MU-2 Refurb Has Glass Cockpit
Dassault Falcon 900B, Gatwick, UK, Jan. 20, 2007–The UK’s Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) has ruled the probable cause of the uncontained engine failure was the fracturing of a stage-two low-pressure (LP) turbine blade due to a casting defect, with the possibility that this was caused by a third-stage blade failure.
Self-healing wire technology, developed as part of an FAA initiative to combat the problems associated with aging aircraft, has been licensed to Ohio-based Pinnacle Systems–its first commercial licensee.
ITT Interconnect Solutions has enhanced its chip-on-flex (CoF) filter connectors with TVS surge suppression capabilities using chip capacitors surface-mounted on a small pad adjacent to the feed-through contact.
Chromalloy CF6 gas turbine blades have reached the 10,000 flight-hour mark for the first time with an unidentified major airline. The blades are produced by BELAC, Chromalloy’s joint venture with various commercial carriers who are attempting to avoid the high cost of original equipment manufacturer (OEM) blades by using alternative parts manufacturer approval (PMA) blades.
McDonnell Douglas MD 600, San Clemente, Calif., Feb. 19, 2009– The U.S. Customs and Border Protection MD 600 autorotated to a forced landing on the beach after the crew heard a loud “bang” and warning lights came on. A main rotor blade severed the tail boom. Examination of the engine showed that both engine chip detector plugs were contaminated with metal particles. The No. 4 turbine wheel was damaged.
Naasco Northeast has announced its Mercury Mod configured starter generators have accumulated more than one million combined flight hours on Eurocopters, including the AS 350, AS 355, AS 365, EC 120, EC 130, EC 135 and EC 145.
Hawker Beechcraft 99, Moline, Ill., Feb. 18, 2008–No one was injured during the in-flight fire, which the Safety Board attributed to the arcing of the resistor and silicone-controlled rectifier in the flap control circuit. The pilot of the Suburban Air Freight cargo flight “smelled electrical smoke and saw flames behind the power quadrant,” while descending to land at Quad City International Airport (MLI).
Honeywell has appointed CD Aviation Services (CDAS) a TPE331 major level service center. The designation allows the company to provide all maintenance inspections for the TPE331-1 through TPE331-12 models of Honeywell propulsion engines. CDAS also provides line maintenance for TFE731-2 through -5/-20/-40/-50/-60 series engines as well as for GTCP30-92, 36-100/150, RE100 and RE220 auxiliary power units.
Mid-Continent Instruments (Booth No. 2656) is showing the AX1 attitude heading and reference system manufactured by Axitude, an avionics design and manufacturing company based in Naples, Italy. As the exclusive U.S. distributor, Mid-Continent said the AX1 allows aircraft owners to select the primary flight display that meets their individual preferences or requirements, while the unit provides critical attitude and navigational output.