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Qarbon Aerospace Launches Helios Ice Protection™ System: A Generational Leap in Aircraft Icing Protection and Performance

July 14, 2021 GMT

RED OAK, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jul 14, 2021--

Qarbon Aerospace, Inc. (Qarbon Aerospace) announced today the launch of the Helios Ice Protection™ System. This exciting new system advances aircraft icing protection technology, overcoming challenges that exist with legacy systems. Helios is an all composite, highly efficient and reliable electro-thermal icing protection system that embeds a carbon fiber thermoplastic heating element into the leading edge structure of wings, nacelles, or empennages. Qarbon Aerospace views this technology as a natural fit to replace pneumatic boots, bleed air, and other legacy icing protection technology.


Qarbon Aerospace has chosen to partner with AIR Group as the worldwide distributor of Helios. Together, Qarbon Aerospace and AIR Group will target airlines operating turboprop aircraft where there would be value in reducing the maintenance costs, replacement expenses, and operational limits imposed by pneumatic boots.

“Significant technology and manufacturing development have positioned Helios Ice Protection™ to be a leap forward in safety when flying into known icing conditions. Extensive icing tunnel and operational evaluation tests have proven Helios is an efficient, low power and reliable solution for icing protection.” – Evan Young, Head of Engineering for Qarbon Aerospace

“AIR has been supporting turboprop operators around the world for over 20 years. Our team of highly experienced professionals offer class leading around the clock AOG service from our distribution facility near DFW Airport in Texas. We believe Helios brings our customers a whole new level of value and safety, and we are proud to have been selected as Qarbon Aerospace’s partner for the supply of Helios and look forward to stocking and supporting this advanced technology system.” – Morgan Whitehead, Vice President of Operations for AIR Group

About Qarbon Aerospace:


Qarbon Aerospace, headquartered in Red Oak, Texas, is a leading provider of large, complex composite and metallic structural components and assemblies such as fuselages, wings, flight control surfaces, and engine nacelles and components. Qarbon Aerospace operates nearly two million square feet of factory space across three facilities located in Red Oak, Texas, Milledgeville, Georgia, and Rayong, Thailand. Qarbon Aerospace has vertically integrated manufacturing capabilities from component fabrication through large-scale assembly as well as world-leading proprietary thermoplastics technologies. Qarbon Aerospace has longstanding relationships with blue-chip OEM customers and a diversified product portfolio across a variety of successful commercial, defense, and business jet platforms. Qarbon Aerospace has the capabilities and resources to solve the market’s toughest challenges with Quality Assured.

About AIR Group:

AIR Group is a vertically integrated regional and turboprop aviation organization with capabilities in global distribution and parts support programs (Aviation Inventory Resources - www.avinvres.com ), manufacturing and FAA/EASA 145 repair station operation (Aviation Repair Resources - www.goarr.com ) and airborne research, development and testing (Airborne Imaging - www.airborneimaging.net ). Through a philosophy of tight integration with our customers operations, we provide insight, expertise and resources to maximize dispatch reliability and profitability.

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