AMS Systems hosts worldwide aviation bosses to demo new system

By Anita Jaynes on 8 June, 2014

A UK engineering company, which is a world-leader in aircraft recovery equipment, is hosting aviation bosses from around the world for a live demonstration of how its revolutionary new turntable can be used to recover crashed aircraft.

AMS Systems Engineering has been developing aircraft recovery systems for 25 years; as well as the turntable, its innovations include a recovery sledge system, and it is the market leader for the manufacture of recovery airbags. Based in Farnham, Surrey, AMS also has a unique facility at Cotswold Airport, near Kemble in Gloucestershire, where delegates from around the world are trained on a ‘crashed’ aircraft to use aircraft recovery equipment.

The huge turntable, which is the size of a Mini, was developed by AMS engineers specifically for the recovery of large, wide-bodied aircraft such as the A380 Airbus, should it suffer nose-gear failure. AMS’s first customer for the turntable was BA, which has it based at Heathrow.

A team from AMS will be demonstrating the turntable along with other aircraft rescue systems it has designed, in front of an audience of invited industry chiefs. The event will take place at its Cotswold Airport training facility on June 17, using a large, wide-bodied jet aircraft – one of the aircraft it has available for its air rescue equipment training.

“We want to be able to showcase a live demonstration of recovery equipment at our AMS training facility,” said AMS Managing Director Scott Knight. “We have the only facility in the world where you can simulate a crashed aircraft then train people hands-on in how to recover it. Certainly, for training purposes, nobody else is coming close to being able to crash and recover a large plane, like an Airbus A380 or Boeing B747.”

Following on from the demonstration, on June 18 and 19, AMS will host the annual meeting of the Aircraft Recovery Task Force of the industry body IATA (International Air Transport Association) – the first time this has taken place outside North America. The meeting will be held in Windsor.

AMS was established in 1988, bringing together industry experts with more than 50 years’ experience between them. The company manufactures and supplies its high-tech aircraft recovery equipment to airlines and airport authorities around the world, and has customers on every continent. In the UK alone its equipment is used at, among others, Heathrow, Manchester, Birmingham, Belfast and Dublin airports. Worldwide, AMS’s clients include many Middle and Far East airports and airlines, and the US and Canadian airforces. Its armoury of recovery equipment includes airbags, slings and sledges, as well as its new turntable. The company also trains delegates in the use of equipment, at its Gloucestershire facilities.

Recently, AMS was given an IATA tenth anniversary award to mark the length of its membership.

“Hosting the IATA conference is a real honour for AMS, coming as it does in our 25th anniversary year,” said Scott. “As well as demonstrating the turntable, we also wanted to show off our training facility, where we’ve trained more than 1,100 delegates to date, from all over the world. We train them using AMS equipment, but they can go back to their airports and use their own equipment or they might buy it from us. At the same time, we can also send teams to other locations to train people onsite.

“There’s nothing to compare with the training we offer, because no one else offers the students the opportunity to practice on real aircraft in a crashed position like we do.”

For more information about AMS visit, email Scott Knight at or call 01420 23777.