This month UTC Aerospace Systems will complete deliveries of new brakes and wheels for the U.S. Air Force’s entire Lockheed Martin C-130 Hercules fleet. The brakes replace the original equipment, offering significant performance improvements, enhanced maintainability and reduced life-cycle costs. Compared to the original steel brakes, the new brakes cool much quicker, resulting in reduced time on the ground in “hot” landing zones.
Have any questions about your landing gear, brakes or other hydraulic systems on your aircraft? Stop by Tactair Fluid Controls at Booth No. N3217 to view a complete landing gear extension/retraction system, nosewheel steering system and helicopter wheel and brake system.
The engineering team at Gap-Tallard, France-based Beringer Wheels & Brakes has devised a new tailwheel design to help prevent ground loops in tailwheel-equipped airplanes. The patented “tailwheel with double pivot” essentially is a lockable tailwheel that is steerable while in the locked position. Beringer also announced that it has received a supplemental type certificate for a complete Cirrus SR20/22 replacement wheel and brake system with Beringer’s anti-lock inline regulator (ALIR) anti-skid braking feature.
UTC Aerospace Systems (Chalet A330, Hall Concorde 35) has won a contract from Virgin Atlantic Airways to supply the wheels, carbon brakes and MRO services for the airline’s fleet of 16 Boeing 787-9s, the first of which the airframer plans to deliver in September 2014. UTC Aerospace said it would supply the parts through its Wheels & Brakes division, based in Troy, Ohio.
The carbon brakes on the 787-9 use UTC’s Duracarb carbon heat sink material, which, according the company, lasts 35 percent longer than competitive products.
Parker Aerospace (Booth No. 5028) is celebrating the certification of its fly-by-wire flight-control system on the new Gulfstream G650 ultra-long-range jet and announcing EASA and Brazilian ANAC approval for new wheel and brake kits for several versions of the King Air turboprop.
Messier-Bugatti-Dowty will be Eurocopter’s single-source supplier for wheels and brakes on the new X4 medium-twin helicopter. The Safran company will provide the two nosewheels, two main wheels and two electric brakes, the electronic brake controller and four brake pedal transmitter units. Messier-Bugatti-Dowty’s electric brakes are designed “to reduce weight, while retaining excellent friction properties” and simplifying maintenance.
Goodrich has been awarded a contract extension to continue to maintain and overhaul the wheels and brakes of easyJet’s Airbus A320-family fleet. Meanwhile, the U.S. equipment manufacturer also revealed that it has demonstrated the performance of its carbon brakes on U.S. Air Force’s C-130s, for which retrofits have already started.
For the third time this year, an Embraer Phenom 100 suffered a dual tire blowout upon landing after a reported failure in the brake-by-wire system. The most recent incident occurred on September 25 in Arizona as the light twinjet landed at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport.
The FAA issued a special airworthiness information bulletin (SAIB NM-09-18) last month warning operators of aircraft equipped with carbon disc brakes that absorbed moisture in the carbon discs can freeze and lock wheels. The SAIB resulted from an incident involving a Bombardier Global Express that flew from Van Nuys, Calif., to London Luton Airport.
Bombardier Aerospace today said it flew a Global 5000 testbed with an all-electric braking system, which the Canadian company claims is a civil aviation first. The testing lasted more than seven hours and included five landings and a series of high-speed braked ground runs. The demonstrator aircraft was equipped with Meggitt’s EBrake electric braking system and Messier-Dowty’s landing gear with electric brake wiring harnesses.
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