Airbus in late February successfully tested an emissions-free fuel cell in flight. The hydrogen- and oxygen-based fuel cell system generated up to 20 kilowatts of electrical power on an A320 test aircraft, and the output was used to power the aircraft’s electric motor pump for the back-up hydraulic circuit that operates the aircraft’s ailerons.
Deals like this one don’t come along everyday. Satcom maker EMS Technologies announced a large price reduction for its HSD-128 high-speed data satcom terminal at the NBAA show last month, from a suggested retail price of $182,750 to a new list price of $135,000. But buyers had better act soon–the almost $50,000 drop in price is effective only through the end of the year, according to the Ottawa, Ontario company.
Hawker Beechcraft Beechjet 400A, Norfolk, Va., June 14, 2006–The NTSB said the probable cause of the dual engine flameout was the accretion of high-altitude ice crystals on the compressor vanes and their ingestion into the engine high-pressure compressor when the pilots pulled back the power levers. This caused compressor surges and the flameouts of both engines.
Airbus on February 1 successfully made what it billed as the world’s first flight of a commercial aircraft powered by synthetic fuel. The A380 flew from Filton, UK to Toulouse, France, powered by a liquid fuel processed from gas using the Fischer-Tropsch process. During the three-hour flight, the number-one engine was fed a blend of synthetic and jet fuels, while the remaining three operated on standard jet fuel.
The environment is everything these days for engine manufacturers and suppliers, as initiatives such as the recently launched European Commission Clean Sky program drive ever more advanced ideas on reducing emissions and noise.
International Air Transport Association (IATA) director general and CEO Giovanni Bisignani has challenged Japan to make the privatization of its airports an example of global best practice. He also wants the country to champion efforts toward a zero carbon emission industry at the upcoming G8 Summit.
CFM International has thrown down the gauntlet to engine manufacturers hoping to compete on the next generation of single-aisle airliners by accelerating its research on an advanced engine to replace its CFM56 by as early as 2015, the company announced here yesterday.
Airbus and Shell recently made the first ever commercial flight using liquid fuel processed from gas when an A380 airliner flew from Filton in the UK to the airframer’s Toulouse, France headquarters. The flight marked the start of a program to evaluate the environmental impact of alternative fuels in the airline market.
Power Force Technologies (Stand No. 509), the Singapore distributor for Carmanah Technologies, is displaying the Canadian manufacturer’s self-contained radio-controlled, solar-powered airfield lights, including units suitable for helipads, obstructions, runways, taxiways and thresholds.
“You’re in the noisiest seat of the airplane,” said ATR North America sales vice president to an AIN reporter, who had chosen the position to assess that very thing during an ATR 72-500 demonstration flight late last year. Another guest on board the 68-seat twin turboprop was Adrian Wijeyewickrema, manager of consulting services for Back Aviation Solutions of Washington, D.C.