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5/26/2017

Pilatus Aircraft Ltd PC-24 built with Hexcel composite materials 

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Hexcel’s HexPly 8552 woven prepreg in carbon and glass variants is used to manufacture a number of the aircraft components including the belly fairing.

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The Pilatus Aircraft Ltd PC-24 is able to take off and land on very short runways and unpaved strips due in part to the composite-intensive structure, which makes use of Hexcel's (Duxford, U.K.) composite materials and adhesive.

Hexcel’s HexPly 8552 woven prepreg in carbon and glass variants is used to manufacture a number of the aircraft components including the belly fairing, which is the largest composite structure on the aircraft. HexPly 8552 is one of Hexcel’s most successful and widely used prepregs for aircraft programs including commercial aircraft and fighter jets. Hexcel’s Redux 319 epoxy film adhesive is also used for bonding the composite structures.

The PC-24 is in the final stages of its certification program following the first flight of the third and final test aircraft on March 6, 2017. The aircraft is scheduled for certification and entry into service in the 4th quarter of this year. Pilatus has so far secured 84 orders for the PC-24, which equates to three years of production.

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