December 15, 2008
China’s ARJ21 New Regional Jet Successfully Completes First Flight With Eaton Onboard
IRVINE, California, December 15, 2008 – China’s first advanced business jetliner made its first flight on November 28. In the one-hour test flight, the aircraft took off from its manufacturing base at Shanghai and flew to Chongming Island and back. A second flight is planned this month and three more aircraft will join the flight test program next year. Comac, the new platform’s builder, says that it will produce 20 ARJ21s a year and has now completed six.
Eaton is a key supplier on the ARJ21 providing the advanced jetliner’s integrated cockpit overhead control and monitoring panel assemblies and cockpit lighting controller sub-system. The series of overhead integrated panel assemblies feature Eaton’s state of the art NEXGEN™ LED-illuminated pushbutton switches mated to Type-7 (LED) edge-lit panels. In addition, Eaton is also supplying a multi-channel cockpit lighting controller as well as Eaton toggle and non-illuminated pushbutton switches.
In the aerospace industry, Eaton is a leading supplier of hydraulic, electro-hydraulic pump and generator products and integrated systems; engine and airframe fuel pumps; electric motors; aircraft door actuation, flight and flow controls; fluid, fuel and air delivery products and systems; nose wheel steering systems; integrated control systems; cockpit controls and displays; power and load management systems; pressure sensors, seals, and fluid health monitoring products and systems. Eaton serves commercial and military aviation, aerospace, military ground systems, marine and off-road markets worldwide.
Eaton Corporation is a diversified power management company with 2007 sales of $13 billion. Eaton is a global technology leader in electrical systems for power quality, distribution and control; hydraulics components, systems and services for industrial and mobile equipment; aerospace fuel, hydraulics and pneumatic systems for commercial and military use; and truck and automotive drivetrain and powertrain systems for performance, fuel economy and safety. Eaton has 82,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 150 countries. For more information, visit www.eaton.com.