AIM Norway SF

AIM has played a major role in Norwegian aviation industry since 1916.

It used to be a part of the Norwegian Defence Logistics Organisation (NDLO) at Kjeller until December 15th 2011, at which time the organisation was transformed into a state enterprise. The driving force for the transformation was to enable AIM to compete in the international markets for new contracts and projects related to new systems and to be at the heart of future PBL concepts and support.

AIM has extensive capabilities in the areas of repair, overhaul, modification and testing of components for military aircraft and helicopters, and specializes in recycling of spare parts. The main Maintenance, Repair, Overhaul (MRO) and support capabilities at AIM can be summarised as:

  • Helicopter Maintenance
  • Fixed Wing Aircraft Maintenance
  • Non Destructive Testing
  • Engines and Components
  • Component Repair
  • Electronics
  • Warehouse and Logistics

AIM is located at Kjeller, just outside Oslo, at one of the world’s oldest operational air bases. In addition, AIM has an operational unit at the military air base at Rygge, south of Oslo

Certification

AIM currently holds the following certificates and approvals:

  • Certified per EN 9100:2009/ AS 9100C
  • EASA Part-145 Approval – Scope of Work Specializes Services / NDT (PT, MT, UT, ET & RT)
  • Certified to NATO QA standard AQAP 2120 Ed 3
  • Approved supplier of fighter aircraft MRO for third party military customers and NAMSA
  • Safran approval for special processes for components on the Ariel and Makila engines
  • Leonardo Helicopters approval for support of Sea King and AW101 maintenance
  • Approved by Lockheed Martin Aero as a supplier for the production and sustainment for the F-35 JSF program

AIM holds numerous approvals from the Norwegian Technical Airworthiness Authority at the Norwegian Defence Material Agency, such as, but not limited to:

  • F-16 fighter MRO
  • Pratt and Whitney F100 and PT6 Engines MRO
  • Rolls Royce Gnome and T56 Engine MRO
  • Sea King helicopter MRO
  • Bell 412 helicopter and transmission MRO
  • Approved by Pratt & Whitney for MRO services

Quality Assurance

Quality Assurance (QA) is at the core of, and is an integral part of, AIM’s approach to business, processes and procedures. AIM is compliant with and is audited against the requirements for the following:

  • ISO 9001:2008/AQAP 2120 Ed3
  • EASA Part 145
  • AS 9100
  • ISO 10012
  • ISO 14001
  • Internal Control Regulations
  • Security foundation document
  • Norwegian Security Act

Continuous Improvement

AIM utilises a Continuous Improvement process (CI) as part of our commitment to Quality Assurance (QA) in an effort to improve products, services, or processes. All of our internal CI initiatives follow “Lean” principles, in that they seek to achieve, as a minimum, “incremental” improvements over time or “significant” improvements in one hit. All of our improvements are monitored and measured to ensure that they are achieving the expected and desired results. Delivery (customer valued) processes are constantly evaluated and improved in the light of their efficiency, effectiveness, cost benefit, performance improvement and flexibility.

Engineering Department

The Engineering Department is AIM’s technical authority.

AIM designs and develops parts, repairs, tools, procedures and processes as necessary based on the requirements and specifications from Customers. All work is traceable i.a.w the requirements given in AS9100. The Engineering Department maintains a staff of Engineers skilled in the following disciplines:

  • Avionics, Airframe and system engineering, troubleshooting, modifications and upgrades within limitations, such as where major repairs require approval from Customers and/or OEMs.
  • Aircraft structural repair/modification design within limitations such as where major repairs require approval from Customers and/or OEMs.
  • Material and Parts Substitutions.
  • 3Dimentional (3D) Computed Aided Design (CAD)
  • Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) and Finite Element Analysis (FEA)
  • Fluid dynamics

Helicopter Maintenance Capabilities

Within the Helicopter Department AIM has highly skilled technicians in the following trades: Avionic, Mechanical and Sheet Metal Work. AIM also operates a very effective apprenticeship scheme.

AIM undertake: scheduled phase inspections, unscheduled maintenance and repairs, modifications and Inspect Repair As Necessary (IRAN) depot level maintenance on the Royal Norwegian Air Force Sea King helicopters.

One of our current modification programmes is the Sea King 2020 project, which is an Avionic systems update to ensure aircraft availability until the new AW101 NAWSARH is in service.

