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National Technical Systems awarded Rockwell Collins contract

National Technical Systems, Inc. , a leading provider of testing and engineering services, today announced it has been selected by Rockwell Collins to provide Mechanical and Automated Test Equipment for an integrated system that will be provided by Rockwell Collins for the Airbus A350 XWB program. The NTS equipment will be used to test the A350 XWB Trimmable Horizontal Stabilizer Actuator (THSA), a system located in the horizontal tail of the aircraft that is used to aerodynamically balance the aircraft for optimum and efficient flight. The work will be performed at NTS' Albuquerque facility.

The award by Rockwell Collins marks another significant contract win for NTS in the aviation equipment testing and engineering market, which is rapidly expanding for companies like NTS because many of the world's largest aerospace companies are now outsourcing these programs. To serve this new and increasingly important market, NTS has expanded its geographic footprint and its testing and engineering capabilities, noted NTS President and CEO William C. McGinnis.

NTS is currently working on approximately $4 million in recently-signed similar contracts with other major aerospace companies at its Albuquerque and Rockford, IL, facilities. At the NTS Rockford facility, for example, the Company has won a contract from a large aviation company to design and build an iron bird test wing simulation "slats and flaps" system. 

"Today we are not only doing the tests, but designing and building the test equipment and test stands, often called iron birds," McGinnis said. "We made it a priority to expand our facilities in places like Albuquerque and Rockford and outfit them with the proper equipment and resources to serve our aerospace customers. We see this as a very important market for us that will only get larger and more important in the near future."

The Albuquerque project includes designing and fabricating specialized equipment and a custom test stand rig that will perform tests to simulate the environment and reproduce the loads the actuator will experience in service. Once complete, the test stands will be used to perform the acceptance test performed on every production THSA to ensure it will properly perform when installed on the aircraft.

National Technical Systems is well-versed in the Rockwell Collins A350 XWB program. Prior to this test stand project, NTS performed environmental and dynamic testing for safety of flight.

"We are honored to be selected again by Rockwell Collins and to be part of this very high-profile and important THSA program for the A350 XWB aircraft," McGinnis added. "We believe our selection is a reflection of our testing and engineering competency and a validation of the work of our Engineering Services Division."

Press release issued by National Technical Systems (NTS) on July 22, 2013


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National Technical Systems (NTS) Automated Test Equipment, Test Stands, Data Acquisition Systems, Testing Services, Acoustic Testing Services, Aerodynamic Test Services, Certification Services, Composite Testing Services, Corrosion Testing Services, Electromagnetic Test Services, Environmental Testing Services, Fatigue Testing, Laboratory Testing Services, Lightning Testing, Radome Testing, Spin Testing, Stress Analysis, Vibration Testing, Fabric Testing Services, Electronic Test Services, Non-Destructive Testing
Rockwell Collins Inc. Head-Up Displays, Radio Communications Equipment, Moving Maps, Enhanced Vision Systems (EVS), LCD Displays, Engine Indicator Instruments, Cabin Management Systems, Automatic Flight Control Systems, Inflight Entertainment, Automatic Direction Finders, Cabin Address Systems, Autopilots, Radar/Radio Altimeters, Distance Measuring Equipment, VOR (Omnirange) Receivers, Avionics Management Systems, Air-to-Ground Data Links, Multi-Mode Receivers (MMR), Engine Control Quadrants, Control Panels, Aircraft & Helicopter Controllers, Collision Avoidance Systems/TCAS, Helmet-Mounted Displays (HMD), Weather Mapping Radar, Inertial Components & Systems, Attitude and Heading Reference Systems, Navigation Antennas, Transceivers, Flight Recorders, Cockpit Printers, Flight Directors, Flight Management Systems, Electronic Flight Instrument Systems, Air Data Computers, Onboard Computers, UAV Control Software, GPS, Simulation Systems, Surveillance/Air Defense Radar, Engine Controls, Terrain Awareness and Warning Systems, Horizontal Situation Indicator, Instrument Landing Systems, Command, Control & Intelligence Systems


 Related aircraft programs:
Airbus A350 XWB


 Related directory sectors:
Test Equipment
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