Aerodynamics

October 18, 2014 - 10:40am
Fuel analysis

Engine condition trend monitoring specialist Jet-Care is making its gas path analysis (GPA) available to operators of Pratt & Whitney Canada’s PT6 turboprop engines. The process detects deterioration and faults in the engine core by analyzing key flight data parameters, including fuel flow, shaft speeds and gas temperatures.

In tandem with the GPA service, Jet-Care also offers an array of laboratory services; analyzing oil, chips, filter debris, fuel and hydraulic fluids. These help to provide a fuller picture of an engine’s condition (see below).

October 7, 2014 - 1:50pm

Garmin’s angle of attack (AOA) system for general aviation aircraft is now shipping after recently receiving FAA approval. The system includes the GI 260 AOA indicator, GAP 26 angle of attack probe and GSU 25 air data computer, which combine to display safety-enhancing AOA and audible alerts throughout critical phases of flight. Price for the system starts at $1,499, and customers can choose from a variety of packages that accommodate 14V and 28V aircraft.

September 30, 2014 - 3:10pm

Granite Aviation opened its FBO at Sandpoint (Idaho) Airport. The company’s new $1.6 million facility features a 3,700-sq-ft private air terminal, 7,000-sq-ft hangar, four aircraft refueling trucks, de-icer truck and recently constructed 171,000-sq-ft ramp. The facility offers fueling, maintenance, storage and ground transportation. Other aerospace companies on the field include business jet winglet manufacturer Tamarack Aerospace, Quest Aircraft and Timberline Helicopters.

September 25, 2014 - 3:21pm

Airbus Brazilian subsidiary Helibras recently held its second “Operational Safety Days,” filling São Paulo’s Anhembi Morumbi University auditorium to its 300-seat capacity. “We’ll need a bigger place next year,” Helibras safety manager Antonio Modesto told AIN, describing the helicopter safety event as “the realization of a personal dream” with full company support.

August 20, 2014 - 10:50am

The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive for the Bombardier CL-600-1A11. It requires revising the airplane flight manual to prohibit thrust reverser operation. The AD also calls for repetitive detailed inspections of both engine thrust reversers for cracks and modifying them if necessary. Modifying the thrust reversers is also an optional terminating action for the repetitive inspections.

August 12, 2014 - 9:00am

United Turbine Parts (UTP) lays claim to being the world’s leading independent supplier of Pratt & Whitney Canada PW100 and PT6 engines and components. With Latin America having a growing fleet of aircraft powered by these turbine engines, the region is an important growth market for the U.S. company.

August 7, 2014 - 12:43pm
Airbus C295

Airbus Defence & Space announced a repeat order from Egypt for eight more C295 transports, and one from Brazil for three C295s configured for search-and-rescue. The company will be offering C295s with a winglet option beginning next year, although it did not say whether the newly ordered aircraft would be so configured. Airbus has received orders from 19 countries for more than 140 C295s.

August 4, 2014 - 4:10pm

The General Aviation Joint Steering Committee Safety Assessment Team (SAT) is recommending the use of angle-of-attack indicators for general aviation aircraft. The recommendation emerged from a recently completed study of 2,472 accidents that occurred between 2001 and 2010. The SAT determined that the use of AoA-based systems by the GA community is an effective method for reducing loss-of-control accidents in the approach and landing phase of flight.

July 27, 2014 - 1:00pm
SafeFlight AoA sensor

Safe Flight invented the stall warning horn in 1946, and refined the concept with its “lift transducer” beginning in 1953. Now the company is at EAA AirVenture 2014 with a new product–the SCx Leading Edge AoA (angle of attack) indicator. It’s priced to be competitive with other AoA indicators, especially considering its $200 show discount. AirVenture buyers will pay $1,295 when they buy a system at the Safe Flight booth (No. 18). The regular price is still-attractive at $1,495.

July 21, 2014 - 1:50pm

The pilot of an MBB-Kawasaki (Eurocopter) BK117B2 flying a trauma recovery mission at 5,000 feet agl in South Australia last year saw a number of hydraulic fluctuations on the helicopter’s system indicators just before the aircraft experienced an uncommanded and violent pitch up. That excursion was followed closely by a left roll and descent, according to the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB).

 
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