Aerospace industry events are alive and well, even in a trying economy, as evidenced by growing numbers of attendees at recent conferences. This aerospace geek enjoys conferences and exhibitions, which are a valued source of industry-related information.
A single event affords us the opportunity to meet with colleagues new and old, to learn about the latest trends, and to witness the latest innovations firsthand. Among the latest trends being discussed at military and aerospace (mil/aero) is streamlining workflows, including systems design, development, and integration processes.
Just this past week, SAE held its 2013 AeroTech Congress & Exhibition, hosted by Bombardier in Montréal, Quebec, Canada. Aerotech attendees, including aerospace engineers and executives, were among the first to learn that Bell Helicopter, the well-known and long-time maker of rotary-wing aircraft, had streamlined internal processes with the aid of the Mentor Graphics Capital product family.
Bell Helicopter staff adopted Mentor’s Capital suite of advanced software on the Bell 525 Relentless program, as part of its Business System Modernization systems upgrade. This geek was at Helicopter Association International’s (HAI’s) HELI-EXPO 2012 when the Bell 525 Relentless made its public debut. The unveiling of the Bell 525 Relentless, the first commercial helicopter to incorporate fly-by-wire control, was quite a spectacle—an exciting event encompassing lights, cameras, fog, the works.
Bell Helicopter engineers streamlined the Bell 525 Relentless electrical systems development process with the Mentor Capital Logic, Capital Integrator, and AutoView software, supplemented by the Capital suite’s CATIA V6 MCAD integration applications. The company’s manufacturing planning team also employs parts of the Capital suite, specifically to address challenges in harness manufacturing engineering and form-board development.
The Bell 525 Relentless is scheduled to fly in 2014; this and other aerospace geeks cannot wait.