AirShow China expecting robots, acrobatics
Published: June 11, 2010 at 6:37 AM
* Parker Hannifin Corp
BEIJING, June 11 (UPI) -- China is to exhibit a second-generation example of its Snow Leopard bomb-removal robot at the Eighth China International Aviation and Aerospace Exhibition.
The developer, China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation, made the announcement but gave few details of the latest version set for display and demonstration during AirShow China 2010 at Zhuhai Airport in the southern Guangdong province from Nov. 16-21.
The Snow Leopard is basically a platform on caterpillar racks but it can climb stairs, CASIC said. It features a hydraulically operated arm with two large flap-like "hands," which CASIC said have the dexterity to safely pick up objects as delicate as a cell phone but also has the strength to handle a 20-pound iron block.
The new version is undergoing tests to make it ready for the Zhuhai exhibition, put on every two years since 1996, and one of the country's premier aviation exhibitions for aerospace and related military and commercial technology.
Also set for AirShow China is a demonstration by Pakistani acrobatic team, the Sherdils, flying their recently acquired K-8 advanced trainers, a joint Pakistan and China project. The K-8 was bought to replace the Sherdils's aging T-37 trainers.
Bombardier, which will exhibit at Zhuhai, said last month that it expects the bulk of its new orders for its regional 100- to 150-seat C-Series commercial passenger aircraft to come from China's fast-growing market.
China already is Bombardier's second biggest market after the United States.
Bombardier officials said they believe China will want more than 6,000 regional aircraft such as the Canadian aircraft maker's single-aisle, five-across C-series within 20 years.
In 2008 Bombardier signed a deal with the Shenyang Aircraft Corporation, a subsidiary of Aviation Industry Corporation of China, to build the mid-section fuselage of the C-Series.
The C-series will compete with Boeing's smaller versions of the 737 and Airbus's A320. The first C-series is scheduled for flight in 2013.
China's aerospace industry is increasingly embarking on joint ventures and partnerships to improve the technology of its aircraft now on the drawing board, such as the Chinese C919, a 168- to 190-seat competitor to the Bombardier, Boeing and Airbus airplanes.
Test flights for the single-aisle C919 are expected in 2014 and first deliveries likely in 2016.
In April Parker Aerospace, a division of Parker Hannifin Corp., was selected by Commercial A Aircraft Corporation of China to supply a fly-by-wire flight control system for the COMAC C919. Parker will also supply the hydraulic, fuel and inerting systems.
In May French firm Liebherr-Aerospace Toulouse was selected by COMAC to develop and supply the integrated air management system for the C919. These include systems for bleed air, air conditioning, air distribution and cabin pressure control.
Liebherr-Aerospace will install wing anti-ice systems and the avionics ventilation system. It is working in cooperation with Nanjing Engineering Institute of Aircraft System.
COMAC also selected Kidde Aerospace and Defense, a Hamilton Sundstrand business unit, to provide fire and overheat protection systems. The program value over the life of the aircraft is worth more than $250 million to Hamilton Sundstrand, a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp.
Kidde will supply engine and auxiliary power unit fire detectors, wheel-well and bleed-duct overheat monitoring sensors, cargo and lavatory smoke detectors, fixed fire extinguishers for the engines and portable fire extinguishers for the cockpit and cabin.
China-made general aviation aircraft to debut at Airshow China 2010
English.news.cn 2010-10-16 09:09:14
BEIJING, Oct. 15 (Xinhua) -- China's aircraft-making giant, Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC), said Friday it would showcase two types of China-made aircraft -- Seagull 300 and Little Eagle-500 -- at the upcoming Airshow China 2010 in Zhuhai city, Guangdong province, next month.
China Aviation Industry General Aircraft Co., Ltd. (AVICGA), an AVIC subsidiary company headquartered in Zhuhai, will also make its debut at the eighth China International Aviation and Aerospace Exhibition (Airshow China 2010), according to AVIC.
Seagull 300 is the first indigenous amphibious plane developed by China. After successfully conducting its first test flight this month, the company is expected to begin mass production next year, according to Meng Xiangkai, general manager of AVICGA, the plane manufacturer.
Meng said China has a huge potential for development in general aviation, given its rapidly growing economy.
According to Meng, China currently has only 900 general aviation planes, compared with 220,000 in the United States and 430,000 globally.
To facilitate the growth of general aviation in China, AVICGA said it would launch a nationwide experimental flight promotion campaign and select 10 people to co-fly the four- or five-seat business jet Little Eagle-500 with the help of senior pilots and after necessary training.
Other than military planes, scheduled airlines and cargo planes, general aviation refers to all private and commercial flight activities, such as private flying, flight training, air ambulance, police aircraft, aerial firefighting, air charter, bush flying, gliding and skydiving.
Airshow China is the only international aerospace trade show endorsed by the Chinese central government. Since 1996, the show has been successfully held in Zhuhai every two years.
Airshow China 2010 will be held from Nov.16-21, 2010, in Zhuhai. It will feature actual aircraft, trade talks, technological exchanges and air shows.