Spirit AeroSystems executives and employees look over the first test pylon for Bombardier's C Series single-isle commercial aircraft. There’s a joke the pylon guys at Spirit AeroSystems like to tell their counterparts in the fuselage division.
You might build the fuselage, but “if you don’t have the nacelles and pylons, you’re not going anywhere without us,” joked John Pilla, Spirit’s senior vice president and general manager of its propulsion segment.
Spirit unveiled its first test pylon for Bombardier Aerospace’s CSeries single-aisle airplane at a ceremony this morning inside the plant.
The pylon holds the engine to the wing and houses systems such as gas and hydraulic lines.
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Spirit’s work includes designing and building the pylon along with the systems, strut-to-wing hardware and the aft fairing package.
Bombardier is Spirit’s first customer other than Boeing for pylons.
It’s also Bombardier’s first relationship with Spirit, Bombardier vice president and general manager for the CSeries Robert Dewar said.
“When you start a new relationship, you’re never really sure how it’s going to work out,” Dewar said. “I’m here to say, Spirit has gone beyond our expectations.”
Spirit was awarded the contract in June 2009.
Bombardier has 260 firm orders and options for the CSeries family of single-aisle, commercial aircraft designed for the 100- to 149-seat market. The number of orders represents the first few years of production, Dewar said.