Advanced Composite Structures : Innovative Solutions for Rotor Blade Repair

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Bruce D. Anning, VP of Technical Operations, Advanced Composite StructuresBruce D. Anning, VP of Technical Operations
Every helicopter, be it military or commercial, operates within a low threshold between normal and mission-critical conditions. That’s why it is essential to ensure proper maintenance and repair for keeping pilots, passengers, and bystanders safe. While most of the helicopter parts are complex, rotor blades always require special attention. As they generate the force a helicopter needs to take off, fly, hover, and maneuver, even the slightest inaccuracy might lead to a disaster. And rightfully so, rotor blade repairing is freakishly challenging for technicians, demanding uttermost expertise and knowledge.

Also, manufacturers are continuously striving to make rotor blades more efficient, enhance their structural performance, and reduce aerodynamic friction by using innovative composites. Subsequently, technicians need to gain a comprehensive understanding of the various materials, their complex curves, and different thickness to find an issue and solve it.
This is where Advanced Composite Structures (ACS) can do wonders. Driven by the stern belief of fixing problems and not symptoms, the company offers novel repair solutions for rotor blades and composite. This enables owner-operators and military forces to save a significant amount of cost. “We have trained and skilled personnel who hold years of experience in fixing rotor blades. They prioritize the quality of service and can effectively process any repair service,” says Bruce D. Anning, VP of Technical Operations, ACS.

Focused on quicker turnaround times (TAT), ACS is committed to meeting clients’ specific requirements and delivering the right technical solutions.A typical client engagement at ACS starts with closely listening to their concerns and analyzing all the needs. The company then moves to designing effective repair solutions that help businesses to get back to the air quickly. The company’s comprehensive understanding of all aspects of the rotor blade business allows it to bring in the right idea, technology, repair processes, and tools for more effective repair while delivering overall customer satisfaction.“As opposed to our competitors who look at innovation in a single dimension, we consider it to be multifaceted. This includes improving repair process, bringing the innovation to the tools that support it, tracking advancement in manufacturing, and adapting repair processes accordingly,” says Anning. ACS’s in-house repair-design capabilities, well-organized facilities, and specialized processing equipment enable them to provide the highest-quality repair that ensures the longevity of rotor blades and composite components. “We take customers to our repair centers to demonstrate how rigorously and passionately our team works to make their aircraft operational again in no time,” says Anning.

What’s more? ACS always strives to keep up with advancements in the field of aircraft repair to bring cutting-edge solutions for businesses. They also continually communicate with clients to obtain insight into common issues and broaden the scope of innovation. Recently, the company developed a particular repair design for a Canadian operator that had an aircraft manufactured by a Russian company. Their rotor blades were damaged due to rain erosion, but the client was not able to get support due to the unavailability of repairing services for this particular make and model of the rotor in that region. ACS scrutinized all the aspects of various types of rotors. As a result, they provided the best-fit solution and ensured enhanced protection in the rain erosion environment.

This capability of working on a wide range of designs keeps ACS a notch above the rest. As a third-party service provider, the company is meeting the aviation regulatory requirements for all makes and models of aircraft. Expanding its reach further, it plans to establish rotor blade repair centers throughout the world and reinvest into existing facilities for plant modernization. ACS is also building a dream team to minimize downtime and reduce freight costs and overall TAT. “We will continue to enhance our repair processes, adopt new technologies, and establish future rotor blade repair centers across the globe to reach out to more customers,” concludes Anning.
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Advanced Composite Structures

Winnipeg, MB

Bruce D. Anning, VP of Technical Operations

ACS provides effective repair services for rotor blades to help clients save costs and get their aircraft into the air faster

Advanced Composite Structures

"“As opposed to our competitors who look at innovation in a single dimension, we consider it to be multifaceted”"

- Bruce D. Anning, VP of Technical Operations