18 June 2010
18 June 2010
Beechcraft King Air 90x composite winglet testing and certification is complete and winglets for King Air C90 and E90 models are now available for installation at the company’s network of factory-owned service centres.
The winglet system increases wing aspect ratio to reduce induced drag and allows the King Air to fly faster on less fuel. By increasing wing surface area, the winglets provide greater slow speed handling and improved stability at higher flight levels.
Introduced at last summer’s EAA AirVenture, the King Air 90x upgrade is a two-part conversion that synergizes the aerodynamic benefits of winglets with a gross weight increase to create enhanced King Air 90 handling/range/payload capability.
“The King Air 90x package provides added value and versatility to an aircraft that already has a well-deserved reputation as a workhorse,” said Christi Tannahill, HBC vice president, Global Customer Support. “By combining the upgrades and accomplishing the modifications during a single service event, operators can effectively multiply the return on their investment several times over. Additionally, the performance enhancements gained through the installation of the winglets will, over time, provide enough fuel savings to offset much of the cost of the modification.”
Solvay has signed a ten-year agreement for the supply of composites and adhesives to be used across Bell's military and commercial rotorcraft programmes, including the Bell 429, 407, 505, 525, V-22, and UH-1.
SGL Carbon and Fraunhofer IGCV have officially opened the Fibre Placement Centre (FPC) at SGL's site in Meitingen, Germany. Compositence, BA Composites and the Chair for Carbon Composites at the Technical University of Munich have also joined the alliance, and Coriolis Group and Cevotec are planning to come on board as partners.
With the aim developing a broader platform for additive manufacturing (AM) technologies, the University of Exeter, UK, and Victrex, have formed a strategic partnership to introduce next-generation polyaryletherketone (PAEK) polymers and composites while improving the performance of the underlying AM processes.