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ATS currently has the capability to drop test any aircraft landing gear up to an aircraft gross weight of 20,000 lbs. Several drop weight carriages are available to accommodate a variety of landing gear including main, nose and tail gears.
The test rig is computer controlled and instrumented to acquire data at a rate of 2000Hz. The test rig is also equipped to spin a tire to a pre-selected RPM just prior to dropping the carriage to account for spring back loads on the gear when necessary. Below are a couple of examples of landing gear we have previously tested.