Advanced composite aerostructures manufacturing firm, Strata Manufacturing, has successfully completed the delivery of its first shipset of belly fairings for the Pilatus PC-24.
The delivery marks the first delivery of a long-term inked during Abu Dhabi Global Aerospace Summit in April 2018 by Strata, a wholly-owned by Mubadala Investment Company PJSC, and Pilatus Aircraft of Switzerland, who produces the twin-engine business jet.
Ismail Ali Abdulla, CEO of Strata, said: “In our endeavour to expand our capabilities and business portfolio from the city of Al Ain, we are proud to partner with Pilatus Aircraft – one of the world’s leading aircraft manufacturers. The new partnership is a testament to Strata’s credibility and capability in the aerospace sector. In less than a decade, the company has grown its customer portfolio from one to seven customers.”
He added: “Strata’s advanced technological operations and growing local capabilities underline our commitment to venture into new territories and explore opportunities which drive our global business forward with specialised parts made with pride in the UAE.”
Designed to take-off and land from unpaved runways and featuring solid short-field performance, Pilatus’ latest business jet is designed to access traditionally inaccessible-by-air locations. Composed of 25 sub-assemblies, the belly fairing produced by Strata is designed to reduce drag on the business jet.
Fredy Glarner, VP Manufacturing at Pilatus Aircraft Ltd, added: “The delivery of the first complete PC-24 Belly Fairing shipset in just eight months after contract signature in April last year is a very significant milestone that demonstrates the capabilities and performance of Strata.
“We are extremely satisfied, and we look forward to continuing to strengthen the relationship with Strata and the UAE, in order to grow Abu Dhabi’s status as an international hub for the aerospace industry in line with Abu Dhabi Vision 2030. Work on the subsequent packages is also already progressing and we currently plan to launch the second PC-24 composites package early 2019.”