GKN Aerospace delivers monolithic empennage spars for Cessna Mustang

10/16/2006 8:00 AM
Aerospace - Aerostructures

See us at NBAA, Orlando, FL, 17 - 19 October 2006, Booth 836. GKN Aerospace's new Precision Machining Division, formed through the recent acquisition of Stellex Aerostructures, has this month delivered production empennage spars for the Cessna Mustang.

These spars represent a progression for Cessna into monolithic structures. Historically, empennage spars have been complex assemblies made up of hundreds of sheet metal, small machined and extruded parts. The spars for the Cessna Mustang were designed to be monolithic and will comprise only 9 parts, which will considerably ease assembly time and airframe complexity as well as significantly reducing critical factors such as airframe weight and maintenance requirements.

Jay Fitzsimmons, President and CEO, Aerostructures -North America comments: "Monolithic structures, using state of the art materials such as titanium and carbon, are undoubtedly the way forward in aircraft construction across business and general aviation, civil and military aerospace. GKN Aerospace is one of the operations leading the way globally in this field and in the business aviation sector we are working closely with Cessna to advance the development of these structures and to explore and extend the potential benefits they offer."

Fitzsimmons continues: "GKN Aerospace is working to a strategic plan which includes targets for growth across the business and general aviation field. Our expertise in developing and manufacturing monolithic structures, now augmented by the recent incorporation of Stellex into our operation, will undoubtedly form a critical offering to this market."

With the acquisition of Stellex Aerostructures, based in the US, GKN Aerospace has gained a leading manufacturer of complex metal machined parts and structural sub-assemblies for a wide range of civil and military aircraft. In business and general aviation, the acquisition has extended the Company's relationship with a number of the airframe manufacturers.