AMS Aircraft Recovery

AMS Aircraft Recovery Ltd est le principal innovateur dans la conception, le développement, la fabrication et la commercialisation de équipement de récupération d’avion (utilisé pour soulever et déplacer des avions au sol).

Depuis 1988, de nombreuses compagnies aériennes, autorités aéroportuaires et forces militaires aériennes à travers le monde ont fait appel à nos produits et services en matière de matériel et de formation de récupération des épaves d’avion (L’identité de certains de nos clients est indiquée en bas de cette page et vous trouverez une liste plus détaillée en cliquant sur ce lien).

AMS Aircraft Recovery

AMS Aircraft Recovery Ltd are a leading innovator in the design, development, manufacture and distribution of aircraft recovery equipment (for lifting and moving aircraft on land).

Since 1988, many of the world’s airlines, airport authorities and military air forces have used us as their provider of choice for purchasing equipment and aircraft recovery training (you can see a selection of our customers at the bottom of this page and a more complete list here).

AMS Aircraft Recovery

AMS Aircraft Recovery Ltd es líder innovador en diseño, desarrollo, fabricación y distribución de equipo de recuperación de aeronaves (elevación y desplazamiento en tierra).

Desde 1988, muchas líneas aéreas, autoridades aeroportuarias y fuerzas aéreas militares de todo del mundo han recurrido a nosotros como su proveedor para la adquisición de equipo y capacitación de recuperación de aeronaves (puede ver una selección de nuestros clientes al final de esta página y una lista más completa aquí).

AMS Aircraft Recovery

AMS Aircraft Recovery Ltd – лидер и новатор в сфере разработки, проектирования, производства и реализации оборудования для удаления воздушных судов (подъема и перемещения по земле), потерявших способность двигаться.

С 1988 года многие мировые авиакомпании, представители аэропортов и военно-воздушных сил выбирали нас в качестве поставщика услуг по приобретению оборудования и учебных курсов по удалению воздушных судов (некоторые из наших заказчиков перечислены в нижней части данной страницы, с более полным списком можно ознакомиться здесь).

AMS Aircraft Recovery

A AMS Aircraft Recovery Ltd é um inovador líder no design, desenvolvimento, fabrico e distribuição de equipamento para recuperação de aeronaves (para elevação e deslocação de aeronaves em terra).

Desde 1988, muitas das companhias aéreas, autoridades aeroportuárias e forças aéreas militares em todo o mundo contam connosco como fornecedor de eleição para a aquisição de equipamento e formação em recuperação de aeronaves (pode ver alguns dos nossos clientes no final desta página e uma lista exaustiva aqui).

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Our courses can be conducted around the world to suit the needs of our customers, with course content adapted according to the availability of equipment at the training location.

Courses in the UK:
AMS has a dedicated training facility in the UK where participants benefit from an unrivalled and unique “hands on” experience, which includes recovering wide-bodied aircraft. All recovery equipment is provided, including students’ PPE.

Courses outside the UK:
Aircraft Recovery Equipment Training Courses can be conducted at a customer’s preferred location, subject to the availability of suitable AMS equipment and an appropriate venue. Onsite training is conducted to the same high standards as our UK training facility training.

Our instructors deliver the theoretical element at the customer’s site, using the customer’s aircraft and equipment to conduct the practical content. This helps students to become confident and competent with the specific equipment they will use in the event of an aircraft recovery

Courses show participants how to recover aircraft in accordance with the appropriate Aircraft Recovery Manual (ARM – Boeing) or Aircraft Recovery Document (ARD – Airbus).

We consider a thorough understanding of the operation of our recovery systems to be essential, and have developed a comprehensive range of training courses that can be tailored to each customer’s individual requirements. These focus on the safe and effective use of aircraft recovery systems:

Our 3 Day Aircraft Recovery Training Course covers 1 day theory training + 2 days practical training (including an aircraft lift on air bags, aircraft de-bogging (towing) and an aircraft fuselage lift). This is ideal for aircraft recovery teams and fire crews.

Our 2 Day Aircraft Recovery Equipment Awareness Course was developed for Insurance Assessors and Aircraft Engineers. Day 1 combines Health & Safety with theory training, while Day 2 is practical training on recovering an aircraft.

Bespoke Training Courses can also be provided to suit the training protocols for a specific organisation, or tackle different types of terrain / extreme climate conditions.

