Hyundai Motor Co. is teaming up with Boston, Massachusetts-based Top Flight Technologies Inc. to accelerate commercial applications of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), including cargo transport, inspection services, and surveillance missions for industrial sites.
Top Flight’s hybrid gasoline-electric power system gives its Airborg H8 10K UAV more than 2 hours flight time with a 4kg payload. The company’s scalable UAV solutions include a 3D, real-time simulation environment and fleet management system that provides product development tools and a remote-location console that can simultaneously operate multiple UAVs.
Army tests autonomous Sikorsky helicopter
Sikorsky is developing autonomous and optionally-piloted vehicle (OPV) technology to decrease instances of the leading cause of helicopter crashes – controlled flight into terrain (CFIT).
U.S. Army pilots tested an OPV to demonstrate technology developed by Lockheed Martin company Sikorsky and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). The flights marked the first time that non-Sikorsky pilots operated the modified S-76B commercial helicopter as an OPV.
The helicopter, which has more than 300 hours of autonomous flight, demonstrated capabilities developed in the third phase of DARPA’s Aircrew Labor In-Cockpit Automation System (ALIAS) program. Sikorsky’s MATRIX technology autonomous software and hardware executed automated takeoff and landing, obstacle avoidance, automatic landing zone selection, and contour flight.
Sikorsky also is working with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to certify its autonomous hardware and software to make it available to commercial and military aircraft for flight with reduced or zero crew.
Military UAS market worth $26.8 billion by 2025
MarketsandMarkets projects the military drone market to grow from $12.1 billion in 2018 to $26.8 billion by 2025, at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 12%.
Unmanned aerial systems (UAS) are gaining popularity for inspection, monitoring, surveying, mapping, and remote sensing, along with supplying troops. Increasing use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, and target acquisition (ISRT) applications and combat operations also is expected to drive global growth.
Delivery and transportation applications are projected to grow at the highest CAGR during the forecast period.
FAG Aerospace (Schaeffler), American Cladding Technologies, Tube Processing, MDS Coating Technologies, and MB Aerospace will join Pratt & Whitney’s GTF PW1100G-JM engine maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) global network. The GTF MRO network is part of Pratt & Whitney’s EngineWise service portfolio.
Additionally, Horiguchi Engineering Co. Ltd. will join Dedienne Aerospace as an engine stand supplier for PW1100G-JM engines.
Regent Aerospace to supply Satair cabin upgrades, refurbishment
Aircraft parts and services provider Satair and Valencia, California-based Regent Aerospace Corp., have reached a multi-year, global, cooperative agreement for the supply of aircraft cabin repairs, refurbishment, modifications, reconfigurations and upgrades, and cabin interior parts to support line maintenance.
This is the first time that Satair has entered into this kind of an agreement with an aircraft cabin original equipment supplier.
Part of the Airbus Customer Services unit, Satair has exclusive or primary distribution arrangements for aerospace component manufacturers and supplies parts to multi-fleet customer airlines and maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) companies. It also fulfills the material service support obligation for the in-service fleet of more than 7,000 Airbus aircraft.
Regent Aerospace, a Part 145 repair station, is AS9100D certified for aircraft interiors including seating, galley, lavatory, side walls, overhead bins, ceiling panels, in-flight entertainment system, and carts.
Regent operates from locations in Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Miami, Louisville, Dallas, Beijing, Singapore, Indonesia, and Mexico.
CFM gets 10-year agreement to support Gulf Air LEAP-1A fleet
Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, and CFM Int’l have a long-term agreement for maintenance of the airline’s LEAP-1A engines. The agreement is valued at more than $1 billion at list price. The 10-year agreement provides maintenance support on a per-flight-hour basis on 65 LEAP-1A engines that the airline ordered in 2017. The airline began commercial operations with the Airbus A320neo powered by LEAP-1A engines in August 2018.
Able Aerospace adds Nadcap accreditations
Mesa, Arizona-based Able Aerospace Services, a Textron Aviation Inc. company, has qualified for three Nadcap accreditations: non-destructive testing (NDT), chemical processing, and shot peen capabilities. Nadcap is administered by the not-for-profit Performance Review Institute (PRI).
Able’s services include electroplating, chemical processing, machining and grinding, NDT, hydraulics, and bearings services. Its 200,000ft2 headquarters is home to more than 450 employees who offer more than 10,000 FAA-approved component repair, overhaul, and parts solutions, and can complete more than 95% of all jobs on site.
The Quick Loc (QL) pallet system provides fixture solutions on horizontal, vertical, and rotary operations. Low-profile adapters and pallets ensure 0.0003" repeatability and provide clamping forces of nearly 14,000 lb. A single drive screw is used for fast operation.
Configurable QL systems are available in multiple styles including square, rectangle, round receivers, and cubes in 52mm and 96mm patterns.
Double-cut carbide burrsThe double-cut carbide burr line, made up of 30 different tools, provides surface removal on demanding production runs with fewer changeovers. They remove surface stock and weld splatter, deburr and chamfer applications, and medium-to-light cleaning. Tool geometries meet demands for stainless steel, steel, cast steel, and composite applications. The burrs also perform well at higher temperatures.
The hardness of a tungsten carbide substrate, stronger tooth formulation, and numerous cutting edges extend tool life and improve stock removal performance.
500°F universal oven
No. 856 is a 500°F (260°C) special universal oven for curing composite parts in vacuum bags. The 42" x 40" x 50" oven features 48kW of Incoloy- sheathed tubular heating elements, while a 4,200cfm, 3hp recirculating blower provides universal airflow.
The oven has 4" insulated walls and Type 430 stainless steel interior. Features include an integral leg stand and four levels of two 3/8" national pipe thread (NPT) pipe ports connected to common manifold. There is also a vacuum gage and ball valve on each port.
Nested Spirawave multiple-turn, flat-wire wave springs are coiled in parallel to produce 2x to 3x as much force as traditional single-turn wave springs. Nested Spirawave springs can replace stacks of single-turn springs, eliminating misalignment and inconsistent loading.
A sturdy, tangle-resistant design allows for time-saving, automated handling. Using a single spring and simplified assembly can reduce costs.
Standard nested Spirawave springs are available in diameters from 0.50" to 4.0" or 16mm to 100mm in carbon and stainless steel. Custom parts in carbon steel, stainless steel, or exotic alloys are available from 0.127" to 120" or 4mm to 3,000mm.
The increased forces Nested Spirawave wave springs produce make them suitable for applications that require precision wave springs with high loads, such as heavy-duty bearing preload, connectors, valves, and seals.
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