The helicopter department also provides deployed maintenance teams that assist the Norwegian SAR bases to deliver the highest possible level of readiness for Sea King operations.

Fixed Wing Aircraft Maintenance Capabilities

AIM has significant experience performing depot-level maintenance, modifications, upgrades, and phase inspections for the RNoAF fleet of F-16 Fighter Aircraft.

To support the phase inspections, we utilize “in-house” maintenance workshops, including sheet metal, non-destructive inspection, avionics, engine shop, metals technology, egress, and fuel systems maintenance. The phase inspections normally occur at 300 flying hour intervals.

During the phase inspections we take an in-depth look at the entire aircraft by performing thorough inspections, repairs and depot-level maintenance of each F-16. When considering the content of each phase inspection, additional time is allocated for any additional maintenance that may be required, such as: Time Compliance Technical Orders (TCTOs), modifications, and upgrades to ensure efficiency, thoroughness, and a timely turnaround of each aircraft.

Modifications/Upgrades and Inspections programs performed on F-16 over 35 years:

  • Pacer Loft I
  • Pacer Loft II
  • OCU – Operational Capabilities Upgrade
  • -220/-220E Upgrade
  • Falcon Up
  • Wing Box Replacement (BLK10)
  • MLU – Mid-Life Upgrade
  • M3/M4
  • Falcon Star
  • M5 (and M6)
  • ATD – Advanced Threat Display
  • DVR – Digital Video Recorder
  • Wing Box replacement (BLK15)
  • Wiring Harness inspections/repair/replacement
  • Miscellaneous Depot Level TCTOs
  • Miscellaneous O/I-Level TCTOs
  • Inlet RAM repair/replacement
  • Canopy Sill Longeron eepair and replacement
  • Drag Brace Support Fitting replacement

Engines and Component Department Capabilities

The Engine and Component department has MRO experience on engines and components for the F-16 fighter, Sea King helicopter, P3 Orion, C130 Hercules, Bell 412 helicopter and NH90 Helicopter. Additionally the Company undertakes maintenance of a variety of Ground Radars. AIM are currently pursuing the establishment of an F-35 fighter F135 engine depot and are establishing an AgustaWestland AW101 NAWSARH component and engine maintenance capability.

The department has about 9.000 sq m/96.840 sq ft workshop space at Kjeller and Rygge with six different engine test cells and access to the runway on both bases. Examples of the AIM engine MRO and test facilities are: 

F100 Capabilities

  • Engine MRO, including all modules  and item repairs.
  • Full engine test capability
  • Thrust Frame capacity to 50K lbs. 
  • Upgraded to F100 DEEC 6 capability
  • Built in control room capacity for F135
  • Test in aircraft capacity at Kjeller, “hush house”

AIM has supported the MRO of the T56-14/15 Engine since 1970 and provides the following services:

  • Engine MRO
  • Gear box MRO
  • Compressor rotor MRO
  • Compressor stator MRO
  • Diffuser MRO
  • Static/dynamic balancing of compressor / turbine rotors

AIM has supported the MRO of the Rolls Royce Gnome Engine since 1972 and provides the following services:

  • Part life 1 (850 HRS)
  • Part life 2 (additional 850 HRS)
  • OH (additional 850 HRS)
  • Midlife (1275 HRS)
  • Engine testing

AIM has supported the MRO of the Bell 412 PT6T-3B Engine, Main Gearbox and Main Rotor Head since 1993 and provides the following services:

  • PT6T-3B MRO
  • Main Transmission – Repair / Inspection / Overhaul
  • Main Rotorhead – Repair / Inspection / Overhaul

AIM has supported the MRO of the HONEYWELL/GARRET GTC 85, 95-2, 95-3 Auxilliary Power Unit (APU) since 1970 and provides the following services: 

  • Bleed and Generator types
  • Repair
  • Overhaul
  • Full Engine Test 

Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) Capabilities

The Non-Destructive Testing (NDT): EASA Part 145 Approved including NDT Level 3. This department also supports our customers with deployed teams worldwide. The NDT Department capabilities are:

  • Fluorescent Penetrant Testing
  • Magnetic Particle Testing
  • Eddy Current Testing
  • Ultrasonic Testing
  • Radiographic Testing
  • Laser Shear/Holographic Testing

