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Case Study: CH-47 CHINOOK HELICOPTERS

Aircraft sealing and surface protection

The volatile aerospace conditions experienced by aircraft often lead to unique challenges, as was the case with the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF). Operators of its fleet of Boeing CH-47 Chinook helicopters noticed chafing damage was present, which was caused by the abrasion of floor and access panels against airframe structures during flight operation. To prevent chafing damage on structures, operators sought durable sealing and surface protection tapes, which is when they turned to W. L. Gore & Associates.

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Case Study: Case Study: UH-60M BLACK HAWK HELICOPTERS

Aircraft sealing and surface protection

Proven by more than 20 years of successful applications, W. L. Gore & Associates’ GORE® SKYFLEX® Aerospace Materials solve many sealing and surface protection challenges in civil and military aircraft. That’s why the United States Army enlisted the assistance of Gore for updating its UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters, which are multi-mission aircraft used by the military since 1978. Operators sought a durable, conformable material that would prevent chafing damage, and they found just that in Gore’s lineup of aerospace solutions.

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Case Study: MH-60R SEAHAWK HELICOPTERS

Aircraft sealing and surface protection

The United States Navy uses MH-60R Seahawk helicopters, which are multi-mission aircraft developed by Sikorsky. Operators of these helicopters developed a need for durable, conformable material that would prevent chafing damage. This is because during daily operation, the abrasion of the fairing panels against the tail rotor gearing and housing was causing such damage to MH-60R Seahawk helicopters’ structures.

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Case Study: AH-64 APACHE HELICOPTERS

Aircraft sealing and surface protection

The United States Army utilizes Boeing AH-64 Apache helicopters for critical defense missions. Such a vital aircraft must operate impeccably at all times, which is why U.S. Army operators turned to W. L. Gore & Associates. With decades of proven performance in defense applications, they chose durable GORE® SKYFLEX® Aerospace Materials to prevent chafing damage which was caused by the abrasion of the aircraft’s panels against its airframe structures.

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Image of a Leonardo M-345 Trainer Aircraft

Aircraft sealing and surface protection

Operators of the M-345 trainer aircraft needed a durable, lighter weight sealant that can be installed in less time and better protects aircraft structures from corrosion. 

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