Inlet-barrier filtration (IBF) supplier FDC/aerofilter (Booth No. 537) yesterday announced that its filtration system for the dual-hydraulic Eurocopter AS 350B3 has been granted FAA STC approval. Eurocopter adapted the cowling from the EC 130B4 for the dual-hydraulic AS 350B3, so FDC likewise adapted the company’s approved EC 130 filtration system and cowling interface to the aircraft.
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.
Ranger Aerospace & Aeronautics subsidiary Integrated Flight Systems (IFS) is moving from Reno, Nev., to Hangar 4 North at Meacham Field in Fort Worth, Texas. The move brings IFS closer to Ranger Aerospace facilities at Meacham and nearby Irving, Texas. IFS designs and
GKN Aerospace (Booth No. 4123) has a better idea, and it floats. The UK-based company has created a new helicopter emergency flotation system that it says offers a 50-percent saving in volume and a 25-percent weight reduction. It is an adaptation of technology applied in European Space Agency programs and uses cool gas generator (CGG) technology.
Soloy has received the 100th LTS101 turboshaft from Honeywell for the Olympia, Wash. company’s Eurocopter AS 350 engine conversion program. Soloy Aviation Solutions and Honeywell inked a pact for AStar AS 350BA and AS 350B2 re-
engining in 2004.
During a technical briefing held yesterday at Heli-Expo, Eurocopter encouraged EC 135 operators to keep a close eye on their helicopters’ main transmission gearbox. The European helicopter manufacturer, along with transmission supplier ZF Luftfahrttechnik of Flugplatzstrasse, Germany (Booth No. 4349), is taking a proactive approach to prevent spalling or tooth breakage of the input drive gears.
California firm Vishay Intertechnology (Booth No. 1914) has introduced a wireless aircraft-weighing system that can be used for monitoring center of gravity, performing weight checks after an airframe repair and providing weight calculations for the purpose of design-proving.
Standard Aero (Booth No. 4621) is now offering a Rolls-Royce-approved repair procedure for the Model 250 Series II first-stage Mar-M nozzles and Series IV second-stage turbine nozzles. The company also announced a new modification for Roll-Royce 250 Series III and IV air/oil separator gears.
Accessories make an outfit. They also make a helicopter, or at least they make it better. That’s the theory with which Jeff Shapiro launched Dart Helicopter Services (Booth No. 2263) in 2005, and it has apparently been a successful one.
PHI has partnered with Aviall in an effort to improve the Lafayette, La. helicopter operator’s parts supply-chain management. PHI will use Aviall’s Web Services online tools to communicate with suppliers, eliminating paperwork and costs, the companies said. Aviall is a Dallas- based aviation parts distributor that offers products from 225 OEMs.
Flight testing of BLR Aerospace’s Bell 212 FastFin modification has demonstrated improved performance that will allow the 212 to carry more weight to higher altitudes than standard 212s, according to BLR. The Everett, Wash. company conducted the flight tests at the 9,927-foot airport in Leadville, Colo., late last year.