Peter Diamandis, of X Prize Foundation renown, guest speaker at the Dassault breakfast yesterday and writer of the headline above, is turning his attention to the challenge of developing jet fuels that are “good for the upper atmosphere, fuels that can recycle CO2 in the atmosphere.” The research centers on creating cells capable of absorbing CO2 and converting it into something usable as an energy source.
Thrane & Thrane introduced an Iridium satcom system filter to eliminate the effects an Inmarsat satcom system might have on an Iridium system installed in the same aircraft. It will enable the simultaneous use of Inmarsat and Iridium voice/data communication systems.
MedAire physicians are administering up to 600 cholesterol tests at Booth No. 1075 throughout the show. The tests take five minutes to process and are free to NBAA Convention attendees.
French company Simav is developing a new thermal process, thermolysis, to recycle the carbon fiber contained in composite materials and claims that its process yields a higher-quality recycled fiber than the current one.
“Airbus is testing a prototype of our recycling machine in Toulouse and we plan to install a production-standard machine there late this year or early in 2009,” Simav CEO Ghassan Khouri told AIN.
Lithium batteries, as used in cellphones, laptops and other electronic equipment, have been in the news recently, as airlines have severely limited their carriage on aircraft due to the hazard of fire. So it might not seem an opportune time to begin marketing a lithium battery designed to replace nicad and lead-acid aircraft batteries.
Sherwin-Williams has introduced its JetFlex interior aircraft finish, a solvent-based polyurethane enamel and water-reducible polyurethane dispersion coating that adheres to plastic, metal and composite surfaces. It is a low volatile organic compounds formula that contains no free isocyanates, lead or chrome. Further, the single-package formulation does not require a catalyst for application and can be air or force dried.
The FAA has warned operators with carbon brakes about problems with environmentally friendly organic salt runway de-icer fluids. Aircraft manufacturers have notified the FAA that spray between the wheels causes the de-icer fluid to coat carbon brake heat-sink (pressure) plates.
Bombardier last month suffered damage at its Downsview, Ontario factory following an explosion at Sunrise Propane Industrial Gases, a propane factory roughly a block from the Bombardier plant.
As the global marketplace continues to reduce the size of the world, we not only embrace the languages, cuisine and customs of other cultures; we find ourselves in turn embraced by a growing array of deadly airborne pathogens. The most recent was SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome), which some health officials believe will reappear this winter.
Air BP and ConocoPhillips took to the pulpit at EAA AirVenture to announce new oil and lubrication products, primarily for piston aircraft.