Airborne Composites wins Stork Fokker contract

Airborne will do the engineering and manufacturing of composite overhang panels for the empennage of the Gulfstream G650 aircraft.

Stork Fokker (Papendrecht, The Netherlands) and Airborne Composites (The Hague, The Netherlands) on Oct. 17 announced a seven-year contract for the engineering and manufacturing of composite overhang panels for the empennage of the Gulfstream G650 aircraft. The composite overhang panels are part of the empennage wing surfaces and are made of carbon fiber/epoxy with honeycomb sandwich. Within the contract, ship sets containing 38 different panels will be delivered as part of the Stork G650 empennage program. Airborne Composites will design the product as well as the tooling. The first ship sets will be manufactured in The Hague facility in The Netherlands. From 2010, the series manufacturing of the panels will be transferred to the sister facility in Catalunya, Spain.

This G650 overhang panel contract is the first complete design and build package that will be subcontracted from Stork to Airborne, after years of successful teaming regarding engineering services and manufacturing development programs. Marco Brinkman, managing director of Airborne Composites in Spain said, “We are proud to work with Stork Fokker in this design and build Gulfstream program. With the Airborne group of companies we offer our client an innovative development partner nearby in Holland and engineering and production capabilities in the south of Europe. This important contract and potential follow up work will bring our recently started facility in Spain to a next level.”

Toine Verbruggen, vice president procurement of Stork Fokker said, "The close collaboration of Stork Fokker and Airborne, in the state-of-the-art composite applications of the G650 empennage, confirms the strong position of both companies as experts in composite aerospace applications."

Stork Fokker is responsible for the design and manufacturing of the empennage of the G650 aircraft of U.S. aircraft builder Gulfstream Aerospace, a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics. This business jet will be the new top-end model of the Gulfstream business jet family. With its ultra-large cabin and ultra-long range, the G650 establishes a new price and performance point for business-jet aircraft.