Japanese electronics maker Hitachi announced a prototype bomb-detection device it guarantees will make passing through any airport checkpoint less time consuming for anyone traveling by air. The new boarding gate blows a quick puff of air on a passenger’s hand as he scans his boarding pass. The system then quickly analyzes the same sample for non-metallic bomb fragments or residue. Hitachi says the new system is not yet ready to be rolled out for commercial operations.
Component Control has released a new version of StockMarket.aero, a free online aviation parts e-marketplace. According to the company, enhancements include intuitive usability and navigation, making it quicker and easier to find qualified aviation services and parts. Stockmarket.aero lists more than 40 million line items of inventory and capability from more than 2,300 aircraft parts vendors. “Our goal with this upgrade is to provide more data at a glance, to improve the buyers’ experience and vendor visibility,” said Jason Cordoba, director of StockMarket.aero.
EADS Innovation Works is here at the show with an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that was built using a rapid-prototyping method known as additive layer manufacturing (ALM), or 3-D printing. EADS is exhibiting it to demonstrate the possibilities ALM offers. The plastic-material drone here can’t fly, but EADS plans to manufacture a metal one that will be able to fly.
Dunlop Aircraft Tyres is unveiling the latest products in its commercial aircraft line here at the show (Hall 4 Stand C13). The UK-based firm has introduced a new radial main wheel tire for the French-built ATR 72 regional airliner and has started flight trials for radial main wheel and bias nosewheels on the aircraft’s smaller sibling, the ATR 42.
Construction is nearing completion on A J Walter Aviation’s 60-acre headquarters and logistics campus near London Gatwick Airport. The site will include a headquarters office and storage facilities for the company’s inventory of Airbus and Boeing components and consumables.
GippsAero appointed Tallahassee, Fla.-based Flightline Group as its authorized dealer for the Southeast U.S. last Thursday. The Australian-based manufacturer, which is owned by Mahindra Aerospace of Mumbai, India, currently produces the GA8 Airvan utility aircraft and it is developing the 10-seat GA10 turboprop single. Flightline Group is also the authorized dealer for Piper in the Southeast and for Honda Aircraft in the Southeast and Northeast.
Mitsubishi Aircraft will decide within “a few months” the extent to which a “rescheduling” of the Mitsubishi Regional Jet could affect when the 92-seat MRJ90 first flies, a milestone officially still scheduled to be reached this year. Speaking at the Singapore Air Show, director of marketing Yugo Fukuhara confirmed the delay, but would not offer any details about the reasons.
Component Control, at Booth No. 7321, has released “Remote Inventory,” an inventory management tool for Component Control’s core product, Quantum Control. Its users can set minimum and maximum inventory levels online, then track, manage and bill upon consumption for inventory co-located at any customer facility. The Remote Inventory program accelerates replenishment of stock to keep up with work in progress.
Aero Sekur (Booth No. 8043), which specializes in safety systems and advanced flexible structures for the aerospace and defense markets, is displaying a range of helicopter safety products at Heli-Expo’12.
The supply of parts, assemblies and services for Boeing products has created valuable new economic opportunities in Southeast Asia in recent years. In fact, since 2009, Boeing suppliers have established aerospace manufacturing centers for commercial aircraft production in five Southeast Asia countries: Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and Singapore. Meanwhile, Boeing suppliers in other countries, including Australia and Malaysia, have added new commercial or defense manufacturing capacity to their portfolios.