Eastman is celebrating the 75th anniversary of Skydrol in 2023. The product’s proud past and bold future will be on display April 18–20 at the MRO Americas 2023 aviation trade show in Atlanta, Georgia. Eastman will be featured at booth 4449 throughout the event, which takes place at the Georgia World Congress Center. Exhibit hours will be 9:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m., April 18–19, and 9:30 a.m.–1 p.m., April 20.
Skydrol, a fire-resistant, phosphate ester-based fluid, was created in 1948 and was an aviation breakthrough. It has been used in flights worldwide since then to prevent hydraulic fires and enhance passenger safety. New formulations in the following decades have helped meet the industry’s evolving needs and made the Skydrol name synonymous with aviation hydraulic fluid itself.
“Skydrol was developed at a critical moment in the evolution of the industry and helped transform aviation into what it is today,” said Logan Hanner, Eastman segment market manager for aviation. “Generations of aircraft have flown using the product. The name Skydrol is now synonymous with hydraulic fluid as a result of its safety and performance record.”
Eastman acquired the brand in 2012 and maintains the product’s industry-leading quality. Since its inception, Skydrol has helped aviators avoid problems due to its fire-resistant properties and durability. Improvements over the years have enabled the product to meet the evolving safety and logistical needs of aviation.
“When problems arose for aircraft during the transition from mineral oils to phosphate esters, we had the technology and skill set to solve those problems,” said Brad Payne, a research chemist who’s worked with Skydrol since 2005. “Aviation is always evolving. As new problems have surfaced, we have solved them with the next iteration of Skydrol. As aircraft became more technologically advanced, we met those demands as well.”
Skydrol’s lineup of products, as well as Eastman turbo oils and SkyKleen™ aviation solvent, will be on display at MRO Americas. The Eastman aviation solutions team will be there to discuss its portfolio and proven track record for customer collaboration throughout the industry.
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