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TAI has delivered the first A400M composite aileron and spoiler components that are designed and manufactured by the company

Under the A400M program, the first composite aileron and spoilers, designed and manufactured in world standards by TUSAS Aerospace Industries Inc. (TAI) have been delivered to Airbus at a ceremony held on 8 November 2006 at TAI's facilities. Thereby, TAI has once again proven its important role in the European aviation industry. The above mentioned parts will be assembled to the wing box of A400M at Airbus-Filton facilities in United Kingdom.

Within the framework of A400M Program, TAI has a role in both the design and production of the aircraft along with the aviation industries of participant countries. (Belgium, France, Germany, Spain and United Kingdom). In addition to fundamental fuselage parts of a total of 192 A400M aircraft to be produced, the design and manufacture of aileron and spoiler, which are the most important flight control surfaces, are realized by TAI engineers and workers. Taking place as a risk sharing partner in the program, TAI will manufacture the parts under its responsibility in each new aircraft order. The parts, which are under the responsibility of TAI are; forward center fuselage, rear fuselage upper shell, parachute doors, emergency exit doors, tail cone, lightning and water/waste systems and aileron and spoiler.

A special technology, know-how and experience is required in the production of composite structural elements, which are more endurable and lighter compared to aluminum alloy material commonly used in aircraft manufacturing. The first A400M spoiler, and the 5mx1m sized aileron components, simultaneously carry the feature of being the largest composite parts, which are produced at TAI's facilities. Apart from being the composite parts, in the design of which TAI was responsible for the first time, the A400M flight control surfaces are also the first components to be certified under TAI's responsibility by the "International Certification" authorities.

All manufactured composite products are subject to structural tests, hence the qualification of design and production are enforced with the reference of international aviation safety requirements. All these tests are realized under the supervision and control of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the components are subject to certification.

Carbon-Fiber and Epoxy based raw materials are used in the manufacturing of A400M aileron and spoilers. The products, which are prepared in clean rooms that require high-tech, undergo heat treatment in controlled environment conditions and pressure. In order to diminish the lightning effect during flight, special bronze mesh is applied on skin surfaces.

Press release issued by Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) on November 8, 2006


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