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F R Aviation Invests in InHouse Engine Testing

F R Aviation Invests in InHouse Engine Testing includes an off-the-shelf Quiet-Duct silencer to act as the intake. The latter item is more commonly used by IAC's Building Services Division for silencing F R Aviation Invests in air-conditioning systems in office build­ ings and this is only the second time that it has been utilised for an aviation In-House Engine application. The cost benefits of using standard products are considerable, without any degradation in performance. Testing "IAC has come up with a technical solution that will support the way we intend to develop our business' said Colin Jones, managing director of F R Aviation. "It is quite clear that the new F R AVIATION has awarded a contract monitor displays with graphical plotting facility will enable us to satisfy our own to Industrial Acoustics Company (IAC) and tabular data recordings. engine testing requirements far more of Staines, Middx to build an engine test economically in the long run. Just as facility at its premises at Bournemouth Noise reduction importantly, we will be using the facility International Airport. IAC has designed The engine test facility will be built to offer a new service to outside a special low-cost facility, costing only 10 metres from an existing office customers which I think is really needed £300,000, which will give F R Aviation block and hangar workshop. Conse­ in the European aviation industry. With the ability to test and rate engines up to an adaptor, our test stand will take any quently, IAC's technical solution had to 6,000lbs thrust. engine up to 6,000lbs thrust. We are achieve a high degree of noise reduction within a limited budget. To keep costs therefore acquiring a multi-engine test Despite the fact that F R Aviation has down, the company is constructing the capability at a very affordable price and a fleet of just 22 aircraft, the company acoustic enclosure from standard prop­ new customers will realise that they too has recognised that it is far more can share in the cost-benefits". rietary Moduline panels and incorpora­ economical to test engines in-house rather than continue the normal practice ting additional acoustic suppression and waterproofing through the use of appear­ of returning a repaired engine to a Industrial Acoustics Company, ance cladding. It is using a well proven manufacturer's agent (in this case in the Walton House, Central Trading Estate, augmentor tube and exhaust system — US) for testing. The new facility also Staines, Middx TW184XB. Tel: 0784 also of its own manufacture — which opens the way for the company to utilise 456251. its own fully equipped engine repair shop and engineering staff more fully, by offering module change and third- line overhaul services commercially. Davy Computing Wins Test, rate and return in a day Initially, the new facility will be used Aero Engine Repair Deal to test and rate the GE CF700 turbofan engine, which is installed in F R Aviation's fleet of Breguet-Dassault Falcon aircraft. The twin-engined Falcons are involved in special missions for the MoD, and are used to provide Caledonian Airmotive — the aircraft existing systems and the entire comput­ radar signatures to simulate enemy engine overhaul and maintenance firm ing system will utilise the Oracle aircraft for practice purposes. They are based at Prestwick airport — has database. also used as target towing aircraft. The invested $¼ million in Davy Comput­ Says David Robertson of Caledonian: current need to return engines to the US ing's MCC manufacturing control system "The repair environment is very dif­ for testing means that F R Aviation has to upgrade its production scheduling at ferent from manufacturing. The work­ to support a large holding of spare a time of rapid expansion. load is dependent on the condition of engines to keep its 16 Falcon aircraft the engines as we receive them, and we As an aero engine refurbishment fully utilised. Using the new facility, it cannot always anticipate arrival times. centre, Caledonian Airmotive serves will be able to test, rate and return an many of the world's civil airlines, with We need a system that will grow as we engine to service in under a day. engines being shipped into Prestwick grow and react quickly and accurately for repair. MCC will provide balanced to changes in work input. As we cannot The contract encompasses the acoustic predict our workload the power of scheduling of jobs to eliminate queues, enclosure with intake and exhaust, the simulation that MCC offers will enable prioritise work and forewarn of capacity test stand and adaptor frame, the over/under loading. us to adjust our schedules quickly, preparation area with a monorail to reduce work-in-progress and provide convey engines to the test bed and a our customers with on-time deliveries." sophisticated fuel measurement and Interface with existing systems delivery system. IAC's contract also The order follows a year-long study of includes a control room and console production control packages suited to Davy Computing Ltd, Moorfoot the unpredictable repair environment. with a fully computerised data acquisi­ House, 2 Clarence Lane, Sheffield S3 tion system giving on-line colour video MCC will interface with Caledonian's 7UZ, England. 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F R Aviation Invests in InHouse Engine Testing

