We were already excited to partner with Airbus on the A350 XWB Section 15 composite center fuselage frame
section," said Jeff Turner, President and CEO, Spirit AeroSystems.
This AD requires repetitive inspections of fuselage frame
07 in the upper frame section assemblies of the lateral cockpit windows, and corrective action, if necessary.
Spirit will design and manufacture the Section 15 center fuselage frame
section, a composite structure that will be approximately 65 feet long, 20 feet wide and weigh nearly 9,000 pounds.
This proposal would require repetitive inspections of fuselage frame
07 in the upper frame section assemblies of the lateral cockpit windows, and corrective action if necessary.
The first relates to certain Airbus A300 series aircraft and all Airbus A300-600 series aircraft and would require a one-time high frequency eddy current inspection to check for cracking of the splice fitting at fuselage frame
(FR) 47 between stringers 24 and 25, and corrective action where necessary.
The fuselage frame
size has also been reduced by a half-inch (1.
South Africa s Centurion- based Aerosud is also involved in the A350 XWB project, which makes the fuselage frame
clips for planes.
Such destructive forces have their greatest effect on attach points, where the aircraft's wings and main landing gear join its fuselage frame
Airbus's decision to switch the fuselage frames
from aluminium to carbonfibre has eliminated one advantage that the former offered.
The vision is to make floor beams, wing ribs, fuselage frames
, and other components as single pieces rather than as multi-part assemblies.
McDonnell Douglas officials said that five separate machines are being purchased that will allow automated fastening of smaller "skin panel" assemblies into larger panels; attach fuselage skins to fuselage frames
, assemble wing parts, drill and fasten underfloor bulkheads and bilge skin panels; and, attach cargo door and cargo ramp jambs to skin panels.
The Airbus A350 will be 60% composite, including the fuselage skin, while the fuselage frames
will be aluminum.