Airworthiness and Maintenance Conference

Presentation by Copernicus Technology Ltd at the Royal Aeronautical Society conference: “Reducing Maintenance Costs Through Innovation”
 
Copernicus Technology Ltd’s Managing Director, Giles Huby, has just spoken at this conference at Cranfield University, having presented the CTL technical paper on reducing the cost impact of ‘No Fault Found’ and Intermittent Faults.  This was the RAeS’ annual Airworthiness and Maintenance conference, and the theme of reducing Total Ownership Costs in Aerospace was highly pertinent given the ongoing uncertainty of the global economic situation and the implications of the UK’s eagerly awaited Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR).  The SDSR will doubtless be taking a long hard look at the cost of military aviation capability, so it remains to be seen what the impact on the Front Line and on the Aerospace and Defence industries will be.  What was clear from this conference, however, is that maintenance organisations in every field of Aerospace must spend every last penny intelligently and effectively: innovation in maintenance has a great deal to offer to this inexorable challenge.
 
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 Presentation by Copernicus Technology Ltd at the Royal Aeronautical Society conference: “Reducing Maintenance Costs Through Innovation”

Copernicus Technology Ltd’s Managing Director, Giles Huby, has just spoken at this conference at Cranfield University, having presented the CTL technical paper on reducing the cost impact of ‘No Fault Found’ and Intermittent Faults.  This was the RAeS’ annual Airworthiness and Maintenance conference, and the theme of reducing Total Ownership Costs in Aerospace was highly pertinent given the ongoing uncertainty of the global economic situation and the implications of the UK’s eagerly awaited Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR).

Copernicus Technology Ltd at the 2010 European Corporate Aviation Summit, Linköping, Sweden
 
“Light Jets Take Off” was the theme of the 2010 ECAS, which was held at the Swedish Air Force Museum in Linköping in Sweden, on the 2nd of Sept.  Copernicus Technology Ltd (CTL) took the opportunity to spread the word about improving aircraft availability and reducing their support costs through tackling NFFs and intermittent faults, having been invited to present at this international conference.  Giles Huby, CTL MD, presented on this subject, which clearly struck a chord with many of the attendees, ranging from test pilots to CEOs of Fixed Base Operations (FBO) businesses.
 
The focus of the Summit - which was chaired by retired Saab Aerospace VP, Göran Berséus - was twofold.  Firstly, it highlighted Linköping’s growing role in the European aerospace scene.  Having long been the home of Saab Aerospace, Linköping’s industry and academic stature is growing rapidly.  This city of 145 000 is also home to a cluster of over 50 aerospace companies; boasts internationally acclaimed collaborations between academe, industry and government; and has a flourishing university of 27 000 students.  Looking to the future, Linköping plans to build on its aerospace capabilities, such as UAVs, and establish a major aerospace business district, benefiting from its central location within the Scandinavian and Baltic regions.
 
However, the major focus of the Summit was on the largest growth sector, currently, in corporate aviation: Very Light Jets (VLJs).  Discussion of VLJs encompassed the growth of the sector (from single figures of VLJ flights per day in Europe 2 years, to over 40 per day in 2010 - and continuing to increase), the issues for 3rd party agents (FBOs) in handling different sizes and needs of corporate jets from large types to VLJs; and the potential exploitation opportunity in the Air Taxi sector that VLJs present.
 
The Summit was punctuated by an extremely pleasant lunch sat in the main aircraft hall of the museum, just along from a display of a prototype Gripen fighter aircraft.  This is Saab’s leading military aircraft product, having been developed by the programme headed up by the Summit’s chairman Göran Berséus.
 
VLJs are an exciting growth aviation business in Europe and further afield and, if the predictions of this Summit come to pass, the use of Air Taxis could soon be as commonplace as flying with low cost carriers such as Easyjet.  You heard it here first!
 
For more images from the Summit click here.
 
ECA1“Light Jets Take Off” was the theme of the 2010 ECAS, which was held at the Swedish Air Force Museum in Linköping in Sweden, on the 2nd of Sept.  Copernicus Technology Ltd (CTL) took the opportunity to spread the word about improving aircraft availability and reducing their support costs through tackling NFFs and intermittent faults, having been invited to present at this international conference.  Giles Huby, CTL MD, presented on this subject, which clearly struck a chord with many of the attendees, ranging from test pilots to CEOs of Fixed Base Operations (FBO) businesses.

 

RAES_LOGOAfter joining the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) in 1991 and attaining his Chartered Engineer status in November 1997, Jim Cockram became a Fellowship of the Royal Aeronautical Society in September 2010.

Fellowship (FRAeS) is the highest grade attainable and is only bestowed upon those in the profession of aeronautics or aerospace.  Cockram expressed "the Society provides excellent networking opportunities, while also providing a framework for those actively wishing to continually develop their professional status; its a fantastic organisation to be part of.".

The Society has over 17,000 members in over 100 countries, an international network of 70 branches and more than 3,500 young members worldwide.  Visit the RAeS website for more details.

DercoThe entire Copernicus Technology Ltd team would like to offer their sincere congratulations to our colleagues at Universal Synaptics Corporation (USC) for securing a great deal with Derco Aerospace. It has been announced that Derco Aerospace, a subsidiary of Sikorsky Aerospace Services, has signed a deal to distribute USC's Intermittent Fault Detection equipment around the world, which could include supplying to customers - through Copernicus Technology Ltd - in Europe.

