Aerion Supersonic selects GKN as a global partner

AMJan20New - Aerion
AMJan20New - Aerion

Aerion Supersonic, the leader in supersonic technology, has announced it has selected GKN Aerospace as a supplier on the AS2 supersonic business jet.

GKN Aerospace will design the empennage and the electrical wiring and interconnection systems (EWIS) for the AS2. Design activities have already started on-site at Aerion in Reno, Nevada and in GKN Aerospace's engineering centres in the Netherlands and Romania.

GKN Aerospace is a leading multi-technology tier 1 aerospace supplier company, specialising in developing, building and supplying an extensive range of advanced aerospace systems, components and technologies.

"We are excited to collaborate with Aerion and to support the preliminary design phase of this all-new supersonic AS2 business jet. As technology leaders in both electrical wiring interconnect system (EWIS) and business jet empennages, we can bring unrivalled knowledge and expertise to the project," said John Pritchard CEO GKN Aerospace ASEA.

Aerion's AS2 is the first-ever privately built supersonic commercial aircraft. The 12-passenger business jet is scheduled to begin flight testing in 2024.

"Aligning with industry leading partners is key to making sustainable supersonic travel a reality," said Aerion CEO, Tom Vice (pictured). "GKN Aerospace brings more than 100 years of aerospace development and extraordinary aerostructures expertise, including thermoplastic composites and electrical wiring systems, to our AS2 supersonic business aircraft."

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