While Lays Potato Chips once advertised that its chips were so fresh they made a prominent snapping sound when eaten, consumers demanded and will now get a quieter SunChips bag.
Designed from plant matter and 100-percent compostable (it will degrade within three months), the bag was introduced nearly two years ago but pulled late last year after consumers complained it was too loud. The formula has now been modified and the bag re-introduced.
Response to the original compostable bag across the Internet included one YouTube video from Air Force pilot J. Scot Heathman, who said of the SunChips bag on his technology blog, "Potato Chip Technology That Destroys Your Hearing," adding “It is louder than the cockpit of my jet.”
We await reaction to the new bag from the Facebook group with more than 44,000 friends that goes by the name of "Sorry But I Can't Hear You Over This SunChips Bag."
EAST HARTFORD — Pratt & Whitney has named Bennett Croswell its new president of military engines, after the sudden departure of Warren Boley, who the company said left for “personal reasons.”
Boley assumed his position just one year ago at the aircraft manufacturer, taking control of all military production programs, including the F135 engine that powers the Lockheed Martin F-35. The program has recently faced several technical setbacks, despite the U.S. military’s termination of the development contract for the General Electric/Rolls-Royce F136 a competitor to the Pratt engine.
Five F135 engines were removed from F-35 test aircraft in March due to quality-control issues, which risked disrupting the F-35’s manufacturing schedule. The quality-control issues drew a public complaint from the military’s F-35 program executive, Vice Admiral David Venlet.
Other problems for Pratt’s engine include new program documents that say the combat radius of the F-35A has dropped below its contractual minimum. The aircraft’s estimated range was reduced after the program pulled more bleed air from the F135 to cool major electronic systems.
Croswell has now said that more bleed air is not needed to cool the engines, which are running cooler than required in F-35 specifications. He added that “The problems causing the quality issue in the F135 were nearly resolved.”
Croswell, takes over the military engines division after serving as vice president of the F135 and F119 engine programs. The latter engine powers the Lockheed F-22 and is the basis for the F135 design.
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