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PPG receives European Aviation Safety Agency Supplemental Type Certificate for BEECHJET 400 jet windshields

Operators in Europe benefit from glass-faced acrylic aftermarket windshield service

Thursday, October 11, 2018 4:15 pm EDT


SYLMAR, Calif.

SYLMAR, Calif., Oct. 10, 2018 – PPG (NYSE:PPG) today announced that it has received a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) for its aftermarket glass-faced acrylic windshields for BEECHJET® 400 business jets and their variants. Receiving the STC enables PPG to sell the windshields as an approved design to owners of Beechjet 400 jets and variants who recognize EASA authority.

The windshield is now approved by two of the leading aviation authorities, having received Parts Manufacturer Approval (PMA) from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration in 2017.

“We are pleased that we can now offer Beechjet 400 jet operators across Europe these new windshields, which are designed for ease of installation, exceptional resistance to moisture ingress and enhanced optical properties,” said Steve Kight, PPG global director, general aviation transparencies. Beechjet 400 jet owners in North America and Europe are able to purchase replacement parts directly from the manufacturer, saving them time and related costs.”

The PPG windshields have an outboard ply of chemically strengthened glass with two stretched-acrylic plies, combining the abrasion resistance of glass with the lightweight benefits of acrylic. They feature a PPG AIRCON® anti-ice heating system that offers enhanced optics during operation. PPG SURFACE SEAL® hydrophobic coating helps shed water for better pilot visibility during wet conditions without the need for wipers.

The windshields also incorporate a weather seal that is used with pre-molded pressure seals on the edge attachment, simplifying installation because there is no need for additional sealant application. The weather seal and a PPG-produced interlayer afford enhanced resistance to moisture ingress that can cause interlayer degradation and hazing.

Visit www.ppgaerospace.com for more information about the PPG aftermarket windshields for Beechjet 400 jets and a list of PPG’s aerospace application support centers through which they can be purchased.

Visitors to the National Business Aviation Association Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA-BACE) can see the aftermarket glass-faced acrylic windshield for the Beechjet 400 jet and its variants at the PPG exhibit in booth 3005. The NBAA-BACE is Oct. 16-18 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.

PPG’s global aerospace business offers coatings, sealants, transparencies, packaging and application systems, and transparent armor, as well as chemical management and other services. For more information, visit www.ppgaerospace.com.



At PPG (NYSE:PPG), we work every day to develop and deliver the paints, coatings and materials that our customers have trusted for 135 years. Through dedication and creativity, we solve our customers’ biggest challenges, collaborating closely to find the right path forward. With headquarters in Pittsburgh, we operate and innovate in more than 70 countries and reported net sales of $14.7 billion in 2017. We serve customers in construction, consumer products, industrial and transportation markets and aftermarkets. To learn more, visit www.ppg.com.

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A PPG aftermarket windshield for the BEECHJET® 400 business jet and its variants is shown by Steve Kight, left, PPG global director, general aviation transparencies, and Mark Hood, PPG plant manager, Sylmar, California, transparencies plant. PPG received a Supplemental Type Certificate from the European Aviation Safety Agency for the glass-faced acrylic windshields, which are available for direct sale to aircraft operators.


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