airbus helicopter

European regulators for aviation have plans of doing inspection on many of the AS 350s and other helicopters manufactured by the Airbus Group SE. Some of the inspections are done to test whether or not a replacement for specific parts are needed due to their nature of commonly cracking.

In doing so, European regulators are able to prevent potentially lethal helicopter failures that would be related to the main gearbox or its components.

The AS 350 is a popular choice among the law enforcement, commercial operations, and air ambulance services.

The European Aviation Safety Agency has announced the issuing of the safety mandates on Friday January 22, 2016. This safety mandate covers the main gearbox casings and components in the AS 350. In doing so, it has been predicted that over 3000 Airbus rotorcrafts that will be affected by this. Of the 3000 Airbus rotorcrafts, 1,000 will be registered in the US.

The AS 350 chopper is considered a light utility helicopter which originated in France. The AS 350 was first introduced in 1975 after its first flight in June 26, 1974. On its first flight, the AS 350 was using a Lycoming LTS101 turboshaft engine. This first flight took place in Marignane, France. Today, it still uses the Lycoming LTS101 turboshaft engine. Other variants of the AS 350 use the Turbomeca Arriel powerplant. This turbomeca is mainly used in the twin-engine variant.

Since its inception, there has be over 3,500 that have been built. Its primary users include the Royal Jordanian Air Force, Australian Defense Force, and Brazilian Air Force. Its unit coast is roughly around $2 million USD.

The AS 350 can be designed in different configurations that include seating 4 to 6 passengers with sliding doors on either side of the seats.

Most of the avionics in the AS 350 are supplied by Garmin.

ASAP Semiconductor is a leading supplier of Aerospace Industry Parts and has the resources to supply an array of aircraft parts. We provide our customers with a simplified and speedy procurement process. We ensure that our customers production lines and prototype builds are always up and running effectively. We offer cost-effective component solutions by improving our customers’ negotiation power. If you are interested in a quote, please contact our friendly sales staff at sales@asapsemi.com call us toll free at 1-714-705-4780.


Read more »


Boeing and USAF Team

Boeing and the United States Air Force recently completed the first successful refueling over the state of Washington with a KC-46A tanker.

The F-16C fighter jet took in 1,600 pounds of fuel while flying 20,000 feet above ground. The F-16’s light lasted nearly six hours, meaning a mid-air refuel would be necessary. The refueling operators stayed in contact with the Air Force throughout, making sure they knew exactly when the fuel was needed. Master Sergeant Lindsay Moon was in charge of extending the fifty-six-foot boom into the jet’s receptacle. The exchange went smoothly, as planned.

Controlling the boom from the KC-46A’s air refueling operator station “is night and day different from laying on your belly in a KC-135,” said Moon.

Other crew members included Lieutenant Colonel Donevan Rein - who was piloting the aircraft - and Ricky Kahler, the air refueling operator. They are part of the 418th Flight Test Squadron in Seattle.

The first refueling flight was scheduled for late last year, but delays caused it to be pushed back until January 2016. This test run was a prerequisite for the USAF’s “Milestone C” decision that will begin low-rate production of the KC-46A.

“Program officials anticipate awarding the first production contract shortly thereafter,” the service said.

The KC-46 is 165 feet in length, with a wingspan of 157 feet. The ninety ton aircraft has a payload of 65,000 pounds, and can reach a max speed of 650 miles per hour. A three man crew is used to operate it - two pilots, plus one person to operate the boom.

Subsequent tests will use an A-10 Thunderbolt II for the light/slow receiver, as well as a C-17 Globemaster for the heavy receiver. They must also show it can take fuel from a KC-10 extender.

ASAP Semiconductor is a leading supplier of Aerospace Industry Parts and has the resources to supply an array of Boeing products. We provide our customers with a simplified and speedy procurement process. We ensure that our customers production lines and prototype builds are always up and running effectively. We offer cost-effective component solutions by improving our customers’ negotiation power. If you are interested in a quote, please contact our friendly sales staff at sales@asapsemi.com call us toll free at 1-714-705-4780.


