Push-back tugs and taxiing aircraft with engines powered up may well, in a few years, be seen as remnants of the past. Two exhibitors here at the Singapore Airshow are studying electric motors that would drive the aircraft’s wheels on the ground.
Auxiliary power unit
The AgustaWestland AW189 medium twin helicopter will be the first civil application for Microturbo’s e-APU, an auxiliary power unit that delivers essentially electric power.
Aircraft auxiliary power units (APUs) can now remain on while radiation checks are conducted on aircraft entering the country, as long as the exhaust vents for those units are eight feet above the ground or higher. NBAA said the shutdown requirement emerged when Customs agents began screening all aircraft arriving in the U.S. using radiation isotope identifier devices, causing “significant ground delays.”
Airbus is cooperating with Parker Aerospace (Hall 5 D203) to explore ways to improve the efficiency of fuel cells for aviation applications such as on-board power generation. The objective is to develop a technology demonstrator, which will be followed by a flight-test campaign around the middle of the decade.
It’s less than two years since Alain Bellemare became president of Hamilton Sundstrand at the end of 2009 at the height of the aerospace industry’s most recent downturn. So this is his first Paris Air Show at the helm of the U.S.-based group and he’s in a hurry to make his mark with a plan to grow its annual revenues from around $6 billion now to $10 billion by 2015.
Airline fuel savings of 4 percent and quieter, cleaner airports are predicted for an electrically powered “green” taxing system for airplanes being developed by Safran and Honeywell. The two companies signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on Sunday to form a joint-venture company to develop the system.
The Sikorsky CH-53K heavy-lift helicopter program this week achieved “ready to load” condition with the successful light-off of its first auxiliary power unit (APU). The program will be ready to begin formal integration testing early next year.
ITT Has Traffic Data for Commercial Customers
ITT Corp. has announced the commercial availability of real-time air traffic surveillance and tracking data, marking the first-ever sale of data collected through the automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) network being deployed by ITT as part of the Federal Aviation Administration’s NextGen initiative.
Kidde Aerospace and Defense, a Hamilton Sundstrand business unit, won a contract from Commercial Aviation Corporation of China (Comac) to provide the fire and overheat protection for the new C919 airliner.
Hamilton Sundstrand has won a contact from China's Comac to provide the electric power generation and distribution systems for the 150- to 190-seat C919 narrowbody, the Windsor Locks, Conn.-based supplier announced today. Hamilton Sundstrand places the value of the work at more than $1 billion over the life of the program.