GKN Qualifies Lighter Windshield For The A320

GKN Aerospace has confirmed the qualification of a new main pilot windshield for A320 family aircraft which it said is 10 per cent lighter than previous versions.

GKN Aerospace has confirmed the qualification of a new main pilot windshield for A320 family aircraft which it said is 10 per cent lighter than previous versions.

GKN has worked with the Toulouse-based aircraft manufacturer on a design and certification programme for the windshield over a three-year period.

UK-headquartered GKN said it created the lighter windshield from chemically-toughened CE120 glass, which replaced the heavier, thermally-toughened glass of previous versions of the window.

It also said it has added design modifications that will extend the windshield’s performance and simplify its manufacture.

Gavin Wesson, senior vice-president of GKN Aerospace’s special products division, said as well as weight savings the windshield will also offer performance benefits to Airbus customers.

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