Technology Development

Since 1995 Fokker Landing Gear has been actively engaged in the development of  technology for the application of thick-walled Polymer Matrix Composites (PMC) in single load path, flight critical primary structural components typical for landing gears. The development is done in a structured manner, not limited to component design, analysis and qualification but also covering area’s such as affordability, manufacturability, inspection methods, damage tolerance and other areas essential for a safe and successful introduction in operation. 2010, FLG signed an agreement with Goodrich Landing Gear for the design, development and qualification of a complete PMC drag brace system for the F35 Lightning II CTOL and STOVL variants.

F16 PMC Drag Brace

Our continued efforts in this development have brought PMC technology on Landing Gear to a readiness level where various applications can now be qualified and certified against typical FAA / EASA requirements, unleashing an impressive potential of proven benefits:

Aircraft Performance

  • Increased performance due to weight reductions of up to 30%
  • Increased durability and robustness of Landing Gear 
  • Elimination of typical metal Corrosion and Cracking

Economics

  • Lower component Direct Maintenance Cost of up to 30%
  • Lead time reductions of 50% or more
  • Lower aircraft Direct Operating Cost due to lower weight

 Environment

  • Less CO2 emissions (up to 1 million kilos over aircraft life)
  • No chemical treatments during production (Nickel, Chromium, Cadmium)
  • Substantial Noise reduction from landing gear, due to acoustic design optimization