Specifically: They are built out of hand laid-up fiberglass
(no chopper gun lay ups here!) covered with a white gel coat.
Weight tolerances are stringently observed and the parts are
inspected in accordance with the latest FAA requirements.
Basically our replacement parts:
3 to 5 times stronger in tension, compression, and bending
the factory originals.
have much better UV radiation tolerance
are easier to paint and "hold" paint better.
will not crack!
demonstrate vastly higher damage resistance and tolerance
(this is due to the bi-directional fabric lay-up) and in the
event that the part becomes damaged, it holds or "tolerates" the
damage very well and keeps the damaged area (assuming it is
not too large) from propagating. A plastic part has no ability
do this and will fail catastrophically ( i.e. it will allow
the part to diverge from the aircraft) even if the wear or
is relatively minor.
are easily repairable if damaged using readily available materials
and basic repair techniques. No matter what you hear, plastic
is simply not repairable to an acceptable condition.