Thursday, January 1, 2009
When it comes to replacing parts on the MD500, Aerometals has you covered. The reason: We have more than 300 PMAs for the MD500. Recently we added the vertical stabilizer to our list of approvals, so now we manufacture the tailboom, vertical and horizontal stabilizers, landing gear, and a long list of internal parts.
How can Aerometals sell PMA parts that are as good as the originals at 30% less than the OEMs charge? Answer: We save money by making our products in-house; the OEMs don’t. (To help get it done better, Aerometals spent $3 million in 2008 to more than double our factory floor space to 75,000 sq. ft.)
Less expensive is not the end of the story: Almost all of our parts benefit from engineering improvements. The reason: We have the advantage of talking to the A&Ps who have been working with the MD500 for 20 years - we learn from them what areas need improvement.
In most cases, we can implement engineering improvements to the part to the point where some Airworthiness Directives don’t even apply! For example, the AD against the MD500’s landing gear struts involves a great deal of compliance with labor. But the AD specifically says if you have Aerometals struts installed, no further action is necessary. Aerometals engineered the problem out of the strut back in 1997.
Most of our machinists have been with Aerometals 10 years or more. (We have 95 people on our staff, and are still growing!) During their tenure, we sent most of the staff flying in our 500D with the parts they made just to emphasize the importance of quality in the work they do. Our machinists make lots of parts for B-52 bombers and F-15 fighters, too. In fact, every aircraft type in the U.S. Air Force inventory contains some Aerometals parts because we’ve performed more than 2,000 manufacturing contracts for DoD. (It’s hard for me to get the guys a ride in an F-15, though.)
Sure, our parts are made under an AS9100 quality system, (even higher than ISO 9000) but the personal reason I feel good flying with PMA parts in our Aerometals 500D is because not only have I flown with the machinist who made them, I probably took his kids up too.
The bottom line: Aerometals is the trusted, reliable source for affordable PMA parts for the MD500. So give us a call. Let us show you what Aerometals can do for you!
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El Dorado Hills, CA 95762