Turbomeca is endeavoring to improve product support after customers voiced dissatisfaction, notably about parts availability. The French-based turboshaft engine manufacturer ranked last among engine manufacturers in AIN’s 2006 product support survey, with an average 5.17 for parts availability.
Perkins Aircraft Windows signed an agreement with CRS Jet Spares for that company to stock and distribute Perkins-manufactured windows and windshields. Airframes to be supported under the terms of the contract include the Beechjet, Challenger, Citation, Falcon, Gulfstream, Hawker and Learjet.
The pace of new technology infusion in helicopter turbine engines is not slowing.
General Electric, Honeywell, Pratt & Whitney Canada and Rolls-Royce all have significant civil turboshaft development in progress. Turbomeca has no major program under way, apart from the (mostly military) Ardiden. But the French-based firm has precise views about future key technology advancements.
Osceola Mills, Pa.-based Innodyn will be showing off its latest turboprop engine–the TwinPack–later this month at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wis. Over the past several years the company has been quietly working on fuel-efficient, low-cost 200- to 300-shp turboprop aircraft powerplants with 5,000-hour TBOs. Building on this work, Innodyn has developed the 500-shp TwinPack, which combines two of its 250-shp turbines through a common gearbox.
Last week, representatives from industry associations met with the FAA to discuss new regulations regarding aircraft insulation that they believe pose “a serious threat to continued operation after September 2 of many in-service Part 25 aircraft.” The meeting was called in response to a letter to FAA Administrator Marion Blakey that called for “an immediate 180-day extension” to the regulations.
Aviall Services opened a new Los Angeles customer-service center at Van Nuys Airport (VNY). The facility, which services parts buyers in Southern California and product repair customers in the Western U.S., is a response to Aviall’s sales increases over the last three years and anticipated growth.
Cezar Lima, Embraer’s senior manager for fleet maintenance support, received the Overhaul & Maintenance Award for his outstanding achievement in aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO).
Eclipse Aviation is committed to becoming, in the words of its founder, president and CEO, Vern Raburn, “The Ford Motor Company of business aviation.” To that end, it plans to attain an annual production capacity of 1,500 Eclipse 500 very light jets by 2009, using advances in production technology reminiscent of the mass-production assembly line and interchangeable parts innovations with which Henry Ford revolutionized the automobile industry
The ability to surf the Internet while cruising through the lower stratosphere continues to get easier, and faster, thanks to the incremental upgrades being made to the capabilities of current high-speed data satcom systems.
Aircraft Spruce & Specialty of Corona, Calif., has entered an exclusive arrangement with Gentco to market that company’s new nitrogen tire inflation system.