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Skybolt Develops Aerospace Fastening System for LCASD

Skybolt develops a fastening system for LCASD (Low-Cost Attritable Strike Unmanned Aerial System) or UAS/UAV.

Skybolt President, Ned Bowers is extremely excited to be part of the initial design and specification of specialty fasteners for this new technology known as SKYBORG. “I worked directly on the MQ1 and MQ9 programs with the Air Force and the Army.  That experience rolls right into this program based on a revolutionary approach to design objective:  Design the system from the end-user, the technician that works on the platform, then proceed back to the engineering phase.  My entire engineering life has seen and experienced the exact opposite with one big exception, Apollo.  The best success stories (Apollo) instilled this in me and this is the approach we are using in this program”, says Bowers.

Even more exciting to Bowers is why Skybolt was approached over the other dominant players.  “The conversation did not start out, ‘based on your vast aerospace experience…’, it started out, ‘based on your racing (NASCAR in particular) experience’, we feel you have the ability to provide a fastening system that meets low cost, is functional, and is technologically advanced.”

Bowers is quick to distance himself from “low cost” as this usually equates to poor quality.  But the cost is relative.  The cost for a simple quad lead screw on the MQ1 and MQ9 program that we replaced was beyond ridiculous and the design was not adaptive to the environment.  It was very user-unfriendly.  Skybolt designed and installed a non-thread, quick-release design using the same holes and the exact same tooling as the screw. 

The Skybolt design was immune to sand and dirt and it was designed from the technician back-engineering.  The objective of the LCASD program is the perfect match to mate technology and practicality to cost.  The mission is advanced and Skybolt is proud to be a part of this program.  “I will be hands-on at location for P1 (Production) phases of this build going into 2021 to ensure our objectives remain focused on the technician that services these airframes”, says Bowers.

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Skybolt Aerospace Fasteners COVID-19 Updates

Loyal Customers of Skybolt Aerospace Fasteners:

We are reaching out to share with our customers operation plans with regard to the COVID-19 pandemic. On-line sales are operating at 100% and the traditional Skybolt fast lead times have not been affected. This is a fluid and rapidly developing situation, but as of this week our plan is as follows:

Our Team: The highest priority right now is the health and safety of Skybolt Aerospace Fasteners team. We have implemented social distancing and hygienic protocols within our facility to help with preventing the transmission of the virus. We are asking any employee with symptoms or known exposure to quarantine at home. This may temporarily impact quick replies to customer service and the processing of orders. We ask for your understanding during this time as we work towards minimal business interruptions.

Phone & E-Commerce Orders: Our team is handling orders quickly and timely while working with logistics of carriers to continue shipments around the world. We will make any updates available on our website if this becomes impacted in a severe way. As a company with one of the largest e-commerce sites for fasteners, it’s easy to continue to work on your projects while placing orders online.  

U.S. Domestic Production: Since we manufacture approx. 99% of our patent products in Florida, we will still be able to provide a quick turnaround for custom projects. Contact our support team for any questions. 

Upcoming Shows: We were excited to see you in Miami at at the PartsBase EXPO, MRO Americas in Dallas, TX, and the Farnborough International Airshow in England, however the first two shows have been postponed until further notice. Farnborough Int’l Airshow is still planned for late July.

This is a great time to begin work on projects that you haven’t had time to focus on as you realign your efforts. Contact our engineer to discuss any fastener problems you have or solutions you need. 

We wish you the best during this unprecedented temporary transition from normality. Hoping for clear skies ahead as we come together to tackle this pandemic. Thank you very much for your commitment to Skybolt.

Ned Bowers, President, & the Skybolt Team

Skybolt Aerospace Fasteners will introduce new product designs at Farnborough International Airshow 2020

The Farnborough Airshow is a major trade exhibition for the aerospace and defense industries. This is a biennial airshow which takes place on even-numbered years and alternates with the Paris Airshow which takes place on odd-numbered years. 

Farnborough is the oldest active airfield in the UK and has been associated with aircraft and airships since 1908. 

