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.
A Jan. 20, 2007 incident over the English Channel resulted in the UK’s Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) recommending the FAA mandate operators adhere to a service bulletin Honeywell issued subsequently in late 2007. Falcon 900B G-HMEV had departed Farnborough en route to Tel Aviv. When the aircraft reached FL130 over the English Channel, there was a loud noise from the rear of the aircraft.
GKN Aerospace announced here at Farnborough that it is expanding its metallic and composite manufacturing techniques. Acquisitions have boosted its metallic capabilities, while the company’s Composites Research Center is nearing completion of three years’ work on the integrated wing, advanced technology verification program.
Cessna has selected Innovative Power Solutions to provide power conversion for the new Citation CJ4 business jet. The custom-designed 125 amp, 3.75 kilowatt transformer rectifier unit (TRU) will provide full-rated DC output power at wide AC input frequency range down to 200Hz. The TRU chosen for the CJ4 expands on the IPS power conversion product portfolio, which includes the regulated transformer rectifier unit (RTRU).
Irvine, Calif.-based Eaton Corp. (Booth No. 5967) recently celebrated the successful flight testing of its arc fault circuit breaker (AFCB) technology as a stand-alone replacement for existing circuit breakers. Completing more than 350 normal service flights aboard a U.S.
Unitron (Booth No. 3853) is adding a new programmable power supply to its PS Series product line. The new unit operates from a wide input frequency (30-600 Hz) and provides 50-, 60- or 400-Hz output power in 115V, 115/200V or 230V output configurations. The PS Programmable Power Supply is available in single unit power ratings up to 3.5 kVA, or with the paralleling option, up to 40 kVA.