Derco Aerospace has signed a 12-month nonexclusive deal with 3M’s Aerospace and Aircraft Maintenance department to distribute its complete lineup of surface-protection products for a range of military aircraft. The agreement covers the use of 3M protective coatings, which include polyurethane protective boots and tapes that help prevent corrosion and so extend service life.
Boeing has awarded Goodyear Tire & Rubber, the world’s largest supplier of aircraft tires, a six-year contract to provide Flight Leader and Flight Radial tires for 737NG aircraft. The “unique body cord shape” of the reduced-weight units is said to minimize stress on takeoff and landing. The tires will equip aircraft to be delivered to operators such as All Nippon, Continental, Ryanair and Southwest.
The future of composites may lie in carbon nanotubes. Nano composites have already found their way into cars and sports gear, and now specialists in this technology are looking for aerospace applications.
One of the difficulties with natural leather hide is that it doesn’t stretch consistently, making it difficult for upholsterers to work and resulting in more loss than desirable during the cutting process. Tapis’ new “two-way stretch tapisuede” has a polyester and polyurethane composition and comes in a maximum width of 59 inches and 33-yard rolls. According to the Armonk, N.Y.
The Russians are coming, the Russians are coming! The movie title of 41 years ago seems fitting to describe at least the perception of what is contributing to the current uptick in the large-cabin segment of the used aircraft market. Tales of aircraft selling to Russians at extraordinarily high prices have begun to capture the attention of the market.
Spectrum Aeronautical, the California-based start-up manufacturer, said it is taking orders for its all-composite business jets “faster than we can build them.”
When Paul Fulchino became Aviall’s chairman, president and CEO in December 1999, annual sales for the 70-year-old Dallas parts distributor were growing at a predictable and respectable rate. Back then, end-of-year sales totaled $371.9 million, with net earnings of $9.7 million.
Version 6.5 of Conklin & de Decker’s MxManager maintenance management software incorporates a number of changes and improvements, according to a spokesman for the company. The most significant is a new, flexible aircraft status board and the ability to assign overtime factors for labor hours on work orders.
Buyers continued to roll up their sleeves and involve themselves with the used aircraft market, driving down further what has been for the last few years a vast supply inventory. The 10-percent depletion in used aircraft inventory over the last 13 months has taken a step toward assuaging the doubts of many left shell-shocked by nearly three years of market malaise.
Israel Aircraft Industries of Tel Aviv and Avocet Aircraft of Westport, Conn., have been in discussions with engine manufacturers, including the Honda/ General Electric joint venture company, for the proposed ProJet, an eight-seat very light twinjet. According to Avocet CEO David Tait, IAI and Avocet are within weeks of finalizing their definitive partnership agreement on the development, production and marketing of the $2 million ProJet.