At the end of each AMS course successful students are presented with a Certificate of Proficiency.

AMS have two proven ground panel options to accommodate different aircraft and ground conditions:

Synthetic panels
Each synthetic panel comprises separate extruded plastic sections, linked together to form a lightweight, strong roadway.

  • Load capacity of 350 tonnes per m2
  • 1000 tonne gross train weight
  • Foam inserts increase load spreading
  • Does not require fixing to the ground
  • Does not produce a “bow wave” effect
  • Suitable for small wheeled ground service vehicles
  • Reversible for two surface options

Our synthetic panels are resilient, lightweight (at just 12 kg per square metre) and provided in white for use at night or in low light conditions. They are a highly cost effective solution for lower capacity loads.

Aluminium panels
Each aluminium panel consists of separate precision extruded sections interconnected to each other, providing an extremely strong and flexible pivot.

The semi-rigid construction allows movement of loads to the same extent as a normal road surface (unlike roll-matting which often deforms on soft ground under heavy loads).

  • Higher load capability
  • Panels are linked together to increase ground coverage
  • 2m x 1m panels can be positioned manually
  • Curved sections are available
  • Reversible for two surface options

Our aluminium panels can also be used for other applications and airport operations, including temporary car parks and aircraft stands (at trade shows or public exhibitions).

Both synthetic and aluminium panels are available in two standard sizes, easy to clean and maintenance free. To assist rapid deployment no specialist tools or machinery are required.

AMS De-Bogging / Aircraft Towing Kits provide an industry recognised solution for dealing with aircraft that have run off the edge of the taxiway or runway, into areas where it is not possible to get a conventional tow tractor or aircraft recovery vehicle in place.

Our de-bogging / aircraft towing kits consist of:

  • Load Indicators
  • Shackles
  • Synthetic Round Slings

It also includes a comprehensive matrix detailing how to use the de-bogging / aircraft towing kit with a wide range of aircraft (based on current ARM).

De-bogging / aircraft towing kits are available for 20, 50 & 70 Tonne hauling capacities and are currently supplied to IATP Pool Kit holders.

The ability to enable minor changes in the direction of pull during aircraft recovery makes turntables a vital piece of equipment. Our new 50 Tonne model takes this to a higher level, to cope with wide-bodied aircraft such as the A380.

Our current aircraft turntable range features:

  • 15 Tonne & 50 Tonne capacities
  • Precision engineered bearings for rotation
  • Securing positions for webbing straps
  • Multiple swivel eye locations and fitting point

The 50 Tonne model was developed by combining data from 15 tonne AMS turntable units and discussions with BA’s recovery engineers.

It incorporates a curved profile for a more secure fit of the aircraft fuselage and the deck is fitted with high density rubber buffers (to spread the load more evenly and prevent further damage).

Both 15 and 50 Tonne models can be positioned on any suitable multi-wheeled transporter capable of carrying the load. The disabled aircraft can then be moved as if the undercarriage was still in place.

AMS turntables have been used many times in recovery situations and almost forty units are currently in use at major airlines and airports around the world. Our 50 Tonne model adds a new dimension by catering for the growing number of airlines adding A380s to their air fleets.

Details on the new model are available by downloading our AMS 50 Tonne Turntable Information Sheet.

The AMS Multi-wheel Transporter System can operate on runways or hard standings areas and, where required, standard sized airbags can be used as an interface to reduce secondary damage.

It is regularly teamed with AMS Turntables to provide greater flexibility of movement when an aircraft requires recovery in an area with restrictive space.

The modular design is easy to operate and combines a series of features:

  • Low insertion height
  • Multi directional positioning under aircraft
  • Can be towed from any side
  • Direction of tow can be altered during operation
  • Directional wheel locking for straight line movement
  • Capable of 360° rotation
  • 40 tonne capacity

The versatility of the design means it can be used with any existing aircraft recovery system.

If the aircraft comes to rest in an area not suitable for wheeled vehicles the AMS Sledge Movement System can be used to re-position the aircraft for removal.

It is widely acknowledged as the most cost effective and versatile aircraft transporter system currently available in the aviation industry.

Having experienced various sledge systems in aircraft recovery training AMS developed a sledge movement system with a unique hinge, specifically designed to tackle the widest range of terrain.

Our cost effective solution allows the sledge to articulate over rough and uneven surfaces without generating excessive hauling loads, thereby reducing the risk of irreparable damage to the sledge and secondary damage to the aircraft.

