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:
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
AIM currently holds the following certificates and approvals:
AIM holds numerous approvals from the Norwegian Technical Airworthiness Authority at the Norwegian Defence Material Agency, such as, but not limited to:
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:
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.
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:
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.
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:
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:
AIM has supported the MRO of the T56-14/15 Engine since 1970 and provides the following services:
AIM has supported the MRO of the Rolls Royce Gnome Engine since 1972 and provides the following services:
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:
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:
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:
The Technical Cleaning Department capabilities are:
The Hydraulic Workshop has a work area of 1.200 sq m/12.900 sq ft and has the following 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.
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:
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.
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:
|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.|
The department carries out composite repairs such as, but not limited to:
AIM performs IRAN on the NASAMS Radar Antenna.
|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|
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:
AIM Carpentry production Capabilities:
AIM is today the MRO&U depot level center for emergency/rescue equipment for the RNoAF and perform a:
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:
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:
The Component Repair Department also supports other AIM departments in repair and salvaging parts for:
The depatment also carries out general metal work, such as:
Mazak Quick Turn 8 (CNC):
Vøerst Appollo 16:
Haas SL-30THF (CNC):
Weiler Condor 81 (2 off):
Weiler DA260 (2 off):
Maho MH 800 (CNC):
Maho MH 700C (CNC):
Lagun GUM 125:Work zone:
Saijo U-F 52DM:Work zone:
Spark Erosion Grinding:
Aciera 22 STA E (3 off)
Zeiss WMM 850 (CNC):
FARO Arm Platinum
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.
Top loading argon, hydrogen and Aluminizing (pack coating) Sarlin bell furnace:
Edwards ABAR Model HR -34
EFD Minac 18/25
ELVA Minac FC 16
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
|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|
|Black oxide Coating||250||MIL-C-13924|
|Anodize, Sulphuric Acid||1400||MIL-A-8625|
|Anodize, Chromic Acid||1400||MIL-A-8625|
|Alodine||1200||S 975 and MIL-DTL-5541|
|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|
Furnace #1: Calibrated interval: 190°C
Furnace #2: Calibrated interval: 100°C – 450 °C
Sulzer Metco MultiCoat:
High Velocity Oxygen Fuel (HVOF)
Sulzer Metco HVOF: Diamond Jet Hybrid, DJ-A 2600
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).
Dual Arc Spray:
Grit blasting: Robot controlled, Straltechniek: 60 grit Al-oxide
Water Jet: TAFA Water Jet System:
Equipment for Rubber Casting:
Furnace ”Nordiske industriovner”: Calibrated interval:100°C – 300°C
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.
The main component categories for the Instrument Workshop are:
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.
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:
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).
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 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.
Suite 21, Innovation Centre, Copse Road,
Yeovil, BA22 8RN, Somerset, Great Britain
Office: +44 193 538 5921
Mobile: +44 781 857 0430
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