Tanis Aircraft Products has expanded its business partnership with Bruce’s Custom Covers with new design elements for the companies’ custom covers for fixed-wing aircraft, as well as a move to fabricate and market new insulated covers designed specifically for rotary wing aircraft.
Tanis Aircraft Products’ core competency is building aircraft preheat systems. Having previously developed and produced insulated covers for a wide variety of aircraft, including fixed and rotary wing, Tanis selected Bruce’s as its manufacturing partner. Bruce’s is the recognized leader in custom-fit protective aircraft cover design and manufacturing, Tanis officials noted. Collectively, the two companies maintain more than 8,500 patterns of custom-made covering systems. The insulated cover designs offer protection for aircraft operating in harsh environments, particularly where winter conditions persist, company officials said.
Under the Tanis brand, newly manufactured insulated covers will incorporate Bruce’s technical design prowess in 2D and 3D computer-aided-design while incorporating patterns first developed by Tanis. Further, Tanis and Bruce’s have developed a new cold weather cover system that serves to drastically reduce preheat times when using a Tanis preheat system, company officials said.
A new deep cold design that allows the operator to effectively use the covers in -60° F temperatures was developed based on consumer feedback and years of market experience by both companies. At these temperatures, plastic buckles and Velcro will fail. The new design uses neither, yet stays cinched under extreme cold and windy conditions. Common insulated quilted materials allow heat to escape through the seams. A new non-quilted insulated material was developed to minimize this effect and to maximize its ability trap in heat.
Aircraft protection and preheat can extend the life of an airframe, rotors, wings, engine and avionics, even a windshield, as well as other critical components. An insulated helicopter cover directly saves on operational costs, and downtime, by keeping an aircraft ready for launch, thereby increasing its utilization.
Covers are available for Engine Cowlings, Fuselage, Cabin/Canopy, Rotor, Wings, Empennage/Tail, and Cowl Plugs. Covers protect engines and propellers from frost and condensation, and paint and windows from harmful ultraviolet light and weather anomalies such as hail and airborne debris.
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