Cementex Announces Improved Insulated Torque Wrenches

Tool specialists Cementex announced the availability of updated insulated torque wrenches featuring the company’s industry-leading double-insulation technology. Made of top grade materials, calibrated according to ASME B107 standards (traceable to NIST), and manufactured according to ISO standards, Cementex double-insulated torque wrenches are designed to provide protection in potentially hazardous electrical work environments.

Cementex says their insulated torque wrenches feature two separate layers of insulation for twice the protection. A yellow undercoat is covered by an orange overcoating to create a high-voltage barrier. The impact-resistant, flame-retardant insulation provides protection against flashover, shock, burns, and dropped tool shorts. It prevents dangerous accidents and injury that can occur with standard tools.

Use of Cementex double-insulated torque wrenches ensures that technicians will be free from risk to high-voltage exposure on the job. These calibrated torque wrenches are specifically designed in accordance with National Electrical Code 2017-110.14 (D) requirements for installation applications where a tightening torque is indicated as a numeric value on the equipment or in the installation instructions provided by equipment manufacturers. They can also be used to comply with NEC requirements for mounting electrical panels, as well as meeting NFPA 70E standards for tools required to protect workers in proximity to electrical equipment.

New updates feature a range of modified ratchet head profile styles that allow workers to access hard to reach areas quicker and easier without incident. The large lever control makes adjustments easy, even while wearing insulated gloves. Available options now include standard, low profile, clockwise only, and short drive models, as well as a fixed head style. Three additional sizes have been added to the line, which now includes seven sizes.

With Cementex’s torque wrenches, an audible “click” or a few degrees of rotation provide a simple, fast indication of micrometer-accurate torque settings. The wrenches feature a low-friction torque control mechanism to produce accurate readings in either direction. The wrenches’ spring-loaded or twist-locking collar keeps the scale on the desired reading and remains in a locked position, making accidental unlocking impossible. Dual-scale wrench models offer readings in inch-pounds and Newton meters or foot-pounds and Newton meters.

AEM Receives Techtest Repair Center Approval

AEM Limited, a division of AMETEK MRO, announced it has signed an agreement with Techtest Limited, an HR Smith Group company. The agreement will see AEM become an authorized repair center for Techtest products.

Under the agreement, AEM will test, recode, and repair Techtest emergency locator transmitters, which are fitted to various manufacturers’ life rafts. As an authorized repair center, AEM will have access to Techtest maintenance documentation, technical support, and spares purchasing.

“We are excited to establish a successful relationship between Techtest and AEM. The approval underpins AEM’s position as a leading MRO provider in safety equipment and means we can offer enhanced customer support,” said Andy Wheeler, AEM’s divisional vice president and managing director.

Jake Ford, head of Global Sales and Marketing for Techtest said, “We are pleased to establish this repair and service agreement with AEM, who will provide excellent support to the growing user base of our market leading PLBs and ELTs.”

AEM Limited Achieves JOSCAR Accreditation

AEM Limited, a business unit of AMETEK MRO, has successfully renewed its JOSCAR accreditation. JOSCAR (the Joint Supply Chain Accreditation Register) is a collaborative tool used by the aerospace, defense, and security industry to act as a single repository for pre-qualification and compliance information. Using JOSCAR can determine if a supplier is fit for business.

“We are thrilled that AEM has once again satisfied the requirements to become fully compliant on the JOSCAR supplier accreditation register,” said Andy Wheeler, Divisional Vice President and Managing Director of AEM. “The accreditation is a testament to our commitment in the aerospace, defense, and security industries.”

AEM has been Europe’s leading independent overhaul and repair facility for over 60 years. The company has built a solid reputation in the aerospace industry, providing a broad range of services to international and regional airlines, helicopter operators, airframe manufacturers and military organizations. Conducting business from three sites in the United Kingdom, AEM is proud to receive the accreditation, which shows the company has gone through the process required to demonstrate its commitment and credentials to the industry.

