Corpair Composites is in the process of renovating a 20,000-sq-ft facility in O’Fallon, Mo., and expects to begin operations there this fall. Avmats is the holding company for the new business aviation composite maintenance, repair and overhaul facility. “Last June I was approached by Butch Geissmen, chairman and CEO of Aviation Material and Technical Support [Avmats], about starting a composite shop. He said it was the missing piece of the Avmats puzzle,” Bill Kener, vice president of Composites for Corpair Composites, told AIN.
West Star Aviation has acquired the Messier Bugatti Dowty overhaul manuals and technical data for 192-month landing-gear restorations on the Challenger 604. “West Star has made a substantial investment in procuring these manuals,” said Steve Goede, accessories program manager for West Star Aviation. “No technician can perform a Challenger 604 192-month gear restoration without them so it was an easy choice for us.”
A J Walter Aviation is to buy the component repair business of Aveos Fleet Performance. AJW plans to develop an MRO operation and will establish Aveos’s Montreal facility as its new global aircraft components maintenance headquarters. The acquisition is part of a larger expansion program that has included establishing offices in Miami, Dubai and Singapore; additional spares hubs across Europe, Asia, the Middle East and the Americas; and the launch of a new engine division. A UK global headquarters and logistics center will open later this year.
The UAV community that will meet soon in Las Vegas for Unmanned Systems North America might draw some wisdom from the effort to introduce unmanned aircraft in UK civil airspace.
PPG Industries’ aerospace transparencies group yesterday was tapped by Cessna Aircraft to supply the cockpit windows for the new Citation Latitude. The heated windshield and side cockpit window for the super-midsize jet will be made of PPG’s chemically strengthened Herculite II glass, which is lightweight but can still resist impact by a four-pound bird at 305 knots.
Mecaer Aviation is to design and manufacture the landing gear system for Bell Helicopters’s new 525 Relentless twin. The Italian company, which already provides landing gear for the existing 429 model, will be responsible for engineering, system integration, and the production of a complete ‘bolt-on’ system, comprising nose and main gears, electro-mechanical actuation, the braking system, wheels, tires and control panel. Mecaer also provides landing gear for AgustaWestland.
General Electric is stepping up studies to provide a new engine for Boeing’s planned 777X. GE90 program manager Bill Millhaem has confirmed that the proposed GE9X turbofan will deliver 10 percent greater fuel efficiency than existing engines in the family.
The U.S. engine maker expects to achieve a first run of the high-pressure compressor rig early in 2013. The first test of the full core should be achieved by 2015.
Sierra Nevada Corp. has selected Parker Aerospace Gas Turbine Fuel Systems division’s thermal-management equipment to cool and heat its autonomous landing system (HALS) on Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters. Sierra Nevada has a contract to fulfill the degraded visual environments (DVE) operational-needs statement issued by the U.S. Army aviation-networks mission-planning program directorate.
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.
Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) and GE Aviation are working on new-generation turboprop engines for the 90-seat regional aircraft that may be launched in the coming years. While P&WC is studying a clean-sheet design, dubbed Next-Generation Regional Turboprop (NGRT), GE is planning on a derivative of the GE38 turboshaft: the CPX38