UK-based Rolls-Royce has purchased the rights to a new coating process for turbine blades that could improve performance and durability. Created by researchers at Iowa State University, the coating, based on a composition of platinum, nickel, aluminum and hafnium, improves the durability and reliability of ceramic heat barriers that are applied over the bond coat, said co-creator Daniel Sordelet, a scientist with the U.S.
At the FAA’s Joint Planning and Development Office Day on Capitol Hill recently, Administrator Marion Blakey introduced two NextGen future ATC documents. First was the agency’s 41-page 2008-2012 Flight Plan, which announced projects such as the statewide Alaska ADS-B project.
Simulator manufacturer Opinicus is in the final stages of completing four full-motion simulators and one fixed training device for the Eclipse 500 very light jet. FAA certification of the full-motion simulator is expected in the third quarter, according to Opinicus president Jim Takats, with training set to begin at Eclipse headquarters in September.
Universal Avionics has received an STC for its EFI-890R display retrofit for the Learjet 25. The primary focus of the system is Universal’s synthetic vision, which gives the
pilot a full picture of the terrain ahead with traditional flight director cues. In addition, the system includes electronic weather, Jeppesen charts and terrain awareness and warning. The installation was completed by Stevens Aviation of Nashville, Tenn.
AirCell’s Axxess satellite communications system has gained European certification aboard a Cessna Citation 650. The Axxess system includes two Iridium satcom channels for making voice calls and transmitting low-rate data in flight. The unit’s capabilities can be expanded to four Iridium channels as well as a single Inmarsat satcom channel allowing Internet access through the Swift64 aero data service.
With so much nonessential equipment installed in today’s business jets, pilots might wonder if the rules regarding inoperative equipment apply to products that don’t contribute to the safety of flight.
The European Space Agency (ESA) has launched the early development phase of the Single European Sky Iris program, a research initiative designed to improve air traffic management through satellite-based air-to-ground communication links. If the early development proposals are approved by the ESA Council next year, system development will begin in mid 2009.
Derived from the Dimond DA42 Twin Star widely used by flying schools, the DA42 MPP is developing into a family of aircraft that are capable of carrying all manner of sensors. That accounts for the rather strange shapes on the nose or beneath the fuselage that accommodate devices that tailor the MPP for specific tasks.
Northrop Grumman delivered the first production LN-120G GPS-aided stellar-inertial navigation system to the U.S. Air Force last month, to begin the update of the service’s 31 RC-135 Rivet Joint signals intelligence aircraft.
As original equipment manufacturer (OEM) for a large fleet of aircraft around the world, Lockheed Martin said it reduces ownership costs for its customers by combining its design and production expertise with low-cost sustainment services. “Noone– other than the customer–knows our aircraft better than we do,” said Marillyn Hewson, executive vice president, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Global Sustainment.