The uncomplicated design requires minimal operator training for assembly and maintenance, which means the sledge can be assembled on site without the need for specialised tools or equipment. This practical format allows the AMS Sledge Movement System to be quickly secured under the aircraft to help with rapid removal from the crash site.

Where required, Single Element Airbags can be used to provide an interface between the sledge and aircraft to act as an inflatable shock absorber; reducing the possibility of secondary damage to the aircraft.

The industry leading training we provide sets us apart from our competitors: airlines, airport authorities and military air forces from around the globe invite us to train their teams (or send their personnel to our training facility in the UK).

Over recent years we’ve seen interest in our training courses extend to cover other industries closely linked to aviation recovery, including aircraft engineers, fire crews and aircraft insurance assessors.

The ability to understand how aircraft should be recovered safely, while preserving the integrity and structure of the aircraft (to reduce damage and associated costs), plays a significant role in the way aircraft recovery training is developing.

We’re delighted to be at the forefront of this aspect of our work with the aviation industry and associated bodies.

Since 1988 AMS have trained over 1,100 participants across the world.

AMS developed a bespoke Aircraft Recovery Awareness training course with the experts at McLarens Aviation* (formally Airclaims) to experience the handling of physical aircraft recovery events. This particular course is held at AMS’s dedicated training facility in the UK, using AMS manufactured equipment and current aircraft types.

* McLarens Aviation is the leading provider of claims, risk and asset management services to the aviation and insurance industry.

« It is not often we get to experience the aviation industry in such an environment and the opportunity to rub shoulders with the people who live and breathe it. Getting our hands dirty is a real privilege and certainly one I will have no hesitation in thoroughly recommending.

Please pass on my thanks to all those involved in making this such an enjoyable and educational event. »

Feedback from a McLarens Aviation course participant

Over the last 25 years AMS Aircraft Recovery has been at the forefront of designing, developing and manufacturing innovative solutions to make aircraft movement easier and safer, including our:

AMS is a major distributor of aircraft movement equipment across the world, and currently the only provider of an aircraft turntable designed to handle the A380 and other wide-bodied jet airliners.

We continue to work with major aviation industry decision-makers and aircraft designers, developing aircraft moving equipment to cater for the growing needs of the industry.

Our work is to ensure that aircraft can be recovered safely with the minimum of delay. As a result, AMS equipment is designed for rapid deployment and to minimise potential damage to aircraft during recovery.

We also provide industry-renowned training on the use of aircraft movement equipment so our customers can recover aircraft quickly themselves. This helps them reduce interruptions to flight schedules, rescue and repair aircraft more quickly, and return them to active service as soon as possible.

Critical data now needs to be documented and is a requirement in aircraft manufacturer’s recovery procedures (detailed in the relevant recovery manual).

AMS offers a range of Load Indicating Devices that are deemed suitable for all aircraft recovery operations, with the following features:

  • 2.5 tonne to 200 tonne capacities
  • Choice of dual units available
  • Peak & Trough hold function
  • Direct Read or Wireless options available
  • Sealed to IP65 Standards

Direct Read devices present the load reading on an LCD display panel mounted on the load indicator. This is a less expensive option and also recommended when tethering the aircraft.

Our Wireless signal operated Load Indicating Device is more practical for potentially hazardous operations. This comes complete with a hand held unit that incorporates a LCD display and has the following advantages:

  • Radio License Free
  • Up to 100m range (as standard)
  • Up to 300m range (with optional aerial)

With a range of up to 100 meters recovery personal are kept at a safe distance from the aircraft during hauling operations. A range of up to 300 meters can be achieved with the use of an optional external aerial for recovery operations that require larger exclusion zones or where access is more challenging.

A new Load Shackle was added to our range in April 2013 which is lighter and easier to use than standard devices, measures load in the same way, but employs less components in the system (i.e. two standard shackles are dispensed when using the new Load Shackle).

The Aircraft Recovery Manual states all aircraft should be stabilised during the lifting operation by using hand-operated winches (Reference Boeing ARM D6-30114. Section 3-20-1).

Our 25 years experience in manufacturing world-class aircraft recovery systems has resulted in a broad range of proven, field-tested tethering equipment.

It is recommended that a minimum of four sets are used for narrow body aircraft and six sets for wide body aircraft.

