Carson Helicopters of Perkasie, Pa., has been granted FAA certification for new main rotor blades for the Sikorsky S-61. The design incorporates two airfoils and 12 degrees of twist, giving the venerable Sikorsky workhorse 2,000 pounds more lift in a hover and adding 15 knots to the cruise speed compared with the standard metal blades at the same power settings. Carson has signed a contract with NASA for exclusive use of the airfoils.
SilverHawk Aviation of Lincoln, Neb., parlayed its charter operations into a successful FBO and maintenance business, according to general manager Dan Hinnah.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection has awarded its highest supply chain security rating to Gulfstream Aerospace. The business jet manufacturer’s efforts to ensure its supply chain is safe and secure achieved “Tier Three” status. As a result, Gulfstream is eligible to receive the highest level of benefits available to members of the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT).
Dell Canada has partnered with Bombardier Aerospace to provide computer notebook technology to manage maintenance operations for Challenger 605s.
Bombardier will provide a Dell Latitude D530 notebook with every new aircraft ordered. The computer will be equipped with custom maintenance application software and will be used by aircraft maintenance technicians to perform time-saving troubleshooting operations.
Summa Technology, a provider of high-end sub-systems and precision machining, fabrication, welding and engineering services, has been acquired by AAR. The acquisition extends AAR’s portfolio of manufactured products and engineering services.
Rep. Vernon Ehlers (R-Mich.) has announced that he and Rep. Todd Tiahrt (R-Kan.) are working on legislation to provide general aviation parts manufacturers with common-sense protections against lawsuits. “These lawsuits are driving up insurance costs and forcing some manufacturers to stop production on parts certified by the FAA,” Ehlers said.
Buyers of an executive version of the new Airbus A350XWB will have the option of selecting the electrochromic (or “smart windows”) technology from PPG. The windows, developed by Gentex of Zeeland, Mich., contain an organic di-electric gel. When a very low electrical current is introduced, the gel will darken, rendering the window opaque.
Training was not forgotten amid the multibillion-dollar aircraft and MRO deals various Dubai organizations signed at the Dubai Airshow in November.
Dubai World Central (DWC) Aviation City signed a land lease agreement with Spatial Aviation Safety Training Academy (Sasta) to establish the Middle East’s first independent aviation safety training academy.
Rotorcraft design has reached a plateau and advancements are taking place in incremental steps rather than as major breakthroughs. That was the prevailing message of a day-long workshop about the past, present and future of rotorcraft held at the University of Maryland’s Alfred Gessow Rotorcraft Center.
UK aerospace and defense firm Cobham’s decision to buy autopilot maker S-Tec from Meggitt for $38 million could signal the emergence of a revitalized competitor in the market for integrated GA avionics systems.