The Technical Cleaning Department capabilities are:

  • Grit blasting
  • Chemical cleaning
  • Ultrasonic cleaning

Hydraulic and Component Workshop Capabilities

The Hydraulic Workshop has a work area of 1.200 sq m/12.900 sq ft and has the following capabilities:

  • MRO for the F-16 Integrated Servo Actuator (ISA)
  • MRO for the rescue hoist for the Sea King.
  • MRO for pumps, valves and cylinders for the F-16, Sea King, P3 Orion, DA20, Bell 412 and Lynx. 
  • MRO on fuel components for the Sea King, P3 Orion, F-16 and Bell 412
  • MRO for the Reduction gearbox on the P3 Orion, the Accessory gearbox on the F-16, the Propellers for the P3 Orion and Hercules C130
  • MRO for the Landing gear on the F-16 and Sea King. MRO on the Wheels for the F-16, Sea King, Orion and C130 Hercules. MRO for the Brakes for the F-16, Sea King, Orion, C130 Hercules, DA20 and Bell412.

Fuel Cell and Flotation Equipment Workshop Capabilities

AIM has a 93 sq m /1000 sq ft specialized workshop for maintenance, repairs and overhaul of flexible fuel cells.

The shop is equipped with special equipment and provides services, such as: fuel cell inspection, leak detection testing, vulcanize patch repairs, cleaning, preservation and packaging.

The workshop also perform inspection, pressure test and repair of emergency flotation equipment. All work is carried out in accordance with the technical procedures from the OEMs and the local Airworthiness Authority.

Paint Shop Capabilities

AIM has a 185 sq m/2.000 sq ft, state-of-the-art paint shop facility. The facility contains several paint cabins and an 85 sq m/900 sq ft hangar that is temperature and humidity controlled. The hangar has linear extraction and filtered exhaust system, and is designed to perform complete paint jobs on fighter jets and helicopters. Heat comes from a hot water exchanger heated using renewable energy sources.

Our Paint services include:

  • Plastic Media Blasting. PMB
  • Chemical Paint Removal
  • Scuff, Sand and Paint of Complete Aircrafts and components.
  • Application of all conventional sprayed paint systems (-acrylic-epoxy-polyurethane and waterborne refinishing systems-Non Chromatic Paint)
  • Application of Specialty Coatings e.g. Elastomeric, Anti-Static and Rain Erosion.
  • Removal of FMS-3049 from the F-16 engine inlet duct using PMB. AIM is set up with Special equipment for Extracting/Recycling of Plastic Media
  • Spraying the FMS-3049 Coating in the F-16 engine inlet duct. Our facility is equipped to provide adequate ventilation with correct temperature and relative humidity.
  • Production of stencils for markings and insignias
  • Painting of small parts and ground equipment

PMB is selected as the main paint removal method by AIM because the process provides for rapid, economic, safe removal of coatings without using toxic chemical strippers or mechanical abrasion methods. Also, recycling of the used plastic media has economic and environmental benefits, it requires minimal training and meet state regulations.

The European Union regulations prevent Chrome 6 paint from being used after 2016 because serious health issues have occurred as a result of working with Chrome 6 paint. AIM helped develop a new paint to replace the specified radar-absorbing material and reduce the hazard. The paint was accepted by RNoAF, and AIM has certifications for this products. The RNoAF has tested the coating and analyzed it. An RNoAF report states that test results show the new coating is better than the previous used.

Radar-Absorbing Material (RAM):

AIM Norway has tooling, equipment and an experienced personnel available to remove, install, and repair the different types of RAM Coating.

Structural Workshop and Equipment Capabilities

The structural workshop consists of a 290 sq m/3.120 sq ft main room, a 122 sq m/1.310 sq ft secondary room for Hi-noise work and a 13 sq m/140 sq ft adhesive mixing room. Fully equipped with personal tool trollies as well as structural tools for up to 100 Structural workers in addition to different types of metal forming, drilling and cutting machines.

