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Hawksland Programme Manages low weight solution for the A380 aircraft

Hawksland Associates has completed an assignment with the leading Aircraft OEM – Airbus, being responsible for the Programme Management and introduction of a new material technology for aerostructure leading edge applications.

Hawksland Associates, led by Gary Windas has successfully managed the introduction of a new material technology for leading edge applications with its client – a major Aircraft OEM. Experiencing high weight problems with its existing VTP and HTP aerostructure leading edge design configuration, the client was looking for a lower weight alternative.

Hawksland’s existing client, a leading 1st-tier aerostructures company specialised in a new fibre metal laminate material technology called ‘Glare’ which for certain applications is a lower weight alternative to monolithic alloys and composites while also providing high fatigue and damage tolerance properties. With this technology, Hawksland’s 1st-tier client was able to offer a solution to the Aircraft OEM’s weight issues.

With its existing experience in the development of ‘Glare’, Hawksland were ideally placed to support both its existing client ‘propose’ the ‘Glare’ solution and also manage the introduction of the new material for the new application. Appointed by the Aircraft OEM, Hawksland Associates worked closely with the OEM and 1st-tier clients teams and Programme Managed the introduction of ‘Glare’ for the leading edge VTP and HTP applications on the OEM clients new aircraft programme. Responsibities included: design engineering; first-article development; retrofit emodiment in the existing programme, supply chain management and establishment of the bird-strike test certification requirements.

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“Hawksland have huge drive, combined with strong and detailed knowledge of the aerospace industry. They’re strategically strong and results driven.”

Wim JagtenbergDirector of ProcurementFokker Aerostructures BV.

Engaged to Programme Direct the A350 XWB Programme, Hawksland were highly professional and capable in setting up and managing programme in a very complex environment. A joy to work with and will always deliver results and happy customers.

Jaap VonkProcurement DirectorFokker Technologies

Hawksland have a level of aerospace expertise that is quite extraordinary. They not only deliver on every project, they also go the extra mile on every occasion. Superb Programme Managers and negotiators. They form strong relationships throughout organisations engendering confidence and trust.

Paul ElliottManaging DirectorPE Consultancy Ltd.