The Testing Department is a purpose-built facility, designed and equipped specifically to satisfy the company’s requirements for development, qualification and certification.
With a dedicated staff of experienced engineers and technicians, the capabilities include:
- Temperature Conditioning
- Temperature / Humidity / Altitude Cycling
- Salt Fog
- Shock Testing
- Vibration Tests with Temperature Conditioning
- Drop Tests
- Tensile / Compressive Load Testing
- Static Loads
- Data Capture Systems
- Dynamic Testing
We have also designed and built a special high-speed test facility at Lankford Lodge, Ireland. It is a 6,000ft (1829 metres) long track which is straight within a tolerance of 0.010in (0.254mm) over 125ft (38.1 metres); this accuracy is essential to minimise horizontal and vertical vehicle loads when travelling at high speed.
This high-speed test facility is UK, US and NATO approved, and has been used to qualify the escape systems of the: Panavia Tornado, Dassault / Dornier Alpha Jet, Dassault Mirage F1B, Grumman EA6B Prowler, Aermacchi 339, CASA 101 Aviojet, Lockheed Martin TF-104 Starfighter, IAI Kfir, IAI Lavi, SAAB Gripen and many others. This valuable facility is also used for ejection seat research using a specially fabricated test vehicle.