Cementex Announces Belt Pouch Combinations

Cementex announces the availability of Cementex Belt Pouch Tool Combinations, featuring all tools designed for safe use in Arc Flash environments. With 13 different combinations to choose from, the company says there is an ideal Cementex Belt Pouch Combo for any technician.

All tools in the Cementex Belt Pouch Combos feature innovative Cementex double insulation technology. The double insulated tools feature a yellow warning layer underneath the outer orange layer; if the outside insulation is damaged, posing a safety risk, the yellow layer begins to show, and technicians can know that they must replace the tools.

The 13 different configurations of belt pouch and tool kits feature a wide range of tools, including Linesman’s universal crimping, needle nose, and diagonal cutting pliers, various sizes of Phillips, Robertson, and Cabinet screwdrivers, nut drivers, and various task-specialized tools. In addition, customized configurations are also available.

Cementex double insulated tools are tested to 10,000 VAC and rated for 1,000 VAC when working on or around live parts. The pliers comply with ASTM F1505 and IEC 60900 standards, and help meet the requirements of OSHA 1910.331-335, MFPA 70E, and CSA-Z462.

Superior Air Parts Offers Free Digital Downloads of 2022 “The ART OF Flying” Calendar Featuring Work of Award-Winning Aviation Artist Dale Smith

Scott Hayes, vice president, sales and marketing for Superior Air Parts, Inc., announced that the company is offering free digital downloads of its 2022 The Art of Flying calendar, featuring the works of award-winning aviation artist, Dale Smith.

“We originally printed a limited number of calendars for our customers and distributors, but once it got out, the demand was so great that we quickly realized we could not fulfill all of the requests,” he said. “The free digital copy of the calendar is our way of sharing our common love of aviation and airplanes with the entire aviation community.”

“The 13-month calendar begins with December 2021. Aviation fans can visit the website monthly to download that month’s calendar page or the entire calendar at one time,” Hayes added. “We’ve wanted to do this for a while, and we felt that now was a perfect time. You can’t look at the art and not feel good about things.”

Along with the complete 2022 calendar and individual calendar pages, Hays also stated that the company is also offering downloadable, high-resolution, print-ready versions of each of the 13 illustrations available for free.

Downloadable versions of Superior Air Parts’ 2022 The Art of Flying calendar and artwork is available at: www.superiorairparts.com/calendar

Greene Tweed Highlights Arlon 4020 Labyrinth Seal

Greene Tweed, a leading global manufacturer of high-performance elastomers, thermoplastics, composites, and engineered components, highlights the Arlon 4020 Labyrinth Seal. This seal uses proprietary thermoplastic technology, has a controlled thermal expansion over a wide range of temperature, and has a uniquely engineered tooth profile that make it a cost-effective and long-lasting seal choice.

Customer test results show up to a 1.5% gain in efficiency compared to traditional seals, correlating with field tests and predictions from FEA analysis.

Non-contacting labyrinth seals reduce leakage in centrifugal applications. This is accomplished by restricting flow through a series of chambers formed between the rotating element while the teeth control the passage of the media.

Greene Tweed’s labyrinth seals deliver superior performance due to the innovative combination of custom-engineered tooth designs and high-performance PEEK thermoplastic materials. The materials reduce friction and eliminate galling which extends the seal’s life and lowers maintenance costs. This optimized thermal expansion allows for retrofit and like-for-like replacement of conventional metallic designs.

The erosion and corrosion resistance make the Arlon 4020 ideal for severe sealing applications including those with high acid, Mercury content, or high-velocity media. Other ideal applications include oil and gas production and transportation, air separation units, chemical industry, fertilizer plants, carbon capture and storage, and industrial applications.

The Arlon 4020 has dramatically increased efficiency and reliability for longer run times due to the tooth profile. The seal uses a cyclic flex-and-return motion that withstands contact during critical speeds and tighter clearances. The tight running clearances increase efficiency and reduce flow rates to enhance the seal performance. This in turn decreases the compressor footprint and leads to cost savings and environmental benefits.

