French Air Force maintenance

Challenge

The French Air Force – l’Armee de l”Aire – awarded MK Test a contract to provide testing equipment for the force’s aircraft maintenance under its Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul (MRO) programme. This takes in service aircraft, stripping them down for a major overhaul that checks a substantial number of components, including the wiring looms and harnesses throughout the aircraft.

The specific requirements of the overhaul procedure meant the customer asked for a system that delivers Automatic Programme Generation, with multibus testing, in a portable, modular format. The latter issue was solved by MK Test, through its Special Projects Division, creating a series of modular, portable cabinets that can be easily carried around an immobilised aircraft, and used in multiple units as required by the testing programme.

System Specification

Test system is a Distributed System.
2 & 4 Wire continuity resistance
1500VDC Insulation/Dielectric Test
1000VAC Hi-Pot Test
Full Function Test via MSwitch (Multibus test system). The system is able to distribute actuation signals from any test point to the active components in the aircraft, replicating aircraft operating power supplies.
Wireless Remote Control
Automatic Programme generation – from AIA database