Ceramic Industry

PPG to Supply Windshields, Windows to Dassault Aviation

October 13, 2011

PPG Industries’ aerospace transparencies group announced it has signed an agreement with Dassault Aviation to supply all-glass heated windshields and all-glass heated side cockpit windows for Falcon 20 and Falcon 50 business jets. Under the contract, PPG will produce replacement windshields and side windows for Dassault to support operators as long as four of these Falcon aircraft are flying, according to Arthur Scott, PPG Aerospace global director for General Aviation Transparencies. There are 1200 Falcon 20 and Falcon 50 jets flying today.

“PPG has extensive experience producing the forward-facing windshields, and we are pleased Dassault came to us to supply all of the cockpit windows for these aircraft,” Scott said. The new windows will be stocked by Dassault and available to operators only through its distribution network.

PPG has updated the designs of the three forward-facing windshields with newer technology and is designing number-two side windows to meet Dassault’s requirements and to fit without necessitating aircraft modifications, Scott said. The cockpit windows are being qualified by testing with pressure cycles representing five times that encountered during a typical aircraft’s lifetime.

Scott said PPG has supplied first articles of the windshields and expects to supply first articles of the new side windows later this year. All five cockpit windows are being manufactured at PPG’s Huntsville plant.

For more information, visit www.ppg.com.