AIT Awarded Bombardier Learjet 85 Tooling Contract
AIT AWARDED *BOMBARDIER LEARJET 85 TOOLING CONTRACT
AIT providing all primary and secondary tooling for first all-composite Part 25 business jet
PLANO, TX, - July 20, 2009 Advanced Integration Technology (AIT), a leading factory integration company delivering fully integrated systems to the aerospace industry, has been tapped as the sole provider on the *Learjet 85 aircraft program to design, develop and produce the tooling with which Bombardier will fabricate and assemble all structural components produced in its facility in Querétaro, Mexico.
A midsize business jet that seats eight passengers, the Learjet 85 aircraft is the first all composite business jet ever designed for type certification under Federal Aviation Regulations (FAR) Part 25, creating opportunities for technological advancements and creative solutions.
“For the AIT team, this contract award is especially prestigious,” said AIT President Ed Chalupa. “This is a significant agreement and it speaks to our relationship with Bombardier, who has embraced AIT as an asset in leading the industry’s progress with new aircraft technology.”
Leveraging proven expertise from previous major carbon fiber aircraft programs, AIT has developed new technologies and assembly techniques for the Learjet 85 aircraft program. Delivery of the AIT tooling to support a test program as well as production tooling will begin early next year.
Founded in 1992, AIT is a leading industrial automation company delivering fully integrated plant floor systems to the aerospace industry. We design, engineer, manufacture, and install machines and systems for the automated assembly of aerospace structures, including fuselage, wings, and empennage. Relying on the strength of our diverse team of engineering pros, AIT has a leading position as the predominant integrator and prime contractor to the world’s foremost aerospace companies, with hundreds of systems installed worldwide. Learn more at www.aint.com.