British Aerospace engineers have developed a device to protect the undercarriage of Airbus A340 airliners from stones and debris.
The damage problem has long posed a threat to airliners when they take off and land, and a BAe Airbus team designed a stone guard which protects the landing gear on A340s from runway debris.
The five people in the Airbus long range design and manufacture team in Filton, near Bristol, designed the device in just six weeks.
The Airbus team has applied for world patents on the product. It has been offered as an entry in the Chairman’s Awards Scheme, which BAe has been running for four years.
Other products up for an award include the virtual reality ‘three dimensional table’ developed by a team at BAe Warton, Lancashire. This creates a hologram-style image of air combat.