By Staff Writer | January 1, 2008
Goodrich Corporation, a Fortune 500 company, is a global supplier of systems and services to the aerospace, defense and homeland security markets. With annual revenues of $5.9 billion, Goodrich employs more than 24,000 people worldwide in roughly 90 facilities across 16 countries.
For helicopters, Goodrich offers an extensive range of products, systems and services for commercial and military markets. From interiors and actuation systems to landing gear, engine components and control systems, sensors and safety systems, Goodrich products are on almost every helicopter in the world.
Flight critical systems from Goodrich allow capability enhancement to military and commercial helicopters worldwide. Helicopter products are among the most innovative in the company’s diverse portfolio. Goodrich is the recognized market leader in flexible drive systems as well as rescue hoists. Advanced systems for vehicle health management, engine and flight controls, anti-collision lighting and more provide new and legacy platforms with technology that not only enhances flight performance but also reduces operating costs.
"Category One" rescue hoists offer the rescue community advanced safety for both aircrews and the people they rescue. These innovative hoists allow functionality at unlimited fleet angles and without the need for a cool-down – a feature crucial to the safety of a rescue swimmer.
Integrated Vehicle Health Management Systems (IVHMS) maintain helicopters more efficiently on the battlefield. Unnecessary maintenance on healthy components is virtually eliminated; in addition, potential problems throughout the helicopter can be detected and addressed before flight operations are impacted. The latest evolution of IVHMS provides fleet management visibility to further enhance logistical support. These benefits can be realized by commercial operators as well.
Full Authority Digital Engine Control (FADEC) systems by Goodrich enhance the operation of helicopter engines with precise control of fuel flow to the engine. Universal controls can be applied to numerous types of helicopter engines at a fraction of the development cost when compared to traditional control systems.
Goodrich provides systems compatible with the latest integrated avionics and cockpit systems. Remote Data Concentrators reduce wiring by converting sensor data to digital signals close to the source, significantly reducing wiring cost and weight. Fuel measurement, fire detection, door position, engine and aircraft health and virtually any sensor based system can benefit form this important architectural component.
Advanced helicopter drive systems incorporate extremely high reliability and on-condition maintenance. These include optimized supercritical tail rotor drive shafts resulting in reduced helicopter weight and ballistic tolerance. Robust systems have been battle-proven in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The sheer volume and variety of components the company can provide for helicopters is unmatched in the industry. This in itself presents some unique challenges in doing business effectively and seamlessly – up until now. Goodrich has implemented an innovative system – a single face to the customer – in which a dedicated expert within the company represents the depth and breadth of the corporation to the customer. Leveraging the enterprise in this fashion provides tremendous customer benefits.
Successful execution of the enterprise approach is seen today in the new CH-53K program for the Marine Corps. Goodrich will provide a number of critical systems on the aircraft including the electric power generation and distribution system, drive system, lighting system and integrated vehicle health management system. The manufacturer benefits from the streamlined approach through simplified contracting, single-point program management and improved coordination of multiple projects.
The helicopter market is very important to Goodrich, and is a great fit for the corporation’s capabilities. The enterprise has a tremendous and diverse array of products for helicopter applications. A higher level business relationship in a focused, enterprise-wide manner provides significant savings to the customer.
Contact: Goodrich Corporation, 2730 West Tyvola Road, Charlotte, NC 28217-4578, 704-423-7000, www.goodrich.com