Strata Manufacturing, a leader in composite aero structures wholly-owned by Mubadala Investment Company, has extended its agreement with Pilatus Aircraft to cover a new composite work package for the PC-24, a twin-engine business jet.
The new agreement will see Strata manufacture PC-24 flap track fairings and comes exactly a year after the two major manufacturers signed a landmark partnership on the PC-24, reported Emirates news agency Wam.
The expanded deal positions Strata as the major supplier of both belly and flap track fairings for the world’s first ‘Super Versatile Jet’.
Commenting on the new contract award, Ismail Ali Abdulla, CEO of Strata, stated, "During the past 12 months, Strata worked diligently to ensure the smooth delivery of the belly fairing for Pilatus’ ground-breaking aircraft. Our production and delivery track record have exceeded expectations and, ultimately, led to the award of this new work package.”
"Pilatus is a key customer of our global partner network and this extended agreement highlights Strata’s advanced technological capabilities in the global aerospace supply chain – including our UAE-made components," he added.
The first flap track fairings – designed to cover the gaps between aircraft parts to reduce drag and improve appearance – will be delivered for First Article Inspection by the end of this year.
Roman Emmenegger, VP Manufacturing at Pilatus Aircraft, noted, "The delivery of the first complete PC-24 Belly Fairing shipset in just eight months after contract signature in April this year is a very significant milestone that demonstrates the capabilities and performance of Strata. We are today launching the second PC-24 composites package and we look forward to receive the First Article from Strata in 2019."
In February, Strata celebrated the delivery of its first shipset of belly fairings for the PC-24, which is specifically engineered to take-off and land from unpaved runways with incredible short-field performance. The extended agreement between the two companies marks the next step in a long-term alliance aimed at delivering holistic production of the complete PC-24 composite shipset requirement in the UAE.