Skybolt Aerospace Fasteners is a manufacturer and distributor of the highest grade stainless steel 1/4 turn panel fasteners, grommets & receptacles. Skybolt innovates many other fastening solutions and designs are Tier I, II, and III approved with major commercial aircraft and component manufacturers, including land-based defense, and aerospace launch vehicle companies.

Skybolt is Small Manufacturer of the Year 2019 – Manufacturing Association of Central Florida

Skybolt Aerospace Fasteners was awarded the Small Manufacturer of the Year Award by the Manufacturing Association of Central Florida for 2019 at the MACF Annual President’s Dinner & Awards of Excellence.

Skybolt Aerospace Fasteners is a manufacturer and distributor of the highest grade stainless steel 1/4 turn panel fasteners, grommets & receptacles. Skybolt innovates many other fastening solutions and designs are Tier I, II, and III approved with major commercial aircraft and component manufacturers, including land-based defense, and aerospace launch vehicle companies.

Skybolt Aerospace Fasteners showcases at the Paris Air Show, La Bourget 2019

Bon Voyage! We’ll see you there. Booth 3-BC7 at the 53rd International Paris Air Show Le Bourget 2019

Skybolt announces their participation at the 53rd International Paris Air Show Le Bourget 2019.  Partnering with Enterprise Florida, this marks a huge milestone in our ability to meet directly with international customers in our Tier I, II, and III partnerships.

“It is important for the future of Skybolt to establish our company as a true innovative manufacturer of panel fastening devices”, says Ned Bowers, founder and President since 1982.  “The international stage is not new to me following 37 years of international flying for names like Pan Am and Delta”. “In fact, Skybolt feels right at home with our growing list of international customers”.  This opportunity is evidence of our devotion to do business on a world stage”, says Bowers.

SKYBOLT Completes Airbus Tier 1 Supplier Training – Toulouse, France

President, Ned Bowers and Vice President, Debra Bowers recently attended the Airbus Academy Training for Tier 1 Suppliers in Toulouse, France.  This intense course is designed to establish the expected standards of acceptance for quality and on time supply of critical aerospace hardware to Airbus.

“I’ve been through some of the best of the best training programs in the world, from NASA to several airline pilot training courses and I have to say, this is was a top shelf learning curve in quality standards”, stated Ned Bowers.  “Just when I thought I had a clue, at this level, a clue is just a learner’s permit”.

We bring back the lessons of this course to our everyday business with a new perspective on world class quality programs and expectations.

“One important eye opener is the cost of a quality program on the level of Airbus; but the cost to not be on that level is even higher”, said Bowers.

Ned Bowers, President of Skybolt Aerospace Fasteners at Airbus Academy
Debra Bowers, Vice President of Skybolt Aerospace Fasteners at Airbus Academy

Skybolt achieves AS9100D ISO 9001:2015 Certification

Leesburg, Florida – The journey to AS9100 standards began in 2011 when we wrote our QMS Manual as a dual AS9100 and CFR21.137, approved by the FAA. The final step to AS9100 was certification from the International Aerospace Quality Group and NSF International. In 2017, we began a very methodical and focused effort to achieve this certification. The entire Skybolt team played a role in this process. We are proud to also say, this process has improved substantially, our entire quality focused efforts; the ultimate benefit is our customer.

Skybolt announces CLoc® Titanium (Camloc compatible)

Skybolt now offers CLoc® (Camloc compatible) 2000 Series and 4000 Series fasteners manufactured in 6AL-4V Titanium.  Designed specifically for composite structures.  Unheard-of weight savings.  Standard and Extended Grip 4000 Series Grommets available in Titanium.  Contact Skybolt Engineering to discuss your requirement.

Skybolt announces ALoc® Torx® for King Air

Skybolt ® announces new ALoc® Series King Air Nose Panel Fasteners in T25 Torx® …The advantage and finish of machined 303 stainless with the anti-galling property of a Torx® versus a slot.   Ask your Skybolt salesperson about our Kit# KA90NP1 that includes SK294186-2-180T,  -200T, and -240T along with required pins.