Chemistry

July 16, 2008 - 9:43am

Doncasters is investing close to $350,000 to develop the plasma spray facility at Doncasters Airmotive and Doncasters Aerospace Components in Shrewsbury, UK. Plasma spray technology is used to apply various metallic and ceramic coatings onto components by feeding the metallic or ceramic powder into a plasma flame with intense heat that melts the powder and sprays it onto the component.

July 15, 2008 - 9:11am

Congress has allocated $8.5 million to research on alternative piston aviation fuels in the coming fiscal year. Though current supplies and production of 100LL avgas are secure for the near term, AOPA argues that alternatives may become necessary later.

July 11, 2008 - 6:25am

American Eagle executives planned to meet with FAA officials last month to discuss the Dallas-based airline’s alleged violations of hazardous-materials regulations. The FAA alleges that on one occasion in 2000 American Eagle transported an oxygen generator as cargo aboard a passenger flight. It also claims that Eagle improperly offered oxygen generators to Federal Express for shipment by air on seven separate occasions.

July 9, 2008 - 7:05am

Testifying before the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on air-quality standards for lead, AOPA executive v-p of government affairs Andy Cebula warned that any immediate changes to current aviation fuel standards would have a “direct impact on the safety of flight and the very future of light aircraft in this country.”

July 7, 2008 - 10:04am

Complex materials, made of carbon fiber composites and a metal, are tricky to characterize. “We already know that titanium is a better match than aluminum with carbon fiber,” research coordinator Benoît Sagot-Duvauroux said. But now researchers are endeavoring to put numbers on corrosion and dilatation issues, for example. Simulation of real-world operating conditions is the key to success in this work.

July 7, 2008 - 9:30am

Airbus has agreed to start approval testing for a new tungsten carbide-based coating developed by the UK’s Hardide Coatings (Hall 4 Stand E20) as a replacement for chrome coatings. The Airbus trials will last three years. It is the eighth aerospace manufacturer to test the new coating, which is already in use in harsh environments in the oil and gas exploration sector.

July 7, 2008 - 6:41am

GKN Aerospace has delivered the first production examples of an entirely new process for creating complex curved titanium structures. The delta pressure forming process is now being used to make the advanced cone-shaped titanium exhaust systems for the Boeing 747-800 airliner. The unit is lighter and more durable.

July 3, 2008 - 4:33am

Allegheny Technologies (ATI) is exhibiting at a Farnborough Air Show for the first time as ATI Aerospace–a new “market sector team” charged with answering record demand for titanium and super alloys from the aerospace and defense industry.

June 30, 2008 - 9:20am

AirCell is introducing two new airborne telecommunications products, the AST 3500, which combines cellular technology with the Iridium satcom system, and the ST 3100, which relies exclusively on Iridium. Deliveries are scheduled to begin in November.

June 11, 2008 - 6:24am

Spinneybeck Inc., a manufacturer of high-end flame-retardant upholstery leathers, recently introduced its new Forte leather product, which the company claims is the world’s first upholstery leather designed specifically for the aviation industry.

 
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