FBHeliservices (FBH) in the UK has contracted Emteq’s Canadian office to design, certify and manufacture a wire-strike protection kit for its fleet of AS350BBs. FBH also asked Emteq to design, certify and manufacture a nose-area deflector (NAD). In the event of a wire strike in the nose area, the NAD will direct the cable toward the upper or lower cutter.
The FAA is adopting a new Airworthiness Directive–2012-CE-026-AD–for 35 Hawker Beechcraft C90GTi King Air twin turboprops. This AD was prompted by reports of incorrect gauge wires used in certain wiring bundles for the cockpit electrical power for backlighting and instrument panel components. This AD requires replacing the incorrect wiring bundles, inspecting associated wiring bundles and components for heat damage, and taking all necessary corrective actions. The new AD becomes effective Nov. 27, 2012.
The FAA plans to adopt a new airworthiness directive for the Hawker Beechcraft King Air C90GTi. The AD is prompted by reports of incorrect gauge wires used in certain wiring bundles for the cockpit electrical power for backlighting and instrument panel components. The AD would require replacing incorrect gauge wires in certain electrical power wiring bundles, inspecting associated wiring bundles and components for heat damage, and taking the necessary corrective actions.
Equipment manufacturer Sagem, which is developing the fly-by-wire (FBW) controls that will be installed on the Eurocopter X4 medium twin, is pledging they will improve safety, reduce pilot workload and enhance flying precision.
As part of its initiative to combat the problems associated with aging aircraft, the FAA has funded a suite of projects at the University of Dayton Research Institute (UDRI) that includes self-healing wires, smart clamps and radio wire fault detectors. The goal of the project is to eliminate the time-consuming task of tracing wire faults.