Aerion Supersonic, the leader in supersonic technology, has announced it has selected GKN Aerospace as a supplier on the AS2 supersonic business jet, the company said.
GKN Aerospace will design the empennage and the electrical wiring and interconnection systems (EWIS) for the AS2. Design activities have already started on-site at Aerion in Reno, Nevada and in GKN Aerospace´s engineering centers in the Netherlands and Romania.
Aerion´s AS2 is the first-ever privately built supersonic commercial aircraft. The 12-passenger business jet is scheduled to begin flight testing in 2024.
Aerion is pioneering a new generation of efficient, economical, and environmentally responsible supersonic aircraft. The Mach 1.4 AS2 business jet is scheduled to begin flight testing in 2024. Aerion entered into a partnership with Boeing in February 2019 to develop the AS2 and advance the supersonic market. In October 2018, Aerion and GE Aviation unveiled the quiet and efficient GE AffinityTM engine, the first civil supersonic engine in more than 50 years.
GKN Aerospace is a world multi-technology tier 1 aerospace supplier. As a global company serving the world´s aircraft manufacturers, GKN Aerospace develops, builds and supplies an extensive range of advanced aerospace systems, components and technologies for use in aircraft ranging from helicopters and business jets to the most used single aisle aircraft and the largest passenger planes in the world.