Windsor Locks, Connecticut -- Hamilton Sundstrand components, including a polyurethane-coated propellor, helped the success of the first flight of Airbus Military's A400M transport aircraft, Friday 11 Dec, at Seville, Spain. Hamilton Sundstrand, based in Windsor Locks, Connecticut, is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp.
According to Airbus, the A400M's inaugural flight lasted three hours and 47 minutes.
Hamilton Sundstrand supplies a range of parts for the aircraft:
• Secondary Electrical Power Distribution Center (SEPDC);
• Auxiliary Power Unit (APU);
• Ram Air Turbine (RAT) emergency power system.
Ratier-Figeac of France, a Hamilton Sundstrand business, supplied the A400M's Trimmable Horizontal Stabilizer Actuator (THSA) and its propeller system. The eight-bladed propeller, which is 17.5 ft in diameter and produces 10 000 shaft horsepower, enables the aircraft to cruise comfortably at Mach 0.72. The propeller has a carbon spar and a composite shell with a polyurethane coating.
"Hamilton Sundstrand is proud to play a significant role in this aircraft's development and to continue our company's long and successful partnership with Airbus and EADS," said Hamilton Sundstrand president Alain Bellemare, in a company announcement.