Comtek receives PDA approval for leading edge on Dash8 Q400 aircraft

Transport Canada has given part design approval to Comtek Advanced Structures for the composite #1 Leading Edge on the Dash 8 Q400 aircraft.

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Comtek Advanced Structures (Burlington, Ontario, Canada) reported on May 31 that it has received part design approval (PDA) approval from Transport Canada – equivalent to a U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAS) approval — on the #1 Leading Edge for the Dash 8 Q400 aircraft.

Comtek says it went to market with the #1 Leading Edge PDA products to reduce replacement costs and long lead times. “We see a great number of these parts in for repairs and the airlines always want them back as quickly as possible. The PDA offers savings on shipping of the damaged part and instant turn times (same or next day shipping)” says Dennis Cicci, business development manager at Comtek.

Comtek reports that its #1 Leading Edge products require no aircraft modifications, contain crack-resistant composite ribs (metallic ribs available on request) that are less expensive than original equipment and includes the deicer boot. Other reported benefits include reduced maintenance costs, ready-to-ship products and a 24-month warranty on materials and workmanship.

Founded in 1994, Comtek Advanced Structures is an advanced composite design, fabrication and repair facility. Specializing in out-of-autoclave processes, Comtek provides composite solutions from conceptual design and analysis through to manufacturing, testing and airworthiness certification.

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