Antonov’s AN-132D will take center stage at next week’s Paris Air Show, making its first international appearance after building up initial flight time equipped with Dowty Propellers’ R408 propeller system.
With Dowty Propellers’ asset management services, UK-based regional airline Flybe benefits from increased aircraft availability, reduced needs for stock/spares inventory, enhanced fleet planning flexibility, lower maintenance costs and more.
The newest application of Dowty Propellers’ proven R408 propeller systems has gone airborne with Antonov’s AN-132D twin-engine transport demonstrator, which performed its maiden flight from the Ukrainian company’s headquarters facility in Kiev on March 31.
To serve the growing Q400 fleet based in Canada, Dowty Propellers has entered into a sub-contract agreement with Hope Aero to provide repair services for Dowty’s Canadian customers operating the Bombardier Dash 8-Q400.
Dowty Propellers’ technology research to make future regional turboprop aircraft quieter and more efficient was highlighted at the recent European Aerodays innovation event in London.
Dowty Propellers’ reset of its production capabilities is fully underway, placing the company on track to ramp-up the manufacture of composite propeller blades following a fire earlier this year at its Gloucestershire headquarters in southwest England.
Dowty Propellers has made important steps forward in its efforts to resume manufacturing and support customers/operators worldwide after the February fire in its UK production facility at Gloucester’s Anson Business Park.
China’s new MA700 regional airliner – which is to be equipped with Dowty Propellers’ R504 propeller system – made its public “debut” at this month’s Airshow China 2014 event in Zhuhai in the form of a full-scale fuselage mockup, complete with an outfitted passenger interior.
A full range of Dowty Propellers-equipped aircraft were at center stage during this month’s Farnborough Airshow, spotlighting the company’s propeller systems from current-production applications to their origins.
Technologies for the next generation of regional airliners are coming into focus today at Dowty Propellers as the company evaluates integrated turboprop propulsion system (ITPS) concepts to improve the operating efficiency and safety of aircraft while reducing their noise levels and increasing passenger comfort.