ATAD has worked on a variety of transport category aircraft and product over our 25 years. From supporting new engine development and integration to interior brackets and special mission work stations we have supported a wide range of projects on large transport aircraft. A few examples include the Boing 737 series, DC-10 (Ten Tanker), and more recently the Boing 787 series. We have supported Boing in several special projects, including PMA parts. We have also supported operators with aftermarket changes and cargo modifications. Work has also included supporting special mission and VIP interior changes for BBJs. We have worked on other aircraft models such as Airbus, Embraer, McDonnell Douglas, Bombardier, Pratt & Whiney, GE, IAE, and Rolls-Royce.
New Aircraft Development Project
In one program, we were contacted and asked to step-in to help rescue a program in trouble. After years of bad designs, failed tests, and bad leadership, ATAD stepped in and, in just a few months we turned around the engineering and design, began producing sound designs, coordinating multiple disciplines and suppliers, completing requirements, and implemented proven program management and organization processes. We used our program management experience to put in place company policies and procedures to guide work towards a consistent and predictable outcome. We used our certification experience to start early efforts for ensuring designs and data generation met FAA certification requirements. ATAD took on over 50% of the product engineering, and the program moved further in a couple of months than had been accomplished in years.
ATAD has worked on many aircraft customization programs including a number of special missions and military programs. From modifying existing fixed-wing or rotorcraft for use in special missions to supporting new or sustaining military programs. Contact us today to see how we can help with Engineering, Reverse Engineering, Project Management & Organization, Drafting & Design, Documentation, Requirements Generation and Tracking, Experimental/ Prototype Part, Production/Manufacturing, and more.
This exciting program required a broad spectrum of capabilities. We stepped in with Program Management and Organization (PMO) support, Engineering & Design support, Supply Chain support, Part Manufacturing, and on-sight field support and liaison. Again the project schedule was recovered and the program advanced. Our team covered many engineering areas including structures, doors, mechanical systems, interiors, and sound proofing.
We have worked many new product or aircraft development projects. These can be some of the most challenging and rewording projects we work. We have supported a variety of discipline specific areas. Our participation levels have varied, all the way to supporting 50-100% of the engineering and program management aspects of programs. We can work with investor groups to launch or rescue projects. We have a long history of working with program directors, VPs, and CEOs to make sure their aerospace projects are successful. This includes briefings with board members and heads of state.
When a systems and structures modification was needed for a Bombardier Challenger 604 project adding surveillance equipment and modifications, we were called in. We worked with the maintenance and modification crews to document work done, complete engineering, prepare certification reports and FAA submittals with our DERs to accelerate the project and get it back on schedule.
ATAD often gets the call when projects are in trouble. In this case the OEM called us to fast track a fuel venting issue. We stepped in and turned an 18-24 month FAA STC project into 3 months. When we completed the engineering and certification, the OEM couldn't complete the manufacturing fast enough so they asked us to step in again. We turned a 12-18 week fabrication lead time into 2 weeks. By completing the project in just 3 .5 months ATAD was able to save the OEM 12 months of interest payments on an aircraft that was otherwise undeliverable.
An engaging project adding air conditioning, evaporator & condenser packs, ducting, APU, interiors, new cabin doors, and more. Another program in trouble until we arrived and turned the engineering and design around. We put a team on site and worked the issues until the project schedule was recovered. We continued to support the program through operator delivery.
ATAD worked to support the SNECMA GII engine test bed multiple times while the program was active. Integrating the Silvercrest engine systems with the existing Gulfstream GII systems was an exciting challenge that we accomplished quickly. One example of an interesting challenge was to pioneering a path to integrate dissimilar hydraulic systems, one using Skydrol and another using Red oil, on the same aircraft.