) gained as much as 2.3% following the news that one of its units
has designed innovative cockpit windows for Dassault Falcon 5X
Jet. The company's shares closed at $180.12 in the trading
session following the announcement, gaining roughly 2%.
PPG Aerospace - Transparencies, the aerospace products and
services business unit of PPG, designed unique, light-weight
glass windshields and side cockpit windows for the new Dassault
Falcon 5X business jet. The innovative design is expected to
enhance cockpit's aerodynamics and improve Falcon jet's looks.
PPG has signed a contract with Dassault Aviation to supply
production cockpit windows and spare windshields for the Falcon
jet. The windshields and side cockpit windows to be fitted in the
aircraft will be specially designed with three plies of HERCULITE
II to make the glass chemically strong and light weight so that
it can withstand the impact of a 4-pound bird at 350 knots. The
aircraft's windshields and windows will be coated with SURFACE
SEAL to enhance water shedding for visibility and will not have
any windshield wipers.
Qualification testing for the Safety of Flight has been done.
Windshields and windows will be produced at PPG's Huntsville,
Separately, PPG's aerospace coatings group collaborated with
Eclipse Aerospace to provide the Eclipse 550 customers with the
advanced weight savings exterior coating system. This will
improve aircraft fuel efficiency and the durability for extended
service life along with lowering operating costs.
Eclipse's decision to select PPG was based on the latter's
excellence in technical support, economics of coatings system and
Eclipse Aerospace's choice to move from chromate-based paint to a
chromate-free product that reduces environmental exposure and
associated costs .
PPG's DESOTHANE HD/CA 9000 series basecoat/clearcoat and
DESOPRIME 7502E chromate-free primer will be used on every
Eclipse 550 jet aircrafts. DESOTHANE HD/CA 9000 series is build
of heavily pigmented basecoat that offers color in a single coat,
instead of the two or three coats, thus saving material, weight
and application time.
The first Eclipse 550 twin-engine jet was showcased at the
National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) convention and
exhibition in Las Vegas Convention Center that was held from Oct
22 to 24.
Meanwhile, it was reported that PPG's aerospace transparencies
business has started supplying production windshields and side
cockpit windows to Eclipse Aerospace for the Eclipse 550 jet. The
design engineers from both the companies worked jointly to
develop glass-faced acrylic designs for the Eclipse 550 aircraft.
PPG will supply the new lightweight cockpit windshields from its
Sylmar, Calif., facility. It was also displayed at NBAA
convention and exhibition held in Las Vegas on the first
production Eclipse 550 jet.
PPG Industries currently carries a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy).
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