Sunday, February 20, 2011

Goodrich India Will Make Regional Jet Seats

Goodrich Aerospace Services India will design and make passenger seats, under a contract won by its U.S. parent from a regional aircraft manufacturer, Chris Rao, VP and board member of Goodrich Aerospace Services says.

“We have won the entire program for the regional jet,” says Rao. He declined comment on the name of the original equipment manufacturer or the value of the contract.

The first seat will be sent for FAA qualification by mid-2012.

“We are part of the design team, manufacture and certification ... It could be three to four years from now,” says Rao because the aircraft has to come into production. He adds that Goodrich India was also involved in work on numerous Embraer regional jets.

The Goodrich facility, a Tier-1 supplier to Boeing, is based on the outskirts of Bengaluru; it recently started observer seat assemblies for Boeing 737s. This new contract could be a feather in the Indian facility’s cap, as
defense offsets in India now permit tapping commercial aviation products.

Goodrich India builds all evacuation systems for Goodrich in the U.S., including the full range of the 737 line, 98% of the 747 line, as well as 777, 767 and Airbus A330/340/380 and Embraer 170/190 models.

With the Bilateral Aviation Safety Agreement (BASA) expected to be signed later this year between the U.S. and India, Goodrich can then get authority to ship to customers directly, as FAA will authorize India’s regulator, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), to award the certification.

A “shadow” certification is under development with Goodrich in India for four-seat life rafts for use in general aviation aircraft. Development of the certification article is in progress and will become a model for entities involved in the bilateral arrangement.

“BASA will be a great step forward in the aerospace industry. It will ensure mutual acceptance of aeronautical products and parts developed in either country,” said Nasim Zaidi, secretary of the Ministry
of Civil Aviation.
—Neelam Mathews


  1. aeronautical products and parts must be developed and created thoroughly.

    Distance Sensor

  2. You are right Jeff. The Goodrich product is covered under BASA signed by the US and India.