26 October 2009
26 October 2009
The 777 flaperon is a highly complex composite assembly that is instrumental in controlling the airplane’s maneuverability in flight. Referred to as a “control surface”, flaperons work both as an aileron to control roll and as a flap to control lift.
“HAL and Boeing share a very special relationship and we are delighted that our strengths in composites are getting more international recognition,” Mr Soundara Rajan, Director, Corporate Planning & Marketing, HAL said. “Showcasing HAL’s composite manufacturing capability on one of the world’s premier long-haul commercial jets positions us for even greater opportunities at the forefront of technology,” he added.
“The agreement represents yet another work package Boeing has placed in India and HAL since we first began our relationship with HAL in 1991, and after having received the first production part from HAL in 1995,” said Boeing India President Dinesh Keskar. “The composite 777 flaperon that HAL will produce represents a significant leap forward in technological capability, and supports Boeing’s strategy to work in partnership with India’s aerospace industry for the long-term,” he added. Senior officials from Boeing and HAL were present on the occasion.
Indian carriers have ordered a total of 36 (Thirty-Six) 777s. This includes 23 from Air India and 13 from Jet Airways.
Ceramicx, Ireland, has completed an 1800 m2 expansion to its production facility, doubling capacity for the manufacture of infrared heating equipment for the composites industry.
Solvay has inaugurated a new centre in Wrexham, UK, for manufacturing structural adhesives and surfacing films for the aerospace market.
The new laboratory facilities of recently founded TPAC (ThermoPlastic composites Application Centre) were opened by Anka Mulder, President of Saxion University of Applied Sciences, the Netherlands, on 14 September.