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PILATUS PC-24 MAKES WIDE USE OF HEXCEL COMPOSITE MATERIALS
Monday, May 22, 2017
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PC-24

Source: Pilatus Aircraft Ltd.


PC-24

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GENEVA - Pilatus displayed its new PC-24 business jet at the recent European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition in Geneva. The versatile aircraft is able to takeoff and land on short runways and unpaved strips. Its composite-intensive structure makes significant use of Hexcel composite materials and adhesive.

Hexcel's HexPly 8552 woven prepreg in carbon and glass variants is used to manufacture a number of the PC-24's components, including the belly fairing, which is the largest composite structure on the aircraft. HexPly 8552 is one of Hexcel's most widely used prepregs for aircraft programs. Hexcel's Redux 319 epoxy film adhesive is also used for bonding the PC-24's composite structures.

The PC-24 is in the final stages of its certification program, following the initial flight of the third and final test aircraft last March. The PC-24 is scheduled for certification and entry into service in the fourth quarter of 2017. Pilatus has so far secured 84 orders for the PC-24, which equates to three years of production.

Source:  Hexcel
Source Date: May 22, 2017
Posted: 05/25/2017

 
 
GKN AEROSPACE FORMS FOKKER TECHNIEK UNIT
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
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Fokker 100

Source: Fokker


Fokker 100

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GENEVA - GKN Aerospace has announced that aircraft completions, conversions, and complex maintenance activities currently organized within its Fokker Services unit will continue under the new name of Fokker Techniek.

Fokker Techniek is located at Business Park Aviolanda in the city of Woensdrecht in the Netherlands. Jeff Armitage, who has worked for GKN Aerospace for many years, will be the managing director of Fokker Techniek. He said, "It is a privilege for me to lead Fokker Techniek and bring the company to the next level with a clear strategic direction."

Fokker Techniek is a full-service provider for Boeing 737, Airbus A320, and Fokker aircraft. The company also specializes in VIP completions, structural repairs (corrosion, tail strikes, hail damage), winglet installations, and aircraft upgrades.

Source:  GKN Aerospace
Source Date: May 23, 2017
Posted: 05/25/2017

 
 
VISTARA RECEIVES ITS FIRST A320NEO
Thursday, May 25, 2017
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Source: Airbus


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TOULOUSE, France - Airbus has delivered the first A320neo to Vistara, a Delhi-based full service airline and joint venture between Tata Sons Ltd. and Singapore Airlines (SIA). The delivery is the first of seven aircraft to be leased from BOC Aviation. The aircraft sports a unique A320neo Vistara star symbol livery on its underbelly.

The CFM powered aircraft is configured in a three class layout with 158 seats (8 business class, 24 premium and 126 economy class). Vistara has taken inputs from its growing number of frequent fliers and redesigned the cabin with even more comfort and relaxing features such as mood lighting and increased seat pitch.

Vistara currently operates 13 A320 aircraft on domestic Indian routes. The increased range of the NEO provides greater reach as Vistara spreads its wings internationally in the future. With this delivery, Airbus has delivered more than 110 A320neo airliners to 24 operators.

Source:  Airbus
Source Date: May 25, 2017
Posted: 05/25/2017

 

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