AMADA WELD TECH Announces MM-410A Handheld Resistance Weld Checker

AMADA WELD TECH announced the new MM-410A handheld resistance weld checker, ideal for both monitoring and troubleshooting issues in production. The compact unit supports a wide range of resistance welding technologies, including AC, DC inverter, AC inverter, transistor, and capacitive discharge. Featuring a simple and intuitive user interface and color touch panel display, the MM-410A provides information on current, voltage, weld time, and force.

The MM-410A is ideal for use in process troubleshooting, where it can be used to correlate waveform and numeric data with process results and provide detailed weld data for process optimization and validation. If used continuously in a production environment, it reduces scrap by detecting drifts in the weld process and alerting operators before process failure. The MM-410A also reduces the frequency of destructive testing and provides an independent way of monitoring the welding power supply by detecting any drifts in welding power supply calibration.

The unit provides ISO17657-compliant measurement for current (when used with available ISO-compliant toroidal coil). It offers easy set up using the 5.7-inch color touch panel. The unique seam welding mode monitors AC current and voltage or DC voltage for up to 5 minutes. Data storage is available using an onboard flash drive. The MM-410A offers Ethernet (TCP/IP), and RS-232/485 communication. Multi-language support includes English, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, Korean, German, and French.

Available accessories for the MM-410A handheld resistance weld tester include toroidal coils, force sensors, and current/force sensors.

Carpenter Avionics Announces Company Name Change to Forge Flightworks to Underscore Expanded Mission Ahead

Carpenter Avionics announced recently that the company name has been changed. The company now is known as Forge Flightworks to better reflect the company’s expanded mission to offer a broader array of installation, repair, interiors and related services for general aviation aircraft.

“When Mr. Carpenter began this company in 1981, he had a mission that was focused on providing truly exemplary avionics installation, repair and maintenance,” said Mark Lee, CEO at Forge Flightworks. “Carpenter Avionics earned national recognition by Professional Pilots Magazine readers as one of the top 10 avionics shops in the country year over year for 20 years when that annual poll was conducted. That remains a remarkable achievement. Since my acquisition of the company in 2014, we have continued on that mission focused on avionics applying Carpenter’s sterling reputation and proven practices with new innovation to better serve our customers.”

“We honor and hold in reverence the accomplishments of our team members dating back to the founding of the company 40 years ago,” Lee said. “Moreover, we are profoundly grateful to our customers and partners who have enabled this company to exist over these decades with our original company name. We are proud of this company name and the trust and confidence it has engendered. So with all of that, why change now? This name change is not about turning away from our legacy – it is about embracing and taking ardent strides toward our future. This is a positive inflection point.”

“The marketplace for general aviation services has changed over the past 40 years with many aircraft operators seeking a one-stop solution for their avionics, interior, airframe and other services,” Lee continued. “We have begun to offer additional services beyond avionics, as noted in our aircraft interiors announcement in June 2021. Our rebranding of the company now is intended to better position our organization to offer a broader spectrum of services to better meet the needs of our customers.”

The new company name supports the brand personality, vision, core values and this expanded mission. The logo design is intended to be familiar with that of Carpenter Avionics while also signaling change.

For clarity, there is no ownership change related to this news. The company continues to operate from its facilities at the Smyrna Rutherford County Airport.

Acorn Welding Granted FAA STC for New Generation Exhaust for DHC-6 Twin Otter Aircraft

Acorn Welding has been granted STC approval from the FAA on new, next generation exhaust stacks for the DHC-6 Series Twin Otter Aircraft. This FAA STC allows Acorn Welding to extend the approval granted by Transport Canada STC# SA20-28 to those jurisdictions which rely on FAA STC approval. The FAA STC# is SA04587NY.

Equipping the DHC-6 Series Twin Otter with a modern Next Generation Exhaust stack allows the aircraft to better utilize of jet thrust generated by the PT6A-34 Engine. The PT6A-34 engine generates the 82lb while the -27 generates 90lb of jet thrust. This jet thrust more than offsets any additional drag created by the exhaust while directing hot exhaust and combustion bi-products away from the leading edge of the wing. This re-direction of the exhaust is expected to keep the aircraft cleaner during operations. A major benefit to operators will be a reduction in maintenance resulting from less sooting and corrosion of the exhaust gasses to the wing.

