CHARLOTTE, N.C., Dec. 15, 2009 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- More than a dozen critical systems from Goodrich Corporation (NYSE: GR) took to the sky on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner's maiden flight earlier today.
The 787 features an industry milestone in its Goodrich electric braking system, its first for a production commercial aircraft. The system uses the latest in electric controls, modular actuators, and on-board brake wear and system health monitoring systems. The brakes utilize Goodrich's lightweight DURACARB® carbon heat sink material, which has demonstrated 35 percent greater brake life than competing carbon braking materials.
Another industry breakthrough on the 787 is the lightweight quiet nacelle and thrust reverser system including its actuation system. A deeper-than-normal lip skin at the front of the nacelle greatly reduces drag and improves fuel efficiency. In addition, a one-piece acoustic inner liner significantly reduces engine noise, both in the passenger cabin and airport neighborhoods.
The 787 is also equipped with Goodrich-provided air data sensors, ice detectors, engine data concentrators, fuel management software and the fuel quantity indicating system. In addition, Goodrich provides the aircraft's proximity sensing system as well as the integrated fuel system for the auxiliary power unit. Other Goodrich products on board the new jet include an innovative cargo operating system; cabin attendant seating; exterior and flight deck lighting systems; integrated heated composite floor panels; and a unique flight deck entry video surveillance system designed to interface with the aircraft's electronic flight bag system.
The Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engines that power the aircraft feature an advanced engine control system provided through Goodrich's Aero Engine Controls joint venture with Rolls-Royce.
Goodrich Corporation, a Fortune 500 company, is a global supplier of systems and services to aerospace, defense and homeland security markets. With one of the most strategically diversified portfolios of products in the industry, Goodrich serves a global customer base with significant worldwide manufacturing and service facilities. For more information visit http://www.goodrich.com.
Goodrich Corporation operates through its divisions and as a parent company for its subsidiaries, one or more of which may be referred to as "Goodrich Corporation" in this press release.
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