An undisclosed major US airline is assessing GKN
Aerospace’s hydrophobic coating for cockpit windows on its
At the Farnborough air show in July, GKN Aerospace
announced the development of this new technology and the fact that
Airbus was flight-trialling the coating on test
aircraft. Testing by a major airline is the next step in the
GKN Aerospace’s hydrophobic coating for cockpit
windows was developed in its transparencies centre of excellence
in Garden Grove, USA.
The permanent surface treatment delivers
in-flight / ground operation rain shedding and significantly
enhances resistance to surface abrasion.
Test results indicate
the surface treatment is more durable to wiper related damage and
scratching than untreated glass, which in turn significantly
reduces scratch or abrasion related window removals.
new GKN Aerospace technology is a permanent solution that only
needs to be applied once in the lifetime of a window as opposed to
existing temporary solutions that require repeat application every
six to eight months, dependent on flight hours and conditions.
Gavin Wesson, CEO GKN Aerospace Special Products business
explains, “Our new hydrophobic technology proves to be a unique
solution that seamlessly fits the demand of our transparencies
customers for less maintenance and reduced weight and costs. This
technology could potentially eliminates the need for windscreen
wipers on cockpit windows. It is great that we can now further
assess this innovative product together with Airbus and one of the
global airline operators.”