21 October 2005
21 October 2005
Saint-Gobain Flight Structures today has issued plans to expand its operations in Ravenna, Ohio (USA) to manufacture composite parts for aerospace applications.
This expansion will enable the Saint-Gobain factory to specialize in lightweight composites – including cargo doors, wing tips, access panels, fairings and other components – for commercial and general aviation aircraft.
“We’re harnessing 50 years of experience and success with high-performance Norton radomes into a high-technology manufacturing centre for aerospace composites,” states Eric Hilliard, business manager for Flight Structures. “Our composite factory uses specialized composite materials, CNC machines, robotic spray painting, and lean manufacturing cells. Our capabilities put Saint-Gobain in the top tier of composite parts manufacturers. We also have the ability to rapidly design, build and FAA certify composite components for both new OEM production and the aftermarket.”
The Ravenna plant is a self-contained business specializing in the design, manufacture, repair and certification of high-performance aerospace composites and Norton radomes.
The image is a side-view of Saint-Gobain’s CNC 5-axis machine.
Thai Flight Training (TFT), a subsidiary of Thai Airways, recently ordered an Airbus A320 door trainer from Spatial Composite Solutions.
NTPT is collaborating with the Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne - Swiss Centre of Technology (EPFL) and other partners to research discontinuous fibre composite tubes for high performance applications.
Gulf Aviation Academy (GAA) recently ordered a Boeing 787 door trainer from Spatial Composite Solutions, complete with Spatial’s virtual slide trainer.