AIM has the following Structural capability:

  • Structural MRO experience on the majority of all Military aircrafts and helicopters operated by RNoAF, both at component level in the Structural workshop, in the Aircraft hangars at Kjeller Depot and on different sites in Norway and abroad.
  • In depth experience with F-16 fuselage life extension programs, as well as prototyping of new repair procedures, tool and equipment development for both repair and life extension.
  • AMS-2770 Class-2 approved source for heat-treating aircraft aluminium
  • Broad experience on all type of Aircraft repairs both on heavy structures of aluminium, steel and titanium and on thin sheet-metal and semi metal/composite construction like Sea-King and Bell-412
  • Manufacturing prototyping and development capability for aircraft parts and equipment not limited to metal alone, development prototyping and manufacturing is normally executed in close cooperation with customer Engineering dep. and end-user utilizing the experience and capability of the different workshops in AIM
  • Measuring capability for inspecting geometry on complete Aircraft, parts and tools covering measurement volumes typically up to 15m of size, system accuracy: U95 distance +/- 0.025mm L/60000 mm.

Tube Bending Workshop Capabilities

Equipment Type
Tube bending shop 70 sq m/750 sq ft tube bending shop with room for all tube bending related tools and machines, polishing table with extraction for dust and fumes work benches, and tool and part cabinets, chemical cabinets with extraction
Tube storage 45 sq m/485 sq ft tube storage located next to tube bending shop, contains over 24000ft of tube material in 93 different materials and dimensions, all tubes are stored securely to reduce the risk of damage.
Tube bending machine 12 axis CNC dual head Herber 700 Dual tube bending machine, capacity from 1/8” to 2 ½”, length over mandrel 4500mm fully CNC operated with recording of all movements. Repeatability with an accuracy of 0,05deg / 0,05mm
3D measuring for AC and parts  Metronor Duo system, portable dual camera 3D measuring system with TeZet tube inspection software for measuring and approving geometrical dimensions of finished Tubes. Tube dimensional data feedback to CNC bender with corrected dimensional data as well as reversed engineering. Saves all data for future comparison and tolerance check of part geometry. U95 distance measurement accuracy: +/- 0.025 + L/60000 mm
Tube bending tools Tube bending tools for the majority of imperial tube dim. Spanning from 1/8” to 2” OD, tool material both in hard chrome and Ampco bronze all located in Lista tol racks in foamed draws
Flaring machines  Clarce & Lewis Single flare machine, capacity from 1/8” to 2” with tools for producing MS33584 flares and MS33660 beads, Leonard double lap flaring machine capacity 1/8” to 1/2” with tools for producing MS33583 flares
End fitting kit  Wiggens installation kit  per C7551 / FPS 3023, kits for installing Permaswage tube ends
Hand tools  Various hand tools for cutting deburring, polishing, measuring and manufacturing tubes.

Composite Workshop Capabilities

The department carries out composite repairs such as, but not limited to:

  • Radar Antenna Repair (Near field test in anechoic chamber (VL)
  • Radome Repair
  • Rotor Blade Repair
  • On-site Repair
  • Aircraft Panels/Doors and Flight Control Surfaces

AIM performs IRAN on the NASAMS Radar Antenna.

Equipment Type
Workshop rooms: Bonding / layup room86 sq m/925 sq ft with 3 large work tables, nose radome trolley etc. This room also contains tool cabinets for hot bonders w. heater blankets and miscellaneous. Continuous environmental control, temperature and humidity adjustable with logging of all data. Fresh air supply is available for operators in this room when handling especially hazardous chemicals.

Damage removal / preparation room 84 sq m/900 sq.ft with large work tables. Tool cabinets for general shop tools and tool cabinets for personal tools, one per operator. Four dust extractors are positioned to reach all work tables. Band saw and belt sander is also located here.

Assembly room 153 sq m/1.650sq ft With 2 large work tables, storage capability for parts and containers, rotor blade shelf for up to eight rotor blades with maximum a length of 10m.

Fiber and chemical storage room cabinets with air extraction for safe storage of chemicals. Dedicated cabinet for aerospace adhesives and chemicals with shelf life. Separate large cabinet for storage of rolls with glass fiber, carbon fiber, peel ply, and similar. Mixing cabinet with air extraction and laboratory balance for measuring chemicals.

General shop equipment: General shop tools for manufacturing, repairing, cutting, trimming, molding, drilling and machining composite laminates, honeycomb and sandwich materials.
Hot bonders: Novatech HBC4301A, dual zone / triple output.
Hot air module: HSC2041-03, controlled and monitored by hot bonder
Thermography camera: Testo 882, thermal imaging camera w. high res. Upgrade
Lab. Balances: Sartorius TE2101 and B2100

Rotor Blade Repair

AIM has highly skilled technicians performing deep level repair, complete refinishing and static balancing on Helicopter rotor blades.

