PPG Aerospace has received an STC from EASA for its aftermarket glass-faced acrylic windshields for Beechjet 400 business jets and their variants. The windshield is now approved by two of the leading aviation authorities, having received Parts Manufacturer Approval from the US FAA in 2017.
“We are pleased that we can now offer Beechjet 400 jet operators across Europe these new windshields, which are designed for ease of installation, exceptional resistance to moisture ingress and enhanced optical properties,” says PPG global director, general aviation transparencies Steve Kight. “Beechjet 400 jet owners in North America and Europe are able to purchase replacement parts directly from the manufacturer, saving them time and related costs.”
The windshields have an outboard ply of chemically strengthened glass with two stretched-acrylic plies, combining the abrasion resistance of glass with the lightweight benefits of acrylic. They feature an Aircon anti-ice heating system that offers enhanced optics during operation. Surface Seal hydrophobic coating helps shed water for better pilot visibility during wet conditions without the need for wipers. They also incorporate a weather seal that is used with pre-moulded pressure seals on the edge attachment, simplifying installation because there is no need for additional sealant application.