S.A.F.E. Structure Designs is an innovative leader in safety and training for maintenance personnel. Aircraft and vehicles are evolving at a rapid rate as technology advances bring us into an era where we must adapt to the intuitive nature of the vehicle. These “smart” designs are engineered to make our transport safer and more efficient. The challenge lies in the operation and maintenance.

S.A.F.E. Structure Designs is the global leader in custom-built maintenance platforms that understands the unique challenges associated with accessing all areas of an aircraft. The custom-built designs ensure functional work-flows, safe access and fall protection. Exclusive features also address fatigue related issues with comfort padding, fall protection and ergonomic accessories to prevent FOD. S.A.F.E. takes everything into consideration in the design and function of its platforms. Custom engineering provides all the features that adapt to the realistic needs of the mechanic. The engineering and design includes understanding the unique requirements of each customer including work environment and type of aircraft. S.A.F.E. provides custom expertise in solving workplace safety challenges while improving the workflow specific to the tasks.

In addition to being an effective maintenance resource, the economic benefits of the platforms are numerous. The innovative structures provide an efficient work flow and accessibility that increases performance while preventing work related injuries. Companies often contact S.A.F.E. after a work related accident to help prevent future accidents, such as a mechanic falling off an aircraft. S.A.F.E. professionals are available to provide an assessment of the workspace and provide expert solutions for maintenance access and safety. These solutions will help prevent accidents and improve the efficiency of maintenance. S.A.F.E. provides its products and services to fixed wing, rotorcraft and heavy equipment operators, both military and civilian. SAFE’s impeccable reputation is built on outstanding customer service. SAFE believes communication with the customer provides the most accurate needs assessment and the best solutions.

In listening to mechanics throughout North America, S.A.F.E. realized the scarcity of available training in many areas of helicopter maintenance operations. S.A.F.E. became aware of the lack of resources available for mechanics to learn some of the fundamentals as well as new avionics and technology. They were determined to provide an answer to this training deficiency. S.A.F.E. worked with Southern Utah University (SUU) to develop some courses that would assist helicopter mechanics. SUU provides both pilot and mechanic training and recently received FAA approval for a helicopter specific Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) rating. This is the first of its kind in North America. Other mechanic schools provide curriculum for airplanes only. SUU provides a degree program for mechanics that can do both airplanes and helicopters. This unique program was the perfect foundation for S.A.F.E. to assist in developing certificate programs for already licensed A&Ps or those working specific functions in a repair station. The first certificate program is designed to teach the correct procedures for track and balance. Many more training opportunities will follow.

At the 2020 HAI HeliExpo, S.A.F.E. provided a maintenance solution seminar focused on the basic tips and tricks outlined by the FAA Safety Team (FAAST). In an effort to assist the industry with more safety and training initiatives, S.A.F.E. hosts an annual Maintenance Safety Symposium. The June 2020 conference in Dallas is focusing on Troubleshooting Technology. All mechanics and maintenance directors are invited to participate. This symposium provides training resources to the mechanics that are often hard to find. Speakers and hands-on demos provide information that can assist the mechanic in many areas that have not been discussed in other training. This conference is also an opportunity for the mechanics to network and share best practices. Interactive discussion allows the mechanics to discuss their challenges. S.A.F.E. and SUU take the discussion to the drawing board and develop solutions in both support equipment and training options.

S.A.F.E. Structure Designs is dedicated to providing the resources for a safe culture in maintaining aircraft and heavy equipment. In developing safety and training resources for the industry, S.A.F.E. is making a difference and making “Safety First” a real solution.