Supporting capabilities for rotor blades include, but are not limited to:

  • Non-Destructive Testing (NDT), including: eddy current, X-ray and borescope inspections
  • Paint shop, plastic medium blasting and complete refinishing
  • Composite Workshop, OEM authorised repairs and static balancing

Carpentry Workshop Capabilities

AIM Carpentry production Capabilities:

  • Production of trestles for aircraft support during large structural work
  • Templates in hard wood for knocking up AC parts along with all kind of dummy part production for evaluating new production and for exhibition purpose.
  • Custom made reusable containers for aircraft parts are also fabricated, along with repair of wood containers.

Crew Escape and Rescue Workshop

AIM is today the MRO&U depot level center for emergency/rescue equipment for the RNoAF and perform a:

  • Industrial sewing (including prototyping, production, maintenance, inspection and repair) to support RNoAF with rescue.
  • Crew Escape, survival and personal flight safety equipment.

Tooling and Ground Equipment Capabilities

AIM has designed and produced ground equipment and tooling in support of its own requirements within its workshops and facilities. Examples of this capability are:

  • Stands / working platforms and tooling

Component Repair Department Capabilities

The department carries out Machining, Aerospace Welding, Thermal Spraying, Plating and Heat Treatment.

AIM utilise a wide range of Special Processes to support the repair and overhaul of components. The Component repair department consists of 5 different workshops:

  • Machining shop (700 sq m/7.530 sq ft)
  • Welding shop (900 sq m/9.685 sq ft)
  • Plating shop (1.100 sq m/11.840 sq ft)
  • Thermal Spraying shop (550 sq m/5.920 sq ft)
  • Tooling and Ground Equipment (300 sq m/3.230 sq ft)

The Component Repair Department also supports other AIM departments in repair and salvaging parts for:

  • F100 engine, F-16 Landing Gear, actuators and Aircraft (A/C) structural parts
  • Gnome engine, Sea King Landing Gear, actuators and A/C structural parts
  • T 56 engine (P3)
  • PT-6 engine
  • Ground equipment
  • Tooling and working platforms (stands)

The depatment also carries out general metal work, such as:

  • Patch repair
  • Riveting
  • Reshaping (casings)

Machining

Lathe equipment

Mazak Quick Turn 8 (CNC):

  • Diam.: 140 mm
  • Length: 250 mm
  • Speed: 4500 rpm

Vøerst Appollo 16:

  • Diam.: 500 mm
  • Length: 1000 mm
  • Speed: 1500 rpm

Haas SL-30THF (CNC):

  • Diam.: 375 mm
  • Length: 1000 mm
  • Speed: 3800 rpm

Weiler Condor 81 (2 off):

  • Diam.: 300 mm
  • Length: 800 mm
  • Speed: 2800 rpm

Weiler DA260 (2 off):

  • Diam.: 520 mm
  • Length: 1500 mm
  • Speed: 2000 rpm

Mazak Super:

  • Diam.: 660 mm
  • Length: 1500 mm
  • Speed: 1550 rpm

Berthiez (vertical)(CNC):

  • Diam.: 1500 mm
  • Length: 1000 mm
  • Weight: 10.000 kg
  • Speed: 315 rpm

Milling equipment

Maho MH 800 (CNC):

  • Turntable: 1050 mm x 630 mm
  • Height: 550 mm
  • Length: 800 mm
  • Speed: 1600 rpm

Maho MH 700C (CNC):

  • Turntable: 890 mm x 530 mm
  • Work zone: 350 x 500 x 700 mm (Y x Z x X)
  • Speed: 3000 rpm

Maho 800P:

  • Turntable: 890 mm x 630 mm
  • Work zone: 500 x 600 x 800 mm (Y x Z x X)
  • Speed: 6000 rpm

Lagun GUM 125:Work zone:

  • 475 x 290 x 850 mm (Y x Z x X)
  • Speed:1800 rpm

Saijo U-F 52DM:Work zone:

  • 465 x 170 x 760 mm (Y x Z x X)
  • Speed: 1850 rpm

Grinders

Kellenberger 1000U:

