McKinney Aerospace has been designated an authorized GE service center for engine work. Located on Collin County Regional Airport in McKinney, Texas, the company now has the capacity to perform in-house inspections on GE’s CF34, which powers the Challenger 601 and 604.
Aviation International News » November 2005
Perhaps because it takes place only every two years, Helitech is always keenly anticipated by Europeans and they are rarely disappointed. During the huge international airshows–Farnborough, Paris and Singapore, for example–rotary folk are constantly reminded that the world revolves around airlines and jet fighters, while they operate in a niche market.
Eurocopter has flown an experimental BK 117 fitted with a prototype electrical blade-flap rotor control system. The system, consisting of three flap “modules” containing piezo-ceramic actuators positioned along the trailing edge of each blade, is designed to reduce the noise (“blade slap”) and vibration during a helicopter’s descent.
HAI has appointed Matthew Zuccaro, right, as its president, to succeed Roy Resavage, who will retire at the end of a handover period. Zuccaro–who takes the reins on November 1–joins the association from his own consultancy firm.
A $4.7 million European Union project could reduce the number of fatalities in helicopter accidents. Dr. Mike Blundell, a senior lecturer at England’s Coventry University, is working with 11 European partners on HeliSafe–an advanced crash-protection system that will involve a common approach to designing safety features such as seats and seat mountings, harnesses and airbags.
EADS and DRS Technologies have agreed to collaborate on production and marketing of the Hellas laser-based obstacle warning system in the U.S. Hellas is said to offer “unprecedented protection” for helicopters against difficult-to-detect obstacles such as power lines.
Robinson now offers air conditioning in the R44 Raven II. Each seat is equipped with an individual overhead vent providing a total airflow of 250 cubic feet per minute. The 33-pound system, mounted on the aft cabin bulkhead and thus preserving all four baggage compartments, uses the latest automotive refrigerant and has a cooling capacity of 12,000 BTU per hour.
Russia’s UTair Airlines plans to begin offshore services in India by year-end, as part of a contract with Gazprom subsidiary Zarubezhneftegaz. A spokesman for the airline said that over-water flights would be a new departure for the company. “The contract is part of a program to develop our business outside Russia.”
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.
European regional airlines are concerned that a regulatory void could develop as oversight responsibilities pass to a new authority, and they have joined with other industry groups to seek assurance that won’t happen.