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22nd May 2017, Stamford, CT

Jet built with Hexcel composite materials on display at Geneva show

Pilatus is displaying the PC-24 jet aircraft, made using Hexcel’s HexPly 8552 woven prepreg, at the European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition, taking place in Geneva this week. This highly versatile jet is able to take off and land on very short runways and unpaved strips due in part to the composite-intensive structure.

Hexcel’s HexPly 8552 woven prepreg in carbon and glass variants is used to manufacture a number of the aircraft components including the belly fairing, which is the largest composite structure on the aircraft. HexPly 8552 is one of Hexcel’s most successful and widely used prepregs for aircraft programmes, including commercial aircraft and fighter jets. Hexcel’s Redux 319 epoxy film adhesive is also used for bonding the composite structures.

PC-24 PO3 Maiden flight on 6 March 2017. © Hexcel

The PC-24 is in the final stages of its certification programme following the first flight of the third and final test aircraft on 6 March 2017. The aircraft is scheduled for certification and entry into service in the fourth quarter 2017. Pilatus has so far secured 84 orders for the PC-24, which equates to three years of production.

Hexcel Corporation is a leading advanced composites company. It develops, manufactures and markets lightweight, high-performance structural materials, including carbon fibres, reinforcements, prepregs, honeycomb, matrix systems, adhesives and composite structures, used in commercial aerospace, space and defence and industrial applications.

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