Flight Simulators and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles



Rising fuel and running costs, environmental regulations and increased demand have driven the aerospace industry increasingly into the use of advanced composites. Composite materials now play a key role in the production of modern military, business and commercial aircraft along with many other service, support and training roles within the aerospace industry.

Norco has earned its position within the industry throughout multiple successful long term design and development programs, one of the largest being flight simulators for L3 (previously Thales). Norco started working in 2010 on a design and development process for 7m diameter, dynamically loaded, radial structures.

Since these early aerospace projects, Norco has partnered with social media giant, Facebook, to work on the long term research and development project ‘Aquila’. Aquila is an unmanned aerial vehicle designed to fly for 3 month periods unsupported. The airframe itself is larger in wingspan than a Boeing 737, constructed entirely in advanced carbon fibre composite materials. Norco supply every Aquila airframe, from fuselage, wing sections and ailerons to wing tips.

Norco is able to offer the complete package for new or existing projects such as those outlined above, from R&D, CNC master patterns and tooling, design and engineering, structural analysis and FEA, manufacturing process optimisation to component manufacture, inspection and non-destructive testing (NDT). We can provide as many of these services as required by our clients, to ensure every product delivered meets or exceeds the customers’ expectations.

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Norco Holdings Ltd is a privately owned business formed in 1985 in Poole, Dorset. The company was established to manufacture boats but has evolved and grown to include a wide range of composite and GRP structures for multiple clients in the marine, defence, communications, automotive, aerospace and leisure sectors. it employs in excess of 150 people and operates from four sites with an overall capacity of over 85,000 square feet. The Company is accredited to ISO9001, 14001 and 18001.

Norco Holdings has two main operating Divisions: Norco Composites and Norco GRP.

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