|Kestrel Aircraft, (www.kestrel.aero) in Superior, Wisconsin, announced today, December 22, 2014, they have partnered with TenCate Advanced Composites, a leading supplier of advanced thermoset and thermoplastic composite materials. Kestrel has selected carbon fiber prepreg materials based on TenCate’s TC275-1 epoxy resin system to fabricate the primary structure of the aircraft.
Alan Klapmeier, CEO Kestrel Aircraft commented, “I have worked closely with TenCate in past years and have been impressed with their strong customer focus and strategic growth over the past two decades. We are pleased to entrust them with supplying consistently high quality prepreg materials for the K-350”.
The use of composite materials is essential to enable the Kestrel design engineering team to optimize the aerodynamic shape of the Kestrel K-350 single engine turboprop aircraft, which provides significant improvements in speed and weight compared to traditional aluminum construction. TenCate Advanced Composites’ technical depth and unique understanding of the general aviation industry makes them a great choice to partner with Kestrel on this versatile and efficient, K-350, single engine turboprop aircraft design. Joe Morris, President TCAC North America states, “TenCate is pleased to be the composite supplier to Kestrel Aircraft. This LTA represents the continuation of a long term successful relationship we have had with the Kestrel management team. We look forward to first flight and certification.”
Kestrel Aircraft is a new aviation company led by aviation entrepreneur, Alan Klapmeier, renowned for introducing new standards of safety and ease of operation to general aviation. The Kestrel airplane will be a six to eight- seat, all composite, single-engine turboprop, boasting a broad performance envelope, and the newest technologies available in personal and business aircraft. Headquartered in Superior, Wisconsin, engineers and support staff work at Kestrel focusing on aircraft design and certification. For additional information about Kestrel please visit http://www.kestrel.aero.
TenCate Advanced Composites is a leading manufacturer of thermoset and thermoplastic composites materials serving the aircraft, satellite and industrial markets. TenCate Advanced Composites has facilities in Europe and North America. TenCate Advanced Composites is a division of Royal Ten Cate.
Royal Ten Cate (TenCate) is a multi-national company that combines textile technology with related chemical processes and material technology in the development and production of functional materials with distinctive characteristics. Products of TenCate are sold worldwide. Systems and materials from TenCate come under four areas of application: safety & protection, space & aerospace, infrastructure & the environment, and sport & recreation. TenCate occupies leading positions in protective fabrics, composites for space and aerospace, anti-ballistics, geosynthetics and synthetic turf. TenCate is listed on the NYSE Euronext (AMX).