17 March 2010
17 March 2010
AAR has been selected by Bombardier Aerospace, Belfast to design and manufacture composite flap track fairings for the wings of the new CSeries family of commercial aircraft.
The work will be performed by AAR Composites, which develops and fabricates advanced composite structures for a wide range of aviation and aerospace applications. The contract could be worth more than $90 million over the life of the program.
The CSeries aircraft, Bombardier’s newest platform, is specifically designed for the 100- to 149- seat market. The aircraft will be built with 70 percent advanced lightweight structural materials, which contribute to the fuel efficiency, performance and extended range of the aircraft.
“AAR is proud to be included among the prestigious partners and suppliers supporting the development and production of the CSeries aircraft and helping to extend Bombardier’s reach into the single-aisle mainline aircraft market,” said Timothy J. Romenesko, President and Chief Operating Officer for AAR CORP. “We look forward to providing a highly efficient structural design that contributes to the CSeries aircraft’s operating economics, reduced environmental impact and cost-effective operation.”
Michael Ryan, Vice President and General Manager, Bombardier Aerospace, Belfast, said: “We are delighted that AAR now joins Bombardier’s other US suppliers on the CSeries aircraft program who are providing high-tech components and systems that are at the center of US aviation expertise. We look forward to AAR’s contribution to the development of the game-changing CSeries aircraft.”
Bombardier Aerospace, Belfast is responsible for the development, design and manufacture of the advanced composites wings for the CSeries aircraft family. It has successfully assembled a pre-production demonstrator wing using its innovative Resin Transfer Infusion process, testing of which is due to get under way shortly.
Solvay has signed a ten-year agreement for the supply of composites and adhesives to be used across Bell's military and commercial rotorcraft programmes, including the Bell 429, 407, 505, 525, V-22, and UH-1.
SGL Carbon and Fraunhofer IGCV have officially opened the Fibre Placement Centre (FPC) at SGL's site in Meitingen, Germany. Compositence, BA Composites and the Chair for Carbon Composites at the Technical University of Munich have also joined the alliance, and Coriolis Group and Cevotec are planning to come on board as partners.
With the aim developing a broader platform for additive manufacturing (AM) technologies, the University of Exeter, UK, and Victrex, have formed a strategic partnership to introduce next-generation polyaryletherketone (PAEK) polymers and composites while improving the performance of the underlying AM processes.