Innovative covers designed to improve maintenance, protect aircraft and pilots
SHERIDAN, Wyo., August 16, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — As the U.S. military continues to seek ways to increase mission flexibility and protect its pilots and aircraft, industry pioneer Kennon Products is unveiling its Wearable Magnetic Aircraft Cowls ( PMAC) innovative. The entire PMAC line offers superior protection in a highly portable format.
Today’s modern combat aircraft – the F-22 and F-35 – are high-precision, state-of-the-art flight computers sensitive to Foreign Object Debris (FOD). FOD can come from nature – birds, rodents, windblown dust, rain and snow. It can also be due to human error. Such was the case in May 2020when an F-22 crashed near Eglin Air Force Base in Florida. Investigators determined the event was the result of human error – a piece of tape was left on the aircraft after servicing. The piece of tape struck a flight control sensor and caused the pilot to eject (safely). However, the $200 million+ F-22 jet was lost.
Kennon’s covers protect aircraft, ease maintenance and reduce fatal accidents by providing cover that prevents FOD intrusion. They also reduce the need for tape.
“The best blankets are the ones you have with you and the ones you use. Our PMAC blankets are easier to see and remove, plus they store on the plane,” Kennon CEO said. Joe Wright.
Unlike standard covers, Kennon’s PMAC product line can be folded up and packed into a small compartment on board the aircraft. This portability improves mission flexibility and reduces the logistical footprint of moving traditional bulky lids and caps from location to location. Because the covers stay with the aircraft no matter where it lands, crews can cover the various inlets, exhausts and ports. The jet will never be separated from its protective covers. Kennon can also print on the covers, including squadron graphics, tastefully displayed when the jets are parked.
PMAC covers use various composite materials and advanced seals to withstand repeated washings and environmental exposure, including winds up to 70 mph. Kennon covers protect fighter jet canopies during maintenance without touching sensitive surfaces.
Kennon designed the F-22 Alpha coverage for line-to-line mounting. Made from UV-resistant polyurethane, the cover seals the probe from the elements without damaging fifth-generation LO (low observable) coatings. The fit is secure, even in extreme weather.
Kennon’s PMAC line grew out of a prototype first designed by retired Air Force Technical Sgt. Daniel Cabin, which has witnessed the logistical challenges of transporting the complete set of caps and covers that must accompany each aircraft. Caban’s prototype, shown in the Air Force’s Spark Tank competition, prompted AFWERX, the Air Force’s technology accelerator group, to award several contracts to Kennon.
The initial award was to develop, manufacture and market the PMAC product line. Kennon has received additional contracts from the US Air Force that relate to other PMAC products, including multi-purpose wash covers and an advanced canopy protection system for the F-35 and F-22 are currently under development .
“These technologies can be applied or adapted to other aircraft platforms, both fixed-wing and rotorcraft. American allies around the world are also using these aircraft, so we know there is a significant market for this technology,” Wright said.
About Kennon Products
Founded in 1984, Kennon Products is a leading designer and manufacturer of products that protect people and high-value assets for the military, aerospace and healthcare industries. The company employs more than 60 people at its Sheridan, Wyoming ease. Kennon is an employee-owned ESOP (employee stock ownership program) company. With engineering and manufacturing at its core, Kennon Products says yes to virtually any project whose goal is to protect high-value assets. Learn more about Kennon products at kennonproducts.com.
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