UTC Aerospace Systems supports Airbus A400M certification and first production
CHARLOTTE, N.C., June 18, 2013
CHARLOTTE, N.C., June 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --PARIS AIR SHOW --UTC Aerospace
Systems proudly supported Airbus Military in securing the A400M's European
Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) type certification in March 2013 and is
preparing for the first production aircraft delivery. UTC Aerospace Systems is
a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX).
"We congratulate Airbus Military on the A400M achieving its Type Certificate
from the EASA, and we commit our continued support to this important program
as we prepare for the first production aircraft delivery to the French Air
Force," said Michel Ferey, general manager, Propeller Systems for UTC
UTC Aerospace Systems supplies a wide range of systems for this multipurpose
new-generation airlifter, including the A400M's Secondary Electrical Power
Distribution Center, Ram Air Turbine emergency power system, Trimmable
Horizontal Stabilizer Actuator, Throttle Control Assembly, Secondary Flight
Controls, Air Data Sensors, Cockpit and Load Master Workstation Lighting, and
an eight-bladed 17.5-foot diameter Propeller System, the largest all-composite
propeller in production. The Propeller System, which is manufactured by UTC
Aerospace Systems' Propeller Systems business, received EASA certification in
March 2012, and features a pair of clockwise and counter-clockwise rotating
propellers on each wing that enhance overall aircraft stability and control
and contribute to overall operating efficiency.
The Secondary Electric Power Distribution Center is highly configurable, using
UTC Aerospace System's Solid State Power Controller (SSPC) technology to
provide control and protection of the A400M's electrical loads. Each
distribution center is capable of controlling more than 600 SSPCs and 15
The RAT emergency power system comprises a 50-inch diameter turbine, with
80 hp of shaft horsepower, to carry the load required to safely land the
aircraft if all other forms of electric power are unavailable.
The Trimmable Horizontal Stabilizer Actuator (THSA) and Throttle Control
Assembly (TCA) are supplied by UTC Aerospace Systems' Propellers Systems
business. The THSA is designed to actuate the aircraft's horizontal stabilizer
as a full fail-safe system, powered by dual hydraulic channels and an electric
back-up channel.The TCA includes four power levers that permit pilots to
drive the four 11,000 hp engines and are equipped to automatically adjust soft
detent position to power setting in auto pilot mode.
The Flap System Supplied by UTC Aerospace Systems' Actuations Systems business
is comprised of Ballscrew Actuators, Gearboxes, Torque Limiters and a carbon
fiber reinforced plastic Transmission. The Flap System is designed to control
the movements of the flap during take-off, approach, landing and military
operations. The trailing edge high lift system consists of two flaps with
fixed vanes per each side of the wing.
The Air Data System, supplied by UTC Aerospace Systems' Sensors & Integrated
Systems business, consists of three primary systems that provide pressure and
flow angle information required for navigation and flight control. The system
utilizes the company's Micro Electrical Mechanical Systems (MEMS) pressure
sensors to provide superior accuracy and long-term stability.
The suite of 24 unique cockpit and loadmaster workstation lights, supplied by
UTC Aerospace Systems' Page Aerospace, use leading edge LED lighting
technology. This lighting is designed to perform with dual functionality,
under both normal and night vision conditions.
UTC Aerospace Systems designs, manufactures and services integrated systems
and components for the aerospace and defense industries. UTC Aerospace Systems
supports a global customer base with significant worldwide manufacturing and
customer service facilities.
United Technologies Corp., based in Hartford, Connecticut, is a diversified
company providing high technology products and services to the building and
For updates from United Technologies Corp.'s aerospace businesses visit
www.utcaero.com or follow @UTC on Twitter.
SOURCE UTC Aerospace Systems
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