The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive for all Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-114 and PT6A-114A turboprop engines. It requires initial and repetitive borescope inspection of compressor turbine blades (CT), and the removal from service of blades that fail inspection. This AD was prompted by several incidents of CT blade failure, causing power loss and engine failure. The purpose of the AD is to prevent failure of CT blades, which could result in damage to the engine and the airplane.
One option for an aircraft technician faced with a thorny mechanical at home base or stranded far from the home hangar would be to take photos with a smartphone and send them to a source of help such as the manufacturer’s tech support team.
Operators immobilized by an AOG can now tap into experts anywhere in the world with the Onsight system by Librestream. The Canadian company’s specialized mobile video device communicates on a standard PC, and iPhone and iPad connections are in the works.
Dallas Airmotive is expanding its field service support for the Honeywell HTF7000 by acquiring the tooling and inventory from Consolidated Turbine Support of Mesa, Ariz. The tooling and inventory, along with the mobile response technicians, will be based at Dallas Airmotive’s Phoenix regional turbine center and provide 24-hour response coordinated through the company’s F1rst Support network.
1800Endoscope.com is displaying its new 1800TVS4 portable borescope at Booth No. C6915. List priced at $999 plus shipping and handling, the four-millimeter, battery-powered, palm-sized unit has a built-in high-resolution display. Here at the NBAA show, the company is accepting entries for a drawing, the winner of which will receive a 1800HS Handyscope borescope, a $300 value. The drawing takes place at 4 p.m.
BBA Aviation Engine Repair and Overhaul companies are at Heli-Expo in force, with news of everything from live video streaming of a borescope inspection to receipt of EASA certification for a new Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6T test cell.
Hard-to-access places on helicopter engines and airframes are easier to inspect with the proper borescope, and Borescopes-R-Us is exhibiting its new 4-mm portable videoscope at Booth No. 2816. The new Borescopes-R-Us PVS-2-4-1300 portable videoscope features two-way articulation and image-capture capability, for $5,995.
BBA Aviation Engine Repair and Overhaul (ERO) Group has expanded its international service support network by opening regional field service centers in Johannesburg, South Africa, and Mumbai, India. The new centers will provide troubleshooting, parts support, borescope inspection and on-wing hot-section inspection and repairs. BBA
BBA Aviation’s engine repair and overhaul (ERO) group has expanded its international service support network with the opening of field service centers in Johannesburg, South Africa, and Mumbai, India. The new centers will provide troubleshooting, parts support, borescope inspection and on-wing hot section inspection and repairs.
The XL Go VideoProbe by GE Sensing & Inspection Technologies weighs only 3.8 pounds (14.3 pounds with the carrying case) but offers high-resolution video in a compact easy-to-carry package. It can be used with AC power or cordless, thanks to a lithium-ion battery that is available in two sizes: 5,100 or 10,200 mAh. The sensitive optics are protected by a braided tungsten insertion tube with 360-degree articulation.
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