Call for 2022 Aerospace Coatings Calendar Entries Announced by Sherwin-Williams

Sherwin-Williams Aerospace Coatings is now accepting submissions for its annual calendar to showcase the 12 best-finished aircraft of the year. Placement in the calendar is one of the industry’s most sought-after recognitions as it annually displays only the best aircraft paint schemes and exterior finishes gracing the sky.

The company is looking to again feature the finest looking aircraft in its 2022 Aerospace Coatings Calendar – whether it is a newly finished (or refinished) business or regional jet, commercial airliner, cargo aircraft, or a uniquely painted single/twin engine, kit plane, sport plane or helicopter – the calendar recognizes the outstanding work of designers, MROs and aircraft painters across the United States that rely on Sherwin-Williams aerospace products in their repaint and OEM facilities.

“The annual calendar program celebrates the scheme designs and paint craftsmen of the aviation industry and their incredible works of art – classic, custom or military – for all types of aircraft,” says Julie Voisin, Sherwin-Williams global product manager for Aerospace Coatings. “Each year our calendar program gains popularity as we provide a platform to highlight 12 outstanding examples of true design and aircraft paint production excellence.”

Entries must include professional photography of the aircraft showing multiple angles and any custom details as judging is based on finish quality, technical difficulty, design originality and artistic merit. Any aircraft submitted to the calendar must be exclusively finished in Sherwin-Williams brand topcoats. Submissions will be accepted through September 3, 2021 and winners will be notified in early November.

Download the Sherwin-Williams Aerospace Coatings Calendar entry form here. For more information about Sherwin-Williams Aerospace Coatings, visit Sherwin-Williams online or call 1-888-888-5593.

New Aviation Maintenance Program Prompts MRO to Expand

Thoroughbred Aviation, central Kentucky’s largest aviation maintenance and avionics provider, is expanding operations with the opening of a facility at Huntington Tri-State Airport, Joe Otte, the company’s vice president, announced this week.

Thoroughbred officials said the soon-to-launch Marshall University/Mountwest Community & Technical College Aviation Maintenance Technology (AMT) program influenced the company’s decision to locate repair operations in West Virginia.

“Thoroughbred is excited to be opening a new aviation maintenance facility in Huntington beginning August 1. One of the primary reasons we selected Tri-State is Marshall University’s aviation programs for both future pilots and maintenance technicians. We look forward to partnering with these programs to mentor young aviation professionals and create future job opportunities in the region,” Otte said.
“Our aviation academic programs are innovative catalysts for economic development, as is evidenced by the announcement by Thoroughbred Aviation,” said Dr. Jerome A. Gilbert, president of Marshall University. “We are pleased to welcome them to the Tri-State and are eager to partner on new initiatives.”

Thoroughbred employs more than 35 technicians at facilities in Berea, Big Sandy and Lexington, Ky., where it services fixed wing and rotor aircraft, including Beech, Cessna and Cirrus as well as Airbus and Bell. The company’s avionics division supports all major brands of autopilot and mission equipment, including Garmin, Aspen, Avidyne, Churchill Navigation, Teledyne FLIR and Technisonic.

The new Huntington location will provide maintenance for general aviation and corporate aircraft as well as helicopter maintenance, structures, avionics and on-call maintenance for commercial airlines.
“We are excited to welcome Thoroughbred Aviation to Huntington Tri-State Airport,” said Dave Lieving, president & CEO of Huntington Area Development Council and president of Tri-State Airport Authority. “This is a natural fit because the AMT will be located adjacent to Thoroughbred’s operations, providing an excellent opportunity for collaboration that will ultimately complement both entities. This is just the beginning of a partnership that will help build the region’s aviation sector, bringing good jobs to the Huntington area.”

With Thoroughbred next door to the school, students will have the opportunity to job shadow and experience a professional aviation environment firsthand, said Jim Smith, interim director of the AMT program.

The Marshall/Mountwest maintenance program’s inaugural class is scheduled to begin in January 2022. Administered by Marshall’s Robert C. Byrd Institute, the program is a branch of the university’s Division of Aviation, which also includes the Bill Noe Flight School at Yeager Airport in Charleston, W.Va., and will launch this August.

