Pronal, one of Europe’s major manufacturers of bladder tanks designed to store and transport liquids, has developed new elastomer materials for use in manufacturing its onboard fuel tanks for civil and military aircraft, including helicopters.
Turbomeca’s high-altitude Ardiden gas turbine has made its first run in southwestern France. The company configured the prototype as a pure jet engine but was installing a drive shaft with a view to further tests at press time. First flight is planned for July next year, with EASA certification due in December.
Former Comair flight attendant (FA) Gilbert Knops has filed suit against the airline, claiming his ethnic appearance and anti-war sentiment bred suspicion of an involvement in terrorism that led to his firing. According to the suit, a coworker reported him for showing her a sticker ridiculing “support the troops” car magnets and a cartoon lampooning President George W. Bush.
Twenty Japanese offices and homes were raided late last month by more than 200 investigators on suspicion that Yamaha was attempting to unlawfully export its R-Max unmanned helicopters to China.
Eurocopter EC 135P1, Washington, D.C., May 30, 2006–The MedStar Eurocopter made two approaches to the upper landing pad at the Washington Hospital Center and was maneuvering for an approach to the lower landing pad when it crashed on the grounds of the U.S. Armed Forces Retirement Home. The pilot had called “Mayday.” The pilot, a paramedic and a flight nurse were injured.