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Parker Aerospace to supply fly-by-wire systems for all Bombardier wide-body aircraft programmes news
19 July 2008

Cleveland: Bombardier Aerospace and Parker Aerospace have announced that Parker has been selected as the exclusive supplier of fly-by-wire flight control systems for all new Bombardier wide-body aircraft programmes requiring this technology. The agreement will remain in force for a period of ten years

Under the agreement, Parker Aerospace will develop a complete, state-of-the-art generic fly-by-wire system from stick to surface, that will then be customized and manufactured for each aircraft programme, starting with the ambitious CSeries. (See:Farnborough Air Show: Bombardier launches CSeries with Lufthansa as launch customer)

Parker estimates that this has the potential to generate revenues of US $3.5 billion over the life of the programmes. The CSeries has already attracted Lufthansa as its launch customer.

"This approach to the design, development and manufacture of a system that can be applied to a number of aircraft programs will provide us with increased reliability, reduced development cycle, and an overall improved value proposition," said Francois Caza, vice president and chief engineer, Bombardier Aerospace. "Through this arrangement we will be able to simplify and improve our service and support structure."

"We are extremely proud to be a part of this exciting opportunity, and look forward to providing Bombardier, a long-time Parker customer, with enhanced fly-by-wire flight control systems," said Parker Aerospace control systems division vice president and general manager, Carl Moffitt.

Fly-by-wire flight controls replace the conventional hydro-mechanical flight control system that uses a series of pulleys and/or rods that directly control flight surfaces and provides easier installation and increased functionality. With fly-by-wire flight control, pilot inputs are interpreted by sophisticated on-board computers to ensure that the signals being sent to the control surfaces optimize the aircraft's performance.

The five-abreast CSeries aircraft -- launched on July 13, 2008 -- are specifically designed to meet the growing needs of the 100- to 149-seat commercial aircraft market category, estimated by Bombardier Aerospace at 6,300 aircraft representing more than $250 billion in revenues over the next 20 years.

Bombardier said at the recent Farnborough Air Show that it expects to be able to capture up to half of this market.

Parker Aerospace is an operating segment of Parker Hannifin Corporation. It designs, manufactures, and services hydraulic, fuel, and pneumatic components, systems, and related electronic controls for aerospace and other high-technology markets.

With annual sales exceeding $10 billion, Parker Hannifin is the world's leading diversified manufacturer of motion and control technologies and systems.

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Parker Aerospace to supply fly-by-wire systems for all Bombardier wide-body aircraft programmes