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Kaman Enters Bizjet Aftermarket Through C&L Partnership

 - December 2, 2020, 5:58 PM

Kaman Composites is partnering with C&L Aerospace to provide composite repair services to the business jet aftermarket. Under the arrangement announced this week at NBAA-VBACE, Bangor, Maine-based C&L will serve as the exclusive distributor for composite structural repairs offered by Kaman Composites’ Part 145 repair station in Wichita.

“Historically, Kaman Composites has provided structural repair exclusively for military programs,” said Kaman Composites senior director of business development Malissa Nesmith. “However, this collaboration with C&L expands our repair services into the business aviation aftermarket, which we are looking forward to supporting.”

The partners will support a variety of business jet platforms, including those from Textron Aviation and Bombardier. In 2019, Kaman Composites formed the Radome Center of Excellence that offers radome manufacturing, as well as design and engineering. C&L will offer radome repair as part of the new relationship.

“This partnership will allow C&L to expand our product offerings,” said C&L director of business development Brad Vieux. “We can now offer customers structural repairs for customer-owned units, or we can offer an immediate exchange. It gives our customers more options and we look forward to growing the program with Kaman.”

Kaman Corp.’s composites business also operates in Bennington, Vermont, but the Wichita facility offers MRO composite repair services under its Part 145 certificate.