All appears forgiven between Rolls-Royce and Pratt & Whitney now that the two engine manufacturers prepare to collaborate on the next generation of turbofans for midsize airliners ranging in size from 120 to 230 seats.
Iacobucci HF, the Italian maker of galley appliance inserts, is continuing its venture into the aircraft seating business with the introduction at NBAA of a new business unit–Iacobucci Seat Division–to manage that endeavor.
Most of us involved in flight operations are familiar with the multi-drawer toolboxes on rollers common to most hangars and repair shops. But a talking tool box? Snap-on Industrial showed a big blue one at NBAA’s 64th Annual Meeting and Convention in Las Vegas.
Steinbach & Associates, developer of STCs for R-134a conversions, is at Booth No. N713 showing how its R134a air-conditioning system compressor can replace old R12 Freon coolant compressors. Scott Steinbach, president of the Waco, Texas company, told AIN that since the R12 was phased out of production, a new compressor and accessory components are necessary to use R134a to full advantage.
GE is here with three major programs at various stages of development. The Passport 20, for Bombardier’s Global 7000 and 8000 large-cabin business jets, has already passed some rig tests. The GE Honda HF120, for the HondaJet and the (currently suspended) Spectrum Freedom, is scheduled for certification in 2012. Meanwhile, the HF80 turboprop is due for certification later this year.
Pratt & Whitney’s PW1524G Geared Turbofan has completed its flight-test program, the East Hartford, Conn.-based engine company announced today.
While deliveries of new business aircraft lagged significantly in the first six months of 2011 on a year-over-year basis, JetNet said pre-owned business aircraft sale transactions between January and July have actually climbed. Used business jet sales were up 11.2 percent in this seven-month period versus last year, and turboprop sales increased 3.7 percent.
LoPresti Aviation Engineering is poised to introduce a new type of tire called the Never Flat. The tire features a composite band embedded inside the carcass before the tread is put on. “Technically it isn’t airless as we do inflate it to between 10 and 12 psi; however, that is just to give it a smooth ride.
Mitsubishi Aircraft’s official launch of the proposed 100-seat MRJ100X will likely have to wait at least another year–or until after the first flight of the 88-seat MRJ90 some time in the middle of next year, as the company waits for the European airline market to show more tangible signs of recovery.
Pre-owned business jet and turboprop markets showed early signs of improvement in the first half of this year, which is expected to be a second year of correction leading to sustained growth in 2012, according to market information provider JetNet. The company reported 15.3-percent growth in pre-owned business jet retail sale transactions through June, compared with the same period last year.