October 1, 2010
By Alton K. Marsh
Tailwind Technologies, the parent company of Hartzell Propeller, has purchased one of the three units that make up Kelly Aerospace, Kelly Aerospace Energy Systems.
Kelly Aerospace Energy Systems manufactures new and refurbished starters, alternators, primary electrical systems and controls, turbochargers and turbocharger controls, oil filters, voltage regulators, magnetos, and other electrical components for general aviation aircraft. It also manufactures new and rebuilt combustion heaters and heater controls for various piston- and turbine-powered aircraft, including helicopters. The company is located in Montgomery, Ala. The company will remain there.
The new company will be named Hartzell Engine Technologies LLC and will be led by Mike Disbrow who also currently serves as senior vice president of sales, marketing, and customer support at Hartzell Propeller in Piqua, Ohio.
The acquisition of the Energy Systems assets of Kelly Aerospace continues Tailwind’s aggressive growth strategy through the formation of a new business with a broad suite of engine and aircraft accessories.
Environmental groups are asking the EPA to take another look at avgas even as a government-industry program moves closer to finding unleaded alternatives.
Collaboration between the German government, academia, and airplane manufacturers may make future aircraft cabins more protective of pilots and passengers. The Safety Box team plans to apply auto racing technology to general aviation.
A father and his 14-year-old son were helping another pilot ferry a newly purchased aircraft from California to their home field in Virginia. The three made an overnight stop in Albuquerque before flying on to Illinois for fuel. But shortly after they parked the aircraft in Marion, Ill., they were approached by as many as 18 uniformed and non-uniformed law enforcement officers who came running toward the airplane.
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