In the age of stronger and lighter materials, the aerospace industry has been designing new products to promote comfort without sacrificing fuel efficiency. These innovations require constant testing to ensure the structural integrity, safety, and reliability of any new material/design. The SAE AS8049 standard sets forth structural and safety recommendations to the aircraft industry. These recommendations are then used to set minimum structural performances on aircraft interiors as well as their certification approval processes. Environmental performance recommendations are established for specific environmental conditions established in the DO160 scope for all airborne equipment. Our extensive experience in environmental testing for the automotive industry allows us to provide the aerospace industry the assistance needed in this process.

The DO160 Scope testing supported at MGA are:

  • Temperature, Humidity, and Altitude
    • High & Low temp/humidity
    • Temperature and Altitude
  • Waterproofness and Fluid Susceptibility
    • Condensing water drip proof, drip proof, spray proof continuous stream, and spray/immersion
    • Fluid susceptibility
  • Flammability
    • Vertical and Horizontal Bunsen burner
  • Vibration and Durability
    • Electro-Dynamic shaker (High frequency vibration)
    • Multi-Axis Shaker Table (Low Frequency Vibration)
    • Operational Shock & Pyro-Shock
  • Icing
  • Salt-fog

MGA also offers non-regulatory aircraft seat durability services such as:

  • Ingress-Egress testing
  • Jounce & Squirm testing
  • Abuse Load & Cycling testing

These tests are often used by interior manufacturers to determine the longevity of their products, as well as the root cause of certain issues faced in the fields by airlines. Through our years of test procedure development/implementation for the automotive industry, MGA is fully capable to adapt any test to the aircraft industry’s need.