Air Force picks Field Aerospace to replace avionics suites in T-1A jet trainer

U.S. Air Force maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) experts needed a company to replace the avionics suite in the Air Force fleet of 178 T-1A Jayhawk jet trainer aircraft. They found their solution at Field Aerospace in Oklahoma City.

Mar 1st, 2018
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U.S. Air Force maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) experts needed a company to replace the avionics suite in the Air Force fleet of 178 T-1A Jayhawk jet trainer aircraft. They found their solution at Field Aerospace in Oklahoma City.

Officials of the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., announced an $18.5 million contract to ASES LLC, doing business as Field Aerospace, for the T-1A Avionics Modification Program (AMP). AMP seeks to replace the avionics in the Air Force fleet of T-1A aircraft, as well as to replace the avionics in 16 operational flight trainer and 14 part task trainer flight simulators.

Field Aerospace MRO experts will permanently replace all the Air Force T-1A aircraft avionics suites and modify T-1A flight simulators to match the new aircraft cockpit avionics. The job includes satisfying the FAA's Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) Out mandate.

Field Aerospace will replace the T-1A's avionics components to include: multifunction display unit; attitude heading computer; radio altimeter; TCAS computer; transponder set mode-S; emergency locator transmitter antennas and cable assemblies; electronic flight display; display processor unit; maintenance diagnostic computer; GPS receiver; air data computer; weather radar receiver antenna; altimeter indicator; power supply; flight control computer; VHF communications and navigation transceivers; and flight management computer.

Field Aerospace will provide two complete prototype avionics suite installations and three fully operational prototype simulator modifications that match the modified T-1A aircraft avionics configuration within the next year. Field Aerospace also will provide spare parts, training materials, aircraft manuals, cybersecurity, and related support.

Field Aerospace will do the work in Oklahoma City; Randolph Air Force Base, Texas; Columbus Air Force Base, Miss.; Vance Air Force Base, Okla.; Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas; and Pensacola Naval Air Station, Fla., and should be finished by August 2025.

For more information visit Field Aerospace online at www.fieldaero.com.

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