US based S. S. White Technologies, a leading supplier of flexible rotary shafts for the commercial and military aerospace and aviation industry, is exhibiting its wares at the ongoing airshow.
The company is celebrating its 175th anniversary this year. S.S. White’s Flexible Shafts are fitted on most commercial aircraft produced in the world, be it a helicopter, military jet or airliner, with the exception of Russian aircraft. The company is considered as the world leader in the design and manufacturing of Flexible Shafts and related assemblies.
The US firm supplies flexible shaft assemblies for Thrust Reverser actuation systems, which are highly engineered to withstand the extreme temperatures and torque loads. Flexible shaft assemblies also used to drive actuators that enable the flap and slats to extend and retract.
S.S. White Flexible Shafts also drive the actuation of Variable Bleed Valves, that are used on all turbine aircraft engines to increase efficiency and prevent possible stalls at starting, idling, and low speed operation. Up to a dozen flexible shafts may be used on one engine.
One of the largest S.S. White Flexible Shaft assemblies used on an aircraft, is used as a drive shaft on the 25mm GAU-12 Gatling Gun on the AC130. S.S. White’s flexible shaft assemblies are also used on the Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (JSTARS) Radome Drive, Hubble Space Telescope Soft Capture Mechanism (SCM) and V-22 Osprey Rescue Hoist.
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