In a move that could help pave the way for low-boom supersonic flight over land, NASA aeronautics researchers are presenting their work on how people on the ground perceive low sonic booms this week in Atlanta at an annual event held by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. “Lessening sonic booms is the most significant hurdle to [civil] supersonic flight,” said Peter Coen, head of the high-speed project in NASA’s aeronautics research mission directorate at the agency’s headquarters in Washington, D.C.
Vector Financial Services, an independent provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul service, has extended its leasing and support agreements for two Vector-owned AS332L Super Pumas with Bond Helicopters Australia.
“The Vector team understands the level of support our operations need and is committed to delivering the quality of service we demand,” said John Boag, managing director of Bond Helicopters Australia. “We have been working with Vector on MRO activities for years and are pleased to extend this to the leasing program.”
Pacific Aerospace Resources & Technologies (Part) recently completed a major maintenance project in support of a South American presidential 737-500. The aircraft left Part’s facility earlier this week after a C-check and full interior restoration, new paint and satcom and IFE upgrade. Part, an ARC Aerospace Industries company and Boeing Gold Care Provider, is located in Victorville, Calif., and provides MRO services for Airbus, Boeing, Embraer and others from its 300,000-sq-ft facility.
EASA has certified a redesigned vertical bevel gear shaft for the Airbus Helicopters EC225, which was grounded for nine months in 2012 and 2013 after a series of in-flight failures. Manufacture of the redesigned gear shaft is under way for production aircraft and retrofits, with first installations (for both applications) planned for this year’s second half.
The new design provides corrosion resistance, compensates for residual stress and eliminates stress hot spots, eliminating all three factors that, combined, caused two unexpected vertical shaft failures.
Next month’s 2014 Farnborough International Airshow (July 14-20) will not be short on novelty, with 26 percent of exhibitors new to the biennial event. With economic conditions generally stronger even in Western markets that have been soft in recent years, and with continued and new military tensions around the world, the business context for this year’s show is arguably on more solid ground than it was for the 2012 event.
The organizers of this week’s ILA Berlin airshow claimed 1,200 exhibitors from 40 countries, and were expecting 200, 000 visitors, including public spectators on the last three days. The show had plenty to offer in the fields of civil aerospace, space and environmental solutions. However, defense exhibitors and attendees at ILA Berlin are mostly focused on German requirements. The problem is, the Germans are not buying anything.
Jet Aviation Basel is now cooperating with AJW Aviation to develop a component support and AOG service for Airbus and Boeing business aircraft operators on a global basis. The team is a natural marriage of two key players in their fields and will result in quicker and more reliable spares support to owners and operators. Jet Aviation brings to the table a global 24/7 network of AOG teams, and the Basel facility is an authorized service center for both Airbus ACJ and Boeing BBJ aircraft.
Stuttgart, Germany-based DC Aviation, an EASA Part 145-certified maintenance operation, has acquired Cayman Island OTAR-145 certification. DC Aviation has been offering both line and base maintenance services for various types of executive jet and the Airbus A320 series since 1999. Cayman Island certification will allow the MRO to expand its services to VP-registered aircraft effective immediately.
Fly Comlux has added an Airbus ACJ318 to its managed fleet. The aircraft was previously managed by another operator but is now part of the Comlux stable in the Middle East. It is operated purely for its owner and will not be available for charter.
Airbus Helicopters is increasing the mtow of the EC175 medium twin by 660 pounds, to 17,180 pounds, thus offering an equivalent growth in payload or an extra 40 nm in radius of action. Certification at the higher weight is expected in 2016, following a flight-test campaign scheduled for next year.
Now on a demonstration tour, the current version of the EC175 is visiting three locations serving the North Sea this week–Norwich, England; Aberdeen, Scotland; and Stavanger, Norway–all major bases for offshore oil-and-gas operations.