Delta AirElite maintenance director wins PPG windshield for Challenger jets

Rebate offered on purchases of longer-service glass-faced replacement windshield


Brent Brown (left), account manager, and Dave Malobicky (right), business manager for the Indianapolis Application Support Center, both of PPG Aerospace, present a windshield to drawing winner Terry Bowling, director of maintenance, Delta AirElite Business Jets, at the Delta AirElite hangar at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport.
CINCINNATI, Dec. 16, 2008 –
PPG Industries’ (NYSE:PPG) aerospace transparencies business has awarded a glass-faced acrylic replacement windshield for Bombardier Challenger 600, 601, 604 and 605 jets to Terry Bowling, director of maintenance, Delta AirElite Business Jets, as the winner of a drawing to promote the new transparency.

Dave Malobicky, business manager of the PPG Aerospace Indianapolis Application Support Center, and Brent Brown, PPG Aerospace account manager, presented the next-generation windshield to Bowling at the Delta AirElite Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport hangar.

PPG introduced its new-design replacement windshield for Bombardier Challenger 600, 601, 604 and 605 jets earlier this year, according to Malobicky.

A premier Challenger 604 operator, Delta AirElite had used an all-acrylic windshield but was considering switching to the glass-faced acrylic part, which prompted Bowling to enter the PPG drawing held at its exhibit booth during the National Business Aviation Association convention in October.

“From my former airline experience, I knew the glass-faced part would last longer,” Bowling said. “And PPG has a great reputation. I thought, why not enter the drawing?”

According to Malobicky, PPG developed the new windshield for Challenger 600 Series jets with an outboard tempered glass ply to replace the acrylic face ply, but it kept the core and inner stretched-acrylic plies. “This windshield now combines the chemical and abrasion resistance of glass with the weight-saving benefits of plastic,” he said.

Expected service life of the glass-faced acrylic windshield is more than double that of the all-acrylic part, Malobicky said, based on the expected service life of similarly designed windshields.

“The longer life reduces cost of ownership for the windshield and also translates to reduced maintenance with less downtime for service, especially beneficial for this part because it can take several days to change out,” Malobicky said.

The heated windshield for Challenger 600, 601, 604 and 605 jets is made by PPG Aerospace at its Sierracin/Sylmar facility in Sylmar, Calif., which also manufactures replacement side cockpit windows for the Challenger 600 Series fleet and replacement passenger-cabin windows for Challenger 600, 601 and 604 aircraft.

PPG is offering Challenger 600 Series business jet fleet operators a $10,000 rebate through the end of January on purchases of its new glass-faced acrylic replacement windshield, which lists for $52,000.

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

About Delta AirElite Business Jets
Delta AirElite Business Jets is a wholly owned subsidiary of Delta Air Lines, providing aircraft charter, aircraft management and its innovative Fleet Membership program. With 24 years of experience serving business aviation travelers, Delta AirElite is the only business jet operator owned by a major U.S. airline and has continuously held the coveted ARG/US Platinum safety rating longer than any other operator in the world. The company operates a diverse fleet of Gulfstream, Cessna, Bombardier and Hawker Beechcraft jets. Delta AirElite was voted Best Private Jet Service by readers of Executive Travel Magazine and consistently receives awards for outstanding customer service. For more information, call 877-DAE-JETS (877-323-5387) or visit www.AirElite.com.

About PPG
Pittsburgh-based PPG is a global supplier of paints, coatings, chemicals, optical products, specialty materials, glass and fiber glass. The company has more than 150 manufacturing facilities and equity affiliates and operates in more than 60 countries. PPG shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol: PPG). For more information, visit www.ppg.com.

Bombardier, Challenger, Challenger 600, Challenger 601, Challenger 604 and Challenger 605 are trademarks of Bombardier Inc. or its subsidiaries.

AirElite is a trademark of Delta Air Lines.

 

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Audrey Fujimoto
PPG Aerospace
818-741-1685
audrey.fujimoto@ppg.com

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JV Communications
781-849-2028
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