Landing Gear Testing

Cessna 441 main gear test.
Alaskan Bushwheel tail wheel test.

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 multiple kinematic and article performance data streams at rates up to 10 kHz. 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. Depicted are a couple of examples of landing gear we have previously tested.

Watch a drop test movie.