Each winch is independently operated and, under the direction of the team leader, the operator can keep the aircraft in a level attitude at all times.

The AMS Winch is fitted with both forward and reverse gearing. The main winch is manufactured from stamped steel casing with a reinforced design. It also has double galvanised protection, is lightweight, strong and includes transportation handles.

The steel cable has been galvanised to extend life expectancy. All other slings are manufactured from 100% polyester yarn hank, are colour coded and marked with serial number(s) and working load limits.

We can provide loadcells (as an accessory item) to monitor the applied load at all times.

Airport expansion is a growth industry, but more air traffic presents a proportionately higher risk of aircraft incidents and the closure of runways or taxiways while the aircraft is recovered. This can have a major impact on airfield operations, passenger welfare, airport facilities and lost revenue.

Conventional aircraft recovery systems have usually proved to be too expensive for regional airports and have not always provided the best solution available. As part of our ongoing work with airport authorities AMS developed an Aircraft Incident Rapid Response System (AIRRS) that can be tailored to suit most airport operations and financial budgets.

Advantages of AIRRS are:

  • Simple effective operation
  • Suitable for most aircraft types (narrow & wide body)
  • Financially affordable
  • Full personnel training available

The basic system can be purchased as a competitively priced product and upgraded as the needs and budget of the airport change. This level of flexibility also allows airports to:

  • Upgrade options for larger aircraft
  • Add lifting equipment (compatible with AMS Movement Systems)

All upgrades are compatible with existing AMS equipment.

Our AIRRS range provides the flexibility for airports of all sizes to purchase and operate their own aircraft recovery system. They also have access to industry-renowned training for staff, in order to deal with aircraft incidents quickly and safely.

We are a market leading innovator for the design and manufacture of Single Element and Modular Airbags through our work with the aviation industry.

Airbag size is critical as it has to fit into an area stated in the relevant Aircraft Recovery Manual (ARM – Boeing) or Aircraft Recovery Document (ARD – Airbus). Airbags larger than 40 tonnes are not considered practical, so AMS provide lift capacities of 40, 30, 26, 20, 15, 12 and 10 tonnes.

Single Element Airbags – are the most suitable option for smaller aircraft.

Modular Airbags – offer greater versatility by combining the benefits of Single Element and Multi Stack airbags.

Multi Stack Airbags – remain widely used as a traditional method to lift aircraft but are increasingly being replaced by Single or Modular Airbags (which are less heavy and easier to maintain).

We offer the most flexible system currently available and, as our airbags are compatible with all major manufacturers’ equipment, we provide a cost-effective solution for upgrading older systems.

Each airbag element is constructed from a specially woven, neoprene-coated, dropthread reinforced fabric; specifically designed to maintain full stability during operation and a life expectancy of at least 20 years.

Our airbags were one of the components included in the independent testing programme to satisfy the requirements within MIL STD 810.

Our simple but effective models offer a cost effective way to control the inflation and lifting process. All SCC units require individual operators to control the inflation and pressurisation of each airbag, with the airbag pressure in every element monitored via a pressure gauge on the outlets of the console.

We currently offer 3 types of SCC specification

  • 15, 17 or 20 outlet consoles
  • Stainless steel cased gauges
  • Class 1 Gauge for contact element
  • Folding legs to assist storage
  • Combined Pressure Regulator and Moisture Filtration Unit fitted

The complete unit is pressure tested to 100 psi and AMS large bore couplings and hoses allow increased airflow without the dangers associated with high pressure supply (high pressure can be detrimental to the airbag and inflation procedure).

This form of increased airflow is not possible with small bore plastic hose and couplings but AMS Single Control Consoles can be manufactured for compatibility with any system already in use.

Please contact us using the form below, indicating the office closest to your location, so our nearest representative can be assigned to look after your enquiry.

