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1. (WO2017021722) AIRCRAFT PART ASSEMBLY

Pub. No.:    WO/2017/021722    International Application No.:    PCT/GB2016/052367
Publication Date: Fri Feb 10 00:59:59 CET 2017 International Filing Date: Tue Aug 02 01:59:59 CEST 2016
IPC: B64F 5/00
Applicants: BAE SYSTEMS PLC
Inventors: KIRKHAM, Andrew, John
BRADBURY, David, Mark
Title: AIRCRAFT PART ASSEMBLY
Abstract:
A method of producing part of an aircraft (2) comprising: providing a frame (4) having a first surface (10), a second surface (12), and one or more side edges (14) between the first and second surfaces; mounting the frame (4) to a first tool (20), the first tool (20) comprising a support surface(22) that contacts the second surface (12) of the frame (4) to opposing movement of the frame (4); while the frame (4) is mounted to the first tool (20), machining the first surface (10) to form attachment features; mounting the machined frame (4) to a second tool (30) which contacts with the frame (4) at only the one or more side edges (14); and, while the frame (4) is mounted to the second tool (30), attaching, using the attachment features, to the first and second surfaces (10, 12), aircraft panels (6, 8) to form an outer skin.