Read more »


self flying aircraft

Mark Huffman, a consumer news reporter for Consumer Affairs, released an article about the future of self-flying aircrafts. Unmanned aerial vehicles or more commonly known as drones, have been a popular item as of recent. Chinese manufacturer Ehang, has launched the world’s first electric personal autonomous aerial vehicle. Ehang put the autonomous aerial vehicle on display during the Consumer Electronics show which grabbed the attention of many visitors. The autonomous aerial vehicle’s presence dominated the carmakers and their earth-bound autonomous vehicles at the event. The autonomous aerial vehicle is called the Ehang 184.

The autonomous aerial vehicle is controlled through an accompanying smartphone app. The user enters a destination and the autonomous aerial vehicle does the task. The passenger does not need a pilot’s license to operate this, nor is it required.

As of now, Ehang has designed the autonomous aerial vehicle to fly only short to medium distances. However, Ehang has high hopes for the product as it has the potential to penetrate into the transportation, medical care, retail, and shipping industry.

Huazhi Hu, the CEO of Ehang, speaks about his passion for the Ehang 184.
"It's been a lifetime goal of mine to make flight faster, easier and more convenient than ever. The 184 provides a viable solution to the many challenges the transportation industry faces in a safe and energy efficient way."

The name, “184” in Ehang 184 comes from the design of the autonomous aerial vehicle. The Ehang 184 is for one passenger and consists of eight propellers and four arms. To enhance the Ehang 184, the company is building a 24-hour flight command center that will be responsive to all of the flying vehicles. The command center is able to stop vehicles from taking off during extreme weather conditions as a precaution if necessary.

Here at ASAP Semiconductor, we procure obsolete and authentic products of aircraft with easy instant quote. We provide our customers with a simplified and speedy procurement process. We ensure that our customers production lines and prototype builds are always up and running effectively. We offer cost-effective component solutions by improving our customers’ negotiation power. If you are interested in a quote, please contact our friendly sales staff at sales@asap-aerospace.com or call us toll free at 714-705-4780.


Read more »


Rocket

Blue Origin, a spacecraft company founded by Amazon CEO, Jeff Bezos, just did what SpaceX failed at doing last week and successfully launched and landed a suborbital rocket. Known as New Shepard, the spacecraft reached a maximum altitude of 333,582 feet, which is approximately 63 miles above the Earth's surface, before gently landing back at Blue Origin's test facility located in Texas. Accomplishing this feat makes New Shepard the first commercial vertical rocket to launch into space twice.

It also signifies that Blue Origin has beaten its competitor SpaceX in the race to manufacture reusable space rockets. SpaceX has had two attempts at landing a space craft and it has been successful just once, nonetheless despite both company’s similar ambitions the rockets used by SpaceX and Blue Origin are both very different in design. While Blue Origin’s rocket is designed to take future passengers into suborbital space it isn’t designed to stay for too long in space.

SpaceX’s rocket on the other hand is designed to carry cargo into orbit and not only last longer in space, but go further into space than Blue Origin’s rocket. These differences in functionality and design shouldn’t however undermine the fact that Blue Origin has been able to relaunch and land its rocket in such a short turnaround period. To make this happen the company has had to make some modifications to the rocket such as replacing the parachutes in the crew capsule. These new parachutes enable the capsule to have a smoother landing. In addition to the new parachutes Blue Origin also replaced the pyro igniters in the rocket and updated the software running the rocket. These modifications played a key role in making sure that the rocket has had a seamless landing.

Reusable rockets have been heavily touted as a way to reduce costs by recycling the use of rockets instead of having to build entirely new rockets for each mission. In a statement announcing the launch Jeff Bezos expressed his fondness for powered vertical landings, such as the one employed in the launching and landing of the New Shepard rocket and he also stated that the company is in the process of developing a rocket much larger than New Shepard. Bezos went on to state that Blue Origin’s ultimate goal is to make it possible for “millions of people” to work and live in space.

