Yesterday, the FAA published a proposed NPRM covering new airworthiness standards for composite structures on normal category rotorcraft under FAR Parts 27 and 29. A proposed new section in the regulations establishes guidelines for damage tolerance and fatigue testing of these structures.
Bell Helicopter’s XworX special projects and rapid prototyping center exists to give customers added value, according to Nick Lappos, senior vice president for XworX. Lappos says XworX can “be more agile and use non-traditional methods” for things such as blueprint release and purchasing to get the job done faster.
Vector Aerospace Helicopter Services has received an FAA supplemental type certificate (STC) for an integrated cockpit display system (ICDS) in the Bell 407. EASA and Transport Canada certification are pending. Vector developed the 407 STC in partnership with Safran Group’s Sagem Avionics.
Bell 407, DeLand, Fla., Jan. 7, 2008– A total loss of engine power due to the fatigue failure of a third-stage turbine wheel blade downed the single-engine helicopter, the NTSB determined. The 407–operating as an EMS transport– was nearing its patient pickup destination when the pilot reported hearing a loud bang, which was followed by a yaw to the left.
Aviation Partners (API) has named West Star Aviation of East Alton, Ill.,
Since Winglet Technology received STC approval from the FAA for installation of its distinctive elliptical winglets last June, the company says five retrofit kits have been installed on Cessna Citation Xs at Cessna’s Wichita Citation Service Center. Recently the company has also gotten the OK from Transport Canada, ANAC (Brazil) and is currently pursuing EASA and Australian approval.
Vero Beach, Fla.-based Piper Aircraft said it is delaying first deliveries of the single-engine PiperJet from the fourth quarter of 2012 until the second quarter of 2013. To compensate for the delay, Piper favorably changed contract terms for PiperJet customers, including maintaining the price at $2.19 million and changing the CPI escalator date from Oct. 1, 2007, to the beginning of this month.
Here at the Dubai Airshow yesterday, Cessna delivered the first Citation X business jet retrofitted with Winglet Technology’s elliptical winglets to Wallan Aviation of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The modification cuts drag to reduce fuel consumption, while also boosting speed and range–especially when operating from the exceptionally hot conditions that operators face here in the Middle East.
Aerion is here in Dubai to tap what it believes could be strong market for the supersonic business jet (SSBJ) it intends to have certified in 2015. According to the U.S. company, it still holds letters of intent for about 50 of the aircraft and has had to refund only two deposits since the start of the financial crisis.
BAE Systems and Quest International of the UK have combined to launch a cabin air system that they say can destroy airborne viruses and bacteria, including H1N1 (swine flu), SARS, bird flu and eColi. AirManager has been flight-tested on BAE 146/ Avro RJ regional airliners operated by five European carriers, and one undisclosed carrier has selected it for its fleet.