National Aerospace Laboratories Saras, Bangalore, India, March 6, 2009–The number-two prototype of the Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6-powered Saras crashed on its 49th test flight, killing three test pilots. The Indian National Aerospace Laboratories expects to certify the 14-seat Saras next year.
Hyannis, Mass.-based Prime Turbines has been acquired by Avatas Aerospace. The FAA-certified repair station, which specializes in the PT6 turboprop, conducts hot-section recertification, power section repair, gas generator repair, fuel nozzle overhaul and exchange, and bleed valve overhaul and exchange.
Prime is an authorized distributor of FAA Parts Manufacturer Approval parts for PT6 hot sections.
Representatives of the U.S. aerospace industry, academia and federal government agencies urged the Aerospace States Association (ASA) last week to pursue its “Call to Action” for the nation to focus on U.S. aerospace competitiveness by encouraging science, technology, engineering and mathematics (Stem) education.
San Antonio-based M7 Aerospace launched a quick-turn wet processing program available to aerospace parts manufacturers that need to outsource chemical processes or need faster service for large numbers of products. Processes available include anodizing, alodining and primer and paint application, and M7 offers a six-business-day turnaround time.
Tennessee-based Aerospace Products has become an authorized worldwide distributor for SAFT aviation batteries. API is a wholly owned subsidiary of
First Aviation Services.
Two former officials of the National Aeronautics & Space Administration along with former President Clinton’s national science advisor have issued a report suggesting that the space agency should return to its roots by restoring the aeronautics portion of its mission.
The first decade of the 21st century has seen Mexico’s aerospace sector quietly expand at an impressive rate, and, according to its cheerleaders, the country stands poised for another big leap forward in aerospace capability.
Freedom Aero Service, a new repair station founded by former Weco Aerospace Systems employees, received FAA certification on January 29. Freedom Aero offers helicopter and business jet electrical and electronic component and instrument repair and overhaul. The company plans to move to Sacramento-McClellan Airpark, where Freedom Aero has leased a 24,000-sq-ft former military repair facility.
It seemed unlikely that tightening credit wouldn’t trigger more order cancellations or delivery deferrals among the world’s airlines, so even though the top manufacturers seem to have escaped the early stages of the crisis relatively unscathed, many predict a pronounced drop in financial support by the second half of this year.
Hawker Pacific and the Shanghai Airport Authority have broken ground on a planned business aviation facility at Shanghai’s Hongquiao Airport.