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LISA Airplanes Akoya Aircraft uses ACGs VTM Prepregs

07 January 2011

VTM260 Series prepreg materials Advanced Composites Group are being used by French Aircraft manufacturer LISA Airplanes to manufacture the wings, fuselage and a multitude of smaller lightweight composite components for their two-seater, single engine Akoya pleasure/business plane.

ACGs prepregs help the Akoya consumes a meagre 5litres of fuel per 100km, meaning that LISA Airplanes has achieved one of its prime objectives - to combine economy with performance.

The Akoya is equipped with technology that enables it to land on water, ground and snow with the same ease and without prior modification. ULM (Ultra Light Motorised) licensed pilots enjoy the flexibility of this facility and the broad possibilities of travel that it gives.

Measuring 6.9m (22.6ft) long, and having a wingspan of 11m (36ft), the Akoya can be readily stored in a garage; a unique design characteristic permits the wings to be folded backwards to give a total width of only 3.2m (10.5ft).

ACGs VTM260 epoxy resin prepregs series, which can be used for both component and tooling applications, are an established generation of long out life, flexible cure temperature formulations that can be applied to a wide range of reinforcements, and adapted to a variety of low cost vacuum-bag composite processes. This series offers extended out life up to 30 days, an essential characteristic for large-scale projects such as the Akoya plane.