VTOL e-News Asia-Pacific – Coming up in the August Report

Our Aug Report is due out Sat 31 Aug 2019.

Around the campfire. Held over from our last edition. An engineer fell off a Bell 205 helicopter when the pilot lifted the machine into the air during a maintenance ground run at a Sydney airport MRO. The stressed pilot with a severe case of “get home -it is” lifted off forgetting he had an engineer working on the roof of the helicopter. We will tell you what happened when the engineer fell off and why the pilot ended up with a black eye. It happened more than three decades ago – all a true story.

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International financial good news. A reliable financial industry source explains how two large corporations have struggled through Chapter 11 recovery protocols to escape bankruptcy. Fortunately, the very vulnerable offshore and gas industry seems to be better protected now and we will let you know what we found.

 

Drone technology heads in a new direction. The explosion of RPAS developments has opened dozens of doors, leading to endless new projects linking UAM delivery and manned air taxi services more closely with the general public. This has led to realisation the new billion-dollar projects must be protected from criminal and/or terrorist activities. The ability of counter-drone specialists to take over a flight regime will probably make a good TV series as people get kidnapped or worse. To counter the threat – to the threat, we now see automated technology being put to good use. And of course, how do you counter drone activities conducted by automated vehicles that do not admit a radio signal.

 

Climate change concerns boosts electric aircraft development. Every news service is now carrying news of protesters creating mayhem around the globe as they accuse the world of dumping tons of damaging gases in the upper atmosphere every time an airliner flies a sector. Their answer is the continued development of electric powered aircraft. We now see small electric aircraft proving the consumption of hydrocarbon fuels can be drastically reduced. In fact, scientists evaluating small electrically powered airliners that can fly the Brisbane – Sydney – Canberra – Melbourne – Adelaide sectors say they have the potential of reducing the carbon footprint by around 70%. Not only are smaller aircraft being designed around the new power plants; but the hardest nut of all to yet to crack, is the use of these new engines in light helicopters.

 

Problem with AVGAS is hard to solve. In our last edition we reported some of the largest petroleum companies in the world are having trouble developing a low lead level alternative fuel, which can be used successfully with the older aero engines. We joke about Australia’s incredibly old aircraft fleet; but the humour ceases when we will ask what we will use for fuel in the future when AVGAS is finally turned off, as is happening in some countries. The alternative for the light helicopter manufacturers is to re-look at turbocharged diesel engined aircraft or create designs accommodating electric engines. As readers would know, it is very difficult to make an economical cost-effective small jet turbine. We will explain further soon.

 

Global helicopter sales slowing. GAMA figures from the United States indicates the bullish run of light piston helicopter sales has dramatically slowed in the first three months of 2019. However, surprisingly, the single-engine turbines have picked up from their slow run.

 

Robinson Safety Course feed-back. We will continue with feedback from the recent course at V2 Helicopters, Archerfield, Qld. We will compare engine problems of 1998 with those of today and see how things have changed. At present, it appears the valve problem and cylinder wear causing premature replacements is similar in many ways to what happened in 1998. We will give some observations as to why perhaps the Robinson fleet in Australia is distinctly different maintenance pattern to those in other locations around the world. Is it the red ferric iron dust, extreme operating temperatures or maybe pilots driving them too hard and ignoring the limits of the derated engines???

 

Next Robinson Safety Course. Next course, Sat 19 to Sun 20 Oct ’19 will be hosted by Helitec, Sunshine Coast Airport QLD.  In the interests of public safety, the discounted cost will still be $330. In addition, currency check flights will be available on site and provided by Helitec.

 

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