Monday, 29 July 2013

What has Kestrel Engineering Ltd in common with the Boeing Dreamliner?

                                                   
Photo of Saf-Deflat-Models 2 (Left) & 1 Right respectively 
Dublin based Kestrel Engineering Ltd has manufactured a simple tool called the Saf-Deflat-Aer for many years.  The tool is used to safely deflate aircraft wheels and reduce noise prior to removal from the aircraft.

The Saf-Deflat-Aer tool allows the valve core to be released and it incorporates a silencer which reduces the noise generated by the escaping nitrogen by up to 23 dBA’s. The tool is available in either Model 1 or 2 versions, which will enable all possible types of aircraft wheel valve for all current aircraft to be accommodated.

The Saf-Deflat-Aer Model 1 tool (PN320008A) has now been approved for use and is specified in Chapter 32 of the B787 Dreamliner Aircraft Maintenance Manual.

In addition, the relevant model 1 or 2 is approved in the respective AMM’s of Boeing B737 Classic/NG, B757, B767, B777 and B747 aircraft.  The tools can also accommodate all Airbus, Embraer & Bombardier aircraft wheels, depending on the type of wheel valve fitted.

                                       
Saf-Deflat-Aer Model 1 connected to an Aer Lingus A320 Wheel 

The company has customers worldwide including Aer Lingus, Aerolineas Argentinas, Asiana Airlines, Atlas Air, Boeing, Cargolux, Egyptair, Emirates, Goodrich, SR Technics, Turkish Airlines and many others.

Further information is available in the company website
www.kestrelengineering.com
                           
                                                                                 
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"The Speedtwin" maiden Irish flight demonstration at Shannon Airport

                                                   
Courtesy: Speedtwin 
The remarkable new twin-engined utility Aircraft, "The Speedtwin" maiden Irish flight demonstration at Shannon Airport took place this afternoon, the event was brought forward to due adverse weather conditions forecast for tomorrow.The Speedtwin offers impressive operating capabilities with its twin-engined and tandem seating configuration.

The Speedtwin has been flight-tested and issued with a UK Civil Aviation Authority Permit. All official test flying programmes were completed in April 2011 resulting in the Speedtwin being the world's only civil twin-engined aircraft cleared for intentional spinning. In July 2012 the Speedtwin participated in the daily aerobatic flying display at the Farnborough International Air Show.

Welcoming the aircraft and attending the demonstration, the chairman of Shannon Airport, Rose Hynes, said "Shannon with its unique pioneering aviation spirit and history is a very appropriate setting to stage The Speedtwin's inaugural Irish flights. “Shannon, as leaders also in the development of an International Aviation Services Centre in the region, is very pleased to host the Speedtwin visit and keen to engage with innovators in aviation across the industry spectrum."

With applications such as border patrol, search and rescue, pipeline and wire inspection, police patrols and other utility services, The Speedtwin offers high performance and twin-engined safety at a very competitive cost. Its remarkable landing and take-off envelope of 100 meters in any reasonably flat terrain, makes The Speedtwin uniquely suitable for remote applications also.

Speedtiwn Specifications and Peformance:

 Maximum level speed: 216 mph

Maximum demonstrated speed: 264 mph

Take off run: 100 m (estimated)

Ultimate stress limits: +9G/-4.5G

Payload: 1,150 lbs (estimated)

Range: 900 nautical miles (1,700 km)

Single engine loiter: 8.5+ hours (estimated)

Rate of climb: >2,000 ft/min

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EI-FAU ATR72-600 Delivered to Aer Arann

                                                   
EI-FAU ATR72-600
Aer Arann operating as Aer Lingus Regional  has taken delivery of it's third new ATR72-600 as part of it's 'New Beginning' strategy.

EI-FAU ATR72-600 c/n 1098 Hex Code 4CAAD9 was delivered Toulouse to Dublin on Friday 26th July as REA602P arriving 1830 and operated it's first revenue service on Saturday 27th as REA208M to Manchester.

The aircraft first flight was on 15th July using test registration F-WWEK.

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EI-FAT ATR72-600 Delivered to Aer Arann

                                                   
EI-FAT ATR72-600 
Aer Arann operating as Aer Lingus Regional has taken delivery of it's second new ATR72-600 as part of it's 'New Beginning' strategy.

EI-FAT ATR72-600 (212A) c/n 1097 Hexcode 4CAAD8 was delivered Toulouse to Dublin on Thursday 25th July as REA601P arriving 2015 , operated it's first revenue service on Friday 26th as REA56ED to Edinburgh.

The aircraft first flight was on 3rd July using test registration F-WWEJ.

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M-KATE Airbus A319CJ Fuel stops in Dublin en-route Alaska

                                                   
M-KATE Airbus A319-113X(CJ)

Yesterday Dublin Airport hosted M-KATE Airbus A319-133X (CJ) c/n 4151 Hexcode 43E7BA of Sophar Property Holding for a fuel stop en-route from Nice to Ketchikan Alaska. The aircraft arrived 1225 and departed at 1414 hours.

The aircraft made it's first flight on 14th January 2010 as D-AVYB was delivered on 20-21st January Hamburg XFW to Basle for cabin outfitting.via Zurich and London Stansted.

Geneva blogger Aviation Anecdotes post "M-KATE: not the British Royal Family" gives an interesting insight on the aircraft.

Ketchikan, is a city in Ketchikan Gateway Borough, Alaska, United States, the southeasternmost city in Alaska, is named after a creek which flows through the city. It's economy is based upon tourism and fishing, and the city is known as the "Salmon Capital of the World." The Misty Fjords National Monument is one of the area's major attractions.

                                       
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