AMS are the only aircraft recovery equipment specialists to offer access to two dedicated Training Facilities (in the UK and UAE), alongside options for training customers at their own airport or air force base. We also offer training for remote airports using SKYPE as the communication platform.

Training in the UK:
AMS opened its first dedicated Training Facility in 2013 at Cotswold Airport. This quickly became an internationally recognised training hub and center of excellence by enabling participants to train on modern-day commercial jet aircraft (so trainees could gain invaluable “hands on” practical experience alongside solid theoretical training).

Our UK Training Facility is ideal for aircraft recovery teams who need to practice their techniques on terrain that involves soft, muddy, rough or uneven ground, and (given the UK’s weather) in dry or wet conditions. Practical training depends on the aircraft available at the site, but typically uses B737 or A320 aircraft.

Training at Cotswold Airport is usually available from the beginning of March to the end of October. We can hold training here outside these months, but dates may be subject to change in the event of adverse weather conditions.

AMS stores a small supply of equipment here to support training for a landing nose gear failure and de-bogging/towing scenario. Trainees participate directly in preparing and using tethering equipment, low pressure airbags, aircraft jacks, temporary roadway (for de-bogging), and fuselage lifting slings. They also conduct a full de-bogging exercise at this location.

You can view a series of videos showing the equipment being used for training exercises at the Cotswold Airport location here.

Training in the UAE:
Our United Arab Emirates Training Facility opened in 2019 in a unique partnership with Unified International. Unified International is an independent aerospace high-end services company, with bases in the Netherlands and United Arab Emirates. As part of their specialist services they also provide aircraft recovery training, using AMS aircraft recovery equipment, via their training facility at Fujairah International Airport.

The UAE Training Facility is ideal for aircraft recovery teams who need to practice their techniques on sandy, rough or uneven ground, and in arid, dry, hot climate conditions. Practical training at this location uses a B707 aircraft.

Training at Fujairah International Airport is usually available all year-round, providing excellent scope to arrange training around duty rosters, etc.

Unified International maintains a range of AMS equipment here to support training for a landing nose gear failure and de-bogging/towing scenario. Trainees participate directly in preparing and using tethering equipment, low pressure airbags, aircraft jacks, temporary roadway (for de-bogging), and fuselage lifting slings. They also conduct a full de-bogging exercise at this location.

Training at a customer’s preferred location:
Aircraft Recovery Equipment Training Courses may be conducted at a customer’s preferred location.

Training is provided to the same high standards applied at the UK and UAE Training Facilities with AMS Training Managers delivering theory and practical content onsite. Training is subject to an appropriate venue, access to an appropriate aircraft, and the availability of suitable AMS equipment.

One of the key benefits of using AMS aircraft recovery systems for training is to help students to become confident and competent with the equipment they will use in the event of an aircraft recovery at their airport or air force base.

Training using SKYPE:
In 2017, AMS became the first aircraft recovery equipment provider to develop a training solution for airports in remote locations. The practicalities and costs for sending Training Managers to these locations can be logistically and cost-prohibitive, so AMS developed a course using SKYPE to facilitate both theoretical and practical training.

Our first course was conducted for the new airport on St Helena Island (located in the South Atlantic Ocean), using AMS aircraft recovery equipment that had been purchased and delivered ahead of the training course. It proved to be a highly successful means of training and is available as an option for remote airports and/or military air force bases.