The new Next Generation exhaust installation is lighter than the existing DHC-6-400 series exhaust in service today. It is also constructed without the use of turning veins to redirect the exhaust rearwards. The complete Inconel 625 construction will solve the engine flange corrosion problem that exists for those operators operating in highly corrosive salt-water environment. With over 1050 classic DHC-6 exhaust stacks delivered since 2006, and countless repairs, Acorn Welding is looking to the future by modernizing the DHC-6 Fleet.

The Next Generation DHC-6 exhaust is the latest addition to Acorn Welding’s portfolio of turboprop exhaust products. In addition to the DHC-6, Acorn Welding Manufactures aftermarket exhaust for the Beechcraft King Air 200, 250, 300, and 350 series of aircraft as well as the 1900 and 1900D airliner. Other turboprop products include process repairs for Beechcraft Anti-Ice intake lips, engine trusses and Cessna 208 Caravan exhaust secondary exhaust assemblies. As of November 1, 2021, Acorn Welding has 799 Field Replaceable Parts approved via TCCA PDA and STC(Excluding the Seaplanes West Product line). Acorn Welding turboprop product is also equipped as original equipment on several in production and up and coming aircraft.

Avotek Publishes the Aviation Mechanic Instructor’s Handbook to Bolster New Maintenance Instructors

Avotek says their newest book gives instructors the tools and knowledge they will use every day in becoming more effective, specifically in aviation maintenance.

The aviation community has always relied on finding people with the skills needed to do the job, and then employing them to instruct the next generation. New instructors quickly discover that being able to teach something is not the same as being able to do it. It quickly becomes evident that one needs additional skills and knowledge to bridge the gap between experienced performer and effective instructor. This is equally important on both the flight operations and the maintenance side. The Aviation Mechanic Instructor’s Handbook is a useful resource for instructors.

David Jones started with an FAA flight-related instructor handbook and added maintenance examples and discussions to make it relevant for mechanic instructors. Jones says, “The motivation for this book was to include more material pertinent to the aviation maintenance technician school experience.”

For more information on this book, see https://www.avotek.com/avotek-releases-aviation-mechanic-instructors-handbook-by-david-jones/ .

Greene Tweed’s Chemraz SFX Increases Manufacturing Productivity in Subfab Applications

Greene Tweed announced that its Chemraz SFX perfluoroelastomer has been specially engineered to withstand the corrosive environments commonly seen in subfab applications while reducing the risk to health, safety, and the environment from toxic emissions.

Chemraz SFX, a custom engineered FFKM, is an ideal choice for sealing system upgrades because it has been designed to withstand harsh chemicals and high temperatures encountered in subfab environments. Chemraz SFX features broad chemical resistance to typical subfab effluents and optimized physical properties for long life in static vacuum fittings. With an operating temperature range up to 300°C/572°F, it’s available as a standard o-ring as well as a custom seal design, and dramatically improves seal performance at high temperatures.

Greene Tweed has designed a custom seal assembly specifically for use in the subfab environment, including pumps, abatement systems, and exhaust piping. The custom design, combined with Chemraz SFX, overcomes the limitations of KF fittings, which can lead to elevated stress in seal materials and premature failures. Using the custom assembly with Chemraz SFX also enables users to upgrade systems using conventional sealing materials (e.g., fluoroelastomers) that can no longer handle the temperatures and/or chemical exposure found in today’s subfab applications.

Chemraz SFX matches seal performance to the application, thereby increasing productivity through reduced failures and maintenance needs. Applications include pumps, flanges, valves, and abatement systems. A high-performance perfluoroelastomer with highly temperature-resistant material and patented high-temp ISO fitting designs, Chemraz SFX offers enhanced performance at a low cost of ownership.

For more information about how Greene Tweed provides performance Chemraz® perfluoroelastomers for subfab environments, visit http://www.gtweed.com.

Blackhawk Aerospace Launches Engine Upgrade Program for the Pilatus PC-12

Blackhawk Aerospace proudly announced today that the Company is adding the Pilatus PC-12 to their roster of aircraft for aftermarket engine upgrade Supplemental Type Certificates (STCs). Blackhawk will replace the stock Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) PT6A-67B engines with the higher thermally rated PT6A-67P model in a program they’re calling the XP67P Engine+ Upgrade. Flight testing for this engine upgrade is projected to start in late Q1 of 2022.