Sherwin-Williams Aerospace SKYscapes Next Generation Exterior Coatings System Qualified by Textron Aviation

Sherwin-Williams Aerospace Coatings announced its SKYscapes Next Generation exterior coatings basecoat/clearcoat system has been qualified by Textron Aviation for its Cessna, Beechcraft, and Hawker aircraft.

Including both solid and effect colors, this new qualification expands the relationship between Textron Aviation and Sherwin-Williams. Textron Aviation previously qualified, and continues to utilize, the Sherwin-Williams Aerospace Acry Glo and Jet Glo Express systems for use in both Original Equipment Manufacturer OEM and repaint settings.

“We are honored to expand our relationship with a distinguished manufacturer like Textron Aviation and its iconic aircraft brands,” says Molly K. Moses, Sherwin-Williams Aerospace Coatings North America sales manager. “This additional qualification provides Textron Aviation’s customers with multiple options: they can continue to utilize a traditional, single stage system like Jet Glo Express or Acry Glo; or if they want to utilize a basecoat-clearcoat finish, Textron Aviation now offers SKYscapes Next Generation. Depending upon the complexity of the scheme and the customer’s preferences, this gives Textron Aviation an array of optimized solutions.”

Sherwin-Williams makes exterior coatings that deliver custom solutions for commercial, military, and general aviation aircraft, including a full range of specialized livery color options for an outstanding, durable finish. Its products and systems undergo stringent testing to demonstrate they deliver a lasting protective coating for any aircraft and have earned numerous AMS 3095 certification approvals.
Sherwin-Williams Aerospace is an industry leader in innovation and technology solutions with its certified products, top-rated service, and knowledgeable team of field technicians. For more information, visit Sherwin-Williams Aerospace Coatings.

BriskHeat Announces Enhancements to Its ACR3 Hot Bonders

BriskHeat, a provider of surface and immersion heating products, controllers and insulators, announced it has launched an enhanced version of its ACR3 Hot Bonder. The bonder now offers output cords to match any competitors’ blankets (sold separately), now with a three-year warranty (extended from the previous two-year warranty).

The hot bonder works with BriskHeat’s Silicone Rubber Composite Curing Heating Blankets. It comes complete with:

• A full-color HD touch-screen interface for easy programming and graphic display
• Dual vacuum system: Built-in electric vacuum pump and venturi for each zone
• Single or dual zone available
• 30 amp load capacity
• Real-time printing at selected intervals with built-in printer
• Rugged case with wheels for easy transport
• UL-approved

“BriskHeat’s enhanced ACR3 Hot Bonder now features a plug that is compatible with any competitor’s product,” said Chad Goines, director of sales, BriskHeat. “We back up our product with a full three-year warranty. If you use BriskHeat composite curing blankets, the bonder is an ideal complement.”
The bonders come with multiple language support, available in English, German, Russian and Chinese (Mandarin). Additional languages are available upon request. A USB memory drive provides fast, simple data transfer to a PC.

The bonders are used in industries including composite repair, aviation repair, wind turbine blade repair, sporting goods, marine, automotive, and military.
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For Those Opting for the Alaskan Adventure

For pilots who want to combine summer vacations and flying adventures in true wilderness, they will find it productive to spend a few minutes exploring Cubdivision.com. It is an airport community built around a 1,700’ grass strip, designated 9AK7, next to Big Beaver Lake. There are three lots left for sale and the Airpark neighborhood will be complete.

Located about 15 miles west of Wasilla and 40 miles north of Anchorage, Cubdivision is situated well for wheel, float and straight ski operations. Created by Airforms President, Lee Budde, who lives on the runway, the lots are one to two acres in size.

“We’ve been very successful in attracting happy people who love the sounds of airplanes,” said Budde. “There’s really nothing else quite like it in this part of Alaska. It’s a great place for a summer base with a hangar/apartment or a year round place to enjoy life with your aircraft. The views are fabulous, the winds are calm, and the fishing’s great.”

