Mark Hannant

The next stage of Fairchild Aerospace's programme to build the 728JET family of regional jets was announced at the show yesterday as the company introduced the system suppliers it has chosen for the project.

As announced last month, General Electric will provide CF34-8D engines incorporating a new nacelle and installation design specifically tailored to the 728JET.

Yesterday's announcement reveals that the avionics will be supplied by Honeywell, which will provide its Primus Epic system flat-panel liquid crystal displays and a unique "human centred" cockpit design.

AlliedSignal has been chosen to supply two major subsystems , the environmental control system (ECS) and auxiliary power unit (APU).

Fairchild says it has chosen the AlliedSignal RE220FD APU because of its high reliability, broad performance range for 50-110 seat applications, low noise signature, and easy maintenance, says Jack Pelton, senior vice-president and 728JET programme manager.

Wheels, tyres, brakes, hydraulic system, brake control system and nosewheel steering system will all be provided by BFGoodrich.

Lucas Aerospace will produce the fly-by-wire flight control systems.

Sunstrand Aerospace has won the business of supplying the highly integrated electric system which Fairchild says will, when combined with the avionics suite, provide power and utility management improving system reliability, weight and operating cost.

The hydraulics system integration work will be done by Parker Aerospace.

Speaking at the show, Pelton says: "After an extensive evaluation process, we are announcing a world class team of system suppliers for all our 728JET programme. These manufacturers are all recognised industry leaders.

Source: Flight Daily News