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Ace Aeronautics offers innovative design solutions to support complex modifications to existing aircraft. The team employs experienced aerospace, mechanical, and electrical engineers and technicians that apply creative conceptual approaches to tackle complicated integration challenges. We begin with hard requirements and an absolute focus on our customer’s needs. We design each program in a customized fashion, with an efficient approach to program management, to achieve the safest and most functional solution possible while avoiding extraneous expense and achieving a final certification appropriate to the customer’s objectives, whether military, civil, or public use. We apply the tools we need to ensure our success with emphasis on model-based engineering/model-based design (MBE/MBD).
In August of 2015, ACE purchased a divested U.S. Army UH-60A to utilize as a corporate development platform and demonstrator of newly available technologies. Since that time, ACE has invested substantial internal resources and effort to develop a flying technology demonstrator that leverages new technologies to meet modern requirements. The flying demonstrator, N60FW, has an FAA Restricted Category Type Certificate R00005RC and ACE currently pursues Supplemental Type Certificates (STC) for the core cockpit and various specific mission equipment packages that will include a forward-looking infrared (FLIR) sensor and other mission-specific subsystems.
With this internally funded demonstrator and several ideal partnerships with other industry-leading teams, ACE is uniquely postured to solve long-term avionics challenges by offering commercial-off-the-shelf upgrade kits for aircraft owners around the globe. Our customizable, installation-ready kits provide the best value, latest technology, quickest to market, and lowest risk solution for cockpit upgrades.
Apache Enterprises, located in Grand Prairie, Texas, is a subordinate company to Ace Aeronautics. Established in 1975, Apache Enterprises specializes in the design, fabrication, testing and distribution of complex replacement and retrofit components for military and commercial aircraft. The company offers an extensive line of products including airframe parts, night vision imaging (NVIS) lighting systems, and avionics integration kits.
- Registered ISO-9001, AS 9100 Quality System
- Compliant with MIL-STD-2000 / J-STD-001
- Modern 25,000 sq. ft. manufacturing facility
- Certified SBA Small Business
- DUNS: 073164733
- CAGE: 62810
Prior to 1990, Apache was known for first-class replacement parts used in helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft. Since then, Apache has evolved into an industry leader in the design and manufacture of aircraft lighting systems utilizing the latest in NVIS technology. Today, the company maintains the NVIS lighting industry’s most aggressive research and development program. Consequently, Apache has conducted night vision lighting modifications to more aircraft than any other company.
A full-service contractor, Apache is capable of handling all aspects of a project: statement of work preparation, system requirements documentation, system and component design, hardware fabrication, system installation, technical data generation, ground acceptance testing and maintenance/pilot training. Apache is organized into two operational units. The Lighting Unit is engaged in design, fabrication, installation and testing of component-level and system-level NVIS lighting hardware. The Fabrication Unit supplies the Lighting Unit with various manufactured components. Additionally, the Fabrication Unit provides a wide variety of other manufactured items for the US Government and selected third parties.
Aerospace and Technical Support Service. (ATSSi), located in Huntsville, Alabama are wholly owned subsidiary companies of Ace Aeronautics that specializes in airworthiness qualification support to the U.S. Army and Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) and government relations and contracting. ATSSi applies unique expertise in testing to determine safety-of-flight through qualification level requirements to plan, conduct, and report. ATSSi specializes in “gap” analysis through deliberate, analytical comparisons of civil and military standards to determine delta testing to support cross-authority qualifications (e.g. military to civil certification) down to the harness and LRU level.
Experimental Flight Testing
Ace Aeronautics applies sound engineering practices associated with the in-flight testing of modified aircraft, aircraft systems, and mission equipment. The testing focus ranges from concept exploration to empirical data collection and analyses directly supporting certification.
ACE flight test personnel specialize in the following capabilities:
- Acceptance Test Procedure development
- Formal Detailed Test Planning
- Instrumentation Design and Installation
- Engine Assessment
- Engine Performance
- Aircraft Performance
- Aircraft Handling Qualities
- Systems Testing
- Human Factors Engineering
- Data Processing
- Formal Test Reporting
- Flight Manual Development
Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul
ACE owns and operates under FAA Restricted Category Type Certificate R00005RC with instructions for continued airworthiness approval and complete technical publications. ACE has the ability to purchase UH-60As from the US Army and offer for sale with the following two airframe options:
- Basic UH-60A conformed to the ACE RCTC, PMI 1&2 and paint to customer specifications
- Full UH-60A to UH-60L recapitalization with zero-hour airframe
- New Dynamic Components
- New Improved Durability Gear Box (IDGB)
- New T700-GE-701D Engines
ACE also offers support options for:
- Full aircraft and avionics depot maintenance support
- Pilot and maintenance new equipment training