Liebherr-Aerospace (Booth C11407) may not be a household name in the U.S., but the company is a supplier of numerous components used in aircraft for most of the major aircraft and missile manufacturers in the world, and has been doing so for more than 50 years. In a 58-page promotional magazine created specifically for NBAA 2013 visitors, the company lists 26 aviation customers, from Airbus to Thales.
Major Liebherr-Aerospace products for business jets and helicopters include flight control and actuation systems, air management systems, cooling packs and landing gear. More specifically, the company mentions components of the Learjet 85 flight control system, the nose gear for the Global Express and a humidification system for various business aircraft.
Dassault Aviation chose Liebherr-Aerospace to supply the air-management system for the new Falcon 5X. Liebherr will design, develop, manufacture and service the system, as well as the cabin pressure control system and cabin distribution equipment.
For the Snecma (Safran) Silvercrest turbofan engine, which will power the Falcon 5X, Liebherr-Aerospace will supply the bleed-air system. This included the high-pressure and high-temperature valves, a pre-cooler, high-pressure ducting and related sensors and controls. Recently, the company began final assembly of the valves and pre-cooler, which will be delivered to Snecma for the flying test bench. (Snecma is not among the customers on the list mentioned above, so make that 27 aerospace companies.)
The new Bombardier Challenger 350 will include the flap-actuator system and air-management system, both flight-critical, from Liebherr-Aerospace. Both systems derive from the current systems already integrated in the Challenger 300.
Liebherr’s aerospace and transportation systems division employs more than 4,400 people. Its aviation equipment production plants are located in Lindenberg, Germany; Toulouse, France; Guaratingueta, Brazil; and Nizhny Novgorod, Russia.