GKN Aerospace is promoting its participation in the business aviation sector at booth C9030 at NBAA, 22 24 October, 2013.
The company has gained significant content on the Dassault Falcon 5X, launched on the eve of the show, involving advanced metallics design and manufacture for both aerostructures and aero-engines, as well as innovative manufacturing and assembly processes - including the first application of additive manufacturing technologies. AM has been used to create the leading edges on the wing flaps which is part of the company s package of work to design and manufacture the wing trailing edge movables for the aircraft. GKN Aerospace also supplies the low pressure turbine (LPT) case for Snecma s new Silvercrest® large/long range business jet engine which will power the SMS as well as the Cessna Citation Longitude.
In the rotary wing market, as the show opened GKN Aerospace announced it has won a multi-million dollar, life-of-programme contract from Bell Helicopter to develop and supply crashworthy fuel tanks, using the company s newly developed, lightweight fuel cell material, for the new Bell 525 Relentless. GKN has already been selected to supply key metallic and composite structures for this high-performance, super medium helicopter.
Looking at its aerostructures activity, GKN Aerospace is contracted to design and manufacturing the complete light-weight, bonded all-composite fuselage for the innovative HondaJet - and Bombardier has recently selected the company as a major supplier on its Global 7000/8000 ultra-long range business jet, responsible for the advanced ailerons and winglets, as well as aircraft s full suite of transparencies for both cockpit and passenger cabin.
In addition to the Global 7000/8000, the aircraft transparencies operation equips the Beechcraft KingAir, the Lear 35/45 and 60 - and the complete Embraer aircraft family. The company s latest passenger windows are the largest and most effective on the market and GKN Aerospace is developing new dimmable cabin management technology that will include full cabin blackout - providing passengers with new levels of comfort and environmental control during their journey.
In May this year the company s nacelle systems operation opened a new assembly facility situated alongside Honeywell s Phoenix, AZ operation. This will support the growing list of customers for Honeywell s multi-application HTF7000 engine. Having manufactured the HTF7000 nacelle system at its Cowes, UK site, GKN Aerospace has consolidated the entire integration process for the Honeywell engine into the GKN Aerospace nacelle at the new site. The company will then deliver the complete, podded propulsion system to the end customer airframe assembly line - including Bombardier, Gulfstream and Embraer.