Resin Transfer Infusion Process To Be Used For Wing Skins And
Development and production of advanced composite wing skin
panels and spar components for the new Learjet 85 business jet will
be undertaken by Bombardier Aerospace in its facility in Belfast,
Northern Ireland, the company said Wednesday. Final assembly of the
wings will take place at Bombardier's production plant in
Bombardier Aerospace, Belfast will produce the primary wing
structures using its Resin Transfer Infusion (RTI) process,
currently being developed for the CSeries aircraft's advanced
composite wings in Belfast. Expanding this technology to the new
Learjet 85 aircraft program will also provide an opportunity to
further develop key skills and core competencies in the design and
manufacture of advanced composite wings.
"This new work package will enable us to expand our unique RTI
advanced composite process for aircraft wings, as well as build on
our abilities in the composites field," said Michael Ryan, Vice
President and General Manager, Bombardier Aerospace, Belfast.
"Given the success we have had to date with our CSeries aircraft
demonstrator wing using the RTI technology, we are confident that
this process can be further developed, adapted and applied to our
Learjet 85 business jet."
Production of the wing skins and spars for the Learjet 85
aircraft will take place in the new manufacturing and assembly
facility that is currently being constructed in Belfast, where the
CSeries aircraft wings will also be manufactured.
"Developing an aircraft with an extensive use of composite
technology requires expertise from various key players in the
industry," said Ralph Acs, Vice President, Learjet 85, Bombardier
Business Aircraft. "Our Belfast facility is a centre of excellence
for advanced composite technology giving us access to the latest
available processes while leveraging our inhouse capabilities in
order to develop an aircraft that offers optimal performance,
reliability and comfort."
Launched on October 30, 2007, the Learjet 85 aircraft will be
the first Bombardier Aerospace jet with both fuselage and wing
built primarily from carbon composites designed for type
certification under U.S. Federal Aviation Administration FAR Part