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Strata and Pilatus extend PC-24 partnership

Posted 20 May 2019 · Add Comment

Al Ain-based aero-structure manufacturer to make flap track fairings for the world’s first ‘Super Versatile Jet’

 

Strata Manufacturing (Strata), the advanced composite aero structures manufacturing company wholly-owned by Mubadala Investment Company PJSC, has extended its agreement with Pilatus Aircraft Ltd to cover a new composite work package for the PC-24, a twin-engine business jet.

The new agreement will see Strata manufacture PC-24 flap track fairings and comes exactly a year after the two major manufacturers signed a landmark partnership on the PC-24. The expanded deal positions Strata as the major supplier of both belly and flap track fairings for the world’s first ‘Super Versatile Jet’.

Ismail Ali Abdulla, CEO of Strata, said: “During the past 12 months, Strata worked diligently to ensure the smooth delivery of the belly fairing for Pilatus’ ground-breaking aircraft. Our production and delivery track record have exceeded expectations and, ultimately, led to the award of this new work package.

“Pilatus is a key customer of our global partner network and this extended agreement highlights Strata’s advanced technological capabilities in the global aerospace supply chain – including our UAE-made components.”

The first flap track fairings – designed to cover the gaps between aircraft parts to reduce drag and improve appearance – will be delivered for First Article Inspection by the end of this year.

“The delivery of the first complete PC-24 Belly Fairing shipset in just eight months after contract signature in April this year is a very significant milestone that demonstrates the capabilities and performance of Strata. We are extremely satisfied and we look forward to continue to strengthen the relationship with Strata and the UAE in line with the Vision 2030. We are today launching the second PC-24 composites package and we look forward to receive the First Article from Strata in 2019,” added Roman Emmenegger, VP manufacturing at Pilatus Aircraft.

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