Space Background Image

Army Helicopter Pilot riding helicopterMilitary helicopters, also known as rotary-wing aircraft, are used for a variety of missions, including troop transport, reconnaissance, and close air support. They are highly maneuverable and can operate in diverse environments. Examples include the AH-64 Apache attack helicopter and the UH-60 Black Hawk utility helicopter. The industry is supported by similar equipment and instruments as fixed-wing aircraft, including air data test and calibration equipment, mass properties instruments, temperature measurement instruments, torque and force measurement instruments, and heat flux sensors and thermocouples, to ensure accurate measurements, weight distribution, temperature control, and structural integrity.

military helicopter

Physical Properties Systems

By utilizing mass properties instruments, manufacturers, operators, and maintenance personnel can accurately measure and analyze the weight and balance of these components and systems on a helicopter. This information is critical for ensuring safe and efficient flight operations, optimizing performance, and complying with regulatory requirements. Types of products require mass properties instruments include:

  • Airframe components: fuselage, wings, rotor blades, tail boom, control surfaces
  • Propulsion Systems
  • Cameras and Sensors
  • Avionics and Electrical Systems
  • Interior Furnishing and Equipment
  • Payloads and Specialized Equipment
military helicopter
F-35 Lightning II Gimballed Targeting System

Gimbaled Sensors for Military & Avionics

Our gimbal balancing machines provide a means to balance airborne cameras and sensors. This presents many key advantages such as reducing the power needed for torque motors as well as the size and weight of these motors, and reducing camera jitter (which takes most of the burden off the stabilizing software). This results in lighter and more fuel-efficient vehicles, which have a longer range and more loitering time.

Raptor Scientific gimbal balance machines measure the unbalance of a gimbal about each of its own axes of rotation within tolerances smaller than 0.1 g-cm. These unique systems simultaneously measure the CG location for each pivoting assembly of the gimbal. In order to achieve simultaneous measurement, the gimbaled sensor is mounted on the machine so that the axes of the gimbal are in a vertical plane and each axis is oriented at 45 degrees from the horizontal. The gimbal is then rotated to four positions and the change of CG position is detected. Once the gimbal is perfectly balanced, its CG will not move as the gimbal is rotated about its own axes.

F-35 Lightning II Gimballed Targeting System
ICT-Model-101-5HJ-DOE-with-cables

Igniter Circuit Testers

Specific systems and components requiring igniter circuit testers may vary depending on the model and its engine configuration. Igniter circuit testers are used as diagnostic tools to test the circuits and functionality of squibs throughout airframes. Here are some examples:

  • Fire Suppression Systems
ICT-Model-101-5HJ-DOE-with-cables
ADTS-3250 Air Data Test Set (photo) Rev E

Avionics Systems

By utilizing air data test and calibration sets, operators and maintenance personnel can ensure the accuracy and reliability of air data systems on helicopter. Proper calibration and validation of these components and systems are essential for accurate flight performance, navigation, and safety.

  • Static Ports: measure the static pressure of the surrounding air
  • Pitot Tubes: measure the aircraft’s airspeed
ADTS-3250 Air Data Test Set (photo) Rev E
King 3750-Portable-Pressure-Calibrator-1

Pressure and Temperature Systems

By utilizing pressure, temperature, and force calibration instruments, operators and maintenance personnel can ensure the accuracy, reliability, and safety of various systems and components on a rotary-wing aircraft. Proper calibration and validation of these products are essential for optimal aircraft performance, system functionality, and compliance with regulatory standards.

  • Pressure Systems: hydraulic systems, pneumatic systems, fuel systems, air data systems
  • Temperature Systems: temperature sensors, probes
  • Fuel Measurement Systems: fuel flow meters, fuel level sensors, fuel pressure sensors
  • Force Measurement Systems: force sensors, load cells
  • Engine
  • Avionics Systems
  • Flight Instruments
  • Hydraulic Systems
  • Cable Tensiometer Testing
  • Aircraft Tire Pressure Testing
  • Tachometer Calibration
  • Maintenance Tools and Equipment
King 3750-Portable-Pressure-Calibrator-1

Instrument Cleaning and Contamination Prevention

By utilizing instrument cleaning and contamination prevention instruments, operators and maintenance personnel can ensure the cleanliness, functionality, and reliability of various products and systems on a helicopter. Proper cleaning and contamination prevention help maintain optimal performance, extend the lifespan of components, and reduce the risk of system failures or malfunctions due to contaminants.

  • Avionics and Instrumentation: cockpit displays, control panels
  • Optical Systems: cameras, sensors, lenses
  • Sensors and Probes: airspeed sensors, temperature sensors, angle of attack sensors, pressure sensors.
  • Fuel Systems
  • Filters and Ventilation Systems
  • Cabin Air systems
  • Pilot oxygen and life support equipment

Thermal Systems

By utilizing heat flux sensors, infrared radiometers, and thermocouples, operators and maintenance personnel can accurately measure and monitor temperature and heat-related parameters in various systems and components on a helicopter. This information is crucial for optimizing performance, preventing overheating, detecting potential issues, and ensuring the safe and reliable operation of the aircraft.

  • Engine Systems
  • Rotor Systems
  • Avionics and Electronics
  • Environmental Control Systems
  • Structural Monitoring

Contact Us

See All
See All