Sikorsky is developing a next-generation main gearbox (MGB) with enhanced lubrication capabilities with built-in redundancy systems such as chip detectors and oil scavenge systems, according to Spencer Elani, Sikorsky’s S-92 program manager. “We are continuing to make a lot of improvements to the current gearbox, and to automate some of the features,” Elani said.
Aviation International News » November 2011
At the ERA annual conference in September, SuperJet International CEO Carlo Logli reported a dispatch reliability rate of 96 to 97 percent recorded by SSJ100 launch customers Armavia and Aeroflot.
Much of the discussion of the United Technologies (UTC) planned $18.4 billion acquisition of Goodrich has focused on the companies’ combined content on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and future prospects in the airliner industry.
Equipment manufacturer Sagem, which is developing the fly-by-wire (FBW) controls that will be installed on the Eurocopter X4 medium twin, is pledging they will improve safety, reduce pilot workload and enhance flying precision.
Helicopter operators and manufacturers are seeing offshore wind turbine maintenance as the next growth opportunity, as wind farms are developing quickly around Northern Europe countries.
StarPort, an Orlando Sanford International Airport FBO known for its avionics capability, has teamed with Rotortech Services. Under the terms of the agreement, StarPort will establish an avionics repair and installation shop at Rotortech Services’s helicopter service center at Palm Beach International Airport.
Sikorsky is to cut 540 jobs–about 3 percent of its global workforce–in the U.S. and Poland, the company said late in September, citing as the reasons, “U.S. and international economies and their impact on customers.”
The British Isles, Eurocopter’s first market for civil helicopters, presents significant opportunity for the helicopter manufacturer, according to Eurocopter UK managing director Markus Steinke.
Dodson International recently acquired the only Falcon 900 in the world currently being dismantled for parts and spares.” This aircraft was the one that Dassault used for its 900EX EASy brochure. She was a beauty until she got crushed at Dulles during the snowstorm.
During the China Helicopter Exposition in Tianjin, Turbomeca announced its Arriel 2B1A engine is to power the Avicopter AC311.