A Eurocopter Super Puma crashed in the South China Sea, 103 miles off the Malaysian coast, on November 5, Malaysian national news agency Bernama reported last month. The aircraft was operated by Malaysian Helicopter Services Aviation and chartered by ExxonMobil Exploration and Production, which subsequently stopped chartering the type in Malaysia.
According to the UAV community, unmanned aerial vehicles face a busy future with all sorts of possible new civil and paramilitary applications, including security surveillance over urban areas, search-and-rescue missions, as well as environmental and infrastructure monitoring.
Never before has commercial air transport come under such scrutiny for its environmental impact. While aircraft have made far more progress in terms of reducing fuel consumption and emissions per passenger carried in recent years, the relentless overall growth of air traffic has led to increasing pressure from the environmental lobby to reduce the noise and emissions produced by modern powerplants.
Pratt & Whitney’s efforts to ensure it takes pole position in the next generation of medium-sized powerplants are materializing, with several major technology programs under way aimed at ensuring its geared turbofan (GTF) demonstrator beats the competition.
Eaton Corp. (Stand A919) has developed a new oil indicator sensor that works with a rotary-wing aircraft’s existing chip detection system to accurately determine oil fluid levels in intermediate, tail rotor and main gearboxes. The system works with existing aircraft wiring and features a cockpit caution panel indicator that detects the presence of oil.
Eurocopter ended 2005 with a major military contract win in South Korea–traditionally a U.S.-dominated market. The Korean government chose the EADS subsidiary as the primary partner of Korea Aerospace Industries in the Korea Helicopter Project (KHP)–a new $6 billion to $8 billion program for the development of the country’s first indigenous military transport helicopter in the 7.5- to 8.5-metric ton class (16,534 to 18,739 pounds).
For the past three months, three Rostvertol Mi-26T helicopters owned by Russia’s Ministry for Emergency Situations have been in Pakistan to support relief efforts following last year’s devastating earthquake.
As an aid to combating piracy in this region, Alenia has offered the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) the use of two previously owned ATR 42 MP (maritime patrol) aircraft to be operated by a local company on its behalf. Reporting to the defense minister, the MMEA began operations in November last year under the purview of the Prime Minister’s Department.
Extending paint life and preventing corrosion are money-saving claims for the use of Xzilon, a liquid formula developed by Granitize of South Gate, California. Xzilon has been certified for application by major airframe manufacturers such as Airbus and Boeing.
The European Commission (EC) definitely wants to include aviation in the European Union’s Emission Trading Scheme (ETS) to cap the industry’s not-so-minor contribution to greenhouse effect gas emissions.