For more information on Cubdivision, visit the website or call Lee Budde at 907-232-4879.

BriskHeat Announces Line of Enhanced Silicone Rubber Blankets

BriskHeat announced it has enhanced its Composite Curing Heating Blankets (SR Series). The enhanced silicone rubberblankets are ultra-flexible, up to .25 inch (6mm) radii, and even more reliable, now with a three-year warranty (extended from the previous two-year warranty).

“BriskHeat’s SR Series Silicone Rubber Composite Curing Heating Blankets are the most flexible and reliable blankets on the market,” said Chad Goines, director of sales, BriskHeat. “We back up our product with a full three-year warranty. Their durability eliminates the hassle and cost of replacing failed curing blankets.Also, we now offer any competitors plugs that will mate with their hot bonders.”

The blankets provide an efficient, non-stress way to produce uniform heat up to 450 degrees F. They are moisture, chemical and radiation-resistant and compatible with BriskHeat’s ACR hot bonders and a wide variety of power plugs. Used in industries including aerospace, aviation, marine, sporting goods, automotive, and military,the flexible blankets are suitable for leading and trailing edge applications. They can be used on both horizontal and vertical surfaces and provide a smoothsurface against repairs, leaving no imprints.

For more information or to order the enhanced CompositeCuring Heating Blankets (SR Series), visit Composite Curing – Hot Bonders – BriskHeat. Custom designs are available.To seethe full range of BriskHeat’s flexible heating solutions, visit the website or call 888-501-7491.About BriskHeatSince 1949, BriskHeat hasprovided a full range of surface and immersion heating solutions used forfreeze protection, condensation prevention, flow/viscosity control, vacuumbake-out, composite curing, and temperature process control. BriskHeat’sprimary manufacturing facilities and headquarters are located in Columbus,Ohio. BriskHeat has a worldwide sales network including sales offices inTaiwan, China, and Germany, as well as a manufacturing facility in Vietnam. In2017, BriskHeat was named to the Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing private companies in America. In 2018,BriskHeat became part of NIBE Industrier AB, a global group of manufacturingcompanies with over 15,000 employees worldwide. Follow BriskHeat on Twitter (@BriskHeat), on Facebook or onLinkedIn.

Causeway Aero Opens New Composites Facility

Causeway Aero has opened a brand new 7,000ft² production facility in Sligo in the northwest of the Republic of Ireland Ireland and is currently in the advanced stages of receiving EASA Part-21G approval from the Irish Aviation Authority.

As the Lisburn facility is now outside EASA and approved by the UK Civil Aviation Authority, it also means that Causeway will be one of the few aerospace companies able to deliver against alternative approvals and Form 1, offering maximum flexibility for customers. In addition to having a readily available skilled work force, the strategic location is just a two hour drive from the company’s headquarters in Lisburn, Northern Ireland; from the aircraft leasing community in Dublin; and from the MRO cluster in Shannon.

Michael Rice, Causeway Aero CEO, explains that investment in Sligo has focused on new machinery, as it will specialize in heavier industrial processes such as routing, edging and decoring of composites. This will separate them from the lighter work in Lisburn of the manufacture and assembly of lightweight Pitch PF3000 economy class seats and of aircraft interior components.

Part of the new facility has been taken over by Inter-Tec Aero, a new part of Inter-Tec Group, a long term partner of Causeway that has used its EASA Part-21J Design Organization Approval to assist with a number of interior and seat projects. Inter-Tec is also the EASA ETSA holder for the Pitch PF3000 seat.

Fred Gorrie, Managing Director/Owner of Inter-Tec Aero Group, says his Prestwick, Scotland, based company also faced the EASA/CAA challenge: “Effectively transferring our EASA approvals to the new base in Sligo is a neat solution. In addition to it reinforcing our close relationship with Causeway, it re-establishes Inter-Tec’s position to ably serve our highly-valued global customer base as a truly European Design Organisation.”