Jenny Rogers

Jenny Rogers
Window Upgrades 

1. Double Shades

Manufacturer: Aerospace Technologies Group

Applications: Aerospace Technologies Group introduced its electro-mechanical shade systems in 2002, but the company has since made specific versions for Airbus (the Powertech NG Shade System found on some A380s) and for Boeing (the Ambiance Shade System certified for the 777).

Hangar Of The Future IDs Efficiency Improvements
A Purdue program is researching the hangar of the future.
Parts Projects 

1. 5-Axis for Small Parts

Manufacturer: Hardinge Group

Applications: The recently announced Bridgeport GX-250 5AX is a five-axis vertical machining center designed for work on small parts that need to have fine surface finishes.

Specifications: The C-frame machine features NANO Smoothing, a tool center point control and polar coordinate, cylindrical and helical interpolation, plus other features and options such as tool and part probes.

Cool Tools 

1. Ratchet Wrench

Manufacturer: Armstrong Industrial Hand Tools

Applications: The Flex Head Ratcheting Torque Wrench allows for a 10-deg. ratcheting angle, making it usable in more confined areas.

Specifications: The ratcheting torque wrench is made of hardened steel with chrome plating. A locking collar prevents the scale settings from changing during work.

Tug Tech 

1. Greener Future

Manufacturer: Crane Aerospace & L-3

Applications: The GreenTaxi uses its own auxiliary power unit to provide electric power without using the aircraft's engines, resulting in up to 4% fuel savings and as much as 80% fewer CO2 emissions.

Composite Concepts 

1. Rapid Repair

Manufacturer: Lufthansa Technik

Applications: Lufthansa Technik's Rapid Repair process partially automates the repair of damaged carbon composite airframe components and speeds the repair process by up to 60% as compared with manual repairs.

Arinc, Cathay Implementing System-Syncing Technology 

When Arinc developed the Acars (aircraft communications addressing and reporting system) model in the late 1970s, the goal initially was relatively straightforward: Create a type of time stamp for aircraft taking off and returning to the hangar, says Dan Pendergast, Arinc's international division senior director.

Inspection Selection 

1. Fiber Optics

Manufacturer: Luna Innovations

Applications: Luna Innovations' Optical Distributed Sensor Interrogator (ODiSI) can be used in composite manufacturing for load, fatigue and mechanical testing.

Specifications: ODiSI uses fiber-optic sensors with thousands of sensing points per fiber to more easily detect defects in composite structures.

Galley Tune-Up 

1. Spicing It Up

Manufacturer: Airbus

Applications: Airbus's Space Innovative Catering Equipment (Spice) should be available for aircraft deliveries in the early 2020s.

Specifications: The system includes foldable service carts and has a weight savings of 400-600 kg (881-1,322 lb.).

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Fuel Time 

1. Learning the Ropes

Supplier: Aviation Training Academy

Applications: Aviation Training Academy's new Self-Fueling Online Training Course results in a Self-Fueling Operations Certification designed for fixed-base operators, corporate flight departments, municipalities, fueling agents and line service technicians.

Data Details 

1. Building the Base

Supplier: Teradata

Applications: Teradata offers both blanket data warehousing and pre-built logical data models designed for the airline industry. Think of it as the difference between buying a physical warehouse and buying the warehouse with pre-cut, industry-specific shelves in it, says Peeter Kivestu, Teradata's director of travel industry and marketing solutions.

Conversion Break Down 

1. The Aircraft Converter

Supplier: Aeronautical Engineers Inc. (AEI)

Location: Miami

Airlines Face December Cargo Inspection Deadline 

As the Transportation Security Administration's (TSA) latest cargo security deadline for passenger air carriers nears, much has changed since the original Dec. 31, 2011, date, but some of the concerns have not. The carriers must be able to inspect 100% of their cargo traveling on international U.S.-bound flights by Dec. 3. The TSA postponed its original mandate after nearly one-third of the airlines commenting on the deadline balked at the time frame allotted, according to Government Accountability Office (GAO) reports.

PTC Acquires Servigistics For $220 Million
In a bid to expand its service lifecycle management services, technology company PTC announced that it will acquire SLM software company Servigistics for $220 million in cash. PTC expects to complete the transaction in September.
ATSG Transitions Fleet to Gain Revenues 

Months after losing its second largest customer, Air Transport Services Group (ATSG) is working to improve efficiency by updating its fleet and reorganizing its business. The aircraft leasing and cargo transportation group, which includes ABX Air and Capitol Cargo International Airlines, will be transitioning from its fleet of DC-8 combis to Boeing 757 combis over the next year and will take delivery of three 767-300s over the coming months.

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