Deutsche Aircraft has successfully concluded the first series of tests with Germany-based Heggemann on new landing gear, which is currently in development for the D328eco aircraft.
The landing gear development programme has now officially entered into the detail design phase.
As part of the development programme, Heggemann is building three testbeds for systems engineering bench tests as well as evaluation on first prototypes for the D328eco. Heggemann will provide the complete landing gear structures and systems of both main- and nose landing gear.
This new landing gear will allow the D328eco to inherit the robustness of its predecessor D328, and will increase operational capabilities towards the higher aircraft operational weight. Furthermore, the new landing gears will support unpaved runway operation, on a variety of rough surfaces such as grass, gravel, ice and sand.
Nico Neumann, vice president operations and programmes of Deutsche Aircraft, said: “We are glad to get Heggemann as a strong business partner with key capabilities, know-how and a great team spirit on board of the D328eco programme. We are confident that Heggemann is the right partner to industrialise and produce our Landing Gear, which is a key element of the versatility, mission flexibility and performance of the D328eco.”
Deutsche Aircraft’s partnership with Heggemann is not only built upon strong past collaborations, but is also further strengthened by the two companies sharing similar visions. Both are dedicated to sustainable and efficient Industry 4.0 manufacturing.
While Deutsche Aircraft is planning to build a state-of-the-art final assembly line in Leipzig, Heggemann already implemented a fully digital 360° end-to-end process and product lifecycle tracking system.
Both companies keep the majority of production in Germany and benefit from experienced aviation talents in building Germany’s next regional aircraft.
The Deutsche Aircraft programme, currently in concept design phase, is focused on the specification of the new systems, qualification of materials and new production process to align with today standards and secure efficiency for the industrialisation. The regional aircraft program continues to be led out of Oberpfaffenhofen airport near Munich and planning work has commenced to establish the final assembly line at Leipzig Halle Airport.