  • In 1988 the company was founded by staff with over 50 years combined experience in the design of aircraft recovery equipment. Led by Alan Knight, AMS Systems Engineering Ltd quickly established a reputation for producing equipment that was synonymous with high performance, reliability and durability.
  • In 1990 AMS became the 1st aircraft recovery equipment manufacturer to move a disabled aircraft using a Sledge System. This demonstrated a new method for recovering aircraft from particularly hostile, rough and challenging terrain; setting a new benchmark for the aviation industry.
  • In 1994 AMS emerged as a market-leading producer of aircraft recovery airbags, when they became the 1st manufacturer to submit their airbags for independent testing to MIL STD 810. AMS remain the only aircraft recovery equipment company to have attained this industry standard (passing tests that included performance and lifetime durability). As a result AMS became the only approved supplier to the USAF.
  • In 1998 AMS were the 1st aircraft recovery equipment manufacturer to develop and design an adjustable wedge-shaped airbag for contour matching, when recovering aircraft with a more challenging configuration. The « Airwedge » received a UK Design Council Millennium Product award under their « Creative and Innovative Products For The New Millennium » scheme.
  • In 2003 AMS joined the International Air Transport Association (IATA) as a member of the Strategic Partnership programme. As part of our commitment to this global trade association we became part of the Air Recovery Task Force (ARTF) which supports the development of practical and safe aircraft recovery procedures. AMS were the 1st vendor to support the vital work that the ARTF undertake and have played a significant role in its ongoing research and development work.
    As a member of the IATA Aircraft Recovery Task Force (ARTF), AMS contributed towards the production of the ICAO Airport Services Manual (Doc 9137) Part 5 Removal of Disabled Aircraft on Aircraft Recovery.
  • In 2005 AMS became the 1st aircraft recovery equipment manufacturer to lift Concorde using airbags; demonstrating the versatility of our aircraft lifting airbags to handle both narrow and wide-bodied aircraft.
  • In 2006 we became the 1st vendor of A380 recovery equipment to an IATP Pool Kit Holder. We have gone on to supply six of the major IATP Pool Kit holders with the CAT3 Fuselage Lifting System and A380 De-Bogging kits; underlining the quality of the aircraft recovery equipment AMS produce.
    The same year saw AMS conduct the 1st CAT3 lift of a B747, using the AMS Fuselage Lifting System (FLS). This was the first modular fuselage lifting system developed to handle this category and provided a groundbreaking solution for dealing with wide-bodied aircraft of this size.
  • In 2012 we upgraded our Fuselage Lifting System to become the 1st manufacturer to offer an item of aircraft recovery equipment specifically for use with Boeing’s new B787 aircraft. The new Fuselage Lifting System was designed in accordance with the Boeing’s Aircraft Recovery Document; underlining our commitment to the development and improvement of aircraft recovery equipment.
    In the same year we began to develop a new UK training facility and more expansive range of training courses. This opened in 2013 to become the 1st dedicated training centre to use full-sized aircraft as part of the practical element of the course. The combination of theory and « hands on » practical recovery exercises offers a unique experience for aircraft recovery teams, fire crews, aircraft engineers and aircraft insurance assessors.
  • In 2013 we continued our commitment to innovative design for aircraft recovery equipment by producing the 1st turntable specifically manufactured to cater for the new A380. This development combined AMS data and information from British Airway’s aircraft recovery team to produce a bench-mark design that protects fuselages from secondary damage, for use across a range of wide-bodied aircraft. The 50 Tonne Turntable remains one of our most impressive achievements during the last 25 years.
    In the same year AMS became the 1st aircraft recovery equipment company to perform a “Fit & Function” test of the Fuselage Lifting System and Turntable System on a Boeing B747. This provided an ideal platform to demonstrate how these two key pieces of equipment could be combined for the rapid, safe and highly effective recovery of a larger wide-bodied aircraft.

AMS Aircraft Recovery Limited’s NSN Numbers:

Air Control Systems:

CACM (Trailer Mounted): 1730-99-660-5546
CACM (Free Standing) 1730-99-939-3119

Aircraft Airbags:

12 tonne: 1730-99-331-1286
25 tonne: 1730-99-027-6752
30 tonne:| 1730-99-396-0262
40 tonne: 1730-99-496-0875

Module Element Airbags:

13 ton Air Bag: 5120-01-284-2611YZ
26 ton Air Bag: 5120-01-285-5785YZ

Sledge Movement:

30 ton Sledge (3 piece): 3990-99-637-9093
40 ton Sledge (4 piece): 3990-99-734-7090
Fighter Sledge (7 piece): 3990-99-198-3142
30 ton Sledge & Turntable: 1730-99-535-3877

Aircraft Transporter:

10060-73A: 1740-66-129-7353

Fuselage Lifting Systems:

CAT 1 FLS: 1730-99-365-4926
CAT 2 FLS: 1730-99-993-9338
CAT 3 FLS: 1730-99-355-4640

Synthetic Roadway:

