Eurocopter is here exhibiting its “Bluecopter” diesel engine concept on the static display. The so-called “high-compression engine” is supposed to bring greener performance to light helicopters currently powered by a single turboshaft. Targeted are a 40-percent cut in CO2 emissions and a 53-percent reduction in NOx emissions.
Crane Aerospace & Electronics (Hall 5 Stand A24) is here at the show providing demonstrations of its SmartStem wireless tire pressure monitor, introduced two years ago on the Boeing 777. The technology replaces existing tire inflation valve stems with a special wireless tire pressure sensor valve that communicates tire pressure, temperature and other information to the cockpit or to a handheld reader.
Aluminum specialist Alcan (Hall 2 Stand B19) is developing new alloys and new processes to better compete with composite materials, the proportion of which has been steadily increasing in airframes over the past decades. At Voreppe in France, Alcan Engineered Products (Alcan EP) has a major research-and-development (R&D) center to devise and test these solutions.
In the Israeli Pavilion, avionics specialist Rada Electronic Industries is unveiling a new line of compact avionics systems designed specifically for unmanned aerial vehicle applications. The company has developed a range of interface control processors, engine control and payload management computers, modular avionics and inertial navigation systems, and electrical power management units.
German-based engine manufacturer MTU Aero Engines is here at the Paris Air Show (Hall 2 Stand AB 151) exhibiting a cutaway mockup of a geared turbofan. This is the basic concept for its Claire (clean air engine) technology program, whose aim is to cut carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 30 percent by 2035. It is making its first step under the umbrella of the European Commission’s Clean Sky joint technology initiative.
The presence of Parker Hannifin Corp. (Hall 5 Stand D36) at this Paris Air Show underscores its research-and-development commitment in fields such as system health, “adaptive energy” and fuel tank safety. For example, its energy-harvesting predictive health monitoring device will allow operators to supervise the vitality of an aircraft’s systems by measuring component vibrations during flight.
Crane Aerospace & Electronics (Hall 5 Stand A24) has appointed Michael Romito to serve as aerospace group president. He runs its sites in Burbank, California; Elyria, Ohio; Lynwood, Washington; and Lyon, France.
Microturbo is ground testing its e-APU, a new auxiliary power unit designed for new-generation business aircraft that are expected to need more electrical power. The company projects certification and first deliveries in early 2012.
Rolls-Royce’s development of an open-rotor engine for the next generation of midsize airliners has taken a giant leap forward after wind-tunnel tests revealed its design would comfortably meet current Stage 4 noise regulations.
Aviall Services’ product repair services division has signed a deal with XOJet to provide wheel repairs, overhauls and replacement services. XOJet combines
private jet ownership, membership and on-demand travel services. Paul Touw, the company’s founder, said he chose Aviall both for its breadth of components, tires and spares, and for the location of its
facilities around the country.