Our Capabilities

CAE (Computer Aided Engineering)

  • Multi CAD using PTC Creo, Altium and VeSys as our main tools of the trade, however we can also work  with you using CATIA and Solid Works if required.
  • Finite Element structural and dynamic modelling using Creo Simulate with ANSYS available if more complex cases where non-linear material behaviour modelling is required.
  • Fatigue and durability modelling using nCode FE-Fatigue application suite and NASA’s NASGRO. An increasingly important part of justification of critical structural modifications to assure airworthiness of a modification or repair through to the end of the aircraft service life.
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics using xFlow to ensure all flow conditions are covered: incompressible external & internal flows, heating/cooling of avionics and role equipment, compressible flow and moving mesh analysis.
  • Reverse Engineering using a Romer portable CMM arm allowing accurate duplication of existing aircraft components for replacement, repair or modification.
  • Modal testing using an array of accelerometers and an impact hammer for static testing or an array installed with our data acquisition system for operational modal analysis
  • Analysis using Mathcad and Matlab/Simulink.

Flight Test

Using both our in-house test pilot and specialist contract test pilots we have the ability to deliver flight testing on a range of aircraft from ultra-lights through to transport category aircraft.

We typically undertake 2-3 major flight test programmes each year of both fixed and rotary wing aircraft:

  • Survey equipment installations such as tip pods, camera pods, tail stingers or loops
  • Avionics modifications and upgrades such as helicopter NVG cockpit upgrades, helicopter IFR conversion, surveillance role equipment installation etc.
  • Powerplant changes and upgrades, frequently involving reworking of air and oil cooling systems.
  • Gross weight increases to carry additional payload or fuel, particularly important for some specialised surveillance or survey role equipment installations.

Aircraft weighing

We have our own state-of-the-art jack-mounted aircraft scales to provide you the best possible service. We can weigh aircraft up to 10,000kg (22,000lbs).

Structural testing

We can fabricate a test rig in our own facilities to verify performance of a structure or mechanical system and demonstrate compliance with the certification requirements. This can include static load testing and also in-flight structural vibration and strain measurement.

Workshop

We have our own 500sqm well-appointed workshop. Some of the highlights comprise:

  • large-format CNC router for machining composite panels and sheet metal components
  • manual mill & lathe, press brake, magnetic pan brake, guillotine and all the usual workshop tools and equipment for machined and sheetmetal manufacture and assembly
  • clean assembly room which is also used for component metrology using our Romer CMM arm
  • electronics assembly and test lab for cable and electrical component assembly

We have a number of specialist CASA approved sub-contractors for composite manufacture, CNC machining and turning, welding and sheetmetal fabrication as required.