Gen­eral Atomics ad­vanced ar­rest­ing gear sys­tem suc­cess­fully com­pletes first fly-in air­craft re­cov­ery

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Gen­eral Atomics Elec­tro­mag­netic Sys­tems (GAEMS) on De­cem­ber 1, 2016, an­nounced that the ad­vanced ar­rest­ing gear (AAG) sys­tem suc­cess­fully com­pleted the first fly-in air­craft re­cov­ery of an F/A-18E Su­per Hor­net on Oc­to­ber 13, 2016, at the run­way ar­rested land­ing site (RALS) at joint base McGuire-Dix-Lake­hurst in New Jersey. The F/A-18E fly-in re­cov­ery fol­lows more than 200 suc­cess­ful rollin test ar­rest­ments at the site since March, and more than 1,300 dead-load ar­rest­ments.

“This marks an­other sig­nif­i­cant mile­stone in the suc­cess­ful de­mon­stra­tion and ver­i­fi­ca­tion of AAG’s per­for­mance and ca­pa­bil­ity,” stated Scott For­ney, Pres­i­dent of GA-EMS. “We’re track­ing to a very ag­gres­sive test­ing sched­ule, and this fly-in re­cov­ery marks a ma­jor step to­wards AAG readi­ness for on- board test­ing on the Pre-Com­mis­sion­ing Unit Ger­ald R. Ford (CVN 78).”

AAG is a turbo-elec­tric sys­tem de­signed for con­trolled and re­li­able de­cel­er­a­tion of air­craft re­cov­ery op­er­a­tions on car­ri­ers. AAG is in­stalled on­board CVN 78 along with the GA-EMS Elec­tro­mag­netic Air­craft Launch Sys­tem (EMALS), which uses elec­tro­mag­netic tech­nol­ogy to launch air­craft from the deck of naval air­craft car­ri­ers. EMALS has suc­cess­fully com­pleted sys­tem test­ing on CVN 78.

“The fly-in re­cov­ery of the F/A-18 Su­per Hor­net il­lus­trates AAG’s ca­pa­bil­i­ties to per­form as pre­dicted, un­der con­di­tions sim­i­lar to to­day’s car­rier op­er­a­tions,” stated Andy Gibbs, AAG Chief En­gi­neer at GAEMS. “We’re col­lect­ing data to sup­port the de­vel­op­ment of an Air­craft Re­cov­ery Bul­letin, a crit­i­cal step to­wards ar­rest­ing the air­craft on CVN 78. We look for­ward to con­tin­u­ing suc­cess as the AAG sys­tem un­der­goes planned test­ing ac­tiv­i­ties for ad­di­tional air­craft types and models.”

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