  • Diam.: 598 mm
  • Length: 1000 mm
  • Speed: 3600 rpm

Blom Simplex:

  • Magnet table 500 mm x 750 mm

Spark Erosion Grinding:

  • SETCO Super Precision Motorized High Amp Grinding Spindle Assembly.
  • Spindle motor rated at 1,5 hp, 3000 rpm
  • Brush rigging for Spark Erosion System rated at 125 amps max.
  • Cart Mounted Power Pack
  • Six pack of electrode wheels consisting of:
    • (2) each 4” diameter
    • 5” diameter
    • 6” diameter

Erosion Spark

Agie

  • 150 x 200 x 330 mm (Y x Z x X)

Drilling equipment

Aciera 22 STA E (3 off)

  • Table: 370 mm x 700 mm
  • X-axis: 332 mm
  • Z-axis: 207 mm
  • Speed: 3600 rpm

Coordinate Measuring equipment

Zeiss WMM 850 (CNC):

  • Height: 650 mm
  • Width: 800 mm
  • Length: 1200 mm

FARO Arm Platinum

  • 1800 mm 
  • 3-D

Welding

Main equipment:

  • 2 Miller Aerowave, 1A-375A, AC/DC
  • Miller Syncrowave 300, 3A-300A, AC/DC
  • 2 Kemppi Evolution PRO 4200, Pulse MIG, 5A-420A
  • 5 Migatronic AUTOMIG 273
  • 2 Kemppi MasterTig MLS 3003 AC/DC
  • Powcon 300 SE, Stick/TIG
  • Kemppi MasterTig AC/DC, 3500W
  • Kemppi MasterTig MLS 2300 AC/DC
  • Spot-weld equipment
  • Seam weld equipment
  • Dansensor Oxygen measuring device
  • Hypertherm Powermax 1250, Plasma-arc
  • Environmental chamber, Innovative Technology,  pure lab incubator, 0,1 ppm O2.

AIM has certified welders in accordance with AWS D17.1/D17.1M:2010, AMD1, Specification for fusion welding for aerospace applications. AIM also has access to Electron Beam (EB) welding capabilities.

Heat Treatment

Top loading argon, hydrogen and Aluminizing (pack coating) Sarlin bell furnace:

  • Max. temp.: 1220°C
  • Int. diam.: Ø1000 mm, H 700 mm
  • Power, max.: 275 kW

Vacuum furnace

Edwards ABAR Model HR -34

  • Max. temp.: 1250°C
  • Vacuum: 3°10-6 mm Hg
  • Power, max.: 140 kW
  • Int. dim.: 640 x 680 x 990 mm (H x W x L)
  • Invensys Euroterm T-800 prog.

Induction heat treatment

EFD Minac 18/25

  • Controller:Eurotherm 2704
  • Thermo controller: Mikron M680, 4 fibre optics

ELVA Minac FC 16

  • Controller: FGH Series 3000
  • Thermo controller: Mikron M680, 4 fibre optics

Salt bath furnace: Normal temp. approx.: 20°C

Furnace ”C.H. Evensen”: Calibrated interval: 700°C – 1100°C

Furnace ”Nordiske industriovner”: Calibrated interval: 100°C – 600°C

Plating

Process Size (Litre) Spec
Cadmium 1330 SAE AMS-QQ-P-416 and MIL-STD-870
Hard Chromium 720 + 1610 SAE AMS 2460 and MIL-STD-1501
Nickel, Sulfamat 1270 SAE AMS-QQ-N-290 and SAE AMS 2424
Nickel, Electroless 1000 SAE AMS 2404
Hard Nickel 460 SAE AMS-QQ-N-290 and SAE AMS 2423
Silver 1150 + 1150 ASTM B700
Zinc 1300 ASTM B633
Black oxide Coating 250 MIL-C-13924
Anodize, Sulphuric Acid 1400 MIL-A-8625
Anodize, Chromic Acid 1400 MIL-A-8625
Hard Anodize 570 MIL-A-8625
Alodine 1200 S 975 and MIL-DTL-5541
Brush plating MIL-STD-865
Magnesium Surface Treatment,  DOW 19 type IV 510 ASTM D1732 and SAE AMS-M-3171
Passivation on stainless steel Type II 300 SAE AMS 2700
Passivation on stainless steel Type VI 300 SAE AMS 2700
Passivation on stainless steel Type VIII 300 SAE AMS 2700

