Bell Helicopter has chosen Texstars (Booth No. 507) to provide birdstrike-resistant windshields for the Bell 525 Relentless. These windshields will feature other safety improvements including enhanced pilot’s field-of-vision and a wrap-around windshield that eliminates the need for lower-view chin bubble windows and overhead skylights. The improved pilot’s view will enable direct sighting of mission objectives and landing zones.
Curing the sealant that holds aircraft windshields in their frames can take up to 48 hours, according Lyon, France-based Sunaero (Hall 2B, Stand C140-158). This can result in maintenance specialists and their airline customers releasing aircraft back to service before sealant is fully cured. While maintenance standards allow such an early release of the aircraft and safety is not at stake, sometimes the windshield has to be sealed again after the next landing, said Fabrice Parodi, Sunaero’s sales and marketing director.
An investigation by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau concluded that good planning and quick crew reactions were responsible for the lack of injuries and significant damage after failure of the windshield of an Australian-registered Citation X on January 15.
Bruce’s Custom Covers (Booth No. N3532) is promoting its line of custom-fitted covers for more than 90 helicopter models, as well as for nearly every airplane ever produced, here at Heli-Expo ’13. “A custom-fitted cover for any aircraft or engine will serve to protect it from climate hazards, both in the hangar and on the ramp,” the company said. For helicopters, the covers can also be fitted to air inlets, pitot and static ports and canopies, among other areas. Design variations are limitless, according to the company.
PPG Aerospace won a contract to supply cockpit windows for the new Eclipse 550, as well as improved-design windshield spares and side-cockpit window spares to Eclipse Aerospace for the existing Eclipse 500 fleet. The lighter-weight glass-faced acrylic windshields for both aircraft will be heated, meet requirements to resist strike by a two-pound bird at 200 knots and have an anti-static coating. The side-cockpit windows will be acrylic. PPG will start cockpit window deliveries to Eclipse in the middle of next year to coincide with deliveries of the first Eclipse 550s.
Polycast UV-SC is the latest addition that Spartech has made to its growing product line of structural transparencies targeting the aircraft, mass transit, automobile and architectural markets. Polycast embodies the technology to produce cast acrylic sheet in a variety of colors that block significant amounts of ultraviolet (UV) light and the near-infrared solar energy’s heat radiation while maintaining high visible light transmission.
PPG Industries’ aerospace transparencies group yesterday was tapped by Cessna Aircraft to supply the cockpit windows for the new Citation Latitude. The heated windshield and side cockpit window for the super-midsize jet will be made of PPG’s chemically strengthened Herculite II glass, which is lightweight but can still resist impact by a four-pound bird at 305 knots.
PPG Aerospace Transparencies group has started full-scale commercial production of its Opticor advanced transparency material at its Sylmar facility in Los Angeles. Opticor is being used for the outboard surface of the cabin windows for the soon-to-be-certified Gulfstream G650 corporate jet (a G650 window is on display on the company’s stand here at the show, at Hall 4 Stand B10).
Stanley Hiller’s granddaughter has her sights on improving the view for the pilots and passengers of both helicopters and airplanes.
In 1942, the elder Hiller founded the iconic helicopter company that bears his name. Now, granddaughter, Christy Hiller, runs Plastek, a company that manufactures a growing line of EZClear cleaning and restoration products for acrylic and polycarbonate aviation windows, windshields and glass-panel avionics.
Marenco Swisshelicopter, which announced its helicopter project last year at Heli-Expo, has unveiled the “high-visibility cockpit” of the SKYe SH09 light single, which features a wide windshield, thin uprights, large windows (including chin windows) an
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