El Monte, California – Irv Freund, Vice President Marketing and Business Development for M.C. Gill Corporation, announced that Airbus will be including Gillfab 4523, a bulk compartment floor panel, in the next Structural Repair Manual (SRM) which is scheduled for release in July 2012. Although original qualification was completed in early 2008, the FAA’s recent adoption of upgraded flammability standards necessitated further evaluation to validate Gillfab 4523’s resistance to flame penetration (burn through) as described in FAR 25 Appendix F Part VII. Prior to the release of the SRM Airbus has advised that operators will be able to receive approval to use Gillfab 4523 by applying for a Technical Adaptation (TA). Airbus has further advised that the TA will be provided at no charge to the operators.
Gillfab 4523 is a low smoke sandwich panel with facings of modified phenolic resin reinforced with a combination of woven and unidirectional glass fibers and Nomex® honeycomb core. Our asymmetrical design (e.g. .060”/.020” facings) provides a robust top surface without the added weight and cost of a balanced construction. This panel has superior impact resistance and is qualified to Airbus Technical Specification No. 5360 MIM 000500, Issue 6, FAR 25.853 and ABD 0031, Type BCC3. This amazing new panel exhibits a 71% increase in impact strength over its predecessor, Gillfab 4223. Its impact resistance far exceeds anything else on the market, making it the most durable product of its kind. Gillfab 4523 is ideally suited for the stringent in-service conditions of a bulk cargo environment meaning more flights between repairs. Rigorous testing shows that Gillfab 4523, our next generation bulk cargo floor panel, is a step ahead of similar products and exceeds Airbus Specification impact requirements by 33% with minimal increase in weight. More information will be available by mail, on our website and at our trade show booth at upcoming industry shows. Please stop by to learn more at the following shows:
Farnborough Air show, London, UK July 9-13, 2012 Booth# 2A6
Aircraft Interiors show, Seattle, Washington September 25 – 27, 2012 Booth# 31
M.C. Gill Corporation is the oldest, continuously operating manufacturer of “composites" in the world. The M.C. Gill Corporation was founded in 1945 and is headquartered in El Monte, California. Key products include honeycomb core, sandwich panels, and cargo liners for the aerospace industry.