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May 2006 edition

Islander upgrade takes development of composites on board

UK manufacturer Britten-Norman will develop composite components as part of a major upgrade of the Islander whose first prototype took to the air on 13 June 1965.

A new company in the group, Aero Composites Group, was set up last August. From this month (May) a production unit will focus on composites work including access panels. Aero Composites is also working on the Cirrus SR20 and SR22 European assembly line.

Newly-appointed technical director Jeremy Liber said: “We are undertaking a study to modernise the cockpit including a new EFIS, updated avionics and electronic instruments. With the pace of modern avionics technology this will remain in a continuous product development/improvement cycle.”

Liber will expand the focus of the new company to other aircraft types including rotary wi....

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