2 x 1mtr Roadway Panel: 5680-99-179-6991
3 x 1mtr Roadway Panel: 5680-99-562-8083
Extraction Tool: 5120-99-270-8347

AMS CAGE Code – U7972

With a global presence and international credentials, AMS have established themselves as the provider of choice for the following customers:

Airport Authorities:

  • Aer Rianta, Dublin International Airport.
  • Athens International Airport, Greece.
  • Barcelona International Airport, Spain.
  • Belfast International Airport, UK.
  • Birmingham International Airport, UK.
  • Chia Yi Airport, Taiwan.
  • Turkish Airport Authority, Istanbul, Turkey.
  • Domodedovo International Airport, Moscow, Russia.
  • Egyptian Civil Aviation Authority, Egypt.
  • Faro International Airport, Portugal.
  • Ghana Civil Aviation Authority, Accra, Ghana.
  • Heathrow Airport, London, UK.
  • Hualien Airport, Taiwan.
  • Ivanova International Airport, Russia.
  • Japan Air Lines, Tokyo, Japan.
  • Kaohsiung International Airport, Taiwan.
  • Kazan International Airport, Russia.
  • Kinmen Airport, Taiwan.
  • Lisbon International Airport, Portugal.
  • London Heathrow International Airport.
  • Mactan-Cebu International Airport, Philippines.
  • Ma Gong Airport, Taiwan.
  • Makung Airport, Taiwan.
  • Malta International Airport.
  • Manchester International Airport, UK.
  • Matzu Beigan Airport, Taiwan.
  • Napoli International Airport, Italy.
  • Newcastle Airport, UK.
  • PT Angasa Pura I (Persero) Banda Udara Ngurah Rai Airport, Bali, Indonesia.
  • PT Angkasa Pura I (Persero), Hasanuddin International Airport, Makassar, Indonesia.
  • PT Angkasa Pura II (Persero), Jakarta International Airport, Indonesia.
  • Pulkovo International Airport, Russia.
  • Sharjah International Airport, Sharjah, UAE.
  • Stansted International Airport.
  • Taichung Airport, Taiwan.
  • Taipei International Airport, Taiwan.
  • Taitung Airport, Taiwan.
  • Taoyuan International Airport, Taipei, Taiwan.
  • Tinan Airport, Taiwan.


  • 177th Fighter Wing, Egg Harbour, NJ, USA.
  • Bagram Air Force Base, Afghanistan.
  • Canadian National Defence, Trenton, OT.
  • Dyess AFB, TX, USA.
  • French Marine Corps. BAN Landivisiau, France.
  • French Marine Corps. BAN Lanveoc, France.
  • French Marine Corps. BAN Nimes Garons, France.
  • Lajes Field AFB, Azores.
  • Manas AFB, Kyrgyzstan.
  • March AFB, CA, USA.
  • Ramstein Air Force Base, Germany.
  • Republic of Korea Air Force.
  • Royal Australian Air Force, RAAF Amberley.
  • Royal Australian Air Force, RAAF Richmond.
  • Royal Australian Air Force, RAAF Williamtown.
  • Royal Malaysian Air Force, Labuan, Malaysia.
  • Royal Norwegian Air Force, Norway.
  • Scott AFB, IL, USA.
  • United States Air Force, multi AFB locations.
  • United States Air National Guard.
  • Whiteman AFB, MO, USA.
  • Yokota AFB, Japan.


  • Air France, Paris, France.
  • Air New Zealand, Auckland, New Zealand.
  • British Airways, LHR.
  • Delta Airlines, ATL, USA.
  • Delta Airlines, JFK, New York, USA.
  • Emirates Airlines, Dubai, UAE.
  • Hycom [Airbus].
  • Malaysian Airlines, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
  • Qantas Airlines, SYD.
  • Royal Brunei Airlines.
  • South African Airways.
  • Thai Airways International, Thailand.
  • TWA, LAX, USA.

AMS Aircraft Recovery Ltd is a UK based engineering company specialising in the design and manufacture of aircraft recovery systems.

Established in 1988, the company was founded by staff with over 50 years experience in the design of aircraft recovery equipment. This enabled the company to rapidly become one of the market leaders in its field: designing, developing, manufacturing and distributing aircraft recovery equipment for use all over the world.

Over the years AMS has developed new services to complement our core engineering business, and we are now internationally recognised as specialist trainers on the use of aircraft lifting and aircraft moving equipment.

