Airframe Systems (AS)

​Airframe Systems Group began with the acquisition in 2008 of MPC Products, Inc. in Skokie, IL. Together with HR Textron (Santa Clarita, CA), acquired in 2009, the integrated group’s capabilities featured both electromechanical and hydraulic motion control and established Woodward’s aircraft manufacturer customer base. GE-Duarte (Duarte, CA) was added in 2013, with additional hydraulic actuation capability and greater large commercial customer content.

AS markets include commercial transport, business aviation, military and civil helicopter, military fixed wing, and guided weapons. AS designs, manufactures, and supplies flight deck control, primary and secondary flight control actuation, and thrust reverser actuation components, subsystems and systems direct to aircraft manufacturers. Motor, servovalve, sensing and electronic components and subsystems are provided to tier one system suppliers (which then supply to the airframe manufacturers) across the same markets. Product support for all product lines comprises about one quarter of AS sales.

 Aircraft Turbine Systems (ATS)

ATS markets include commercial transport, business and general aviation, military and civil helicopter, and military fixed wing. ATS designs, manufactures, and supplies turbine engine control and combustion systems (TECCS), subsystems, and components to turbine engine manufacturers. These include turbofan engines, turboprop engines and turboshaft (rotorcraft) engines. TECCS components include main fuel pumps, fuel metering units, actuators, air valves, fuel nozzles, and combustion augmentor products for military engine afterburners. Servovalves are also provided to tier one system suppliers (which then supply to the airframe manufacturers) across the same markets. Product support for all product lines comprises just over half of ATS sales, in support of airlines, engine shops, and military depots.

ATS fuel and combustion systems products help engines to deliver more efficient and cleaner power for today’s aircraft. The main fuel pump delivers pressurized fuel to the fuel metering unit, which provides precise amounts of fuel to the nozzles for clean combustion. Actuators and air valves move equipment on the engine to control clearances, pressures, and temperatures, which enable the engine to minimize fuel burn and greenhouse gas emissions.