Aircraft Maintenance Technology

AUG-SEP 2018

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Page 18 of 67 19 Bell Bell moved closer to unveiling the rotor system that will equip its future urban air mobility vehicle, with the manufacturer now settled on its preferred architecture. Closer doesn’t mean close enough to disclose it, but the program is moving from a conceptual to a preliminary design phase. Bell’s 453kg (1,000-pound) maximum take-off weight air vehicle is being developed in collaboration with Uber for “Elevate” urban mobility initiative. Service entry is expected in the “early 2020s”. Speaking at FAI, chief executive Mitch Snyder said Bell has recently selected Safran to supply a hybrid-electric power system for the aircraft; the biggest piece of the design. Samad Aerospace UK start-up Samad Aerospace created a great deal of interest in its eStarling and Starling Jet, with company chief executive Seyed Mohseni announcing on the eve of FIA that it has secured letters of intent for 103 examples of the electric and hybrid-electric-powered, VTOL business aircraft since the project was unveiled in February. The UK company had on display a 20 percent scale prototype of the aircraft. Samad is offering UAV Starling, six-seat e-Starling, and a 10-seat Starling Jet. The e-Starling will have four electric-powered fans to deliver VTOL performance: two in its wing roots thrusting vertically and two on pylons farther aft, which are retracted when the fan is employed for forward movement. A gas turbine provides power for e-fans and battery charging. Samad said the company will start building a 50 percent scale model in August and plans to fly it in 2020. Construction of the first of five full-scale prototypes will begin in early 2019; maiden flight is expected in 2021. What’s Next? It is difficult to say how Electrification and E-Flight will evolve and affect our lives, our careers, and our future. It does appear like it is coming — and it is exciting. This Electrification and E-Flight series is nearing the end. We have attempted to expose our readers to a whole new emerging technology in our industry. In the final piece we hope to provide information on certification, maintenance, and operation, and education of the people who will build and maintain this new breed of flying machines. SAMAD MARINO BORIC The Aircraft Fuel Leak Stops Here At Seal Aviation we repair fuel leaks the first time, every time! That's why we offer a 181 Day Warranty on all of our leak repair work. We also offer: Non-Destructive Testing and Structural Repair support 24/7 anywhere in the world A rapid response team ready to deploy to your location for your AOG maintenance and emergencies FAA and EASA Certifi ed Repair Station 9JBR401B S.E.A.L. Aviation 1011 N.W. 51 St., Ft Lauderdale, FL 33309 | 954-492-3522 |

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