Pittsburgh-based PPG Aerospace has received an EASA supplemental type certificate (STC) for its replacement glass-faced acrylic windshields for the Beechjet 400 series light jets. The company received FAA parts manufacturer approval (PMA) for the windshield last year.
“We are pleased that we can now offer Beechjet 400 jet operators across Europe these new windshields, which are designed for ease of installation, exceptional resistance to moisture ingress, and enhanced optical properties,” said Steve Kight, the company’s global director for general aviation transparencies, adding that aircraft owners in North America and Europe can now purchase replacement parts directly from the manufacturer, saving time and related costs.
The aftermarket windshield has an outboard ply of chemically strengthened glass with two stretched acrylic layers, combining the abrasion resistance of the former with the lighter weight of the latter. It also features the company’s Aircon anti-ice heating system and Surface Seal hydrophobic coating to improve visibility in precipitation. It incorporates a weather seal with pre-molded pressure seals on the edge attachment, eliminating the need for additional sealant, according to the company. That seal, combined with PPG’s interlayer, better resist hazing and leaking, which can degrade the interlayer.