source Shepard group
February 13, 2012 defpro.com
SINGAPORE | Goodrich Corporation recently completed flight testing of its new carbon brake for the U.S. Air Force's fleet of C-130 transport aircraft, demonstrating a significant reduction in brake cooling time and enabling quicker aircraft turnaround.
According to Jeff Atkinson, director of military programs at Goodrich's Aircraft Wheels and Brakes business, "Successful U.S. Air Force flight testing demonstrated the current 65-minute mandatory steel brake cooling time after a heavy landing can be reduced to just five minutes when using our new carbon brakes. This now allows the aircraft and flight crew to quickly depart tactical areas after unloading cargo, without having to wait over an hour for the brakes to cool down."
Goodrich is currently delivering its new C-130 carbon brake and boltless wheel to the U.S. Air Force to support fleet retrofit activity beginning in early 2012. The C-130 boltless wheel greatly reduces maintenance time and cost of operation. "We are also in discussions with many international militaries who are interested in the significant advantages attributed to the new wheel and brake equipment," said Atkinson.
Goodrich's new C-130 boltless wheel and DURACARB carbon brake provides eight times longer brake life and six times longer wheel life than the current wheel and brake system. Goodrich's proprietary DURACARB carbon material provides longer life, higher performance and lower cost of ownership compared to steel braking systems. Its boltless aircraft wheels employ a lock-ring design, substantially lowering maintenance time and cost, in addition to reduced parts count, when compared to traditional bolted aircraft wheels. Goodrich aircraft wheels and brakes are in service on more than 23,000 military, commercial, regional and business aircraft produced by manufacturers such as Airbus, Boeing, Bombardier, Cessna, Embraer, Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman.