The FAA is adopting an Airworthiness Directive (AD 2012-08-11) for certain Bombardier Dash 8-400 turboprop aircraft, to alleviate potential landing gear issues. The problems were identified during testing, which showed that failure of a retract-port, flexible hose on the main-landing-gear actuator could result in excessive leakage of hydraulic fluid.
Boeing has made a series of design updates to the re-engined 737 Max to support performance requirements. The updates, announced April 11, involve the design of the aircraft’s aft body, engine installation and flight control system.
Airbus has begun joining the A350 XWB’s 65-foot-long center fuselage with its 69-foot-long front fuselage in Toulouse, marking the official start of the mostly composite airplane’s final assembly, the European manufacturer announced today.
Weinberg & Bell Group (WBG), based in Cleveland, Ohio, has acquired Londonderry, N.H.-based AeroRepair and Hemico for an undisclosed price. Founded in 1994, AeroRepair is an FAA-certified repair station specializing in the repair and overhaul of brake assemblies, wheel assemblies and landing gear for regional airlines, corporate operators and military aircraft. It also manufactures a line of replacement or modified aircraft parts under an FAA PMA certification and maintains a pool of rotable assets and critical aircraft components.
Preliminary Report: Large-Cabin Jet Destroyed in Runway Excursion
Gulfstream IV, Bukavu, Democratic Republic of Congo, Feb. 12, 2012–The U.S.-registered twinjet was destroyed after it left the runway while landing at Bukavu-Kavumu Airport, slid down an embankment and broke in two. According to reports, both pilots, one of the seven passengers and two people on the ground were killed.
Preliminary Report: Air Ambulance Flight Skids on Landing
Push-back tugs and taxiing aircraft with engines powered up may well, in a few years, be seen as remnants of the past. Two exhibitors here at the Singapore Airshow are studying electric motors that would drive the aircraft’s wheels on the ground.
L-3 Communications, Fraport (owner of Frankfurt Airport and other airports), Lufthansa German Airlines, and Lufthansa Technik, with Airbus support, have teamed to jointly test a technology demonstrator, which might lead to a new way for aircraft to taxi. The group successfully tested a new method of ground operations using electric motors installed on an Airbus A320. It was the first known time electric motors were installed on the main landing gear of a commercial aircraft and used to provide all necessary aircraft ground movement.
Duncan Aviation has developed a new roll-around Hawker landing gear system that allows the aircraft to be moved while the actual landing gear is removed for overhaul. “The roll-around gear works best in a multi-shop event where paint is tied in with airframe maintenance and gear overhaul,” Dan Fuoco, Duncan’s Hawker airframe service sales rep, told AIN.
The National Research Council of Canada (NRC) has commissioned a wind tunnel to help aircraft manufacturers measure the noise levels generated by aircraft landing gear. Industry historically has focused on measuring and reducing the noise generated only by engines.
UPDATE: November 3, 2011
Warsaw’s Frederic Chopin Airport reopened yesterday evening after crews moved off the intersection of its two runways the LOT Boeing 767-300ER that landed with all its landing gear retracted on Tuesday. LOT Polish Airlines began departures at 7:50 p.m., with a flight to Brussels. The airline said it expected to operate a full schedule today.