The solution to sun glare, long a problem in the cabin, has in the past meant pulling the shades to block out the light. Now, Research Frontiers, of Woodbury Park, N.Y., is offering improved suspended particle device (SPD) light-control technology as a new solution that allows the passenger visual access to what’s outside without the glare.
Parker Aerospace (Hall 4 Stand A16) has designed a new liquid-cooling demonstrator for embedded electronics. The so-called liquid flow-through (LFT) electronics chassis can cool up to 4,000 watts. It was built with both civil and military applications in mind.
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Based in Jacksonville, Florida, Resistoflex Aerospace employs 84 people and reported sales of $16 million last year. The company, which invented PTFE extruded hose, also produces tubes and swaged fittings, including hydraulic beam seal fittings for aircraft and engine applications, and Nutlok, a separable fluid connector requiring no lockwire.
The National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR), located on the campus of Wichita State University, is now running at full capacity following several lab renovations and additions. In the past 15 months, NIAR completed major upgrades to its crash dynamics laboratory and wind tunnel, and it opened a new advanced joining laboratory and an aircraft structural testing and evaluation center.
Flight operations are fertile grounds for fatigue, sleep deficit and circadian disruption, and these physiological factors can result in decreased flight-deck performance and alertness–in other words ingredients for an accident.
It started out as a small, Griffin, Ga.-based repair station specializing in fiberglass aircraft such as the Cirrus but quickly expanded into carbon fiber and Kevlar. Atlanta Aerospace Composites continues to expand rapidly, adding comprehensive sheet metal repairs to its list of services.
The NTSB last month issued its final report on the Oct. 19, 2004, crash of a Corporate Airlines Jetstream 32 at Kirksville, Mo.
MD Helicopters MD 900, Mesa, Ariz., Sept. 8, 2004–The NTSB attributes the accident during the test flight to the fracture of a tension-torsion strap in the fan because of progressive fiber failure of the composite material from compression and/or transverse shear stresses with repeated manipulation of the antitorque control pedals without the fan operating at full rpm.
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