Home' Australian Aviation Magazine : April 2011 Contents 37
APRIL 2011 AUSTRALIAN AVIATION
on from a previous purchase order and
follow-on work agreement made during
2008's Farnborough Airshow to manufac-
ture second and third-stage turbine vane
transfer tubes, and covers all three vari-
ants of the F135 engine (CTOL, CV and
Meanwhile, Pratt &Whitney has received
its rst shipment of critical F135 engine
tooling from NSW based Broens Industries.
Broens' ground support equipment tooling
will include provisions for the removal and
installation of the F135 gearbox.
Italian manufacturer Piaggio Aero has
been pleased with the interest in the P.180
Avanti II twin turboprop, which was dis-
played for the rst time at Avalon, follow-
ing sales tours and an evaluation with the
RFDS last year.
"We've got a number of prospects that
we're talking to, and it has been a good
opportunity to meet them and take them
through the aircraft as opposed to talk-
ing about it virtually," said Piaggio's chief
marketing o cer John Bingham.
e uniquely shaped Avanti is powered
by two Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-66
turboprops in a pusher con guration, and
is the fastest turboprop in the world with a
max speed of 402kt and a range of 1400nm.
"We've got a good broad appeal from a
cross-section of existing aircraft owners,
people who are looking at aircraft and some
commercial users as well."
"Just like in other markets, people who
have been interested in the aircraft are
people who have King Airs, Citations and
Phenom 300s, and that's really where the
Locally, Piaggio is being represented
by John Alp, while it is also in talks with
potential service and spares partners ahead
of the rst delivery of an Avanti.
VARLEY WINS MORE JSF WORK
Newcastle, NSW based GH Varley has
been awarded more work from Lockheed
Martin for the F-35 JSF program.
e work, which falls under the LRIP
4 contract which was signed last year, will
see Varley produce 14 more canopy sling
assemblies to add to the 15 it has already
delivered. ese assemblies are used for
overhead hoisting and the support of
aircraft canopies during manufacture and
Varley is also con dent of gaining
another contract for 10 more landing gear
handling systems (LGHS) to add to the
seven units it has already produced. e
LGHS is used to support a landing gear
assembly during manufacture and main-
tenance, and is constructed from stainless
steel and aluminium.
e company has impressed Australia's
New Air Combat Capability (NACC) of-
ce by its persistence in bidding for work.
Despite being unsuccessful in two previous
tenders, Varley requested debriefs from
Lockheed Martin and was able to improve
its bid processes accordingly.
T-6 ON TOUR
Avalon was a focal point of a ve-week
demonstration tour of Australian military
training bases of the Hawker Beechcraft
T-6C Texan trainer.
Partnering with Raytheon Australia and
BAE Systems Australia in o ering the
aircraft to the ADF, Hawker's T-6C variant
builds upon Beechcraft's original T-6, with
an integrated glass cockpit encompassing
an advanced Esterline CMC Cockpit 4000
avionics suite. All systems are integrated
with a Hands-On rottle and Stick
(HOTAS), providing the student pilot and
instructor with a simpler interface to the
e demonstration tour, which also saw
the debut of the T-6C Aerobatic Demon-
stration at Avalon, was due to include stops
to ADF ight schools around the coun-
try, including RAAF Base Williamtown,
Tamworth, East Sale, Pearce and ADF HQ
• Hawker Beechcraft (HBC) has announced
that the Hawker 4000 has received certi ca-
tion from CASA, opening the way for the
aircraft to be delivered to local customers.
e composite fuselage Hawker 4000 has a
range of 3280nm and can cruise at speeds up
to Mach 0.84.
• Hawker Paci c announced the delivery
of the rst Beechcraft King Air 350C to
the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS),
as part of an agreement that will see ve
aircraft delivered. Operating under contract
to the Air Ambulance Service New South
Wales, the RFDS South Eastern Section
will eventually take delivery of two King Air
350Cs and three B200C aircraft. e 350C
variants delivered to the RFDS will also
feature ex-factory cargo doors and various
aeromedical modi cations to customise the
aircraft for its intended use.
• Sikorsky Aircraft signed a Memorandum
of Understanding with Melbourne based
aviation searchlight manufacturer Trakka
Corp at Avalon to jointly explore manu-
facturing opportunities in support of H-60
CROWD FAVOURITE RAAF C-130J Hercules A97-450 takes off for its Avalon display, with the corporate
hospitality chalets in the background. (Andrew McLaughlin)
CROWD PLEASER Airshow organisers say around 160,000 visitors attended Avalon across its trade and
public days. (Seth Jaworski)
Links Archive March 2011 May 2011 Navigation Previous Page Next Page