A new Web site from BBA Aviation Engine Repair and Overhaul (ERO), www.bbaaviationero.com, is aimed at providing the company’s customers with details about the capabilities, locations, OEM engine authorizations and direct contact information for all ERO operating companies and worldwide sales representatives. ERO companies include Dallas Airmotive, H+S Aviation, Premier Turbines, W.H.
A Jan. 20, 2007 incident over the English Channel resulted in the UK’s Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) recommending the FAA mandate operators adhere to a service bulletin Honeywell issued subsequently in late 2007. Falcon 900B G-HMEV had departed Farnborough en route to Tel Aviv. When the aircraft reached FL130 over the English Channel, there was a loud noise from the rear of the aircraft.
The FAA has awarded an FAR Part 145 repair station certificate to Red River Turbines. The company specializes in the repair and overhaul of GE CJ610 and CF700 engines and recently announced the completion of what it says is the world’s first commercial engine test cell built to both industry and military depot level specifications.
GKN Aerospace announced here at Farnborough that it is expanding its metallic and composite manufacturing techniques. Acquisitions have boosted its metallic capabilities, while the company’s Composites Research Center is nearing completion of three years’ work on the integrated wing, advanced technology verification program.
McDonnell Douglas MD 369D, Columbus, Mont., May 28, 2007–The Safety Board blamed this accident, which resulted in the death of a crewmember, on the fatigue failure of a turbine blade caused by a localized overtemperature of the turbine section due to nonuniform fuel distribution by the fuel nozzle. The helicopter was hovering at about 120 agl, inspecting a powerline structure, when it suddenly lost all power.
Virtually all cargo aircraft will be required to have TCAS installed by Oct. 31, 2003, under a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) issued last week. Turbine airplanes of more than 33,000 lb mtow operated under Part 121, 125 or 129 would be required to be equipped with TCAS II. Turbine airplanes with mtows of up to 33,000 lb operated under Part 121, 125 or 129 would be required to be equipped with at least TCAS I.
French engine manufacturer Snecma is developing a new high-pressure core for regional jet applications, dubbed DEM 21 for “21st century demonstrator,” in the 12,000- to 17,000-lb-thrust range. The program may provide the basis for variants capable of powering regional airplanes of up to 70 seats.
Operators of the Agusta A109E Power twin-turbine helicopter and the Agusta A119K Koala single-turbine helicopter were required by emergency ADs issued last month to reduce Vne speeds by 20 kt. The FAA said there are continuing problems with tail-rotor cracks, and that reducing the Vne decreases tail-rotor loading. Additional tail-rotor hub and blade mods necessary for the A119K are not required for the A109E.
Turbine engine overhauler Red River Turbines has built the world’s first commercial T-9 military spec depot-level engine test cell.
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.