shape into the airflow, which curves the streamlines and introduces pressure changes–lower pressure on the upper surface and higher pressure on the lower surface.

October 10, 2011 - 2:25am

Nexcelle (GE Aviation, Booth No. 1833) is developing the nacelles for two new engines from GE Aviation and CFM International, a partnership between GE and Safran for business and commercial aircraft: the GE Passport 20 and the CFM International Leap-X1C.

October 5, 2011 - 12:19pm

Jeff Bonner Research & Development of San Antonio recently delivered the first four nacelle/cowling systems for the Nextant 400XT program by Nextant Aerospace.

July 28, 2011 - 7:30am

The Helitech show, to be held from September 27 to 29 in Duxford, UK, is planning a conference program. Topics covered include offshore wind farm servicing, environmental research and development, safety and police operations.

June 20, 2011 - 8:40pm

Cincinnati, Ohio-based Nexcelle (Hall 2A, A232) is exhibiting what it calls an industry- leading integrated propulsion system here in Paris in the form of afunctional scale model demonstrating elements of its next-generation, engine nacelle configuration.

February 23, 2011 - 4:45am

Supporting the burgeoning development of wind farms is the next big growth opportunity in the offshore helicopter transportation market, according to Eurocopter UK managing director Markus Steinke. He estimates that by 2020 there will be demand for at least 20 helicopters to be flying to and from offshore wind turbines in the UK sector of the North Sea alone.

 
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