MTU Aero Engines held a “last bolt” ceremony to mark a major milestone in the development of Pratt & Whitney’s PurePower PW1524G geared turbofan engine slated to be used on Bombardier C Series. The company developed the engine’s turbine, which will now be sent to Pratt & Whitney to be installed on the first PurePower PW1524G engine. The engine will then begin testing procedures.
The Japanese Ground Self Defense Force has selected the Enstrom 480B turbine single as its next-generation training helicopter and is scheduled to take 30 of the aircraft between now and 2014.
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.
German company BCT is exhibiting its adaptive machining systems for the manufacture and overhaul of gas turbine engine components. The company claims that by automatically compensating for part-to-part deviations and inaccurate clamping positions, its system can improve accuracy and throughput while lowering costs.
CFM International continues to work “on a daily basis” with Boeing and Airbus on new engine applications for the 737 and A320 families, according to Eric Bachelet, president and CEO of the General Electric-Snecma joint venture.
Bell Helicopter’s XworX special projects and rapid prototyping center exists to give customers added value, according to Nick Lappos, senior vice president for XworX. Lappos says XworX can “be more agile and use non-traditional methods” for things such as blueprint release and purchasing to get the job done faster.
Bell 407, DeLand, Fla., Jan. 7, 2008– A total loss of engine power due to the fatigue failure of a third-stage turbine wheel blade downed the single-engine helicopter, the NTSB determined. The 407–operating as an EMS transport– was nearing its patient pickup destination when the pilot reported hearing a loud bang, which was followed by a yaw to the left.
Northstar Aerospace Turbine Engine Service Group has a new name: Mint Turbines. Operations and personnel of the turbine engine repair and overhaul facility in Stroud, Okla., remain as before privately owned Mint Turbines acquired Northstar on May 27. Northstar specializes in maintenance, repair and overhaul of Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A and PT6T turbine engines. Mint Turbines (Booth No.
Dassault Falcon 900B, Gatwick, UK, Jan. 20, 2007–The UK’s Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) has ruled the probable cause of the uncontained engine failure was the fracturing of a stage-two low-pressure (LP) turbine blade due to a casting defect, with the possibility that this was caused by a third-stage blade failure.
The FAA has issued an airworthiness directive (AD) effective Aug. 13, 2009, for Pratt & Whitney Canada PW305As and PW305Bs installed on, but not limited to, Bombardier Learjet 60s and Hawker 1000s. The AD stems from mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) to identify and correct an unsafe condition on an aviation product.