Gem Aircraft project is at a stage where we can commence with the manufacturing of this aircraft.
We will be using prepreg glass fiber composite materials.
These composite materials is materials made from two or more constituent materials with significantly different physical or chemical properties that, when combined, produce a material with characteristics different from the individual components. The individual components remain separate and distinct within the finished structure. The new material may be preferred for many reasons: common examples include materials which are stronger, lighter, or less expensive when compared to traditional materials, thus, making all the surfaces on the Gem aircraft laminar flow. Laminar Flow is the smooth, uninterrupted flow of air over the contour of the wings, fuselage, or other parts of an aircraft in flight.
Laminar flow is most often found at the front of a streamlined body and is an important factor in flight. When using laminar flow there is less drag on the airfoil and when there is less drag the aircraft performance is better overall. The aircraft can travel faster and further than a normal metal aircraft. The design, drawings and pre-production plans of the Gem Aircraft have been completed.
Manufacturing standards of the Gem Aircraft project.
- The Manufacturing will comply with a licence issued by the South African Civil Aviation Authority (License Number CAA 09766).
- The manufacturing will comply with the USA, Federal aviation regulation FAR 23 for type certification, to enable Gem Aircraft to complete in the international market.
- Any AMO (Aircraft Maintenance organization) worldwide, can work on this aircraft due to the international certification as a type certified aircraft.
- As a type certified aircraft, all the manufacturing will be done inhouse and sold as a complete aircraft.
- The Gem aircraft will be manufactured by qualified aircraft maintenance engineers.
- Record keeping on the manufacturing will be recorded as per FAR 23 (Federal Aviation Regulation standards).
- We also adhere to the correct selection and use of structural aircraft hardware as discussed in detail in the Structural Hardware Manual, NAVAIR 01-1A-8.
The following items form part of this Project:
- Aeronautical Design Criteria
- Design approval from CAA (SA Civil Aviation Authority)
- SACAA Manual of Procedures (MOP)
- Gem Aircraft FAR 23 (Federal Aviation Authority)
- CID documentation: PSCP – Process specific certifying plan and PSP – Project safety plan
- Manufacturing PPS – Project process sheets
- All civil building plans for the factory
- The complete design available on CAD
- Total project plan including a GANNT chart