Military

Advanced Composite Structures Expands Facility to Accommodate Blade Repair Volumes

By S.L. Fuller | September 29, 2017

November 9, 2007 - A Utah National Guard Soldier and 19th Special Forces member are lifted on board an HH-60 Pave Hawk during a combat search and rescue integration exercise over the Utah Test and Training Range. Members of the 34th Weapons Squadron from Nellis Air Force Base led the search and recovery training. The exercise expanded the integration with Utah's 211th Aviation Group AH-64 Apache Joint Rotary Wing, 4th Fighter Squadron F-16 Fighting Falcon assets from Hill Air Force Base, Utah, and special operations forces. Exercise participants also conducted extensive joint combat search and rescue operations against surface-to-air threats. The exercise is being run held November 6 through 15.

Photo courtesy of U.S. Defense Dept.

Advanced Composite Structures (ACS) has expanded its operation, citing growth in rotor blade repair volumes. The company has completed a 20,000-square-foot expansion at its Sanford, Florida, facility.

“We have seen tremendous growth in the need for our rotor blade repair services over the past 18 months” said Jeff Small, president of ACS Florida. “Customer feedback indicates that our quality, pricing and turnaround times are the best in the industry and word of our reputation has led to the opening of new markets and additional platforms.”

Advertisement

The company said the facility expansion was also necessary to support current and future programs for the military and operators in Europe. ACS plans to expand its facility even more early next year.

Foreign military operators of the Sikorsky UH-60, Bell Helicopter AH-1 and Boeing AH-64 are "seeing depot level blade repairs returned to service eight to nine months faster and with a tremendous cost savings via direct commercial sales with ACS,” said David Stone, director of business development for ACS. “For operators who must follow foreign military sales protocols, ACS has pending Aviation Engineering Directorate approval from the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research Development and Engineering Center on the UH-60 and AH-64 platforms, which will allow all foreign operators to send depot level repair to ACS and remain within Aviation Engineering Directorate guidelines.”

ACS said, however, that rotor blade repair demand is not an indication of “vibrant economic environments” for the helicopter industry.

Receive the latest rotorcraft news right to your inbox