ASAP Semiconductor is a leading supplier of Aerospace Industry Parts and has the resources to supply an array of Blue Origin and SpaceX products. We provide our customers with a simplified and speedy procurement process. We ensure that our customers production lines and prototype builds are always up and running effectively. We offer cost-effective component solutions by improving our customers’ negotiation power. If you are interested in a quote, please contact our friendly sales staff at sales@asapsemi.com call us toll free at 1-714-705-4780.


Read more »


Aerojet Rocketdyne

The United States Air Force has reached out to Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings Inc. to standardize and qualify the components used in liquid fueled rockets.

Julie Van Kleek, Vice President of Advanced Space & Launch Systems has said, “It is imperative that engine manufacturers understand the qualification methodology for this revolutionary technology because of the criticality of the assets they help launch into space.”

This request by the US Air Force comes on the heels of Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings Inc. winning the contracts from Boeing and NASA to begin preparations for the next phase of space travel for humans. That contract is worth an estimated $1.4 billion dollars. This proposition for 3-D Printed Rocket Engine standards is expected to be a part of a movement designed to end Pentagon’s reliance on Russian-made rockets currently being used by United Launch Alliance such as the RD-180 Atlas V Rockets.

The Air Force has prominent plans on increasing the number of contracts for US-built propulsion systems, Aerojet is in charge of drafting and implementing the industry-wide standard in regards to the manufacturing and examination process when these 3-D printed parts are required to go through it’s stringent testing phase. The standards are of the utmost importance as the testing phase is extremely demanding and requires strict adherence to protocols for it to pass due to the magnitude of space travel. Aerojet is already considered to be one of the leading manufacturers when it comes to the field of 3-D printing or additive manufacturing as they boast a considerable amount of experience as well as already implemented practices designed to reduce manufacturing time and significantly lowering production costs for components keeping the spending from becoming cost-prohibitive. Ultimately their experience coupled with the vast resources at their disposal will allow Aerojet to successfully outline an industry standard when it comes to qualifying flight components for space travel.

Here at ASAP Semiconductor, we have the resources to supply an array of Aerospace Industry products. We provide our customers with a simplified and speedy procurement process. We ensure that our customers production lines and prototype builds are always up and running effectively. We offer cost-effective component solutions by improving our customers’ negotiation power. If you are interested in a quote, please contact our friendly sales staff at sales@asap-aerospace.com call us toll free at 1-714-705-4780.


Read more »


CST-100 Starliner Trainers

Boeing recently ramped up its production of the space bound CST- 100 Starliner and to get acclimated with the new spacecraft, two of the four NASA astronauts training to fly Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner spacecraft stopped by the Boeing facility to try some of the systems that will prepare them for flights to the International Space Station.The CST-100 Starliner’s first crew flight test to the space station is expected in 2017 and will be Boeing’s first commercial flight transporting of people to that destination.

While at the Boeing facility, astronauts Eric Boe and Bob Behnken focused on systems used for learning to manipulate switches and display panels. They were also able to work with devices that they will use to train for flight tests and missions.

“We have been learning about the spacecraft displays through slideshows. It’s great to finally see what we are actually going to train on,” said Boe.
“The trainers look great, and this visit gives us an opportunity to meet with the Boeing engineers. We appreciate them allowing us to give input on these trainers so the devices are ready when they arrive at Johnson Space Center.”
Behnken also went on to point out how comprehensive the training system is, stating that
“Historically, some trainers were just a simple component that might have a very specific task, this one has a lot of capability with multiple tasks coming together so it can execute more complicated training scenarios.”

Boeing is planning on delivering two of the trainers used by these astronauts to NASA in the autumn of 2016. In addition to this the aircraft manufacturer is building an immersive, high-fidelity training system that’s to be delivered to Houston’s Johnson Space Center, early next year.

ASAP Aerospace has set out its horizon to deliver assured quality aircraft products since its inception. We provide our customers with a simplified and speedy procurement process. We ensure that our customers production lines and prototype builds are always up and running effectively. We offer cost-effective component solutions by improving our customers’ negotiation power. If you are interested in a quote, please contact our knowledgeable sales staff at sales@asap-aerospace.com or call us toll free at 714-705-4780.


