Flights into Heathrow were seen as one of the key critical markets for the four-engined aircraft when it was first developed during the early 2000s, with airlines able to fly more passengers into the slot-constrained two-runway airport.
Airbus Helicopters has completed the redesign and certification of the bevel gear vertical shaft fitted in its EC225 heavy helicopters.
Failure of the component — a critical part inside the main gearbox — caused the ditching of two EC225s into the North Sea in May and October 2012, prompting a nine-month halt in operations for both the EC225 and the military version, the EC725. The stopping of operations created issues for oil and gas operators across the globe.
Aviation Week has been reporting on and, in one case unwittingly, furthering the cause of nuclear-powered aircraft for more than 60 years. Spurred on by the promise of the ‘Atomic Age’ and the potential strategic benefits of limitless range and endurance, the U.S. Air Force launched the Nuclear Energy for the Propulsion of Aircraft project in 1946....More