RUAG has successfully completed the first installation in Europe of the thermal acoustic insulation system based on a supplemental type certificate designed by Aearo Technologies, a 3M company, for the Dassault Falcon F900DX business aircraft.
The project was a collaborative effort between the specialists at the RUAG facilities at Lugano-Agno and Geneva, Switzerland, and was completed on time.
Choosing to optimise the downtime associated with a 2C inspection on a Dassault Falcon F900DX, the customer took advantage of RUAG’s one-stop shop approach to maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO). In addition to communications solutions and cabin refurbishment, the customer requested a thermal acoustic damping solution that would reduce the cabin noise directly related to operations.
The specialists at RUAG identified Aearo Technologies’ thermal acoustic insulation system for Dassault Falcon business aircraft as the straightforward and appropriate solution. The installation was fulfilled during the 2C inspection that also included a full cabin refurbishment, a communications system upgrade, encompassing GoGo AVANCE L5, and the replacement of the in-flight entertainment system.
Stephan Woodtli, general manager Site Agno, RUAG MRO International, said, "Implementing these solutions during the 2C inspection saved our customer both time and costs. The supplemental type certificate specifies exacting placement of the damping technology materials at various structural points located throughout the aircraft’s fuselage. This is easier and much faster if it is completed during heavy maintenance inspections, when removal of the aircraft’s cabin insulation is required. For our customer, this meant that the one downtime was all that was needed."
Dan Renninger, President, Aearo Technologies, added, "Our system is specifically designed to reduce installation time. What’s more, the kit to maximise acoustic performance is available for all commercial designations of the Falcon F900, the F2000, as well as Bombardier Global 5000 and Global Express designations."
Volker Wallrodt, senior vice president business jets, RUAG MRO International, said, "We leverage our experience with our one-stop shop solutions to ensure we fulfil our customers’ expectations reliably and sustainably, for their maximum benefit."
RUAG MRO International specialises in offering business aircraft solutions where all required services are performed within one single downtime, suiting individual customer schedules. Aircraft support solutions include the full complement of maintenance checks, cabin modifications, avionics and system upgrades, subsystem and component MRO services, aircraft painting, pre-purchase inspections, AOG events, FBO, and support and consulting.ti and a service centre for Dassault Falcon 900 and 2000 series, Bombardier Global 5000 and Global Express, Pilatus PC-12, and King Air series.