Physics

April 1, 2014 - 12:59am

The incidence of lasers being pointed at aircraft is rising at an alarming rate, jumping by more than 1,000 percent since the FAA started tracking data in 2005. Last year, according to FAA data, so-called “lasing” incidents averaged 11 per day. With this proliferation comes greater potential for an aircraft accident, with injury and loss of life both to aircraft occupants and to people on the ground.

March 31, 2014 - 12:50pm

An emergency airworthiness directive, effective immediately–AD 2013-12-06–was issued March 24 covering Airbus Helicopters legacy models MBB BK117A-3, BK117A-4, BK117B-1 and BK117C-2 that use a Metro Aviation vapor-cycle air conditioning kit pulley. Affected aircraft use pulley number 30001 installed in accordance with supplemental type certificate SH3880SW, which now requires immediate inspection of the drive pulley for looseness and properly installed lock wires and reinstallation of the pulley.

February 24, 2014 - 4:33pm

Spectro Jet-Care–which provides laboratory analysis of aircraft oil, fuel, hydraulic fluid and debris–has added advanced optical imaging equipment to its arsenal of tools at its facilities in New Jersey, the UK and Switzerland. The new equipment allows extremely detailed analysis of chips found on magnetic chip detectors, in filters or within fluid samples, the company said. It also provides a depth of field and resolution that is better than that of conventional optical microscopes, as well as allows the ability to view the magnified images in 3-D.

February 12, 2014 - 12:20am
Iron Beam can be rapidly deployed in the field on vehicle mounts. The system is currently in the technology demonstration phase .

Israeli defense specialist Rafael (Booth N51) has unveiled a new system to tackle short-range mortar and rocket threats, and close-in air threats such as UAVs. Rather than employing a projectile to destroy incoming threats, the new Iron Beam system uses a high-energy laser (HEL).

February 5, 2014 - 11:50am

The National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR) at Wichita State University has added oil analysis to its growing list of test services. It provides trivector analysis, infrared spectroscopy, particle count/shape recognition, elemental analysis and viscosity testing. Test kits, purchased through the lab’s website, can be used to collect and return oil samples. Results are delivered by mail or e-mail. Test prices range from $22 to $44, including return postage.

January 5, 2014 - 1:10am

After a four-year absence from its product line, Lektro will be restoring its smallest battery-powered aircraft tug, the AP8350, to its lineup next month. According to the Oregon-based company, the tug–which can handle aircraft weighing up to 10,000 pounds–has been revived to meet the needs of customers operating very light jets. The tug couples a traction motor directly to a helical-gear Dana differential and has a universal nose-gear lifting cradle. An on-board GPU is optional.

December 5, 2013 - 3:05pm

Under a new partnership announced yesterday, Argus’s charter aircraft operator ratings and search filtering are now part of CharterPad’s online charter marketplace. CharterPad is also increasing the number of Argus-rated operators in its system, with nearly half of all such operators having joined CharterPad. Besides the Argus ratings, CharterPad’s main dashboard also includes a link directly to the aviation services company’s TripCheq system, which provides charter customers with a comprehensive analysis of a company’s credentials specific to a trip.

December 3, 2013 - 1:05am

The Jan. 4, 2014 implementation date for new Part 117 regulations on fatigue applies only to scheduled air carriers, but many observers believe elements of the new law will eventually work their way to business aviation.

December 2, 2013 - 5:40am

Business aircraft cabins are generally not quiet. Not with the turbulent boundary-layer rush of air around the fuselage at Mach 0.85 and the whine of a couple of jet engines no great distance from the comfy chairs. Then there are the pumps, hydraulics, fans, gears, actuators, electric motors, worn bearings and air distribution through the metal ductwork, not to mention the occasional hum of the microwave and induction oven, the rattling of glasses and flatware in the galley and that giant sucking sound coming from the lavatory.

October 19, 2013 - 6:30am

Among the exhibitors making their debuts at NBAA’s annual showcase is Pulsar Informatics (Booth No. C12047), which is demonstrating its new crew fatigue evaluation web application: the Aviation Fatigue Meter. According to the Philadelphia-based company, the app can be used for every kind of business aviation operation, no matter the scale or complexity, and it is described as an “easy way for people to see how any particular schedule is impacted by human fatigue factors.”

 
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