Simplex Aerospace recently received FAA STC approval for its third-generation, high-pressure Aerial Cleaning System (ACS), used in the cleaning of power-line insulators and windmill blades. ACS, which consists of a belly water tank and a side-mounted nozzle boom, is certified for use on Eurocopter AS350 and AS355 helicopters. (A 120-gallon, second-generation power-wash system is also certified for the Bell 407.)
The Pentagon has selected Emteq to study the feasibility of a rotor blade tip lighting system that can be modulated to provide navigation lights at the appropriate azimuth positions, mark the complete rotor disk in hover mode, and provide a low-observable NVG mode for night formation flying.
Over the last year, Van Horn Aviation (Booth No. 3409) has introduced new tail-rotor blades for the Bell 206 and 206L models that the company says significantly reduce noise, pedal forces and maintenance requirements and have a higher life limit than OEM blades. The new 206L tail-rotor blades received an FAA STC on February 8.
Cessna 650 Citation III, Madison, Wis., Oct. 9, 2005–The inadequate design of the engine’s interstage transition duct yielded after the low pressure turbine (LPT) stage-3 blades had separated and allowed the uncontained release of turbine debris, according to the NTSB. A contributing factor was the separation of a turbine blade.
FH1100 Manufacturing will offer all-turbine pilot training in the Florida panhandle beginning in May. Course content will range from ab initio through commercial and CFI-I. The commercial pilot curriculum can be tailored to individual pilot needs, will include training in elevated platform operations for potential offshore pilots and–at advanced levels–external load training might also be offered.
TDG Aerospace has introduced the Universal Fault Interrupter (UFI 3000), designed to prevent ignition sources resulting from arcing events in aircraft electrical systems.
Shirley, N.Y.-based Naasco Northeast Corp. (Booth No. 2238) recently received FAA approval for the overhaul and repair of Hartman A-1077 series relays, which are used on a variety of fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft and had previously been regarded as unrepairable.
One million hours equals more than 114 years, 11.5 decades or nearly 42,700 days. No matter how you describe it, one million hours is a lot of time, and Bell said its 407 turbine single achieved this milestone late last year. The FAA certified the 407 in February 1996, and today there are 548 of them operating worldwide.