Continuing a nearly three-decade relationship with Gulfstream, GKN Aerospace won a contract to supply components for the Savannah, Georgia-based airframer’s G800 and G400 business jets that were announced in October. Specifically, GKN will supply the empennage, floorboards, and fuselage panels for the G800, and rudder and machined wing skins for the G400.
GKN will use thermoplastics for the rudder and elevators from the empennage, as well as the floorboards. It expects its use of those materials to save at least 10 percent of the weight typically associated with traditional materials and contribute to lower carbon emissions. It will also produce the metal-bonded fuselage panels and aluminum-machined wing skins. Production of the parts will occur at GKN facilities in Papendrecht and Hoogeveen in the Netherlands; Chihuahua, Mexico; and Wellington, Kansas.
Currently, GKN supplies to Gulfstream the empennage, fuselage panels, and floorboards for the G650 and G700, and the rudder and wing skins for the G500 and G600. “We are excited to be selected again as a key supplier on Gulfstream’s next generation of business jets and we truly value this partnership of almost 30 years,” said GKN Civil Airframe president John Pritchard. “Our advanced lightweight thermoplastic technology offers a sustainable solution for aircraft structural components.”