Honeywell announced that its HTS900 turboshaft engine, yet to be certified, is already getting an upgrade. The engine has been fitted with a new dual-centrifugal compressor that Honeywell said provides increased thermodynamic power capability and reduced fuel consumption, and at the same time allows for future engine growth within the same engine footprint.
Helicopters are expensive because the components that make up a helicopter are costly. But when it comes to replacing some components there are alternatives that can ease the financial pain. Bearing Inspection (Booth No. 1397) is here to explain to helicopter operators how they can save money on the replacement of expensive high-precision helicopter bearings, especially those used in rotorcraft transmissions.
A very sore-throated EMS pilot named Mark Graveline, who flies a Bell 206 equipped with the Chelton Flight Systems FlightLogic EFIS for Air Methods of San Antonio, talked about the cockpit system with HAI Convention News at the show yesterday.
Aerosonic Corp. of Clearwater, Fla., has received TSO approval from the FAA for its two-inch standby digital altimeter and airspeed indicators, on display in Booth No. 1217 along with the company’s line of vertical speed and cabin pressure indicators and clocks.
Honeywell has developed and demonstrated a new two- stage compressor that promises to enable lower turbine engine fuel consumption while increasing power-to-weight ratio across a broad operating range, the company announced.
Liebherr-Aerospace Saline is set to increase its support in the rotary-wing market. The North American branch of the 57-year-old German company is based in Saline, Mich., and provides technical support, inventory and service that caters particularly to the growing fleet of European-designed aircraft.
FPT Industries, a division of GKN Aerospace, has finalized design of the emergency extended flotation system that will maintain stability in extreme conditions on the Sikorsky S-92, the company announced.
According to GKN, the requirement for additional buoyancy has been stimulated by increased offshore operations, particularly in the ever-growing North Sea market.
“People blame the president, OPEC and anyone else they can think of for the price of fuel today; it’s nonsense. In over 30 years of exploration nobody ever told me when and how much I could sell my oil for,” retired oilman Jean LaForge told AIN.
AIN asked pilots, mechanics and department managers to rank avionics suppliers in seven key categories: parts availability; parts cost; AOG (aircraft-on-ground) response; warranty fulfillment; technical manuals; technical reps; and overall product reliability. More than 1,600 readers filled out the survey forms, with most providing written comments in addition to numerical rankings.
Avionics maker Innovative Solutions & Support (IS&S) is diving headlong into the cockpit retrofit market with a turnkey installation kit for business airplanes that includes a form-fit instrument panel, flat-panel LCDs, integrated control panels and backup instruments.