Gulfstream Aerospace’s choice of Stork Aerospace to be a major partner for its new G650 large-cabin business jet is
not surprising, given the long-standing alliance between the U.S. and Dutch firms. Stork is developing and manufacturing composite tail and bonded fuselage panels for the G650.
The engineering teams of both companies are collaborating in their facilities in Savannah, Georgia, and at Papendrecht and Hoogeveen in The Netherlands to incorporate a new generation of composite materials in the design of the tail section. The 650’s empennage will feature advanced lightweight composites.
Stork will also apply state-of-the-art thermoplastics in the project and will rely on its proven metal bonding experience for manufacturing the fuselage panels.
Depending on the sales success of the G650, Stork’s revenues from the program could total approximately $600 million. It will be making nonrecurring investments of around $56 million for its role in the program and it expects to see first revenues within five years of starting its design work.
Stork has been a key supplier for the Gulfstream GV program, since 1993, providing materials for the original GV, as well as the G500 and G550. It is responsible for the tail section for all types, having delivered the first GV tail in 1995. It has delivered almost 400 shipsets thus far. Stork is also involved in the Dassault Falcon 7X program, for which it provides aluminum/composite wing moveable parts and engine wiring.
The company is a leader in the design, development and production of complex, lightweight structures using advanced materials such as load-carrying composites, which could be used in future landing gear, and Glare–a sandwich made from a hybrid material combined of alternating bonded layers of aluminum and glass fiber. Glare affords a weight reduction of 15 to 30 percent and excellent fatigue resistance, as well as improved impact resistance.