Volvo Aero has been working on a new generation of lightweight engine fan frames, and is exhibiting a demonstrator on its stand (Hall 2A Stand B114). The fan frame is the largest the company has produced, and is constructed from composites and titanium. The fan frame is a complex part of the engine in terms of loads, especially as it incorporates the lugs that attach the engine to the airframe.
Singapore’s Horizon Fuel Cell Technologies (Stand B75) is officially unveiling its new Aeropak fuel cell system here this week. It is designed to increase the flight endurance of small and stealthy electric unmanned aerial systems (UAS) by as much as 300 percent, the new product will bring an immediate performance improvement over today’s best battery systems, according to Horizon.
Saft has been selected to supply batteries for both China’s AVIC ARJ21 regional jet and its Russian competitor, the Sukhoi Superjet. The company is already set to provide the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II with batteries for the low-rate initial production phase.
Having carved out a reputation in the military field for high-performance actuators, auxiliary power units and other power/motion systems, Bental Industries is to take its expertise into the commercial field. This move was sparked by the takeover of Bental by environmental control system specialist TAT Technologies.
Crane Aerospace & Electronics (Hall 5 Stand A24) has appointed Michael Romito to serve as aerospace group president. He runs its sites in Burbank, California; Elyria, Ohio; Lynwood, Washington; and Lyon, France.
Price Induction, a French startup company based in Anglet in the southwest of the country, is here exhibiting two engine mockups (Hall 3 Stand A25). The first is its new 570-pound-thrust DGEN 380 turbofan engine and the other is its Taor contrafan concept. Company executives claim to have raised enough funds to complete the DGEN certification program.
Avjet’s new solar-powered hangar at Bob Hope Airport in Burbank, Calif., represents not only the most current environmentally friendly building design but also illustrates that going green doesn’t necessarily cost more.
French startup company Price Induction is studying an engine with a two-stage contra-rotating fan as a way to reduce fuel burn on very light jets. The Taor 380-1 would have a thrust of 720 pounds and cut fuel burn by 20 percent, compared with the company’s DGen 380 conventional turbofan engine. The latter claims a specific fuel consumption of 0.715. The Taor 380-1 would be suited to 4,400-pound-mtow aircraft, enabling speeds of 250 knots.
The FAA is sifting through public comments related to a draft policy memo issued in February that warns of potential safety hazards associated with the rechargeable lithium batteries in electronic flight bag (EFB) portable computers.
Lord and Sikorsky are developing a lightweight, self-contained hub-mounted vibration system (HMVS) for the Connecticut manufacturer’s future medium and heavy-lift helicopters as part of Sikorsky’s “High Performance, Low Vibration and Low Noise Enabling Technologies Program” in cooperation with the U.S. Army. The HMVS system features motorized imbalanced rotors that rotate at the blade-pass frequency to create centrifugal forces.