Over 1,100 students have benefited from our training courses, which can be conducted at our dedicated training facility in the UK, airports across the world, or military air force bases.

AMS and Industry 1sts
Many of the innovations, procedures and training used in aircraft recovery began as a result of the work AMS has completed.

We have considerable pride in the number of industry firsts that AMS have been recognised for. You can find more information on these our Industry Firsts page.

ISO Certification
AMS implement BSEN ISO 9001:2008 in all their manufacturing and design processes and are accredited by Anglo Japanese American Registrars (Registration number 059).

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The Future
We continue to work with major aviation industry decision-makers and aircraft designers, to develop aircraft lifting equipment, aircraft movement equipment and aircraft recovery training to cater for the growing needs of the industry.

AMS are members of:

British Airports Services and Equipment Association

International Air Transport Association (IATA)

The AMS Fuselage Lifting System (FLS) provides a groundbreaking solution for dealing with this problem. It is the first fully modular fuselage lifting system available for lifting small to larger aircraft (e.g. A380) with unique features that include:

  • Designed for lifting aircraft in accordance with the Aircraft Recovery Manual (ARM)
  • A Fixed Pitch Sling System © that prevents mis-alignment of the sling on fuselage frames
  • Light weight components
  • A patented lifting sling attachment mechanism that distributes the load evenly on each sling

AMS manufactured the system from steel to allow any damage during use to be clearly identified, without the need for complex X-ray equipment normally required for composite beams.

An important feature is that the system is easy to maintain, with no composite materials to consider.

Additional specification and benefits

  • Sling Safety Factor 7:1 Beam Safety Factor 5:1
  • All systems are CE marked
  • Supplied in steel stowage containers for easy airfreight
  • Supplied to the world’s IATP Pool Kit holders

The combination of components used in the AMS Fuselage Lifting System allows the following aircraft to be lifted safely (in accordance with the ARM):

Category 1
Airbus A318, A319, A320 & A321
Boeing B707, B727, B737 range, B757, MD80, MD90, DC8 & DC9
Category 2
Airbus A318, A319, A320, A321, A300, A310, A330 & A340
Boeing B707, B727, B737 range, B757, B767, MD80, MD90, DC8 & DC9
Category 3
Airbus A318, A319, A320, A321, A300, A310, A330, A340, A350* & A380
Boeing B707, B727, B737 range, B757, B767, B747, B777, B787*, MD11, MD80, MD90, DC8, DC9 & DC10

* Supplementary equipment required for these aircraft

The CACM is the first airbag inflation system to enable a single individual to control the lift of an aircraft.

Conventional methods required multiple operators, each controlling the inflation of a stack of airbags. AMS’s CACM removes the risk of miscommunication across a team of operators, making the operation easier to synchronise and safer for the team recovering the aircraft.

The primary benefit for customers is they will own a highly portable system which allows:

  • One operator to employ five positions of lift
  • Instant control of all airbag lifting operations
  • A central view of pressure in each contact airbag

Our experience in aircraft recovery training helped us design the CACM with a range of features that support rapid deployment and flexibility of use, including:

  • An integral fire-proofed standard compressor unit
  • Stowage compartments for AMS equipment
  • Highway legal for rapid deployment
  • An all pneumatic system to reduce fire risk
  • A modular system for upgrading to 7 points of lift (B747, A340)
  • Airbag and Temporary Roadway storage areas

Our Centralised Air Control Module has proved itself during ongoing use by airport authorities, airline companies and military air force teams, and remains a groundbreaking design for synchronising aircraft lifting.

During that time we have developed close working relationships with our customers, which has enabled us to become one of the leading innovators in the design, development and manufacture of aircraft lifting equipment, including:

AMS is a major distributor of aircraft recovery systems across the world, and the only provider of aircraft lifting airbags to have passed independent physical and environmental testing to MIL STD 810.

We continue to work with major aviation industry decision-makers and aircraft designers, to develop aircraft lifting equipment to cater for the growing needs of the industry.

Our work is to ensure that aircraft can be recovered safely with the minimum of delay, while our equipment is designed to minimise potential damage to aircraft during recovery.

We also provide industry-renowned training on the use of aircraft lifting systems so that our customers can deploy AMS equipment quickly themselves. This helps them reduce interruptions to flight schedules, rescue and repair aircraft more quickly, and return them to active service as soon as possible.

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