ruag installs 3m’s thermal acoustic insulation system on f900dx

May 21, 2019

RUAG MRO International has successfully completed the first installation in Europe of the thermal acoustic insulation system based on a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) designed by Aearo Technologies LLC, a 3M company, for the Dassault Falcon F900DX business aircraft. The project was a collaborative effort between the Dassault Authorized Service Center specialists at the RUAG facilities at Lugano-Agno and Geneva, Switzerland, and was completed on time and to full customer satisfaction.

Choosing to optimize the downtime associated with a 2C inspection on a Dassault Falcon F900DX, the customer took advantage of RUAG’s one-stop shop approach to maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO). In addition to communications solutions and cabin refurbishment, the customer requested a thermal acoustic damping solution that would reduce the cabin noise directly related to operations. The specialists at RUAG identified Aearo Technologies LLC’s thermal acoustic insulation system for Dassault Falcon business aircraft as the straightforward and appropriate solution.

The installation was fulfilled during the 2C inspection that also included a full cabin refurbishment, a communications system upgrade, encompassing GoGo Avance L5, and the replacement of the InFlight Entertainment (IFE) system. “Implementing these solutions during the 2C inspection saved our customer both time and costs,” states Stephan Woodtli, General Manager Site Agno, RUAG MRO International. He elaborates, “The Supplemental Type Certificate specifies exacting placement of the damping technology materials at various structural points located throughout the aircraft’s fuselage. This is easier and much faster if it is completed during heavy maintenance inspections, when removal of the aircraft’s cabin insulation is required. For our customer, this meant that the one downtime was all that was needed.” Installation components included fuselage skin damping, floor panel and interior damping, and cabin and door insulation.

“Our system is specifically designed to reduce installation time. What’s more, the kit to maximize acoustic performance is available for all commercial designations of the Falcon F900, the F2000, as well as Bombardier Global 5000 and Global Express designations,” asserts Dan Renninger, President, Aearo Technologies LLC.

The customer confirmed the accurate performance and the quieter cabin environment of the new insulation several weeks after the aircraft’s return to service. “Ultimately, optimizing an inspection event like this one ensures our customer enjoys increased cabin comfort and at an affordable price, as well,” Stephan Woodtli concludes.

“Remaining responsive to each customer’s needs by providing the right solutions is what we do on a daily basis,” confirms Pio Ming, General Manager at the Authorized Falcon Service Center in Geneva for RUAG MRO International. “We leverage our experience with our one-stop shop solutions to ensure we fulfill our customers’ expectations reliably and sustainably, for their maximum benefit,” emphasizes Volker Wallrodt, Senior Vice President Business Jets, RUAG MRO International.