GKN Aerospace provides composites work on Bombardier’s C Series aircraft

GKN Aerospace is responsible for the advanced aileron and winglet structures for the CS100 and CS300.

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Bombardier’s CS100 aircraft has entered service with Swiss International Air Lines. GKN Aerospace in Bristol and Cowes in the UK, provides the aircraft’s wiring and interconnection system as well as the one-piece winglet and aileron.

GKN Aerospace is responsible for the advanced aileron and winglet structures for the CS100 and CS300. The all-composite, one-piece aileron and winglet design reduces the wing’s structural weight and complexity and offers critical performance benefits to the airframe. Design and development phases were completed at the company’s engineering centers in Munich, Germany and the Isle of Wight, UK, while manufacturing and assembly process has been introduced at the manufacturing facility, also on the Isle of Wight, to increase the speed of manufacture and minimize production costs. Complete winglet/aileron structures are delivered to Bombardier’s Belfast operation, which produced the C Series aircraft’s advanced composite wings.

GKN Aerospace is also responsible for the design and production of the complete electric wiring and interconnection system (EWIS) for both the CS100 and CS300 aircraft. The EWIS is designed with the company’s wiring design manufacturing system (WDMS), which integrates all aspects of wiring management into one powerful online system with unique configuration and change control characteristics. EWIS design and development took place at the Bombardier facility in Montreal and at the GKN Aerospace operation in Woensdrecht, the Netherlands. Full-scale production is being undertaken at the company’s facility in Lang Fang, China. GKN Aerospace also designed and produced all flight test and instrumentation wiring required to certify the C Series aircraft.

“We congratulate Bombardier as its C Series aircraft begins life in operational service with Swiss International Air Lines and are very proud to have made our contribution to the wings and advanced wiring system of this totally new, ultra-efficient and ultra-flexible family of aircraft," said Daniele Cagnatel, senior vice president for business development and strategy at GKN Aerospace.