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OTTAWA, ON, CANADA – From March 16-18, 2012, Smart Rotor Systems Inc. (SRS) participated in the 16th Annual Helicopter Association Canada (HAC) Convention and Trade Show. Canada has the second largest civil helicopter fleet in the world. Every year, Helicopter Association Canada brings together helicopter manufacturers, operators and regulators to ensure the continued growth and success of the most-heavily regulated modes of transportation – the helicopter industry. SRS was a proud participant of this event.  

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DALLAS, TX, USA - From February 11-14, 2012, Smart Rotor Systems Inc. (SRS) participated in the largest helicopter convention and trade show in the world - Heli-Expo 2012. Organized yearly, the Heli-Expo is the place to see and be seen for helicopter industry stakeholders and specialists that converge each year from around the globe, representing some of the biggest, most innovative and versatile companies and products available on the market today. Co-founder and CEO of SRS, Kostyantyn Khomutov, met with key personnel of leading helicopter manufacturers to discuss the overwhelming concerns regarding vibration and noise on helicopters.  

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MOSCOW, RUSSIAN FEDERATION and KIEV, UKRAINE – From August 14-23, 2011, Smart Rotor Systems Inc. (SRS) participated in the Canadian Mission to Moscow’s (Russian Federation) International Aviation and Space Salon (MAKS 2011) and to Kiev’s (Ukraine) Aerospace Summit organized by the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of Ontario, Canada. During the visit, SRS successfully presented its innovative technologies and held number of meetings with Russian helicopter manufacturers and aerospace companies, discussing potential collaboration arrangements. [caption id="attachment_465" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Smart Rotor Systems Inc. at MAKS 2011 Smart Rotor Systems Inc. at MAKS 2011[/caption]  

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The National Research Council of Canada (NRC) and Smart Rotor Systems Inc. (SRS) announced today their agreement for SRS to use a NRC-patented structural component designed to control vibrations in helicopter rotors and aircraft wings.   Ottawa-based Smart Rotor Systems Inc. (SRS) specializes in innovative vibration and noise control technology for the rotorcraft market. SRS intends to lead the helicopter market toward a new solution for simultaneous noise and vibration control. (more…)

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VIRGINIA BEACH, VA, USA - Smart Rotor Systems Inc. (SRS) displayed its innovative technologies during the AHS forum 67 held from May 3-5, 2011 in Virginia Beach, VA. The SRS exhibit showcased its unique product, the Active Pitch Link – capable of reducing vibrations by as much as 60%, controlling torsional stiffness of the blade and adding significantly to existing benefits of flow control devices such as the Actively Controlled Flap and/or the Active Twist Rotor. In collaboration with the Rotorcraft Research Group of Carleton University, SRS also presented a technical paper describing the first ever, closed-loop control tests of an electrically-driven Active Pitch Link (APL).   During the AHS Forum 67 conference and exhibit, the APL prototype and technical paper received favorable attention from forum participants including major helicopter manufacturers and military representatives. SRS plans to demonstrate its unique concept to major helicopter industry players in its own Whirl Tower facility in Ottawa, Canada, and is currently accepting visitor requests to the demonstrations to be held in June 2011. Requests to attend the demonstrations can be sent to info@smartrotorsystems.ca [caption id="attachment_322" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Left to right: Steven Vamosi, Melissa Richardson, Kostyantyn Khomutov, Daniel Feszty, R. Dillon Young.[/caption]

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On March 1, 2011, SRS Inc. successfully completed a centrifugal loading test of the Active Pitch Link at the full speed of 1550 RPM. This test allowed SRS Inc.’s engineers to begin full shakedown testing of the Active Pitch Link in a rotational frame. Please see a slow motion video of this test below:

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Congratulations to SRS Inc. and Rotorcraft Research Group at Carleton University: Construction of the whirl-tower and its first shakedown test took place on January 26, 2011. It took just a matter of days before the whirl-tower was taken to its full speed - rotating SRS Inc.’s scaled down helicopter blade at 1550 RPM, and thereby creating 0.52 Mach at the tip of the blade. Please see a video of this test below:

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On October 22, 2010, during the Ontario Centres of Excellence Inc. Annual General Meeting taking place at Royal Ontario Museum, Smart Rotor Systems Inc. showcased multiple prototypes of a leading edge technology capable of reducing noise and vibration on helicopters, along with a scaled down models of composite material rotor blades. During the event a co-founder and CEO of Smart Rotor Systems Inc., Kostyantyn Khomutov was awarded a 2nd year renewal of Martin Walmsley Fellowship for Technological Entrepreneurship. The Honourable Glen Murray, Minister of Research and Innovation, as well as OCE Chair David McFadden and Dr. Tom Corr, President and CEO, updated the status of the various initiatives, and they were on hand as the winners of OCE's Mind to Market Award presentation were announced along with recipients of the Martin Walmsley Fellowship for Technological Entrepreneurship. Minister Murray expressed just how impressed he was with the caliber of OCE-supported companies such as Smart Rotor Systems Inc. In his speech he reflected the Ministry’s strong, practical focus on taking Ontario’s innovations global. Smart Rotor Systems Inc. demonstrated its innovative technology to a steady stream of participants - the majority of which took time to learn more about the company and its leading edge products. [caption id="attachment_235" align="aligncenter" width="463"] Smart Rotor Systems Inc. at Ontario Centres of Excellence Inc.'s Annual General Meeting 2010. Photo courtesy of Ontario Centres of Excellence.[/caption]

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Two halves of the carbon fiber scaled blade were assembled together with an inner structural foam. The assembled scaled down blade, without the Tungsten ballast and the removable tip, was tested in static conditions to determine the actual modal frequencies. For this, the blade was cantilevered and a known input signal was generated by an impact hammer. Accelerometer data were collected from 27 locations across the blade through LMS data acquisition. Results showed reasonable agreement between the FEM analysis and the experiment. Additional data is available upon request.

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The first two scaled composite material blades (radius 1.1 m) for the SHARCS whirl tower tests scheduled for July 2010 have just been manufactured by SRS Inc. These blades will undergo static and shake tests in February and March 2010. Pictures and more details coming soon.

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