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At Aerospace Maintenance Solutions, LLC (AMS), we understand it takes more than technical competence to support our customers in their missions to effectively maintain critical aircraft components for their fleets. It takes finding solutions to the additional challenges they face, including lead times, cost, quality, logistics, regulations, long-term sustainment, and other factors impacting their aircraft. Our competencies in these areas are built on a foundation of proven repair, overhaul, and testing processes spanning decades. These processes resulted in returning to service a multitude of military aircraft components for the U.S. Air Force (USAF), other branches of the U.S. military, NATO forces, and other military allies on different continents.
AMS provides military aircraft end users with cost savings solutions by repairing and overhauling many types of aircraft components once considered to be throw-away items. We use the AS9110 “design of repair processes” to gain repair capabilities on components needed by our customers. All new processes at AMS are validated and approved through the AS9110 engineering and design program “first article inspection.” Some of these items may not have commercially available technical data, while other items may be “sole sourced” to an OEM, or no longer supported at all. AMS services enable the maintenance, repair, and testing required for returning aircraft items to service, thereby effectively fulfilling current and on-going military aircraft sustainment needs.
AMS will create comprehensive engineering and support programs for the aircraft components we service, which include schematics, parts breakdowns, and test procedures to support their ongoing operation. When needed, we identify new replacement parts for legacy aircraft components.
AMS is investing significant resources into its facility to increase MRO capabilities and equipment needed to support the U.S. military, military allies, and aviation operations that support the public safety (e.g., U.S. Border Patrol, search and rescue, fire-fighting, and emergency medical services.)
AMS’s long-term plans include advancing our entrepreneurial culture of high performance and high quality at a time when results and accountability to customers and taxpayers are more important than ever. Our culture’s emphasis on entrepreneurship includes valuing new ideas, and the change and growth that follow from implementation of new ideas. We also value flexibility, which we see as necessary to support creativity throughout our organization, including the areas of research and development (R&D).
AMS incorporates a lean, agile structure, to help respond quickly to customer requirements and be cost competitive with OEMs in terms of repair and overhaul services as well as R&D. A devoted staff has helped maintain our extensive history with Lockheed Martin, USAF, and other long-time customers who have been with us since the start of the company. Some MRO capabilities developed for AMS customers are unique, or nearly unique, to AMS.
-Supporting combat ready aircraft for U.S. military needed to protect the homeland and deter adversaries from aggression through readiness and preparedness. Aircraft we support for the U.S. military includes C-130, CH-47, F-5, F-15, F-16, F/A-18, S-70, UH-1, and UH-60. These platforms represent thousands of aircraft.
-Supporting a global network of alliances and joint force military partnerships with repair and overhaul services to sustain fleets of fighters, helicopters, and transports that are the backbone of global security. Support of allied aircraft includes air militaries in Bahrain, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Denmark, Greece, Indonesia, Israel, Jordan, Kenya, Morocco, Netherlands, Oman, Poland, Romania, Singapore, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, and other countries allied with the U.S. military.
-Consistently delivering on technical performance mandates and Quality requirements with affordability and speed to support customers.
-Understanding that each ally and customer is unique, so we can address their unique combination of requirements in ways that enable them to accomplish their goals.
-Supporting U.S. Border Patrol and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
-Supporting police, fire, DEA, search-and-rescue, emergency medical services, and public safety operations with repair and overhaul services that match the quality and performance we provide to the U.S. military.
Our intent is to pursue urgently needed changes and upgrades of equipment to meet the cost, quality needs, and requirements of our customers.
All AMS operations occur within our 21,000 square-foot building in Solon, Ohio. The facility includes many diagnostic tools, calibrated measurement devices, and OEM tests sets. Three-phase power is used for simulating power conditions on the aircraft. Our measurement equipment is traceable to NIST.
The Instrument Shop is comprised of air data test sets, universal indicator test panels, a vacuum oven, balancers for gyroscopic rotors, angle position indicators, transformer ratio simulators, universal waveform signal generators, tachometers, synchro resolver simulators, and specialized simulators. Large modular static power inverters provide 200 V/amp of solid-state power sources.
Mechanical rooms at the facility provide multiple testing enclosures along with a generator test stand capable of operating to 12,000 RPM at a 100-KVA load. One hydraulic test bench tests pressure for pumps, steering units, power flap drives, hydraulic actuators, servos, and other hydraulic components up to 6,000 PSI at flow rates up to 10 GPM. A second hydraulic test bench tests pressures up to 10,000 PSI at flows up to 50 GPM. A 12,000 PSI static pressure pump is also available for pressure proof testing.
We test and repair many mechanical and electro-mechanical canopy actuators used on fighter jets as well as tail rotor actuators on helicopters. Our Universal Linear Test Bench uses load cells, pneumatic cylinders, and precise measurement tools to measure force, linear distance, degrees of rotation, and travel time of actuators.
The Electrical and Electronics Shop has several workstations equipped with dedicated measurement and testing devices. AMS services many types of electronic components with a multitude of frequency, voltage, and current requirements. Stations accommodate industry standard 115VAC @ 400 Hz and 28VDC.
For power control, power generation, and power supply components, AMS has dynamic Generator Control Unit test stands. AC and DC load banks test generators under full load capacity and various speed conditions.
A high-power, solid-state frequency converter consists of one 62.5 kVA, 3-phase AC power source. It offers reliable voltage and frequency conversion as well as power monitoring for facilities power and/or AC power test applications. Input AC power is rectified to DC by a special input power supply section.
A two-axis Rate Table simulates flight conditions for testing, troubleshooting and repairing gyros and accelerometers. The Rate Table tests horizontal and vertical rates from 0-860 degrees per second, +/- 10Gs of acceleration.
AMS facilities include environmental testing stations that can accommodate temperatures from -320 F to + 400F.