PPG Industries’ (NYSE:PPG) aerospace transparencies group has received Parts Manufacturer Approval for its new-design glass-faced acrylic windshields for Hawker 800 series business jets, including the Hawker 750, 800, 800XP, 800 (U-125A), 850XP, 900XP and 1000 aircraft. The fully certified PPG windshields are available for direct sale to operators.
According to Mark Hood, PPG Aerospace global director for general aviation transparencies, the glass-faced acrylic windshields offer superior scratch, abrasion and chemical resistance over the previous all-acrylic design. The new-design windshields have a better, more reliable anti-ice heating system, higher visible light transmittance and improved precipitation-static drain.
"Using HERCULITE® II chemically strengthened glass for the outboard ply with acrylic main plies enabled PPG to design a lightweight windshield like the all-acrylic part while enhancing performance to improve expected service life," Hood said. Also, PPG was able to add SURFACE SEAL® hydrophobic coating that affords water shedding for better pilot visibility during wet conditions without the need for wipers.
PPG is displaying a Hawker 800 windshield at its exhibit booth N4505 at the National Business Aviation Association convention and exhibition at the Las Vegas Convention Center, 17-19 November. Orders for PPG windshields for Hawker 800 series aircraft may be placed through PPG Aerospace’s worldwide network of application support centers.
PPG Aerospace is the aerospace products and services business of PPG Industries. PPG Aerospace Transparencies is the world’s largest supplier of aircraft windshields, windows and canopies. PPG Aerospace PRC-DeSoto is the leading global producer and distributor of aerospace coatings, sealants, and packaging and application systems.