Case Study

Maintaining One-of-a-Kind Aircraft

Since 1973, DynCorp International and its predecessor companies have provided continuous aircraft maintenance and supporting services at the United States Patuxent River Naval Air Station Maryland. The team supports the U.S. Navy Test Wing Atlantic’s in-service naval aircraft test and evaluation programs at test squadrons HX-21, VX-20 and VX-23, and provides maintenance support for the prestigious U.S. Naval Test Pilot School. DI also provides maintenance support for the station’s Search and Rescue Operation. The program includes more than 100 fixed and rotor wing aircraft.

Patuxent River’s unique mission of flight test and evaluation, and training future test pilots and engineers, requires more than thirty different types, models and series of aircraft. Many aircraft are one-of-a-kind because they are configured with flight instrumentation and advanced component and system prototype installations for ground and flight testing. Additionally, the Company is experienced in moving aircraft from pre-production flight test stages, where only the Original Equipment Manufacturer has maintenance experience, to in-service aircraft testing. In many cases, DI is the first service contractor to provide aircraft maintenance on new production aircraft – for example, the V-22 and P-8 aircraft – developing the competency to adapt to any aircraft maintenance challenge.

The test and evaluation mission of the customer at Patuxent River requires a company with unparalleled expertise in maintenance of nearly all types, models and series of aircraft in the Navy and Marine Corps inventory. DynCorp International brings the experience and know-how to meet the needs of such a unique mission.