 
This is a fantastic achievement for USC and we wish them the very best of luck in this exciting new venture with Derco Aerospace.
 
For more information, follow these links:
 
•Official press release
 
•USC’s website
 
•Derco Aerospace’s website

This is a fantastic achievement for USC and we wish them the very best of luck in this exciting new venture with Derco Aerospace.

For more information, follow these links:

 

London, 8th June 2010

 

ESNTC_ConferenceCTL is a member of the Electronics Systems NTC and we will be exhibiting at its Conference in London on 8th June.

The conference theme will be: “Complex Electronics Systems in Aerospace, Defence and Security”

The event will address both the challenges of living with systems complexity and approaches that the UK R&D community can adopt to be successful for both UKand global customers.  Speakers will include Jonathan Lyle, Head of Programmes, DSTL; Prof. Adam Ogilvie-Smith, Office for Security and Counter Terrorism, Home Office; and Prof. John McDermid, Technical Director, SSEI.

Come along and see us on our stand!  The Conference venue is: CCT Canary Wharf, Isis Building, Thames Quay, London E14 9SG.

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Copernicus Technology Ltd took the root of its name from the Polish astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus (1473-1543), who has just been back in the news after an absence of 5 centuries!  Copernicus was a Canon at Frombork Cathedral in Poland.   He was originally buried in an unmarked grave because the Church believed his theories were heretical; however, last weekend, he was reburied and honoured in a ceremony at Frombork Cathedral. 

Nicolaus CopernicusHe is most famous for his advances in astronomy.  In his treatise:  'On the Revolution of the Celestial Spheres,' he asserted that the earth revolved around the sun – the ‘Copernican System’ - contrary to the medieval belief that the earth was the centre of the universe.  His revolutionary model was based on complex mathematical calculations and his naked-eye observations of the heavens because the telescope had not yet been invented.  The treatise was viewed with suspicion by the Church, and not published until the year he died; in fact, he only received a copy of the printed book on the day he died. It was to become the cornerstone for future generations of scientists including Kepler and Galileo, but one of its strongest advocates, Italian priest Giordano Bruno, was burned at the stake as a heretic in 1600.

TheVaticanonly removed Copernicus' treatise from its list of banned books in 1835 and, barely 20 years ago, the Vatican rehabilitated Galileo Galilei, who was persecuted by the Inquisition for further developing Copernican theory.

DNA tests in 2005 had identified Copernicus’ remains by comparing them with hair found in his books kept at theUniversityofUppsalainSweden.  His remains were carried in procession, with several stops on the way, at places where he had lived and worked in northernPoland, in a tour which began atOlsztynin February.

Finally, on Saturday 22nd May 2010, he was buried under a black granite tombstone describing him as the creator of heliocentrism and decorated with a golden sun encircled by six of the planets.

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SwedishAirForceSept10CTL has been invited to present at the European Corporate Aviation Summit inLinköping,Sweden, at the beginning of September.  CTL will address the attendees on the subject of reducing maintenance costs through System Integrity and Intermittent Fault Detection solutions.

The Summitwill be held on 2nd-3rd September 2010 at theSwedishAirForceMuseum near Linköping, which is the heartland of the Swedish aviation industry.

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And MTBF Doubled

And a Further $1M a Year Maintenance Savings

 

MLPRF_on_benchNcompass test technology, and its unique Intermittent Fault Detection capability continues to rack up huge successes on a major project in theUS. It is being used to undertake intermittent fault detection testing of Modular Low Power Radio Frequency (MLPRF) assemblies (picture right) from the F16 fleet. This was a Line Replaceable Unit (LRU) with a major history of ‘No Fault Found’ problems, predominantly manifested as a significant number of ‘No Fault Found’ occurrences at Depth repair.

72% of the MLPRFs had been returned for repair between 2 to 6 times within the last 10 years; at the far extreme, 2 individual MLPRFs had been returned 17 times in the same 10 year period! The end result of this was that the MLPRF repair bay had accumulated 109 MLPRFs that were deemed "unrepairable".

The NCompass’ IFD capabilities were brought to bear and the situation soon began to change dramatically. To date, 69 of the 109 "unrepairable" MLPRFs have had the intermittent faults, which had been at the root cause of their No Fault Found problems, detected successfully. All 69 have since been repaired and returned to service: at $307k per LRU, this represents recovery of over $21M-worth of assets to date. Meanwhile, the remaining 40 "unrepairable" MLPRFs have also been tested and now await parts to enable the requisite repairs to take place.

The effects of this Ncompass test programme are such that the Mean Time Between Failure (MTBF) statistic for the MLPRF have increased from 301 flying hours to 656 flying hours. These MTBF increases mean fewer repairs and so this alone is projected to enable additional maintenance costs savings, forecast at a further $1.1M, year on year.

All of this information, including a further case study (F16 Azimuth/Elev ribbon cable) was presented at the May 2010 US Airworthiness & Sustainment conference (formerly known as the 'Aging Aircraft' conference) in Texas. To see the full presentation go this link.

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UK Enquiries
Copernicus Technology Ltd
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Australia/New Zealand Enquiries
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Copernicus Technology Ltd
52 Bastings Street
Northcote
VICTORIA 3070
Australia
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USA Enquiries
Ken Anderson
Universal Synaptics Corporation
4066 S. 1900 W.
Suite B, Roy
UT 84067
USA
+1 801 731 8508 ext 1
ken.anderson@usynaptics.com