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NORDAM TO DEVELOP HUSHKIT FOR FOKKER F28 AIRCRAFT

 NORDAM TO DEVELOP HUSHKIT FOR FOKKER F28 AIRCRAFT
 TULSA, Okla., Feb. 21 /PRNewswire/ - Fokker TAT Quiet


F28 ("FTQ"), a joint venture between aircraft manufacturer Fokker Aircraft of Amsterdam and Transport Aerien Transregional (TAT), the French regional airline of Tours, France, has contracted with NORDAM of Tulsa, to design, develop, and manufacture a hushkit system to reduce noise levels of the F28 jetliner, powered by Rolls Royce Spey engines, it was announced today. It is the first occasion in aviation history on which an aircraft manufacturer has sponsored a hushkit program directly for its customers.
 NORDAM, which will work closely with Fokker's engineering groups in Amsterdam, will bring sound levels of the F28 aircraft within ICAO Chapter III and Federal Aviation Administration Stage 3 standards. Currently, the F28 aircraft meets Chapter II and Stage 2 standards.
 There are more than 200 F28 aircraft in use, which are candidates for retrofitting with the hushkit. The aircraft was built between 1968 and 1986. Additionally, Fokker will offer avionics improvements along with the hushkit.
 The joint venture with TAT is important not only because of the fact that TAT is a long time customer of Fokker, operating over 20 F28 aircraft, but also because TAT operates its own overhaul and repair facility at Dinard, France. The hushkit/avionics improvement modifications can be installed at Dinard and at Fokker Aircraft Services' facilities in Woensdrecht, The Netherlands. Fokker/TAT expects the first deliveries by the end of 1993, after certification by appropriate regulatory agencies in the U.S.A. and The Netherlands.
 Fokker selected NORDAM because of the company's demonstrated technical ability in the design of noise suppression systems as well as its manufacturing capability. Earlier, NORDAM was selected by Pratt & Whitney (P&W) to develop and manufacture a hushkit for the P&W JT8D engine as applied to Boeing 737-200 aircraft. NORDAM's 737-200 Hushkit is expected to receive FAA certification later this year, with initial deliveries going to Lufthansa German Airlines.
 "We appreciate the additional recognition of NORDAM's technological capability," said Charles Ryan, president of NORDAM, "and look forward to working with a company of Fokker's stature."
 Fokker is a recognized designer and producer of modern commercial aircraft and aircraft components with the 50-passenger Fokker 50 turbojet and the 100-passenger Fokker 100 jet currently in production. The company also manufactures military aircraft and components in its facilities in The Netherlands. It has been in business for more than 70 years.
 TAT is a well-known independent regional airline in France, established in 1968 by Mr. Michel Marchais. It is the largest independent regional airline in Europe. the airline flies 70 aircraft, with 50 additional aircraft ordered, and transported three million passengers in 1991.
 NORDAM manufactures aircraft components, both exterior and interior, and repairs and overhauls a wide variety of aircraft components for most of the world's commercial aircraft from its facilities in Tulsa, Oklahoma; Springdale, Arkansas; Springtown, Texas; and Singapore, utilizing state-of-the-art bonding, brazing and welding technology. NORDAM has been in business for more than 22 years.
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 /CONTACT: J. Rodger Collins of NORDAM, 918-628-7331/ CO: NORDAM ST: Oklahoma IN: ARO SU: CON


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