Baking/Heat Treatment

Furnace #1: Calibrated interval: 190°C

Furnace #2: Calibrated interval: 100°C – 450 °C

Thermal Spraying

Plasma Spraying

Sulzer Metco MultiCoat:

  • Computer controlled
  • Robot ABB-IRB 2000
  • Turntable
  • Sulzer Metco 4F gun
  • Sulzer Metco F100 connex extension

Plasma

  • Ceramic coatings for heat protection
  • Carbide coatings (Wolfram carbide, chromium carbide) for wear resistance
  • Metal coatings for re-building of worn surfaces

High Velocity Oxygen Fuel (HVOF)

Sulzer Metco HVOF: Diamond Jet Hybrid, DJ-A 2600

Robot Motoman

HVOF is widely used for the production of high-quality, wear-resistant coatings of carbides and stellites. It is also used to apply MCrAlY coatings, which are alloys of M (Metal = nickel, cobalt, or iron, or a combination), Cr (chromium), Al (aluminium), and Y (yttrium).

  • Relatively cool coating process, due to the brief presence of articles in the hot gas stream
  • Can produce high-density carbides without degeneration due to high-temperature effects

Dual Arc Spray:

  • Metco Smart Arc
  • Robot Motoman

Flame Spray:

  • Metco 5P (powder): 1 ft extension, (Acetylene – Oxygen)
  • Metco 6P (powder): Ni-graphite, (Acetylene – Oxygen)
  • Metco 12E (wire): (Acetylene – Oxygen)

Grit blasting: Robot controlled, Straltechniek: 60 grit Al-oxide

  • For Titanium: 54 grit Al-oxide
  • For Rubber forging: 54 grit Al-oxide
  • For Thermal spraying gen.: 54 grit Al-oxide
  • For Thermal spraying gen.: 20 grit Al-oxide

Water Jet: TAFA Water Jet System:

  • Dim.: 2400 x 4140 x 4400 mm
  • Max. weight at turntable:227 kg
  • Intensifier:100 hp
  • Pressure:3800 bar
  • Motoman K10S robot:6 axis

Equipment for Rubber Casting:

Furnace ”Nordiske industriovner”: Calibrated interval:100°C – 300°C

Electronics Department Capabilities

The AIM Electronics department is divided into four workshops (Instrument, Electro, Radio/Crypto and Radar). All workshops work as MRO centres with full tear-down capabilities on a wide spectrum of airborne components and ground installations, such as Norwegian Advanced Surface to Air Missile System (NASAMS) radar system.

AIM also carry out maintenance and field service on the Tactical Air Navigation system (TACAN) navigation system and ground to air communications (radio) and long range ground radars.

Instrument Workshop Capabilities

The main component categories for the Instrument Workshop are:

  • Airborne Electro-Optical (EO) and Infrared (IR) systems, conventional Aircraft Instruments, Electro Mechanical Instruments, such as: Horizontal Situation Indicator (HSI), Attitude Direction Indicator (ADI), Revolution Per Minute (RPM) indicators, Fuel Quantity and Temperature Indicators. Different kind of gyros, both vertical, directional and standby.
  • Pneumatic Instruments such as Altimeters, Airspeed Indicators and Vertical Speed Indicators, and different kind of oxygen components.
  • AIM calibrates manometers, barometers, Pitot/Static testers, Air Data Testers etc.

Our workshop meets the highest laboratory standards for pressure and operates from 0.2-1000 Pounds Per Square Inch Absolute (PSIA) and from 0-12,000 Pounds Per Square Inch Guage (PSIG). The workshop also carries out calibration in the areas of Temperature and Vibration.

Electro Workshop Capabilities

The workshop is a MRO center with full tear-down capabilities with a wide spectrum of airborne Electro Mechanical components such as Generators, Starters, Actuators, Fuse Panels, Matrices, Valves, Electrical Panels, Weapon Launchers, Circuit Breaker Panels, Batteries, Lights, etc., including harness assemblies and modification programmes.

The workshop performs electronic Inspection Repair As Necessary (IRAN) and limited depot level repair on the Norwegian Advanced Surface to Air Missile System (NASAMS) radar system. AIM also carries out maintenance and field service on the Tactical Air Navigation system (TACAN) navigation system.

