FAA approves AAR's composite interior for Sikorsky S-92 helicopters

The S-92 composites agreement, says AAR, represents a significant achievement in the composites manufacturer's strategy to become a Tier 1 supplier.

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AAR (Orlando, Fla.) reported Oct. 30 that it has received U.S. Federal Aviation Admin. (FAA) certification of its new and improved Off Shore Airliner (OSA) composite interior design for Sikorsky Aircraft Corp.’s (Stratford, Conn.) S-92 fleet of offshore utility aircraft.

AAR’s Technology Products team designed, tooled, manufactured and qualified the interior at the Company’s Composites facility in nearby Clearwater, Fla., and the new design received ODA (Organization Designation Authorization) Type Certificate approval of the commercial offshore/airliner interior.

AAR successfully delivered its first aircraft interior earlier this year. The interior design has a cleaner appearance with updated passenger provisions, improved maintenance access, lower interior cabin noise and low weight LED lighting upgrades. Mechanical installation details have been enhanced to significantly reduce installation time and eliminate the need for rigging for fit and finish.

AAR signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. in 2010 to work together to identify opportunities to expand their business relationship. The S-92 composites agreement represents a significant achievement in AAR’s manufacturing strategy to become a Tier 1 supplier of interior and exterior composite assemblies for major aerospace programs. The S-92 helicopter is preferred by many customers for critical missions, capable of handling the most demanding environments and conditions.

“As we build on our reputation as an industry leader in the supply of aerostructures for fixed-wing aircraft, to become a new supplier for an OEM of rotorcraft demonstrates the breadth of our engineering and manufacturing capabilities,” said Tim Dumbauld, VP and general manager for AAR’s precision machining and composites fabrication businesses. “We’re pleased to partner with Sikorsky and support all of its deliveries of S-92 aircraft.”

In addition to the composite interiors for the Sikorsky S-92 helicopter program, AAR also provides precision machining services for several hundred aircraft. AAR made the announcement from the National Business Aviation Assn. (NBAA) Convention in Orlando.

Sikorsky, a subsidiary of Hartford-based United Technologies Corp., is a world leader in helicopter design, manufacture and service. With delivery of the offshore utility interior, AAR Composites now supplies interiors for all commercial S-92 variants, including the SAR and VIP aircraft. AAR also supplies a composite interior for the Canadian Military version of the aircraft, as well as aerostructures and interiors to Bombardier, Spirit, Cessna, Lockheed, Northrop Grumman and Boeing Military.

AAR was recently named the Best Aircraft Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) Provider in the Americas, Aircraft Parts Supplier of the Year and was ranked among the Top Five MROs in surveys of airline executives and industry professionals.

AAR is a leading provider of value-added products and services to the worldwide aerospace and government and defense industries. With facilities and sales locations around the world, AAR uses its close-to-the-customer business model to serve aviation and government/defense customers through two operating segments: Aviation Services and Technology Products. More information can be found at the AAR Web site: www.aarcorp.com.