Field Aviation

Canadian Operations

Field Aviation designs, modifies and certifies aircraft for specialized roles across the globe. Our expertise is the missionization of commercial platforms for search and rescue, intelligence, surveillance and interdiction roles for both government and civilian customers.

We also develop system specific STCs for many different aircraft. Our capabilities include build-to-print parts manufacturing for aircraft OEMs and our own modifications. We are also a factory authorized repair, overhaul and sales center for many avionics equipment manufacturers.

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Field Aerospace

U.S. Operations

Field Aerospace has more than 25 years of experience developing and delivering systems engineering and systems integration solutions to the U.S. government and aerospace and defense industry.

Through Field Aviation, we also provide engineering expertise spanning aircraft operations and avionics, test planning and execution, test instrumentation design and configuration, electrical and system design, as well as structural design and modification.

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The KC-135 Stratotanker is destined to be the longest flying aircraft in the history of the United States Air Force.   In 1954, the USAF Strategic Air Command selected the KC-135A, a development of the Boeing 367-80 prototype, to become its first jet powered aerial refueling platform.  The aircraft, favored by aircrews, has proven to be incredibly reliable and has undergone numerous upgrades keeping it in service for over 60 years, with plans to keep the aircraft flying until 2045.  There are currently over 400 aircraft, flown and operated by the US Air Force and four other countries, remaining in service….making it the most prolific aircraft refueling tanker on earth 

Field Aerospace has been part of this heritage for more than 20 years and plans on supporting the aircraft for another 30 years.  One of the most recent projects Field Aerospace completed was the installation of the Rockwell Collins Block 45 upgrade on the first two Engineering, Manufacture & Development (EMD) phase kits as well as 15 Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) kits.  The Block 45 upgrade incorporates a new autopilot, flight director, radar altimeter, and electronic engine instrument display, addressing obsolescence issues while providing enhanced navigational capabilities, improving overall safety and situational awareness to the C/KC-135 fleet. Along with ground and flight testing, Field Aerospace provided Technical Order (TO) and data updates, eventually paving the way for Tinker Air Force base to take over the installation process for the remainder of the fleet. 

Field Aerospace performed the KC-135 Large Aircraft Inferred Counter Measures (LAIRCM) on KC-135R and KC-135T aircraft as a subcontractor to Lockheed Martin and Northrup Grumman. Field developed a precision LASER alignment procedure for the installation of the structural support for the Lockheed designed Adapter Plate. Northrup Grumman LAIRCM Generation 3 Pod. The modification required the temporary removal of the Aft Body tank fuel cells to install the modification support structure and associated wiring conduits and wiring harness. The modification also required the installation of the Field designed UHF SATCOM/GPS antenna installation kit.

With over 20 years of experience, Field Aerospace has supported the KC-135 fleet on programs such as:  the ARC-210 DAMA SATCOM install, Circuit Breaker Panel Replacement, Command and Control Interoperability System (C2IS) install, Emergency Locator Transmitter Upgrade, Flight Data Recorder (FDR) Upgrade, Navigation Safety Modification, OC-135 Global Air Traffic Management system install, RC-135 Flight Data Recorder Modification, Roll On Beyond Line of Sight Enhancement (ROBE), Transformer Rectifier Replacement program, Boom Wiring Harness Reverse Engineering & Fabrication, Common Interface Computer Tech Support, Flight Data Recorder (FDR) Support, French Air Force Install Kits, Country Standard Technical Orders (CSTOs), Wiring Diagrams, and Engineering Support.  We are honored to support the survivability, maintainability and mission of the KC-135 Stratotanker.