Updates from Astrium, BoostAeroSpace, SR Technics, CTC
EADS’S ASTRIUM unit, Europe’s leading space-technology company, announced at June’s Paris Air Show that it will launch a new Airborne Data Service for the general aviation market, providing high-throughput, real-time data streaming and positioning via satellite. The service enables the real-time transmission of flight data to aircraft operators via satellite networks, using on-board processors capable of analysing flight performance compared with expected parameters. The service will send more data, significantly faster than legacy Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting Systems (ACARS). The new system compresses, encrypts and then securely transmits data to Astrium ground stations, which then relay this to airline operators, enabling real-time observation of aircraft performance from the ground. The service is configured to alert operators if regular performance limits are exceeded in flight and will also improve maintenance efficiency by identifying components that require servicing or replacement. It will also augment current aircraft ‘black box’ flight recorders, transmitting specific data in the event of an emergency, while constantly tracking the location of the aircraft. Astrium Services will deliver the service through its Paradigm Services affiliate, under an exclusive teaming agreement between Paradigm and Canada’s Star Navigation, which provides an in-flight monitoring system. It is now available for pre-operational orders, and is expected to become fully operational by the end of the year.
FIVE LEADING European aerospace and defence companies, EADS, Airbus, Dassault Aviation, Safran and Thales, have decided to create a European digital hub for the management of collaborative programmes and their supply chains. The platform is called BoostAeroSpace and provides highly value-added standardised and secured collaborative services. “In the 21st century, inter-company digital collaboration has become critical for competitiveness and for all main programmes of the aerospace and defence industry,” the partners say. “For the industry, 70 percent to 80 percent of the value is provided by the Supply Chain, from Tier 1 to Tier n, most of them being small and medium enterprises. In order to strengthen European aerospace programmes competitiveness has to be improved at extended enterprise level.”
SR TECHNICS and SWISS have agreed to continue their close cooperation in the future and signed a five-year contract in Zurich for comprehensive aircraft maintenance and component services. The exclusive agreement covers Heavy Maintenance services, A- and C-Checks, and incorporates full Integrated Component Services for the airline’s Airbus fleet. The agreement also includes a hangar space sub-lease in Zurich. All maintenance services will be carried out at SR Technics’ facilities in Switzerland.
FLIGHT TRAINING organisation CTC on 1 July announced a new partnership with Jetstar Asia to begin training cadet pilots for employment as First Officers with the Singapore-based airline. The first training programme is set to begin later this year. Jetstar Asia is recruiting to meet expected growth in traffic, and one channel for this expansion is through the Jetstar Cadet Pilot Training Programme, launched last December. “We will be welcoming an additional eight Airbus A320 aircraft over the next 12 months and are working to recruit the best talents to join us as airline pilots. The Cadet Pilot Training Programme will ensure an additional stream of such candidates,” says Jetstar Asia Chief Executive Officer Chong Phit Lian. CTC will begin recruiting in Singapore for its training programme in the coming weeks, with a Roadshow scheduled for 4–7 August. Those wishing to attend should register by emailing email@example.com.
BERINGER WHEELS & Brakes, a leading maker of high-performance light-aircraft wheels and brakes, has announced a new nose-wheel and axle solution for the popular Van’s RV-10 light aircraft. The new nose-wheel kit includes a lightweight Beringer wheel and a mounted tubeless tire, plus a unique one-piece, thru-axle and associated parts and hardware necessary for installation. “Builders have long battled the setup of the nose wheel, which, in the original configuration, often results in either too-tight or too-loose fitment, resulting in poor ground handling or excess wear,” the company says. “Not only is the sensitive problem of front-axle tension eliminated with the Beringer thru-axle, the use of low-resistance ball bearings (instead of the usual tapered rollers) noticeably reduces rolling resistance. While this may not shorten your takeoff roll, you will appreciate it when you’re parking your RV after a long flight.” The kit is priced at US$649, and includes a high-strength aluminium axle and spacer, plus the assembled wheel assembly with a mounted and pressure-tested Michelin tyre.
CURTISS-WRIGHT Controls says it has been selected by AgustaWestland in Yeovil, UK, to provide a custom Vibration Management System (VMS) computer for use on its Rotorcraft Technology Validation Programme (RTVP) demonstrator. “Curtiss-Wright is very proud to have been selected by AgustaWestland to provide our rugged system design and integration expertise for the Vibration Management System on its RTVP demonstrator programme,” says David Adams, co-chief operating officer of Curtiss-Wright. The compact VMS computer will be designed and manufactured at the Curtiss-Wright’s Electronic Systems business unit in Santa Clarita, California. The VMS computer, featuring custom I/O and conduction-cooled components, will provide the processing to control vibrations within the Main Rotor Head to reduce the vibration in the airframe. Key features of the VMS computer are its small size, low power, high processing capability and low weight (under 2kg).
PATS AIRCRAFT Systems is pleased to announce that it has received the prestigious Diamond Award of Excellence from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in recognition of PATS’ commitment to aviation safety through maintenance technician training. “The award requires 100-percent participation from all eligible employees and reflects the individual and collective commitment to excellence in training at PATS,” the company says. Each employee enrolled in the FAA’s Maintenance Technician Program and was required to complete courses of recurrent and new training, administered according to the company’s rigorous and ongoing training regime requirements.