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Aerion Supersonic Selects GKN Aerospace as Global Design and Manufacturing Partner
GKN Aerospace will design and develop the electrical wiring interconnection systems and empennage for the AS2
RENO, Nev.–GKN Aerospace, selected as a supplier on the Aerion AS2 supersonic business jet, will design the empennage and the electrical wiring and interconnection systems (EWIS) for the AS2, according to a release from Aerion Supersonic. Aerion said design activities have already started on-site at its facility in Reno, Nevada, and in GKN Aerospace’s engineering centers in the Netherlands and Romania.
GKN Aerospace (www.gknaerospace.com) is a multi-technology tier 1 aerospace supplier company that specializes in developing and building, a range of advanced aerospace systems, components, and technologies.
“We are excited to collaborate with Aerion and to support the preliminary design phase of this all-new supersonic AS2 business jet,” said John Pritchard, CEO of GKN Aerospace ASEA, in a statement. “As technology leaders in both electrical wiring interconnect system (EWIS) and business jet empennages, we can bring unrivaled knowledge and expertise to the project.”
Aerion’s AS2 is reported to be the first-ever privately built supersonic commercial aircraft. The 12-passenger business jet is scheduled to begin flight testing in 2024.
“Aligning with industry leading partners is key to making sustainable supersonic travel a reality,” said Aerion CEO Tom Vice. “GKN Aerospace brings more than 100 years of aerospace development and extraordinary aerostructures expertise, including thermoplastic composites and electrical wiring systems, to our AS2 supersonic business aircraft.”
Aerion (www.aerionsupersonic.com) is pioneering a new generation of efficient, economical, and environmentally responsible supersonic aircraft. The company entered into a partnership with Boeing in February 2019 to develop the AS2 and advance the supersonic market. In October of the previous year, Aerion and GE Aviation unveiled what is reported to be the first civil supersonic engine in more than 50 years–the GE AffinityTM engine.
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