Deutsche Aircraft has successfully concluded the first round of tests with Germany-based Heggemann on the new landing gear, currently under development for the D328eco aircraft.
The landing gear development program has now officially entered the detailed design phase.
As part of the development program, Heggemann is building three test benches for the systems engineering bench testing as well as the evaluation of the first prototypes of the D328eco. Heggemann will supply the complete landing gear structures and the main and nose landing gear systems.
This new landing gear will allow the D328eco to inherit the robustness of its predecessor D328, and will increase operational capabilities towards the aircraft’s higher operational weight. In addition, the new landing gears will support the operation of unpaved runways, on a variety of rough surfaces such as grass, gravel, ice and sand.
Nico Neumann, Vice President of Operations and Programs at Deutsche Aircraft, said: âWe are delighted to have Heggemann as a strong business partner with key capabilities, know-how and great team spirit on board. of the D328eco program. We are convinced that Heggemann is the right partner to industrialize and produce our landing gear, which is a key part of the versatility, mission flexibility and performance of the D328eco. “
Deutsche Aircraft’s partnership with Heggemann is not only based on strong past collaborations, but is also strengthened by the two companies sharing similar visions. Both are dedicated to the sustainable and efficient manufacturing of Industry 4.0.
While Deutsche Aircraft plans to build a state-of-the-art final assembly line in Leipzig, Heggemann has already implemented a fully digital 360 Â° end-to-end process and product lifecycle tracking system. .
The two companies keep the majority of production in Germany and benefit from experienced aeronautical talent in building the next German regional aircraft.
The Deutsche Aircraft program, currently in the design phase, focuses on the specification of new systems, material qualification and the new production process to align with current standards and ensure efficient industrialization. The regional aircraft program continues to be carried out from Oberpfaffenhofen Airport near Munich and planning work has started to establish the final assembly line at Leipzig Halle Airport.