12 October 2020, Reno, Nevada, USA
Supersonic aircraft company, Aerion, the leader in supersonic technology, today announced it has selected PPG, to provide the flight deck windshields and cabin window transparencies for the AS2 supersonic business jet.
A leading manufacturer of original equipment and replacement aircraft transparencies as well as paints, coatings and specialty materials, PPG has collaborated on the AS2 program since 2019. The company joins Aerion’s growing team of globally-renowned technical partners, as progress on the AS2’s development gathers pace ahead of manufacturing commencing in 2023 at Aerion Park. PPG brings more than 90 years of experience in design, certification and serialized production of advanced transparencies to aircraft OEMs and to the development of the AS2.
“Aerion Supersonic selected PPG to develop opportunities for product optimization and to help define the entire cockpit on the AS2 business jet due to our technical expertise in transparencies,” said Steve Kight, PPG global business director, civil transparencies, aerospace. “PPG is proud to support this important program, and we look forward to our growing relationship with Aerion.”
“PPG is a trusted and well-respected name known throughout the aerospace community that brings a comprehensive range of materials and solutions to the AS2 program” said Tom Vice, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. “We are delighted to officially welcome PPG to the global AS2 team and look forward to our ongoing collaboration as we progress the AS2 to production in 2023.”
PPG’s global aerospace business offers coatings, sealants, transparencies, packaging and application systems, and transparent armour, as well as chemical management and other services.
Aerion’s pursuit of faster point-to-point travel begins with the launch of the new AS2 supersonic private jet. Designed to be inherently environmentally responsible from first flight, the AS2 is the first supersonic jet designed to be powered by 100 percent synthetic fuel and reach supersonic speeds without the need for an afterburner.
The AS2 will be the first aircraft to be assembled at Aerion’s new global headquarters in Melbourne, Florida – Aerion Park where the company will break ground this year. The state-of-the-art development, powered by clean energy, will incorporate headquarters operations plus an integrated campus for research, design, build and support of the company’s new supersonic aircraft.
Source and photo: Aerion Supersonic