Dunlop Aircraft Tyres is unveiling the latest products in its commercial aircraft line here at the show (Hall 4 Stand C13). The UK-based firm has introduced a new radial main wheel tire for the French-built ATR 72 regional airliner and has started flight trials for radial main wheel and bias nosewheels on the aircraft’s smaller sibling, the ATR 42.
Having celebrated its 100th birthday last month, Dunlop Aircraft Tyres is working toward the lofty goal of doubling the size of its business, profitably, by 2013. “We made this strategy before the recession and it has become more challenging to the extent that it might push the timeline out,” acknowledged chairman and managing director Ian Edmonson.
Dunlop Aircraft Tyres (Hall 2B Stand H110) is displaying the tires it will be supplying for Bombardier’s new CRJ1000 Next Gen regional jet for the first time, after a recent contract award by the Canadian manufacturer. The 100-seat aircraft–45 of which have been ordered by airlines such as Adria Airways, Brit Air and My Air–is set to enter service in late 2009.
Just over a year after completing its biggest acquisition to date, Meggitt group has, according to chief executive Terry Twigger, made significant strides in its ongoing goal of achieving meaningful synergies between a diverse product range spread among its three core divisions: sensing systems, aerospace equipment and defense systems.
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.
A sustained program of corporate integration and investment in manufacturing and customer support is giving Meggitt greater focus and a more strategic position in the aerospace and defense markets. The UK-based group has long had a reputation for market-leading technology, but has arguably not fully exploited the synergies among its diverse product groups.
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.
New products covering a wide range of civil and military applications are showcased by the Meggitt Group, which has become not just much larger since the last Paris Air Show but is also more integrated.
Meggitt (Stand A536) is introducing a number of products, including new developments in engine monitoring equipment revealed by its Vibro-Meter subsidiary. Fitted on the Boeing 737, for example, the new vibration monitors continuously check specific engine bearings and detect unusual signatures using advanced signal processing.
Meggitt is a company that deals in extremes: temperature, impact, vibration and contamination. Its products are engineered to detect impending and catastrophic mechanical failure. And, the company says, without them, an entire system can fail.