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


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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