GKN Aerospace was the proud recipient yesterday of an appreciation award from Mexico, which recognizes the success of GKN’s Mexicali operation, located next to the U.S. border in the state of Baja California. Established in 2002, the operation has grown from 25 employees to 130, “exceeding all growth, quality and delivery targets,” said GKN.
A new airworthiness directive (AD 2003-09-10) requires operators of the Premier I to modify the aft power-distribution box and aft ram-air duct. The FAA said the AD is the result of two incidents involving temporary loss of all attitude display data, apparently from moisture entering the distribution box through the aft ram-air duct. Compliance is required within 10 hours time in service after May 13, the effective date of the directive.
SMAC, a subsidiary of MontBlanc Technologies Groupe in Toulon, France, put its first “Smacsonic” viscoconstrained layered noise reduction material in a Falcon 50 about six years ago as part of a development program.
The National Air Transportation Association still has concerns regarding the recently published requirements for improved flammability characteristics of thermal/acoustic insulation used as replacements on aircraft manufactured before Sept. 2, 2005.
An elastomeric main rotor damper developed by Lord Corp. has gained U.S. Federal Aviation Administration certification for use on the Enstrom 480 light turbine helicopter. The damper has been incorporated into new production models and is available for retrofit into existing helicopters in the field.
Enstrom has received certification for new elastomeric dampers for its 480B. The dampers, from Lord Corp., are being incorporated on productionaircraft and can also be retrofitted. They replacehydraulic dampers and, says Lord, improve ground operation, ride and handling qualities. They are also expected to cut maintenance costs.