Electro Workshop carries out maintenance, repair and overhaul, on other items, such as, but not limited to:

  • Main and Emergency Power Unit (EPU) generator repair and test
  • Canopy actuator repair and testing
  • Harness repair, modification, and fabrication
  • Nose wheel steering control
  • Battery capacitance testing
  • Launcher repair and testing
  • Fuel valve motor repair and testing
  • Matrix repair, modification, and testing bench
  • Igniter to engine
  • Test equipment calibration capabilities

Radio Crypto Workshop Capabilities

This workshop maintains several avionics systems, such as: VHF Omnidirectional Range (VOR)/Instrument Landing System (ILS), Automatic Direction Finder (ADF), Distance Measurement Equipment (DME), TACAN, Homing, Intercom, High Frequency (HF)/Very High Frequency (VHF)/Ultra High Frequency (UHF). Secure Radio with Have Quick II and Controlled Cryptographic Item (CCI) units, Data Link and Unmanned Air Vehicle (UAV) equipment.

AIM also performs depot level circuit board repairs and develops prototype test fixtures for new communication systems. In addition, the workshop also carries out installation, maintenance and field service of ground to air communication (radio systems and antenna towers). TEMPEST installations in accordance with NATO SDIP 293 and the Norwegian Security Act in air operation centers (CRC, wing ops and radio sites).

Radar Workshop Capabilities

The radar workshop maintains airborne (rotary and fixed wing) and ground based radar and Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) systems. In addition, AIM performs field service support for both air and ground based systems. This consists of analysis utilising network analyzers and the repair of Radio Frequency (RF) cables, Waveguides, Couplers etc. IPC certified personnel perform soldering and circuit card repair.

The environmentally controlled radar workshop consists of two facilities:

  • The Microwave Test Station (MTS) which has been the F-16 radar and the Advanced Identification Friend or Foe (AIFF) depot workshop since the beginning of the ‘80s. The workshop is currently supporting circa 350 aircraft across Europe.
  • The second facility, located beside the MTS, performs maintenance on a wide range of components for air and ground based radars and Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) equipment.

Warehousing and Purchasing

The Logistics Department support all of AIM’s MRO capabilities through effective logistics processes, optimal utilization of technology and motivated personnel with the right competences. 

The main task for the Logistics Department is to provide all necessary material and logistics services in support of MRO activities. This includes, but are not limited to: purchasing, warehousing, and material accounting, internal transportation, and disposal. The Logistics Department focuses on quality to ensure that end customers receive the products and services they require.

AIM has a purchasing office with extensive experience in purchasing military and commercial products from national and international suppliers. This also includes import and export handling processes to and from Norway. In support of AIM’s MRO capability, an advanced Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system currently manages the approximately 20,000 unique items that AIM Norway stock.

AIM has a warehousing office that performs strict receipt and control activities of all material that moves in or out of AIM. Traceability and document control of all aircraft parts together with thorough view and verify inspections, and the technical inspections performed by the production departments are essential to deliver safe and reliable products to AIM’s customers.  

AIM’s warehousing facilities have sufficient capacity to manage AIM stocks and consignments stocks for our customers. The warehouse was built to meet civil and military requirement for parts storage. The floor space is 12,000 sq m /128,400 sg ft with ceiling heights up to 10 m. Within the warehouse parts can be segregated in separate areas including security and export controlled, quarantined or bonded stores if required.

The warehouse has all necessary handling equipment required to operate efficiently and safely. There are automated spares carousels for storing and accessing smaller parts. There is a dedicated Electro Sensitive Device (ESD) receipt area within the warehouse for handling electronic equipment.

The layout of the storage areas allows safe passage and access to all storage locations including mechanical lifting equipment. 

Steve Powell

Sales Director
Address:
Suite 21, Innovation Centre, Copse Road,
Yeovil, BA22 8RN, Somerset, Great Britain
Office:  +44 193 538 5921
Mobile: +44 781 857 0430
E-mail: steve.powell@aimnorway.com

Ole Jørgen Sæther

Business Development
Address:
Fetveien 80 -84, N-2007 Kjeller, Norway
P.O.Box 30, N-2027 Kjeller, Norway
Office:   +47 91 21 00 00
Mobile:  +47 920 43 553
E-mail: ole.jorgen.saether@aimnorway.com