Physics

January 17, 2008 - 10:42am

A study aimed at providing data on pilot fatigue during long flights has started in Australia. The three-year study, intended to help shape revised duty-time regulations, is a joint-effort project among Quantas Airlines pilots, the country’s sleep research branch of the University of South Australia and the Civil Aviation Authority of Australia. The first phase involves volunteer flight crews being monitored on their sleep patterns.

January 17, 2008 - 10:42am

A study aimed at providing data on pilot fatigue during long flights has started in Australia. The three-year study, intended to help shape revised duty-time regulations, is a joint-effort project among Quantas Airlines pilots, the country’s sleep research branch of the University of South Australia and the Civil Aviation Authority of Australia. The first phase involves volunteer flight crews being monitored on their sleep patterns.

January 17, 2008 - 6:28am

Ground test runs started last month on the 4,900-pound-thrust TFE731-50, Honeywell’s newest business jet engine. The engine, featuring integrated nacelle and thrust-reverser systems, produced more than 5,000 pounds of thrust in a test cell on its first run, the company said. The engine is scheduled to begin flight testing on Honeywell’s Falcon 20 this summer.

January 17, 2008 - 6:28am

Ground test runs started last month on the 4,900-pound-thrust TFE731-50, Honeywell’s newest business jet engine. The engine, featuring integrated nacelle and thrust-reverser systems, produced more than 5,000 pounds of thrust in a test cell on its first run, the company said. The engine is scheduled to begin flight testing on Honeywell’s Falcon 20 this summer.

January 16, 2008 - 6:15am

Business has been brisk for Mercury Air Center at its Charleston, S.C. facility. Though it only recently completed the first phase of remodeling its FBO there, Mercury has just broken ground on a 45,000-sq-ft hangar and tenant office complex. The new building is adjacent to the existing terminal building and will have 28-foot-high doors to accommodate ultra-long-range business jets.

January 2, 2008 - 10:42am

Buyers of an executive version of the new Airbus A350XWB will have the option of selecting the electrochromic (or “smart windows”) technology from PPG. The windows, developed by Gentex of Zeeland, Mich., contain an organic di-electric gel. When a very low electrical current is introduced, the gel will darken, rendering the window opaque.

December 19, 2007 - 9:33am

Hydrogenics, a Toronto design and manufacturing firm, has won a contract to supply 65-kilowatt hydrogen fuel cells for aircraft tow tractors. The contract is from the U.S. Department of Defense Fuel Cell Test and Evaluation Center, operated by Concurrent Technologies (CTC). The Hydrogenics fuel cell module will be mated to a CTC aircraft tug to be used in demonstrations at air force bases and civilian airports in conjunction with the U.S.

December 10, 2007 - 11:15am

Engineers from British consortium FBH (Bristow Helicopters and FR Group) are maintaining two Bell 212s that have been sent from Brunei to Sumatra, to support the disaster relief program following the December earthquake and subsequent tsunamis.

December 7, 2007 - 8:29am

In response to numerous reports of lasers being pointed at aircraft, the FAA last month issued advisory circular (AC) 70-2 requesting all aircrews to report immediately incidents of unauthorized laser illumination to the appropriate ATC facility. The AC also requires air traffic controllers to notify pilots immediately about laser events.

December 6, 2007 - 8:37am

For years Corpair Supply of O’Fallon, Mo., has been closely associated with the repair and overhaul of Sabreliners. The company recently announced that it has expanded its capabilities to include Falcons (the 10, 20, 50, 200 and 900) and Hawkers (the 400, 600, 700 and 800).

 
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