Ontic has signed an exclusive license agreement with Honeywell to take over the production and repair of their flight critical Thrust Reverser Actuation System (TRAS) product line.
The system will join Ontic’s portfolio, enabling them to leverage existing skilled technicians and technical engineering competence from their UK facility in Staverton, near Cheltenham.
Used primarily upon landing to slow aircraft by reversing the direction of the engine thrust, the TRAS supports both the CF6 and CF34 engines (GE) and is installed on over 3,000 aircraft with long in-service lifespans ahead.
The licensor and manufacturer of complex engineered parts for the global aerospace and defence industries says this license addition builds on its complex hydraulic systems knowledge, adding a new pneumatic product competence to Ontic’s UK operations.
Bringing the TRAS system to Ontic’s Staverton site will create new job opportunities, and the company states its is actively recruiting to support the expansion of the facility.
Gareth Blackbird, vice president and chief commercial officer at Ontic, said: “This represents a significant license investment for Ontic – our biggest to date – and we are excited to expand the experienced team capabilities and specialised equipment at our Staverton site.
“The addition of this pneumatic and actuation product is well suited to the highly skilled technicians and engineers that form our Ontic team in the UK and will continue to create career opportunities in the local area.”