GKN Aerospace to build D328eco empennage

Preview of the D328eco turbo prop aircraft ©GKN Aerospace

Deutsche Aircraft has selected GKN Aerospace for D328eco empennage production. The global Tier 1 aerospace supplier is one of the market leaders in aerostructures and is aligned with Deutsche Aircraft in advanced technologies.

D328eco is a new 40-seat turboprop aircraft being developed by Deutsche Aircraft. Based on the proven D328 platform, the D328eco not only inherits the aerodynamic advanced D328 performance, but also will focus on sustainability for both product and production. In the development of the D328eco, Deutsche Aircraft looks for reliable and environmentally conscious partners.

Deutsche Aircraft will be working with GKN Aerospace on the development of the empennage and the industrialization of this airframe main assembly, which includes the rear fuselage and the vertical  and horizontal tail plane fin. The empennage will feature advanced lightweight solutions involving state-of-the-art composite technology. Working in partnership, both businesses are committed to continuously improve the environmental performance of the platform.

The program, currently in concept design phase, is focused on the maturity of new systems and materials required to support the aircraft industrialization. The regional aircraft program continues to be led out of Oberpfaffenhofen airport near Munich and planning work has commenced on establishment of the FAL at Leipzig Halle Airport.

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