|Quoting Brons2 (Reply 2):|
who's the landing gear subcontractor on the A380? Goodrich?
In Toulouse, France on April 27, 2005 the Airbus A380 took to the skies for the first time. Goodrich technology was on board for this revolutionary aircraft's test flight.
Goodrich is one of the world's largest suppliers of landing systems and provides both the main body and wing landing gear for the A380. Though Goodrich was already a major supplier for Airbus, it was the first time the company had been selected to provide landing gear for an Airbus aircraft. The components for the landing gear system are produced by Goodrich’s Landing Gear division and involve manufacturing facilities at Oakville, Ontario, Canada; Cleveland, Ohio; Tullahoma, Tennessee; and Krosno, Poland. The final gear integration takes place at the Goodrich facility in Toulouse, France before delivery to Airbus’ final assembly line.
Along with providing state of the art landing gear for the A380, Goodrich is also launching the next generation of evacuation systems with its A380 work package. Goodrich will supply 16 evacuation slide systems per aircraft, which are designed to be 10% lighter than current slides while still meeting all performance requirements.
Goodrich is also supplying innovative High-Density Discharge (HID) and LED
-based exterior lighting, award-winning variable frequency technology for the aircraft’s power generation system (through its Aerolec joint venture with Thales) and flight controls that take advantage of the latest power by wire technology. And Goodrich will provide the primary and standby air data systems. The primary air data system will feature SmartProbeTM, another new Goodrich technology, which uses innovative multi-function sensing probes to aid reliability.
Goodrich is also providing an automatic ice detection system, and will bring its experience in aircraft materials and structures to bear in the development of the aircraft’s cargo system and with several structural components. Most recently, Goodrich was selected by Airbus to provide the aircraft’s cabin attendant and cockpit occupancy seats.