Composite

Airbus Helicopters Canada manufactures and supplies composite parts for seven helicopter models. From build to print orders to total turnkey solutions (design, tooling and manufacturing), Airbus Helicopters Canada’s composite expertise has a reputation for high quality parts, produced on time and on cost.

Airbus Helicopters Canada is the single source for the EC145 (LUH) Cowlings.

Engineering Support

  • Composite Design Facility – Design Approval Organization (DAO)
  • Latest Technology to bring projects from design to production, i.e. 3-D modeling and stress analysis
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Facility

Facility

  • 27,000 sq. ft. production facility
  • Climate and humidity-controlled composite layup and assembly areas
Autoclave

Equipment

  • 2 autoclaves to accommodate a variety of sizes, curing oven, paint booths
  • Value Added – Assembly & paint capabilities

Manufacturing

A valued supplier to Helicopters’ global supply chain, we operate a lean manufacturing environment that produces over 20 Airbus Helicopters Canada designed aircraft options:

  • AS350 High visibility doors, cargo pods
  • EC120 Heating system
  • EC130 Cargo pods, cowlings, belly panel
  • EC135 Horizontal stabilizers, hub caps, boarding steps
  • EC145 Transmission and engine cowlings and boarding steps
  • AS365/EC155 Horizontal stabilizers and end plates
  • EC225 Luggage box
Manufacturing

Assembly

Final assembly of metallic parts (bushings, inserts, brackets, and hinges) for composite panels and cowlings for seven helicopter models:

  • EC120
  • AS350
  • EC130
  • EC135
  • EC145
  • AS365
  • EC225
Asssembly
Curing

Curing Area

Autoclave curing requiring high temperature and high pressure.

Autoclave 1: 20ft X 8ft
Autoclave 2: 16ft X 4ft
Oven: 10ft X 12ft

Layup

Layup Workshop

  • Layup molds made using carbon fiber tooling
  • Honeycomb core used in various applications to provide structural strength
  • High temperature kitted materials are used in various layups
  • Each layer of material is installed by hand and worked into the contours
  • All parts are then vacuum bagged and prepared for autoclave cure
Paint

Prep & Paint

  • Parts trimmed and surface prepared for prime and paint operations
  • Dust collection used to capture and extract heavy carbon dust
  • Two paint booths