Aircraft Propeller Service (APS), a major commercial propeller maintenance repair organization, has completed its 100th helicopter servo actuator overhaul and repair in Brazil. The company began servicing helicopter servo actuators in early 2017 following its selection as a licensee for the OEM, Leonardo Helicopters.
The license enabled APS to service actuators on the AW109/119 series helicopters for operators based in Brazil. APS was granted another license from UTC Aerospace Systems in 2017, authorizing APS as the only Level III repair station in Latin America for servo actuators on the Squirrel and Dauphin Aiirbus Helicopter platforms.
“Servo actuators play a critical role in a helicopter’s flight control system,” said APS President and CEO Dan Colbert. “As such, they require maintenance by an MRO that adheres to the strictest quality standards and has a proven track record providing maintenance and repairs on critical components. We’re proud of APS’ reputation as a world class MRO and reaching this milestone on behalf of Leonardo, Airbus and their Brazilian operators.”
In order to expand its MRO capabilities to include helicopter servo actuators, APS, which was one of the companies that attended MRO Americas in Orlando, invested in new testing equipment, tools and parts, as well as extensive technical training for technicians at the OEM’s facilities.
According to APS Brazil General Manager Fabio Renato Rossi do Nascimento, the APS Brazil facility’s advanced testing capabilities include functional, operational and troubleshooting of both Main Rotor and Tail Rotor Actuators. Other key technologies APS has deployed in order to service the helicopter servo actuators are an advanced high technology interface between the mechanic and test stand control system, and a sophisticated software tool, Labview, which ensures accuracy through all testing protocols.