Read more »


North Korea’s Nuclear Fallout

North Korea’s nuclear threats and claims have led the U.S to deploy the WC-135 Constant Phoenix to track the origin of any radioactive substances in the area around North Korean alleged hydrogen bomb test zone.  Atmospheric gatherings will be collected by the aircraft to determine whether North Korea’s nuclear test did indeed happen.  The WC- 135 has been flown by flight crews from the 45th Reconnaissance Squadron from Offutt Air Force Base. Often called by the crew the WC-135 also known as the “sniffer” or “weather bird” is known for its ability to track radioactive activity using filter papers with two scoops on the sides of the fuselage collecting Radioactive Specimens or effluent gasses. The WC-135 has been used to control compliance with nuclear weapon treaties.

The aircraft includes features to determine the radio activity in the air and even within its self. “airframes have two large supplemental charcoal filter packs, as well as HEPA/ULPA filters (we called them “lungs”) for their cabin air. When the instruments indicate contact with radioactive debris, the crew will also reduce cabin airflow to just maintain pressurization, and all personnel on board will go to 100% oxygen through their masks. They will stay on 100% O2 until activity readings drop back down into the safe levels. Everybody wears a dosimeter, and those records are monitored to prevent unsafe exposure” says Darin R Pfaff, a former WC-135 aircrew member.

WC-135 was also Dispatched after the Chernobyl nuclear plant disaster in the Soviet Union in 1986 and the Fukushima accident back in 2011. Kim Jung Uns launching Rockets Earlier this year it raised alerts that it was used in Syria, detected chemical substances by the WC-135in the attacked area weeks after they were launched.

ASAP Semiconductor is a qualified supplier of Aerospace Industry Parts. We provide our customers with a simplified and speedy procurement process. We ensure that our customers production lines and prototype builds are always up and running effectively. We offer cost-effective component solutions by improving our customers’ negotiation power. If you are interested in a quote, please contact our knowledgeable sales staff at sales@asap-aerospace.com or call us toll free at 714-705-4780.


Read more »


Raytheon

Upgrades to the Raytheon-made Patriot Integrated Air and Missile Defense System have proven to be very effective with a recent flight test proving that the they are capable of destroying advanced threats at greater ranges. The test where performed using a Patriot system upgraded with a suite of improvements known as PDB-8 (Post Deployment Build 8) which successfully tracked and engaged a ballistic missile target with PAC-3 MSE missiles.

One of the upgrades known as the Radar Digital Processor (RDP), enables the PAC-3 MSE interceptor to realize more of its potential. This upgrade is a commercial, ruggedized, off-the-shelf processor that reduces Patriot's operations and maintenance cost while improving its previously impressive reliability by approximately 40 percent. RDP is fully digital, which means that its software can be upgraded to address future threats.

In addition to the RDP, PDB-8 also represents the first U.S. Army fielding of what is known as the Modern Man Station (MMS) and is a user interface with color LCD displays, touch screens and soft keys. Even though not the first time a Patriot partner nation has fielded MMS and RDP, PDB-8 takes full advantages of the hardware upgrades and as a result, the U.S. Army and other PDB-8 users will have the following features and benefits in their Patriot systems:

• Enhanced capability against a variety of threats • An improved Identification Friend or Foe capability • Improved radar search capability • Improved target detection and identification • A redesigned Fire Solution Computer, which enables Patriot to take advantage of the PAC-3 MSE missile capabilities • An Enhanced Weapons Computer, which is projected to provide up to 50 percent more processing power for software enhancements, allowing it to address evolving threats by using commercial off-the-shelf processors.

ASAP Semiconductor is a qualified vendor of Aerospace Industry Parts. We provide our customers with a simplified and speedy procurement process. We ensure that our customers production lines and prototype builds are always up and running effectively. We offer cost-effective component solutions by improving our customers’ negotiation power. If you are interested in a quote, please contact our knowledgeable sales staff at sales@asap-aerospace.com or call us toll free at 714-705-4780.


