Reversing Reverse Engineering

While the continued obsolescence of military aircraft parts and systems is an ever growing problem, companies like PHT with deep expertise in reverse engineering have been thus far able to successfully re-engineer all kinds of electrical and mechanical systems, from radar equipment, to aircraft navigation lights, to power supplies, actuators and more. But when reverse …

Multilayer PCB Reverse Engineering

PCB reverse engineering

While there are any number of companies who claim to be able to reverse engineer and manufacture dual sided PCB’s, the skills necessary to create form-fit-function replacements of multilayer pcb’s in the world of military equipment and systems, reduce this list substantially. Competencies required for this analysis go well beyond point to point connectivity and …

Common Types of Aircraft Navigation Lighting

While military and commercial aircraft share some common conventions with respect to types, color and usage of external lights, differences exist in the goals and capabilities of similar systems. An obvious example might be the use of external lighting on stealth aircraft. It doesn’t help the cause if the enemy can see your wingtip lighting …

A Process for Military System Reverse Engineering for Avionics Systems

When confronted with a multilayer circuit card or subsystem for which spares are all but unobtainable, and documentation is wishful thinking, the use of forward looking design options can be limited. “Often we are required to use legacy production test equipment as part of final qualification,” Notes Patrick Antaki, lead engineer at PHT Aerospace. “This …