The XP67P engine technology utilizes improved metallurgy, which allows a higher Internal Turbine Temperature (ITT) limitation of 850°C compared to the stock -67B’s 800°C limitation for takeoff. More impressively, maximum continuous ITT for climb and cruise is 760°C for the -67B and 820°C for the XP67P. Further, the PT6A-67P is a 1200 shaft horsepower (SHP) engine that produces 142 more thermodynamic horsepower than the stock PT6A-67B. The combination of the higher ITT and thermo produced by the -67P engine enables operators to utilize full torque to more efficient cruising altitudes. Where the stock -67B starts losing power at 13,000 feet, the XP67P can maintain full power to 23,000 feet. 

“Building upon the success of our existing Caravan engine upgrades, adding the Pilatus PC-12 platform to our growing list of STCs was a natural evolution for the aftermarket engine upgrade business that Blackhawk was built on,” said Jim Allmon, Blackhawk’s President and CEO. “Our foundation of innovation continues to carry us to new and exciting heights, and we look forward to welcoming PC-12 owners and operators into the Blackhawk family.”

Blackhawk’s market research shows that there are 1,700 total PC-12 models in operation, making it the second largest single-engine turboprop market behind the Cessna Caravan. With more than 600 of the PC-12s eligible for the XP67P upgrade, many of the aircraft in the addressable market are at, or close to, an overhaul event, which is the optimum opportunity to upgrade to new engines, bringing these aircraft up to factory standards. Further, operators will receive favorable core engine credit of $95 per hour for time remaining to the factory TBO if upgrading before overhaul.

The XP67P Engine+ Upgrade includes one factory-new P&WC PT6A-67P engine and maintains the existing Hartzell four-blade aluminum propeller. Blackhawk plans to certify additional propeller options in the future to provide operators modularity in the upgrade package.

Aerospace Maintenance Competition Back on in April 2022

The Aerospace Maintenance Competition Presented by Snap-on is back on for 2022.

“We’re very happy to be back hosting the AMC and hope that teams from around the world can join us in showcasing their maintenance and troubleshooting skills next April in Dallas,” said Ken MacTiernan, chairman, Aerospace Maintenance Competition.

The AMC coincides with the MRO Americas 2022 Convention, April 25-28, at the Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center in Dallas, Texas. The annual competition for aircraft maintenance professionals and aspiring students has been cancelled for the past two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Team registration opens Oct. 1 at:

https://www.aerospacecompetition.com/

MacTiernan said excitement of the AMC’s return is growing within the maintenance community, as several airlines, MROs and schools have already verbally committed to fielding a team in next year’s competition.

“The AMC is a great venue for everyone to reconnect and stand proud again for our craft,” MacTiernan said. “Although the travel industry certainly slumped over the past year, we’ve never really left. Mechanics were still fixing airplanes. Students were still in school. Manufacturers were still building aircraft. The AMC is back, but collectively as a maintenance community, we never really left.”

Over the past several years, the Aerospace Maintenance Competition Presented by Snap-on has grown to become a widely attended international aviation experience for both technicians and fans. The venue provides certified AMTs from major airlines, MROs and OEMs, as well as military personnel and students in FAA Part 147 schools, the chance to test their skills against their peers.

Participants compete in more than 20 events, including challenges such as airframe damage inspection, cable rigging, fiber optics, engine fan blade removal and many others that test their knowledge, skill and team work.

The team earning the overall best score takes home the grand prize in aviation maintenance – the William F. “Bill” O’Brien Award for Excellence in Aircraft Maintenance. Presented by Snap-on, the coveted award signifies the highest standard of excellence in aviation maintenance. The O’Brien Award is a traveling trophy that debuted at the 2013 competition. The winning team receives the honor of displaying the 5-foot-tall trophy in their facility for a year. In addition to the trophy, Snap-on is awarding more than $75,000 in tools and equipment as prizes to the top finishers in the competition. In 2019, the five-member team from United Airlines Team Cleveland won the O’Brien Award for the third straight year. 

For information on the 2022 Aerospace Maintenance Competition Presented by Snap-on, visit:

https://www.aerospacecompetition.com/