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Goodrich and Pilatus Introduce New PC-12 Steel Brake.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Goodrich Corporation announced today that it is working with Pilatus Aircraft Ltd. to add a Goodrich steel brake to the PC-12 aircraft's type certificate. This newly designed steel brake, combined with Goodrich's existing carbon brake product line, will expand the company's product portfolio for the PC-12 program. The new steel brake design incorporates recent developments in brake technology and will be available in early 2002 for aircraft retrofits. Furthermore, the steel brake will be fitted as basic equipment on new production aircraft deliveries starting in 2002 with the existing carbon brake also offered as an option.

"When various PC-12 operators asked for a choice between a steel and carbon brake, we responded. We are pleased to be working directly with Pilatus to support our customers' needs," says Tim Dumbauld, Director of Sales and Marketing for Goodrich's Regional, Business & Military business unit. "Both Goodrich brake designs offer unique advantages for our customers. The lightweight carbon brake is designed to allow maximum use of the payload and range of the aircraft, while the steel brake can be less costly to operate. Customers can now choose the brake that best coincides with the way they operate their PC-12 aircraft," he continues. The new steel brake has been tested and meets all the latest Pilatus requirements for the PC-12, ensuring compatibility with the existing wheels, thus minimizing the cost of the retrofit.

In addition to providing wheels and brakes for the PC-12 program, Goodrich has created braking systems for over 200 types of aircraft. The company's Aircraft Wheels & Brakes division, headquartered in Troy, Ohio, has been a world leader in the design, development, and manufacturing of commercial, military, regional, and business aircraft wheels and brakes for more than 50 years.

With 2000 sales of $4.4 billion, Goodrich Corporation is a leading worldwide supplier of aerospace components, systems and services. The company plans to spin off its engineered industrial products business to shareholders in early 2002. Goodrich is ranked by Fortune magazine as one of the "Most Admired" aerospace companies and is included on Forbes magazine's "Platinum List" of America's best big companies. Headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, the company employs 23,000 people worldwide. For more information visit http://www.goodrich.com . A High res. image of the Pilatus PC-12 brake is available at www.goodrich.com/transformation2/imageLibrary/imageLibraryPage5.asp.

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