Read more »


AS2 Supersonic

Airbus and Aerion recently got the thumbs up on putting together a master piece known as the AS2 jet plane; traveling at supersonic speeds. The manufacturing location is not yet decided by Aerion and Airbus but is hoped by both companies to be established in the US according to Bloomberg Business. With estimated times for test flights and commercial traveling commencing in the year 2021 to 2023, this private jet is designed to have a 30 ft. cabin and feature wings that will reduce approximately 20 percent of drag.

Supersonic traveling will allow passengers to travel from place to place in record breaking times. In as little as 6 years with the AS2 Jet Plane, a flight from Los Angeles to Tokyo would take an approximate 6 hours, oppose to a 13-hour direct flight. Its unique design allows the jet to move more efficiently and reduce drag by is narrow and futuristic dimensions.

“Capacity:  Up to 12 passengers, Length: 170 feet, Wingspan: 61 feet, Height: 22 feet, Wing area 1,350 ft², Maximum speed Mach 1.5 (1,217 mph), Range: 4750 miles to 5300 miles.”Design of this private jet will consist of various assemblymen. “We see clear and achievable technical solutions to the design of a supersonic jet and a realistic road map for helping Aerion proceed toward construction and flight,” said by Airbus’ senior vice president Ken McKenzie.

Airbus providing all major components and Aerion completing the final assembly; a company supported by billionaire Robert Bass. This project is anticipated to the reach the costs of 100 million US dollars.

In the US, the AS2 jet will be restricted to reach a various speed at a lower altitude due to restrictions on sound barriers. Maximum speed being 750 mph flying overland in civilian planes. Although it is not the first of its type, this is a new frontier in supersonic traveling. Airbus is experienced first handedly creating the Concorde Airliner and retiring it after 27 years of service.

ASAP-Aerospace, a venture of ASAP Semiconductor is a qualified vendor of Aerospace Industry Parts. We also provide quality parts of Airbus Industries to our customers with a simplified and speedy procurement process. We ensure that our customers production lines and prototype builds are always up and running effectively. We offer cost-effective component solutions by improving our customers’ negotiation power. If you are interested in a quote, please contact our knowledgeable sales staff at sales@asap-aerospace.com or call us toll free at 714-705-4780.


Read more »


Epic Aircraft Prototype

Epic Aircraft’s E1000 prototype has successfully completed its first test flight, setting the course for the company to begin deliveries. The aircraft, valued at $2.95 million, should ready for delivery in the next year. The Oregonian manufacturers completed a big step towards getting certification for their single-engine turboprop with their successful maiden voyage. The aim of the project is to have it be the fastest single engine civil aircraft in the world. The first successful flight for the plane nicknamed “FT1” took place on December 19th at Bend Municipal Airport in Deschutes County. Chief Pilot David Robinson took it for a twenty minute test run, and gave it a glowing review. The experienced flyer reported that it handled extremely well, just as he expected it to. Officials at Epic were just as delighted to meet their deadline of getting the plane off the ground by the end of the year.

"This is a tremendous accomplishment, and I couldn't be more proud of our team," said Epic CEO Doug King. "We achieved our goal to fly FT1 by the end of the year, thanks to the hard work, long hours and dedicated commitment of our entire staff."

Epic’s E1000 offers a “jet-class performance” powered by its 1200 HP Pratt & Whitney PT6A-67A engine. The aircraft can ascend at a rate of 3,000 feet per minute while fully loaded, with a maximum ceiling of 34,000 feet. It also boasts a range of greater than 1,650 nautical miles carrying a payload of over 1,120 pounds fully fueled. The spacious interior will remind pilots and passengers of a luxury car. FT1 testing will continue over the next several months, assessing general handling qualities, operational performance, systems operations in normal mode, failure scenarios, extreme conditions and Flight into Known Icing (FIKI) requirements. ASAP-Aerospace, owned and operated by ASAP Semiconductor is a leading supplier of aircraft parts. Prospective customers can browse our inclusive inventory of hard-to-find obsolete and current parts at http://www.asap-aerospace.com/. If you are interested in a part, please feel free to contact our knowledgeable sales staff at sales@asapsemi.com or call toll free at 714-705-4780 for a quote.


Read more »


Recent Twitter Posts