FARNBOROUGH, England, 17 July 2014. Parker Aerospace and its joint ventures with AVIC FACRI and AVIC Jincheng have received business licenses from the Nanjing and Xi’an governments to operate the joint ventures in China.
Parker, through the joint ventures, is developing and supporting the primary fly-by-wire flight control actuation, fuel, inerting, and hydraulic systems for the C919 family of aircraft being developed by COMAC.
“We are excited to have received the business licenses for the two joint ventures between Parker and our AVIC partners,” says Parker Aerospace Regional General Manager for the Asia Pacific Region Pui Ho. “We look forward to developing and supporting these two major aircraft programs for COMAC.”
The joint venture between Parker and AVIC’s Flight Automated Control Research Institute — called Parker FACRI Actuation Systems — is located in Xi’an and will develop the flight control actuation system for the C919.
The fly-by-wire system will include horizontal stabilizer trim actuation and motor control; aileron, rudder, spoiler and elevator actuators; and remote electronic units. In addition to joint development and support of the flight control actuation system, the joint venture will include a customer service repair center that will be responsible for Parker Aerospace, AVIC, and third-party products.
The joint venture between Parker and AVIC Jincheng Corporation — called NEIAS Parker Aero Systems & Equipment — is located in Nanjing and will develop the complete fuel, inerting, and hydraulic systems for the C919. A significant portion of the systems’ component assembly, test, and manufacture will take place at the new facility, as well as systems integration test functions.
Parker’s fuel system equipment will handle multiple functions for the aircraft’s fuel system and includes engine feed, auxiliary power unit feed, refuel and defuel, venting, scavenge, fuel quantity gauging, and integrated modular avionics fuel gauging and management software.
The inerting system includes the conditioned air supply and electronic control, as well as nitrogen-enriched air generation and distribution, reducing the flammability of fuel vapors in the aircraft’s fuel tanks and increasing aircraft safety.
The hydraulic system features a control and monitoring software package for the C919 integrated modular avionics controller and provides the functions necessary to power and control the aircraft’s flight control system, landing gear and steering systems, and thrust-reversers.
Parker also provides fuel, hydraulic, and flight control actuation systems for COMAC’s ARJ21 and was recently named a Gold Award winner by COMAC for supplier performance excellence in 2013 on both the ARJ21 and C919 aircraft programs. Parker has been a Gold Supplier on the ARJ21 program for nine years.