• 21.05.2019
  • RUAG MRO International
  • Media release

RUAG first in Europe to install 3M’s thermal acoustic insulation system on Dassault Falcon F900DX

RUAG MRO International has successfully completed the first installation in Europe of the thermal acoustic insulation system based on a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) designed by Aearo Technologies LLC, a 3M company, for the Dassault Falcon F900DX business aircraft. The project was a collaborative effort between the Dassault Authorized Service Center specialists at the RUAG facilities at Lugano-Agno and Geneva, Switzerland, and was completed on time and to full customer satisfaction....

Choosing to optimize the downtime associated with a 2C inspection on a Dassault Falcon F900DX, the customer took advantage of RUAG’s one-stop shop approach to maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO). In addition to communications solutions and cabin refurbishment, the customer requested a thermal acoustic damping solution that would reduce the cabin noise directly related to operations. The specialists at RUAG identified Aearo Technologies LLC’s thermal acoustic insulation system for Dassault Falcon business aircraft as the straightforward and appropriate solution.

The installation was fulfilled during the 2C inspection that also included a full cabin refurbishment, a communications system upgrade, encompassing GoGo Avance L5, and the replacement of the InFlight Entertainment (IFE) system. “Implementing these solutions during the 2C inspection saved our customer both time and costs,” states Stephan Woodtli, General Manager Site Agno, RUAG MRO International. He elaborates, “The Supplemental Type Certificate specifies exacting placement of the damping technology materials at various structural points located throughout the aircraft’s fuselage. This is easier and much faster if it is completed during heavy maintenance inspections, when removal of the aircraft’s cabin insulation is required. For our customer, this meant that the one downtime was all that was needed.” Installation components included fuselage skin damping, floor panel and interior damping, and cabin and door insulation.

“Our system is specifically designed to reduce installation time. What’s more, the kit to maximize acoustic performance is available for all commercial designations of the Falcon F900, the F2000, as well as Bombardier Global 5000 and Global Express designations,” asserts Dan Renninger, President, Aearo Technologies LLC.

The customer confirmed the accurate performance and the quieter cabin environment of the new insulation several weeks after the aircraft’s return to service. “Ultimately, optimizing an inspection event like this one ensures our customer enjoys increased cabin comfort and at an affordable price, as well,” Stephan Woodtli concludes.

“Remaining responsive to each customer’s needs by providing the right solutions is what we do on a daily basis,” confirms Pio Ming, General Manager at the Authorized Falcon Service Center in Geneva for RUAG MRO International. “We leverage our experience with our one-stop shop solutions to ensure we fulfill our customers’ expectations reliably and sustainably, for their maximum benefit,” emphasizes Volker Wallrodt, Senior Vice President Business Jets, RUAG MRO International.

RUAG MRO International specializes in offering one-stop shop business aircraft solutions where all required services are performed within one single downtime, suiting individual customer schedules.  Aircraft support solutions include the full complement of maintenance checks, cabin modifications, avionics and system upgrades, subsystem and component MRO services, aircraft painting, pre-purchase inspections, AOG events, FBO, and support and consulting. The Geneva-Meyrin facility is an Authorized Service Center for Dassault Falcon, an Authorized Pilatus PC-12 Service Center, and a service center for Embraer Legacy, and Bombardier Challenger CL604 and CL605. The Lugano-Agno location is an Authorized Service Center for Piaggio P180 Avanti and a service center for Dassault Falcon 900 and 2000 series, Bombardier Global 5000 and Global Express, Pilatus PC-12, and King Air series.  


RUAG MRO International is an independent supplier, support provider and integrator of systems and components for civil and military aviation worldwide. It also develops and supports simulation and training systems and solutions for international trained security forces.

Highly specialized in the support of aircraft and helicopters throughout their entire life cycle, the company includes maintenance, repair and overhaul services, upgrades, and the development, manufacture and integration of subsystems and components in their service portfolio.

In addition, as the manufacturer (OEM) of the Dornier 228, a versatile aircraft for special missions as well as passenger and cargo operations, RUAG focuses on customer support solutions, including OEM services.

Moreover, RUAG MRO International is a developer, OEM and system support provider for simulation and training systems technology for live, virtual and constructive (LVC) training. Complex and flexible functions, and a holistic approach, support realistic training scenarios, adapted to mission goals, at individual, team and unit instruction levels.