PPG Aerospace demonstrates framed window overhaul, repair capabilities

European operators benefiting from single-source supplier for glass, acrylic

PARIS, June 18, 2007 – European fleet operators can see an overhauled Boeing 737 number-two sliding framed glass cockpit window at the PPG Aerospace exhibit during the 2007 Paris Air Show through June 24 at Le Bourget Airport.

PPG added the overhaul and repair of framed cockpit window assemblies to its expanding aircraft transparency capabilities with the July 2006 opening of a dedicated facility in Huntsville, Ala., according to Preston Nesselrotte, PPG account manager. Since then, operators primarily in Europe and the Americas have taken advantage of the cost and time savings of having the frame and window refurbished by a single source, he said.

“A growing number of European operators are using this service because of our fast turnaround times and capabilities to overhaul and repair number-two sliding cockpit windows, including frames, for their fleets of Boeing, Airbus and McDonnell Douglas aircraft,” Nesselrotte said. “Now with PPG’s acquisition of Sierracin/Sylmar Corp., we have even more capability to provide parts with either glass or acrylic for Boeing 717, 737, 757, 767 and 777 airplanes and McDonnell Douglas DC-9/MD-80/MD-90 and DC-10/MD-10/MD-11 airplanes.”

All work is performed in-house by PPG so turn times are only 7 to 15 days for repairs and 20 to 30 days for overhauls, Nesselrotte said. A typical overhaul includes disassembly, cleaning and inspection, replacing worn and unserviceable parts, stripping and repainting the frame, installing a PPG-rebuilt or new window, and reassembly, all according to the OEM’s component maintenance manual, Nesselrotte said. A typical repair includes cleaning and inspection, polishing the glass or acrylic to remove scratches, replacing or reworking the seal and replacing or repairing worn or unserviceable parts, he said.

Paris Air Show visitors can see a PPG overhauled glass Boeing 737 number-two framed window assembly as well as a Sierracin/Sylmar repaired acrylic Boeing 767 number-two cockpit window at the PPG Aerospace exhibit at Hall 2B, Stand H6. The Paris Air Show is June 18-24 at Le Bourget Airport.

PPG Aerospace is the aerospace products and services business of PPG Industries. PPG Aerospace – PRC-DeSoto is the leading global producer and distributor of aerospace coatings, sealants, and packaging and application systems. PPG Aerospace – Transparencies is the world’s largest supplier of aircraft windshields, windows and canopies.

About PPG
Pittsburgh-based PPG is a global supplier of paints, coatings, chemicals, optical products, specialty materials, glass and fiber glass. The company employs more than 30,000 people and has 125 manufacturing facilities and equity affiliates in more than 20 countries. Sales in 2006 were $11 billion. PPG shares are traded on the New York and Philadelphia stock exchanges (symbol: PPG). For more information, visit www.ppg.com.


Audrey Fujimoto
PPG Aerospace