Crane Aerospace of Lynnwood, Wash., is developing an aircraft version of a handheld remote tire-pressure indicator that Goodyear developed for automobiles. SmartStem consists of a handheld digital readout device and a tiny, wireless pressure/temperature sensor embedded in the tire’s inflation valve or mounted on the wheels. The user aims the handheld unit at the sensor to obtain a readout of the air pressure, according to Crane.
Maintenance and Modifications
News and issues about aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO), covering all segments of the aviation industry; and modifications for aircraft and engines. Subjects include product support of aircraft, engines and avionics, MRO company mergers, acquisitions, announcements and personnel, Airworthiness Directives, Supplemental Type Certificate approvals and other topics.
Duncan Aviation has introduced an aircraft interior refurb program known as “Arkitektuair,” the result of a three-year study and the implementation of new technology, machining and efficiency processes. A computerized numeric-controlled cutting machine allows production of components at tighter tolerances and reproduction of the pieces quickly and easily using electronic “templates,” according to officials.
Fly BN will handle maintenance, overhauls and repairs for the Islander and Defender turboprop and piston models. It is committed to speeding up turnaround times, according to Fly BN officials. More than 1,200 Britten-Norman aircraft are in service throughout some 120 countries. Both the manufacturer and the new support division are headquartered at Bembridge on the Isle of Wight.
A Cessna 182 recently flew from Daytona Beach, Fla., to Carlsbad, Calif, running on jet-A. The aircraft is powered by an SMA SR305-230 turbodiesel piston engine, reported AOPA. The 230-hp engine was tested at 100-percent power for the entire flight and showed a 40-percent increase in range over a regular avgas-fueled 182, according to Riley Aero International, the Carlsbad company that is developing the conversion.
Extex, the Mesa, Ariz. manufacturer of aftermarket turbine engine parts, has launched a campaign to proclaim its non-involvement with an alleged helicopter parts theft scheme that will land one of the company’s three founders (who left the company in 1999) and two former part-time contractors in court next month. The defendants are facing 38 felony counts relating to the theft and resale of Boeing and MD Helicopter parts.
Boeing Business Jets are included in a new AD that expands the provisions of an August 30 emergency AD concerning possible exposed wires in fuel pumps that, in combination with a volatile air/fuel vapor mix in a partially filled fuel tank, could cause an explosion.
Politically, the European Union had to replace the controversial hush-kit regulation to avoid continuation of the U.S./EU dispute as per Article 84 of the ICAO Convention before this April 1. The EU’s recent adoption of the new directive on airport operating restrictions officially ended the so-called hush-kit war.
D&D Design of West Milford, N.J., is marketing an FAA-approved kit for alerting Gulfstream IV operators of an insufficient air supply required to inflate the seals around the main door, baggage door and cargo door. The system is designed to alert the crew through a warning light in the Eicas or annunciator panel.
Fall 2001 may not have been the most auspicious time to launch a new business strategy, but for Elliott Aviation its ambitious business plan for the next half-decade is showing signs of success, despite a faltering economy and the impact of September 11 on business aviation.
Honeywell signed a contract with West Star Aviation of Grand Junction, Colo., to develop an RVSM equipment package for the Learjet 30 series. The package, scheduled to be available for installation early next year, includes Honeywell’s AZ-252 advanced air data computer, AM-250 barometric altimeter/airdata computer, BA-250 altimeter display and altitude alerter control.