FAIRCHILD/SWEARINGEN SA-226-TC METROLINER, MONTREAL, QUEBEC, JUNE 18, 1998–Often layers of events come together to create catastrophes. Pilots may handle individual layers successfully, but combined those layers are often insurmountable. Nine passengers and two pilots died after the left wing of a Metroliner failed during an emergency landing at Mirabel/Montreal International Airport (CYMX).
Parker Hannifin announced a guaranteed cost-per-brake-landing (CPBL) program for Pilatus PC-12s equipped with new Cleveland brakes. The program, provided through Pilatus Business Aircraft of Broomfield, Colo., guarantees a brake cost of $2.85 per landing for 1,000 landings over three years.
Dunlop Aerospace braking systems has developed high-performance, next-generation wheels and carbon brakes for the G500 and G550. The new wheel and brake is an enhanced version of the current GV unit. It takes into account various changes in configuration, including an increased maximum takeoff weight of 91,000 pounds. Dunlop Aerospace is already the sole supplier of wheels and brakes for the G400 and G450.
Meggitt Aircraft Braking Systems (MABS) makes its official debut at the NBAA show this week as the new, expanded wheels-and-brakes division of the UK-based aerospace systems group. Meggitt is also showcasing new sensor technology here in Atlanta.
An extended brake service life of up to 40 percent is offered to ATR 72 operators as a result of close collaboration between Dunlop Aerospace Braking Systems (DABS) and Avions de Transport Regional in Toulouse.
Crane Aerospace & Electronics is here (Hall 5 Stand G17) celebrating its selection by EADS CASA to supply the braking and antiskid system for the Airbus A400M and taking the opportunity to showcase an innovative range of components and subsystems that combine sensor and electromechanical technology.
Goodrich Aircraft Wheels and Brakes has presented Virgin Atlantic a Boeing 747-400 Operational Excellence award in recognition of the 60-percent improvement in carbon brake life the carrier has realized since implementing the supplier’s recommendations.
Messier-Bugatti (Hall 4 Stand B12) is scheduled to deliver the first complete braking system for the Boeing 787-8 airliner by December. The first all-electric brakes on a civil aircraft promises a weight savings and improved performance as well as maintenance ease and added safety. To support 787 production, the French company has established a workshop in Seattle within close proximity to the big airframer.
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