Aviall, the aftermarket supply-chain management services company, has announced agreements with Rolls-Royce and Keystone Helicopter to support select military and civilian helicopters. The company has renewed its contractor logistics support agreement with Rolls for five years to support the Model 250-C30R/3 engines in the Army’s Bell OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopters.
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.
Composite Technology, Inc. (CTI) is investing assets in the helicopter market to broaden its Canadian service footprint.
Over the past 18 months, Jet-Care International has witnessed a dramatic upturn in its helicopter engine condition program as manufacturers and operators see the potential to diagnose a problem before it becomes an expensive maintenance issue.
Last year, representatives for Aero Products Component Services (Booth No. 1223) realized that the company was running out of warehouse and overhaul space. That’s not necessarily bad news, and the helicopter support company has since expanded with a 10,500-sq-ft addition at its Tempe, Ariz. corporate headquarters.
A fleet totaling 600 helicopters equipped with dual tailboom strakes from BLR Aerospace has reached the one-million flight-hour milestone, all the while earning accolades from operators, according to the Everett, Wash. company, which manufacturers aerodynamic enhancements.
Air Comm Corp. (ACC) is displaying its new air-conditioning system for the Eurocopter EC 145 in Booth No. 1846. The system has dual cockpit evaporators and a dedicated cabin evaporator with an electrical load of 31 amps.
Tempe, Ariz. manufacturer Van Horn Aviation is showing two new Bell UH-1 Huey products, an all-composite tail-rotor blade and a competitively priced main rotor blade. Owner Jim Van Horn said the tail-rotor blade that is currently undergoing certification is 90-percent carbon fiber and 10-percent fiberglass and uses a Boeing VR7 airfoil with 30 percent longer chord for increased thrust.
Borrowing from its established Custom Build Standard for Rolls-Royce Allison 250 engines, Standard Aero (Booth No. 3621) has introduced its new Optimum Build Standard for all engines and modules processed at its facilities.
The U.S. Coast Guard and Eurocopter Mexico are just two of the clients worldwide for whom Jet-Care International (Booth No. 1859) provides oil and debris analysis for turbine engines and gearboxes. Today, Jet-Care monitors the health of more than 13,000 engines, in more than 72 countries, seven days a week, 24 hours a day.
Helicopters are expensive because the components that make up a helicopter are costly. But when it comes to replacing some components there are alternatives that can ease the financial pain. Bearing Inspection (Booth No. 1397) is here to explain to helicopter operators how they can save money on the replacement of expensive high-precision helicopter bearings, especially those used in rotorcraft transmissions.