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SAE International Standard Updates Inspection and Specifications of Chrome Plating on Aircraft Landing Gear

WARRENDALE, Pa., July 10, 2007 - Aircraft landing gear endure tremendous amounts of stress during takeoff and landings. Any processing failures in the chrome steel that plates the gear could result in collapse.

SAE International’s aerospace standard, AMS2440B: Inspection of Ground, Chromium Plated Steel Parts, a revision to AMS2440, assists inspecting facilities with planning and requires proper evaluation of defects in the chrome plating. Also, it has been updated to provide current applicable inspection specifications and training for the inspectors.

In addition to helping to create a safer flying environment for passengers, AMS2440B also helps save money for end users who request inspections by finding problems prior to assembly on aircraft or overall failure.

“This specification requires proper evaluation by trained inspectors, thereby reducing the possibility of having defective parts on any aircraft,” J.T. Amin, Manager of M&P Engineering at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company and sponsor of AMS2440B, said. “When evaluating quality of parts using this specification, it is always better to use other SAE specifications that can further assist in ensuring that observed defect is truly a flaw.”

AMS2440B was written and created by SAE International's AMS B Finishes Processes and Fluids Committee.


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