Industry

Airbus Corporate Jet Centre (ACJC) has completed its 3rd VIP cabin for an ACJ family aircraft. This Airbus ACJ will be operated on behalf of the customer by Comlux. The cabin, which is for a private customer, has an arrangement of VIP features, including a lounge, rest area and bathroom. It seats just over 30 VIPs, guests and support staff. Designed for the customer by Studio E/motions it features electrically operated seats and tables, new touch-screen technology, and advanced passenger entertainment and communications including satellite communications, audio and video on demand and Wifi. Other equipment includes a tail-mounted camera that passengers can use to keep track of their flight, the latest mood-lighting and an anti-intrusion system to ensure security when the aircraft is parked on the ground. ACJC has now booked 10 contracts for cabin outfitting, from customers in Asia, Europe and the Middle East.

Embraer has opened a new customer support contact center dedicated to executive jets. The initiative has already been operating for North American Phenom 100 customers since Dec 2008, and has now been expanded to offer worldwide support for all Embraer executive jet models. Located at Embraer’s headquarters at SJK (São José dos Campos SP, Brazil), the contact center provides a 24/7 quick response integrated with the network of company-owned and authorized service centers, spare parts distribution centers, and field service representatives.

EADS has established a new subsidiary in Tokyo to help coordinate and support the group’s marketing campaigns and industrial partnerships in Japan. Through its Airbus, EADS Defence & Security, Eurocopter and EADS Ast­rium divisions, EADS has an extensive portfolio of products and services. The group already buys directly, or indirectly through first-tier suppliers, products worth some $1 billion annually in the country. EADS Group already has a significant presence in the Japanese market. For example, Eurocopter has more than a 50% share of the civilian helicopter market and is also a supplier to the Japan’s defense ministry. Eurocop­ter Japan recently bought a stake in the helicopter maintenance operations of ANA Aircraft Main­tenance, while EADS Astrium buys and sells space equipment in Japan.

Charter/management

Million Air DAL (Love, Dallas TX) has added 4 aircraft to its fleet—a Falcon 50, Hawker 800XP, Citation Ultra and a Learjet 31A. Million Air DAL now offers 18 aircraft—the largest fleet in Texas, according to the company.

Powerplants

Aviation is preparing to start certification testing later this year of its new H80 turboprop, which is derived from the Walter M601 series. The H80 will produce up to 800 shp to power utility, agricultural and general aviation aircraft. GE’s 3D aerodynamic design techniques and advanced materials have been integrated into the H80 engine’s compressor, along with flowpath and material improvements to the turbine nozzle guide vanes. The H80’s 2-stage axial compressor also includes an innovative turbine blisk design. It will also feature an extended service life of 3600 flight hours and 6600 cycles between overhauls. H80 component testing is continuing. The engine has accumulated more than 3000 cycles during hot section demonstration tests in Prague, Czech Republic. Engine certification testing is set to begin later this year with certification expected in early 2010.

GE also recently named the Power 90 as a preferred engine conversion for the King Air 90 series. Power 90 is an FAA-approved STC conversion in which the original engines are replaced with more powerful 751-shp Walter M601E-11As. The E-11A engine delivers faster rates of climb, higher flight levels, faster cruise speed than current engines.

Rolls-Royce explores low-carbon technology

Rolls-Royce has announced plans to invest in new factories and advanced research programs in the UK. These investments will enable Rolls-Royce to respond to anticipated growth in its aerospace markets and will create or secure more than 800 jobs in innovative high-value manufacturing programs, largely in Assisted Areas.

The research programs will focus on critical technologies to reduce the CO2 emissions of future aircraft programs and will accelerate the development of new manufacturing methods. Rolls-Royce will invest over £300 million in factories in the UK, with £45 million of support to be provided by the UK Government. Included in the new factories will be a casting facility for single crystal (SX) turbine blades.

The factory will manufacture advanced turbine blade castings for the company’s most modern high-thrust engines. There will also be new advanced disc manufacturing. Rolls-Royce will establish a new disc machining factory that will deliver a step-change improvement in the manufacture of fan and turbine discs for commercial and military aero engines.

A suite of manufacturing processes, developed in the advanced manufacturing research centers, will be demonstrated in the factory before being introduced into production. The company and its partners will also invest in new research programs.

These will include research into low-carbon aircraft engine technologies and incorporate a Rolls-Royce-led research program valued at around £90 million that is central to the development of low-carbon aircraft engine technologies.

The UK Government will provide £45 million through its Technology Strategy Board (TSB) to support the re­search. TSB is currently considering a research program called Strategic Investment in Low-Carbon Engine Technology (SILOET), which is ex­pected to deliver a substantial improvement in CO2 emissions and hence engine fuel economy.

A second program called Strate­gic Affordable Manufacturing in the UK through Leading Environ­mental Technologies (SAMULET) is a Rolls-Royce-led collaborative program to accelerate the development of manufacturing and product technologies.

It will focus on productivity and environmental improvements, including efficient advanced manufacturing processes and lower engine fuel consumption. The program will be closely linked with the advanced manufacturing research centers. It will be valued at up to £90 million over 4 years and is receiving support of £28.5 million from TSB and £11.5 million from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, with further support under discussion with regional bodies. —Rob Seaman

Avionics

L3 Avionics has received TSO authorization and an approved model list STC (AML STC) from FAA for its new Trilogy ESI1000 electronic standby instrument. Designed as a backup for glass cockpit avionics, Trilogy is the first solid-state integrated standby system created specifically for Part 23 aircraft.

Becker Avionics has introduced a new line of Mode S transponders to be available by the end of 2009 after successfully testing its ADS-B-Out and ADS-B-In technologies for airborne solutions. The BXP62xx & BXT62xx Mode S transponder series features ADS-B-Out capability and certification according to AMC 20-24 and TSO-C166a. Among other features the new series will have the capability to be used as a Mode A/C transponder if used without the address module and also to interface with off-the-shelf GPS receivers, such as Freeflight (1201, 1203, 1204) and Accord Technology NexNav (mini, max).

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