PPG Inustries obtains aircraft window orders

In June this year, US PPG Industries, the world“s largest manufacturer of aircraft windshields, windows and canopies, based in Huntsville, Alabama, announced that it had been selected by Fairchild Do…

In June this year, US PPG Industries, the world“s largest manufacturer of aircraft windshields, windows and canopies, based in Huntsville, Alabama, announced that it had been selected by Fairchild Dornier to design, manufacture and support the cockpit and passenger-cabin windows for its 728JET and 928JET regional airliners. “Key issues were to have lightweight transparencies, superior service life and exceptional customer support,” said Thomas D. Lloyd, PPG senior account manager. Service life, scratch resistance and unmatched durability were the specifics for the all-glass cockpit windows. With its Herculite II chemically strengthened glass, PPG says it is “able to design lightweight, superior-performing glass windshields and windows.” Fairchild Dornier operators will also be provided with the training and customer support to allow them to maintain their cockpit windows in top condition. Three plies of Herculite II chemically tempered glass with the PPG 112 urethane interlayer and a polyvinyl butyral interlayer will be used for the numbers one and two windshields, while the number three cockpit window will have two Herculite II glass plies and the PPG 112 interlayer. PPG“s Nesatron de-icing system will be installed on the main windshields, while the Nesatron defogging configuration will be used for the other cockpit windows. PPG claims that all cockpit windows are designed and will be certified to withstand impact from a four-pound bird at 290 knots. The windows will be produced at PPG“s Huntsville aircraft transparencies facility, with deliveries expected to begin late this year. The dual-glazed stretched acrylic units used for the passenger-cabin windows will be made at PPG“s Ampaspace subsidiary at Casaletto Vaprio, Italy, near Milan.