Messier-Bugatti-Dowty will be Eurocopter’s single-source supplier for wheels and brakes on the new X4 medium-twin helicopter. The Safran company will provide the two nosewheels, two main wheels and two electric brakes, the electronic brake controller and four brake pedal transmitter units. Messier-Bugatti-Dowty’s electric brakes are designed “to reduce weight, while retaining excellent friction properties” and simplifying maintenance.
The FAA is proposing to rescind an Airworthiness Directive (AD 200-07-11) issued for all Piaggio Avantis to prevent the brake hydraulic fluid from leaking. It was prompted by reports of brake assembly rods contacting the brake valve tubing, which could compromise the airplane’s ability to stop during ground operations. Since then the FAA has determined it is no longer an unsafe condition and that regularly scheduled annual inspections address the subject. The FAA is taking comments until September 4.
Goodrich has been awarded a contract extension to continue to maintain and overhaul the wheels and brakes of easyJet’s Airbus A320-family fleet. Meanwhile, the U.S. equipment manufacturer also revealed that it has demonstrated the performance of its carbon brakes on U.S. Air Force’s C-130s, for which retrofits have already started.
AAR has opened a new 12,500-sq-ft Aircraft Wheel and Brake Services facility extension to its existing Landing Gear Services operation in Miami. The company has been in the Miami area since 1987 offering commercial, military and regional aviation customers’ repair, rebuilding and inspection services.
AAR has expanded its Miami aircraft wheel and brake services facility. The new 12,500-sq-ft facility is an extension of AAR Landing Gear Services, which has operated in the greater Miami area since 1987. AAR Wheel and Brake Services offers commercial, military and regional aviation customers’ aircraft wheel and brake services, including repair, rebuilding and inspection for all major aircraft types.
As part of its €1.6 billion ($2.2 billion) Clean Sky joint technology initiative, Europe is undertaking a number of projects toward the development of more-electric helicopters.
A call for proposal released for Europe’s main aerospace research project, the €1.6 billion ($2.2 billion) Clean Sky joint technology initiative, has highlighted a strong focus on electric systems for helicopters.
For the third time this year, an Embraer Phenom 100 suffered a dual tire blowout upon landing after a reported failure in the brake-by-wire system. The most recent incident occurred on September 25 in Arizona as the light twinjet landed at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport.
Aviall Services’ product repair services division has signed a deal with XOJet to provide wheel repairs, overhauls and replacement services. XOJet combines
private jet ownership, membership and on-demand travel services. Paul Touw, the company’s founder, said he chose Aviall both for its breadth of components, tires and spares, and for the location of its
facilities around the country.
The FAA issued a special airworthiness information bulletin (SAIB NM-09-18) last month warning operators of aircraft equipped with carbon disc brakes that absorbed moisture in the carbon discs can freeze and lock wheels. The SAIB resulted from an incident involving a Bombardier Global Express that flew from Van Nuys, Calif., to London Luton Airport.