Chemistry

March 6, 2013 - 5:35pm
Robinson’s piston helicopters, like this R44, could be running on unleaded avgas in the not-too-distant future.

A day after revealing its intention to obtain approval to operate its R44 and R22 piston engine helicopters on unleaded fuel (see article on page 10), Robinson Helicopter (Booth No. C23) shared its strategy for doing so. CEO Kurt Robinson and engineering vice president Pete Riedl spelled out the steps required and the technical issues involved.

March 6, 2013 - 5:20pm
Oscimax increases the performance of complex bearing systems

New Hampshire Ball Bearings (Booth No. N3304) has taken advantage of the opportunity at Heli-Expo ’13 to introduce its Oscimax self-lubricating liner technology to show attendees. The product, according to the company, increases the performance of complex bearing systems and assemblies such as those found in helicopters.

March 5, 2013 - 7:00pm

The AgustaWestland AW169 represents a new generation of helicopter technology, and the multinational companies that designed and manufactured its innovative thermoplastic composite horizontal tailplane: Fokker Aerostructures (Netherlands), AgustaWestland (Italy), TenCate Advanced Composites (Netherlands) and Ticona (Germany), are being celebrated with the prestigious JEC innovation award, which will be presented at the opening ceremony of the JEC Composites Show, to be held

February 26, 2013 - 3:52pm

Canada-based Diamond Aircraft has again suspended its single-engine D-Jet program and has temporarily laid off the majority of its workforce while it restructures. “Regrettably, we need to suspend activity on the D-Jet program, pending the securing of additional funding,” said Diamond president and CEO Peter Maurer in a press release issued yesterday.

February 15, 2013 - 9:44am

Airbus has decided against using a lithium-ion main ship battery for the A350 XWB following the findings by the U.S. National Transportation Board of short-circuiting and “thermal runaway” in the APU battery that caught fire on January 7 in a Japa

February 11, 2013 - 11:20am

In a February 7 news conference, NTSB chairman Deborah Hersman explained the latest findings on the battery problem that resulted in the grounding of the Boeing 787 fleet three weeks ago.

February 5, 2013 - 3:40pm

EaglePicher Technologies expects to certify a lithium-ion main-ship aircraft battery by year-end, according to Ron Nowlin, vice president and general manager of EaglePicher Aerospace Systems. The battery has been selected for a jet, but Nowlin was unable to reveal the OEM and said he “cannot confirm” news reports “that we are doing any work for Cessna.”

January 21, 2013 - 2:35pm

Since October last year there have been 132 incidents involving battery overheats or fires aboard aircraft, according to the FAA. Until the recent series of Boeing 787 incidents, most fires occurred in cargo containers or personal electronic devices carried in the cabin.

January 17, 2013 - 9:29am

Airlines around the world have grounded their Boeing 787s following the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration’s Wednesday emergency airworthiness directive (AD) that requires United Airlines to stop flying its six Dreamliners until it demonstrates the safety of the airplanes’ batt

December 5, 2012 - 1:40am

Chemical giant BASF is claiming its Basotect open-celled melamine foam is both improving sound insulation and saving weight in the Russian Helicopters Mi-8. Used for an executive cabin refurbishing, it has cut interior noise from 85 to 80 dB. It has also saved 530 pounds, compared with the previous insulation arrangement. The special foam is affixed to “selected noise-intensive points,” at a thickness of 40 mm.

 
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