Fire fighting

Airplanes are used to fight some of the most dangerous fires, with states spending millions on maintaining and expanding their arsenal of aircraft parts capable for firefighting. These amazing aircraft can drop nearly 12,000 gallons of fire retardant in one takeoff. This fire retardant has been tested to be double the firefighting capability of water and almost 9 million gallons of it was used in 2015 alone. California has the largest fleet of firefighting planes and helicopters, with 22 air tankers, 12 helicopters and 14 tactical planes. This shows the investment that states are willing to spend on what they think of as an extremely valuable firefighting tool.

With the amazing capabilities of these aircraft, there’s drawbacks. Flying planes near fire zones is especially dangerous and 37 firefighters have died while operating the sky firefighting tools in the last 10 years. That’s a huge number and it shows the danger of the missions all together. Not is it only dangerous, it’s extremely expensive. The fire retardant they drop is nearly $2 a gallon. If you look at how much was used in 2015, 9 million gallons, you can see how expensive this can get. The fire retardant has also been linked to environmental problems because it contains nitrogen, which is detrimental to trees, fish, and all wildlife. This is more troublesome considering that a study done by Stahl’s Group said that there was no correlation to the use of aircraft fighting fires and the size of the fire or actual attack rates. The study says that planes don’t have an impact on fighting fires.

Although there are many negative aspects to fighting fires using aircraft, states are still heavily investing in aircraft to help wildfires. Colorado has been expanding their fleet, and California is always trying to improve their firefighting capabilities.

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Boeing Rolls Royce Engine

Recently, Rolls-Royce Holdings Plc has been battling a shortage of parts required for hundreds of repairs of damaged engines that give power to Boeing’s 787 wide-body jets. This shortage has further delayed an already tight schedule. The repair for worn out Trent 1000 turbines has taken three days longer than the projected timetable. In some cases, this is due to a shortage of stock of compressor blades.

While Rolls Royce powered 787s are on the ground for repairs, airlines are being forced to lease replacement planes. This can sometimes be fore months. In the month of June so far, the number of airplanes on ground have reached 43. The struggle on aircraft component suppliers could become even worse, as it was recently revealed that durability problems extend to an early version of the engine. Rolls Royce has allocated around $1.3 billion in cash to tackle the engine issues.

The faster than expected downfall of the Trent 1000’s blades first came to notice in 2016. As several airlines continued to report damage to a batch of engines regarded as “Package C” last year, regulators intervened in April by ordering emergency shop visits for almost 400 suspect turbines. They also limited the number of flights for the 787s holding these engines to 2 hours and 20 minutes from the nearest spot for landing.

Rolls Royce manufacturers their turbine blades at a number of different global site, which includes their new factory in Rotherham, England. The Rotherham facility was dubbed as the most advanced facility when it opened in 2015. Techjet Aerofoils Ltd. Is Rolls’s only supplier for titanium compressor blades, although the company has supposed plans to source more producers. Rolls Royce has taken measures to certify an inspection method that will allow for work to be done with the engines still attached to the plane wing. This method will ease the burden maintenance shops face during repairs.

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GE Aviation Systems

Over many years of collaboration between companies GE and Dedienne, Dedienne has finally been named the key provider of tool choice for GE Aviation. This recently added task only adds to the long list of already contributed services and products Dedienne offers such as calibrating, selling, maintaining, supporting, testing, leasing, servicing, and providing provisions.

“GE is focused on providing customers with exceptional service and product support. That’s why we’re pleased to sign Dedienne Aerospace as one of our tooling suppliers. Its engine tooling expertise and global footprint will benefit the GE9X engine fleet”

With the newly introduced task, Delienne LTD will focus primary on the tooling for the GE9X support. Not only will they be in shift their focus to the new program but will be able to continue working on their other designated divisions. Opening a new facility in Cincinnati will be able to handle operations for their remaining divisions much like customer service, GE Aviation support and support for GE’s engine program. This will ultimately create new opportunities to be able to maintain and support the GE9X as well as handle their previous responsibilities.

Dedienne’s dedication to the industry has not gone unnoticed as they have already achieved to be a certified Boeing licensee. With the current obtaining of the tooling license for the GE9X they will be able to provide maintance for not only the GE9X but the 777x Boeing aircraft for worldwide customers.

Dedienne has various locations across the globe to be able to provide service to companies worldwide. Locations such as China, Dubai, Europe Singapore, and the America’s.

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Super Pc XL Turboprop

Pacific Aerospace, a New Zealand based company, recently unveiled a new form of the P-750 XSTOL, single-engined turboprop. The new engine features greater power and range, along with a quicker rate of climb. The new engine, which is called the Super-Pac XL, has been designed as a competitor to the Supervan 900, Cessna’s re-engined version of the 208 Caravan.

Mark Crouch, general manager of Pacific Aerospace, shares how the new program is consuming their market share. He highlights the global fleet of approximately one-hundred Supervans. This is in comparison to the one-hundred twenty P-750s and the previous PAC 750XL. Crouch believes the P-750 will steadily play an important part in many of the company’s markets, but they will need an extra option for the operators that want a higher performance.

The Super-Pac will be backed up by a 900hp Pratt and Whitney PT6A-140A engine. This will drive a 4-blade 108in Hartzell propeller, an upgrade from the P-750’s 750hp PT6A-34. The Supervan in contrast is powered by a 900hp Honeywell TPE331-10/12JR.

Crouch also brags that the Super-Pac will be like “a rocket ship.” Based on the response by customers thus far, Pacific Aerospace anticipates a high demand for this new type, especially among the skydiving community and commercial operators serving in more remote, mountain areas since a fast rate of climb is important. A modified P-750, which is being used as a flight-test article, recently has undergone testing on ground at the headquarters of Pacific Hamilton. The new process for the certification campaign will begin once the okay is given by the Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand.

Approval for the new process is expected to be given sometime this year, with deliveries following shortly after. Pacific Aerospace notes that they have already secured pre-production deposits, but the first shipments will be sent to the skydiving community.

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Alumal by Coventya

Coventya, most famously known as a global supplier to the surface finishing industry since the late 1920s recently introduced ALUMAL. Alumal is a long product range for aluminum, covering all functional, decorative and corrosion resistant requirements.

Since 2017, Coventya has been the majority shareholder of Politeknik Metal, a well known leader in the industry of aluminum finishing. The merger allowed for Alumal to emerge. The products from this line has evolved with the full consideration of customers’ challenges they face daily: substrate quality, several finishing requirements, cost, along with issues in regard to safety and the environment.

Alumal has gained the approval of different industries, with new ones being added each year. Among these companies are Safran, Volkswagen, Airbus Helicopter, Dhollandia, and Tesla. There are many different products from this line. Alumal Clean is an alkaline cleaner that is neutral or acidic and removes oils or soil effectively. Alumal Etch involves additives so that alkaline or acid etching lasts long term and delivers a flaw free surface or a matte finish. Alumal Deox uses a neutralizing process to deoxidize and efficiently remove smut caused by alloying elements. Alumal Seal uses nickel-based processes to create high equality sealing that is suitable for parts that are colored or clear.

Among the architectural industry, the approval of Qualicoat and Qualando assert the higher performance of Coventya products. With a commitment and goal to serve the aluminum industry, Coventya has partnered with several key associations which include ESTAL, AYID, ADAL and more.

Through the combined investments in the best laboratories, a team of dedicated researchers along with an unmatched material science, Coventya has rapidly gained the attention of the aluminum finishing industry with the company’s fresh and high performing finishes. With many different manufacturing sites and an active team with experience out in the field, Coventya is set on changing the way aluminum is seen by the world.

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