LAS VEGAS, Oct. 22, 2013 – PPG Industries’ (NYSE:PPG) aerospace transparencies group has begun deliveries of production windshields and side cockpit windows to Eclipse Aerospace for the Eclipse 550 jet. Optical quality of the PPG heated windshields has exceeded Eclipse’s expectations, according to officials of the airframe manufacturer.
“Eclipse Aerospace is delighted to have incorporated a newly designed windscreen offering for our Eclipse 550 customers,” said Edward Lundeen, Eclipse Aerospace senior vice president, business operations. “The glass-faced acrylic design is expected to be very well received by our customers. PPG’s and Eclipse’s design engineers worked closely to develop this application for the Eclipse 550, which we believe has resulted in a product that will perform extremely well,” he said.
“Eclipse wanted durable, lightweight windshields that offer excellent optics and aesthetics,” said Mark Hood, PPG global market director for general aviation transparencies. “PPG met those requirements with our glass-faced acrylic windshields that combine the chemical, abrasion and craze resistance of glass with the lightweight benefits of acrylic.”
The PPG windshields also fit the Eclipse 500 and are available as replacements for that aircraft model. PPG delivers the new lightweight cockpit windows from its Sylmar, Calif., facility.
Visitors to the National Business Aviation Association convention and exhibition in Las Vegas have an opportunity to see the PPG windshields on the first production Eclipse 550 jet. The event takes place Oct. 22 to 24 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
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.
About Eclipse Aerospace, Inc.
Eclipse Aerospace, Inc. is the manufacturer of the Eclipse 550 Twin-Engine Jet, the most fuel-efficient jet in the world. Eclipse also provides engineering, maintenance, service, and support for the fleet of 260 Eclipse 500 aircraft. Adhering to the motto “Customer First,” Eclipse Aerospace is focused on providing a superior customer experience for existing and future owners, operators, and pilots of the revolutionary Eclipse Jet. Eclipse Aerospace corporate offices are based in Charleston, S.C. Principal operations are located in Albuquerque, N.M. and Chicago, Ill. For more information: www.ECLIPSE.aero.
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PPG Industries’ vision is to continue to be the world’s leading coatings and specialty products company. Through leadership in innovation, sustainability and color, PPG helps customers in industrial, transportation, consumer products, and construction markets and aftermarkets to enhance more surfaces in more ways than does any other company. Founded in 1883, PPG has global headquarters in Pittsburgh and operates in nearly 70 countries around the world. Sales in 2012 were $15.2 billion. PPG shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol:PPG). For more information, visit www.ppg.com and follow @PPGIndustries on Twitter.
PPG will begin cockpit window deliveries to Eclipse in mid-2013 to coincide with the first Eclipse 550 delivery positions.