AgustaWestland (Booth No. 6937) picked Heli-Expo 2014 as the place for signing an OEM agreement with Trakka (Booth No. 3528). The latter will supply AgustaWestland with its successful Trakkabeam A800 searchlight for factory installation as the primary searchlight available on all new AgustaWestland platforms (AW169, AW189) as well as on the company’s established helicopters.
Donaldson Aerospace & Defense (Booth No. N6001) a division of Donaldson Company, had plenty of news at Heli-Expo ’13.
On the hardware side, the company announced that its oil filter assemblies have been selected for the Rolls-Royce M250-C30 and -C47 650 to 700-shp engines, powering helicopters such as the Bell 407 and MD600N.
“We believe that our scavenger oil filter assemblies’ design optimizes performance, minimizes weight and provides a balance of operating life and efficiency for aircraft components,” said Mike Trevino, director of sales for Donaldson.
The UK’s Porvair Filtration Group is here at the Farnborough International airshow (Hall 4 Stand C1) exhibiting a range of its filters and other vital components for modern aircraft. The company is at the forefront of filtration and separation technology for a variety of markets. In the aerospace sector it is involved in a wide range of activities in contamination control of fluid and air management and control systems.
“Even something as simple as sand ingestion can easily reduce an engine’s time between overhauls by 50 percent or more,” said Bob Stenberg, business development director for Donaldson (Booth No. 2847). The company specializes in the design and development of filtration systems and has recently received an FAA STC for an inlet barrier filter (IBF) system for the Bell 430.
Several suppliers for Gulfstream’s new G650 were recently announced, some of which updated their progress building components for the new aircraft.
Aircraft maintenance does not exactly move forward technologically at the speed of light. Instead, it appears the industry is in a constant state of making things incrementally better. A small innovation here, some modification to an existing procedure there, a reemphasis on the importance of service, and the result is that operators get better, faster, more cost-effective maintenance.
Turbomeca’s subsidiary CGTM, known primarily as the engine manufacturer’s flight-test center, plans to offer a new air filter for the Eurocopter AS 350 Ecureuil. Developed jointly with filtration specialist Pall Aerospace, the air filter should be certified by early next year. Pau, southwest-France-based CGTM plans to certify the new air filter even for inadvertent flight into icing conditions.