June 17, 2013
News from UTC Aerospace Systems
UTC Aerospace Systems has been chosen by Qatar Airways to provide a comprehensive suite of nacelle maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services for selected Airbus aircraft operated by the Qatari flag-carrier. The agreement for services covers Airbus A300 aircraft powered by Pratt & Whitney PW4000 engines and A320 airplanes powered by V2500 engines built by International Aero Engines. The agreement between the airline and UTC Aerospace Systems’ Aerostructures business is for ten years and covers full MRO services, including scheduled and unscheduled MRO, with asset and on-site support as required.
Virgin Atlantic Airways selected UTC Aerospace Systems to supply the wheels, carbon brakes and MRO services for its fleet of 16 new Boeing 787-9 aircraft. The company will provide the equipment through its Wheels & Brakes business in Troy, Ohio. The first aircraft is scheduled for delivery in September 2014. The 787-9 carbon brakes use proprietary DURACARB carbon heat sink material. The DURACARB carbon provides exceptional brake performance and a 35 percent brake life advantage over competitive products, producing significant cost savings for operators.
UTC Aerospace Systems recently partnered with Embraer S.A. to successfully demonstrate the next generation of electric braking system technology. The demonstration was performed under Embraer’s “More Electric Aircraft” (MEA) study assessing the benefits of the newest generation of electric braking technology that incorporates significant reductions in system weight and envelope. The test equipment included electrically actuated brakes and electro-mechanical actuator controllers. Technology experts from both companies collaborated over eighteen months to prepare for the extensive series of on-aircraft tests conducted on an Embraer 145 LR regional jet.