Worldwide Flight Simulation Services
Commercial and Military
Partnerships And Strategic Alliances Judge Us By The Company We Keep
Servo Kinetics provides flight simulation services to some of the most technologically sophisticated firms in the world — those most prominent are shown below.
When the scope of potential projects requires the participation of multiple companies, the importance of selecting the right companies to work side by side with you is critical. And when the partnering and alliances with the right firms are already in place, each project then becomes seamless and routine.
We believe there is no higher compliment, than when a firm selects your company to participate in a significant simulator upgrade or refurbishment project with them.
So if you are seeking specific products or services relating to the flight simulation industry, contact us for assistance.
Worldwide Flight Simulation Services Commercial and Military
Our relationship with CAE World Headquarters in Montreal, Canada, goes back to 1997, starting with a ground-up development project, covering four years of servo valve and joint testing. This led to a new servo valve line to be used on CAE motion actuators, and eventually led SKI to become a service partner with CAE, for the repair of servo valves
and CAE and other motion systems components.
SKI’s “aftermarket” services contract with CAE was established in 2000. This aftermarket partnership began with the refurbishment and exchange of motion legs with Federal Express in Memphis, TN, and more recently, by supporting the complete refurbishment of Hydraudyne motion actuators for CAE’s EAD’s customer in Seville, Spain.
CAE has counted on SKI when it counted most.
CAE services to their commercial and military customers are not just limited to their own simulators; they also assist their customers by servicing other brand simulators that may be in use at CAE customer locations across the globe. This is where SKI comes into the picture…
Servo Kinetics’ services were introduced in the CAE customer parts and services manual, and we are referred to as the source for refurbishment on the early generation CAE Motion Platforms — the 400, 500 and 600 series hydraulic motion systems. We are also the source for rebuilding obsolete products in CAE Customer Service bulletins, such as the first-generation Pegasus 1282 simulator servo Valve.
We are very proud of our relationship with CAE!
When it comes to today’s hydraulic motion platforms, many operators are currently sitting tight with their current equipment, and refurbishing to get one more life-cycle out of them, while they are waiting on the latest technological changes to arrive. This is partially due to the fact that many of these older, still running simulators are no longer being manufactured, (or are now obsolete) so obtaining parts can be very difficult.
This is never a problem when you do business with SKI, for we have reverse engineered virtually every possible brand of leg jack part, and have been doing this for over 30 years. From standard tubes, to tubes with piccolo porting, to hydrostatic bushings and rod bearings, to manifolds, end caps and seal carriers, we do it all. We are extremely proud of the fact that we have reversed engineered parts running on simulators worldwide!
We produce drawings on all of our reverse engineered parts as a part of our added-value service. These drawings are then released to our machine shop and the required part is made. This capability produces great benefits to the operator, due to the fact that his simulator remains operational during our whole reverse engineering process.
Working on the HH-60 J-Hawk, Hydraudyne Motion, the HH-65 Dolphin, Singer Link Motion, and the HU-25 Falcon, Singer Link Motion machines, was truly a dream project for us.
We partnered with com’s contractor, Aero Simulation (A/S), who seamlessly directed this prestigious project that ended up being three (3) simulators for USCG.
This project was both challenging and rewarding. When completed, our testing confirmed that it was another job well-earned and well done.
Refurbishing a NAVAIR MH-53E Simulator
Servo Kinetics, Inc. recently completed the refurbishment of Singer Link motion actuators on the MH-53-E Simulator at (NAS) Naval Air Station, Norfolk, Virginia. SKI was selected by Fidelity Technologies Corporation, the corns/service support contractor for the NAVY training centers.
SKI was one of two companies subcontracted by Fidelity for this project; our assignment was to refurbish the motion actuators. Binghampton Simulator Company (BSC), located in Binghampton, New York, was selected to manage the removal, shipping and reinstallation of actuators and mounting systems, and perform hydraulic system maintenance, as well as the final acceptance test for the NAVY.
Paul L. Patterson, Fidelity’s Director and Program Manager said, “SKI was selected because of their high level of simulator motion systems expertise and technical capability, and because of the consistent high quality of their work.” SKI was also selected because this project required the actuators and mounting components to be refurbished within a 30-day window, in order to meet the NAVIAR 45-day project completion requirements. In other words, there was no room for mistakes or delays!
Patterson went onto say that “BSC was selected because they specialize in simulator relocations, upgrades, and logistics, and because they have a long history and unique knowledge of Singer Link simulators — many of the BSC people are former engineers, managers and technical staff from the original Link Flight simulation Division of the Singer Company.”
The NAVY wanted a complete, top-quality refurbishment of the MH-53E simulator’s motion system and they needed it in six weeks.
Fidelity, BCS, L3, and SKI
The Servo Kinetics simulator jack test rig is the largest dynamic test machine of this type in the world – designed for the testing of precision servo actuators used on 6 DOF flight simulators. The design is based on the original Singer Link test machine. Its purpose is to apply the “real-world” full-load that the motion jack will see when operating on the simulator as well as the inertia’s involved in the loads. When the jack is extended, the simulator does not just heave, but also pitches, rolls and yaws. Accelerations in all six directions will reflect inertial loads back to the jack, affecting such things as stability, turn-around bump, cushion pressures, etc. And, unlike other actuator test methods currently in use, this test machine is able to perform the full cushion and abort tests, to insure the repaired or refurbished leg jack is completely ready to go into service – and will not fail upon reinstallation – or in the event of a total power failure at the site. This test machine represents a major risk reduction in motion jack refurbishments.
Servo Kinetics, inc. is the only company using the Singer Link ER-628 Master Engineering and Testing Manual to perform the testing of each repaired or refurbished actuator in their dynamic swing rig. The data in the ER-628 Master Test Manual is integral to a specific type of brand of actuator and testing, assigning weight position for each test; extension, retraction and mid-stroke, to test thoroughly. Servo Kinetics is the only company in North America using this type of system to test actuators – the reason why NASA, the Coast Guard and the Air Force use SKI’s services for the repair and refurbishment of their Singer Link leg jacks.
Weights: 40,000 Lbs Dead Slug
Strokes: 80 Inches Maximum
Hydraulics: 80 GPM @ 3000PSI
Fluids: Cadco 150 Petroleum Mil-83282 Synthetic Fire Resistant
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