The new FRC, which passed testing performed at Intertek, an independent third-party testing facility in San Antonio, Texas, is a main deck container designated with the airline industry code AAD, referring to its size and shape, which is over 485 cubic feet. Testing strictly measured fire containment, not blast resistance. Depending on the aircraft's size, anywhere from 24 to 30 FRCs could fit inside the aircraft.
The National Safety Transportation Board, the Federal Aviation Administration and the Department of Defense have been encouraging groups such as SAE International, a global association of engineers and technical experts in aerospace and other industries, as well as ISO, the International Organization for Standardization, to help develop fire-resistant containers for aircraft.
For more than 25 years, AAR subsidiary Nordisk has collaborated with DuPont on safety advancements for air cargo containers. The FRC is the latest in a series of innovations that have included Hardened Unit Load Devices (HULDs), developed in the aftermath of the Pan Am explosion over Lockerbie,
, in 1988.
About AAR and Nordisk Aviation Products
Nordisk is a supplier of air cargo equipment (ULD) to the global commercial aviation industry. Based in
, Nordisk has facilities in
the United States
, and is used by almost every airline operating wide-bodied aircraft, enabling huge amounts of cargo and baggage to be transported safely and securely.
, Nordisk was acquired by AAR, a global aerospace and defense contractor that employs more than 6,000 people in 17 countries. Based in
Wood Dale, Illinois
, AAR supports commercial, government and defense customers through two operating segments: Aviation Services and Technology Products. AAR's services include inventory management and parts distribution; aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul; and expeditionary airlift. AAR's products include cargo systems and containers; mobility systems and shelters; advanced aerostructures; and command and control systems. More information and AAR's 50
International Paris Air Show press kit can be found at
About DuPont Protection Technologies
DuPont Protection Technologies offers a wide range of proven, science-based solutions including some of the most trusted brands in the industry: Tyvek® for dry particulate hazards, Tychem® for liquid and gas chemical hazards, Nomex® for thermal hazards, and Kevlar® for cut and abrasion protection, plus ballistic protection for law enforcement and military applications. DuPont™, Kevlar®, Nomex®, Tyvek® and Tychem® are registered trademarks of E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company.
This press release contains certain statements relating to future results, which are forward-looking statements as that term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are based on beliefs of Company management, as well as assumptions and estimates based on information currently available to the Company, and are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from historical results or those anticipated, including those factors discussed under Item 1A, entitled "Risk Factors", included in the Company's Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended
May 31, 2012
. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize adversely, or should underlying assumptions or estimates prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those described. These events and uncertainties are difficult or impossible to predict accurately and many are beyond the Company's control. The Company assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date of such statements or to reflect the occurrence of anticipated or unanticipated events. For additional information, see the comments included in AAR's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.