Aircraft Engineering and Aerospace Technology , Volume 62 (10): 1 – Oct 1, 1990

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includes an off-the-shelf Quiet-Duct silencer to act as the intake. The latter item is more commonly used by IAC's Building Services Division for silencing F R Aviation Invests in air-conditioning systems in office build­ ings and this is only the second time that it has been utilised for an aviation In-House Engine application. The cost benefits of using standard products are considerable, without any degradation in performance. Testing "IAC has come up with a technical solution that will support the way we intend to develop our business' said Colin Jones, managing director of F R Aviation. "It is quite clear that the new F R AVIATION has awarded a contract monitor displays with graphical plotting facility will enable us to satisfy our own to Industrial Acoustics Company (IAC) and tabular data recordings. engine testing requirements far more of Staines, Middx to build an engine test economically in the long run. Just as facility at its premises at Bournemouth Noise reduction importantly, we will be using the facility International Airport. IAC has designed The engine test facility will be built to offer a new service to outside a special low-cost facility, costing only 10 metres from an existing office customers which I think is really needed £300,000, which will give F R Aviation block and hangar workshop. Conse­ in the European aviation industry. With the ability to test and rate engines up to an adaptor, our test stand will take any quently, IAC's technical solution had to 6,000lbs thrust. engine up to 6,000lbs thrust. We are achieve a high degree of noise reduction within a limited budget. To keep costs therefore acquiring a multi-engine test Despite the fact that F R Aviation has down, the company is constructing the capability at a very affordable price and a fleet of just 22 aircraft, the company acoustic enclosure from standard prop­ new customers will realise that they too has recognised that it is far more can share in the cost-benefits". rietary Moduline panels and incorpora­ economical to test engines in-house rather than continue the normal practice ting additional acoustic suppression and waterproofing through the use of appear­ of returning a repaired engine to a Industrial Acoustics Company, ance cladding. It is using a well proven manufacturer's agent (in this case in the Walton House, Central Trading Estate, augmentor tube and exhaust system — US) for testing. The new facility also Staines, Middx TW184XB. Tel: 0784 also of its own manufacture — which opens the way for the company to utilise 456251. its own fully equipped engine repair shop and engineering staff more fully, by offering module change and third- line overhaul services commercially. Davy Computing Wins Test, rate and return in a day Initially, the new facility will be used Aero Engine Repair Deal to test and rate the GE CF700 turbofan engine, which is installed in F R Aviation's fleet of Breguet-Dassault Falcon aircraft. The twin-engined Falcons are involved in special missions for the MoD, and are used to provide Caledonian Airmotive — the aircraft existing systems and the entire comput­ radar signatures to simulate enemy engine overhaul and maintenance firm ing system will utilise the Oracle aircraft for practice purposes. They are based at Prestwick airport — has database. also used as target towing aircraft. The invested $¼ million in Davy Comput­ Says David Robertson of Caledonian: current need to return engines to the US ing's MCC manufacturing control system "The repair environment is very dif­ for testing means that F R Aviation has to upgrade its production scheduling at ferent from manufacturing. The work­ to support a large holding of spare a time of rapid expansion. load is dependent on the condition of engines to keep its 16 Falcon aircraft the engines as we receive them, and we As an aero engine refurbishment fully utilised. Using the new facility, it cannot always anticipate arrival times. centre, Caledonian Airmotive serves will be able to test, rate and return an many of the world's civil airlines, with We need a system that will grow as we engine to service in under a day. engines being shipped into Prestwick grow and react quickly and accurately for repair. MCC will provide balanced to changes in work input. As we cannot The contract encompasses the acoustic predict our workload the power of scheduling of jobs to eliminate queues, enclosure with intake and exhaust, the simulation that MCC offers will enable prioritise work and forewarn of capacity test stand and adaptor frame, the over/under loading. us to adjust our schedules quickly, preparation area with a monorail to reduce work-in-progress and provide convey engines to the test bed and a our customers with on-time deliveries." sophisticated fuel measurement and Interface with existing systems delivery system. IAC's contract also The order follows a year-long study of includes a control room and console production control packages suited to Davy Computing Ltd, Moorfoot the unpredictable repair environment. with a fully computerised data acquisi­ House, 2 Clarence Lane, Sheffield S3 tion system giving on-line colour video MCC will interface with Caledonian's 7UZ, England. Tel: 0742 761201. 6 AIRCRAFT ENGINEERING — October 1990

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Published: Oct 1, 1990

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