Maintenance Solutions for Modernized Flight Control Complex Assemblies – Phase II

NCMS Project #: 142038

Problem: Helicopters are essential for many different operations for both commercial and municipal organizations.  Not only are they needed for transportation, but also for rescue, delivering medical supplies to remote areas, and news and police activities.  The immediate and direct impact to maintenance and sustainment is the improvement of maintenance capabilities in via the use of electrified flight control system components.  

Benefit: Integrating cost-efficient, safe, optimized maintenance solutions is of paramount importance to commercial and military fleets alike.  Tasks in this effort will serve as a process roadmap for both public and commercial sectors in providing appropriate test technologies demonstrated for the ILCTA that are applicable to many automated test processes for high-reliability assemblies.  

Solution/Approach: Improved mission capability, load capacity, and reliability for helicopter systems can be achieved by introducing improved electrified components, such as the Improved Longitudinal Cyclic Trim Actuator (ILCTA).  Phase II will leverage the successful work completed in Phase I to support validation and verification testing of the ILCTA using the CH-47 platform as a surrogate.  Doing so will demonstrate a broader applicability of this technology across a wider range and variation of equipment platforms.

Impact on Warfighter:

  • Decrease instances of failures and mishaps on CH-47 helicopters 
  • Provide more reliable modernized control systems 
  • Increase safety and load capabilities 
  • Reduce maintenance and sustainment costs 
  • Improve warfighter readiness 

DOD Participation:

  • U.S. Army Maintenance Engineering Division Aviation Engineering Directorate

Industry Participation:

  • Southwest Research Institute
  • NCMS

Benefit Area(s):

  • Cost savings
  • Repair turn-around time
  • Positive environmental impact
  • Safety
  • Improved readiness
  • Reliability improvement

Focus Area:

  • Reliability improvement