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Fairchild Controls is a manufacturer of environmental, electronic, and pneumatic control systems for commercial aircraft and military platforms around the world. It was originally a division of the Sherman Fairchild aircraft group of industries, and has since become a wholly owned business subsidiary of EADS. Its primary products y include vapor cycle cooling systems, air management systems (including air cooling and contaminant filtration systems), control electronics, and air turbine drives. Primary customers include the US Department of Defense, leading military prime contractors, both major commercial air transport manufacturers and airlines globally. The company is incorporated in the US State of Delaware, with headquarters in Frederick, Maryland.
- 1925: Sherman Fairchild formed the Fairchild Aviation Corporation in Long Island, New York. Fairchild was a pioneer in the aviation industry, he founded the company to build the FC-1, an aircraft specifically designed to provide accurate aerial mapping and surveying
- 1930's: Fairchild launched the Fairchild Engine Division. The new division developed and began manufacturing a six-cylinder engine, called the L-440. The L-440 was the first air-cooled in-line engine featuring pressure cooling. The engine played an important role in the war effort, powering over 6000 Fairchild trainers during World War II.
- 1961: Fairchild went through a series of changes and acquisitions. The company was renamed Fairchild-Stratos Corporation and began building meteoroid detection satellites for NASA and cameras that were used for the Apollo missions.
- 1964: Fairchild acquired Hiller Aircraft and it became Fairchild Hiller. Later that same year Fairchild acquired Republic Aviation, which became the Republic Aviation Division of Fairchild Hiller.
- 1965: Fairchild created the Space & Electronic Systems division to produce spacecraft and subsystems. Expertise in cryogenics was used to develop Vapor Cycle Cooling Systems for sophisticated electronic packages used in navigation, targeting and electronic counter measure pods affixed to military aircrafts.
- 1971: After the death of Sherman Fairchild in 1971, the corporate identity of the company changed from Fairchild Hiller to Fairchild Industries, Inc. Fairchild acquired the assets of Roades Lewis in Manhattan Beach California and renamed it Stratos West.
- 1980s: The Fairchild Space and Defense and Fairchild Controls divisions were acquired by the Matra Lagardere Group, a French aerospace company
- 1992: Fairchild Controls was relocated from Manhattan Beach, California to two locations in Maryland, Frederick and Germantown.
- 1994: Orbital Sciences acquired the Space and Defense division. Fairchild Controls was spun off on its own and consolidated all operations to the current location in Frederick, Maryland.
- 2000: DaimlerChrysler Aerospace AG (DASA) of Germany, Aerospatiale-Matra of France, and Construcciones Aeronauticas SA (CASA) of Spain. Merged to form, EADS.
- 2000 Fairchild Controls developed the ADU 2000 for the 767-400 Aircraft.
- 2001: Fairchild Controls develops first variable speed aerospace grade Vapor Cycle System (VCS).
*2001 The company was selected to design and build a vapor cycle cooling system that will be used to provide a controlled environment for soldiers and electronics on board the U.S. Marine Corps Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle (EFV).
- 2002: Fairchild Controls is a participant in the Advanced Targeting Forward-Looking Infrared (ATFLIR) pod that was developed by Raytheon. FC developed the pod subsystem that delivers and modulates cooling to the pod electronics.
- A380 Supplemental Cooling System contract awarded to Fairchild Controls along with joint venture partner Microtecnica of Torino, Italy.
- Fairchild Controls enters into a five year Longbow Depot Repair Contract with Boeing. This contract streamlines the repair process for fielded ECS LRUs to less than 45 days.
- 2003: The first Environmental Control System for the U.S. Marine Corps Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle (EFV) is delivered.
- Fairchild Controls wins ECS contract for the AH-64D Apache Longbow MYII configuration aircraft. The MYII ECS sports the new Single Speed 54mm Compressor. This represents the 2nd multi-year agreement between Boeing and Fairchild Controls.
- 2004: Fairchild Controls was recognized as a key supplier by Boeing for their support of the Apache Longbow helicopter program.
- 2005: Fairchild Controls receives award to design, develop, and deliver the Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical (NBC) Filtration System (FS) for the U.S. Marine Corps Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle (EFV).
- 2007: The Supplemental Cooling System (SCS) designed and manufactured by Fairchild Controls for the Airbus A380, enters revenue service.
- FC selected to develop a modified Air Turbine Drive for the Boeing 747-8 Aircraft.
- Fairchild Controls awards research grants to Georgia Tech and University of Alabama for advanced control and diagnostic technologies.
- FC awarded maintenance contract for TP-25 air turbine drives on U.S. Air Force C-130 Hercules aircraft.
- 2008: Northrop Grumman selects Fairchild Controls to supply vapor cycle cooling system for B-52 mounted ALQ-122 airborne jammer upgrade.
- Fairchild Controls awarded Air Force contract to design and optimize next-generation thermal management system architectures.
- Fairchild Controls receives U.S. Federal Aviation Administration(FAA) aftermarket repair authorization for its A380 Supplemental Cooling System Controller.
- 2009: Fairchild Controls to supply Vapor Cycle Cooling System for U.S. Air Force EC-130 Compass Call Special Mission aircraft.
- Tech Council of Maryland named Fairchild Controls the High Technology Firm of the Year, recognizing the company's excellence in technology and products in aerospace and defense.
- 2010: Fairchild Controls receives Maryland International Leadership Award from the World Trade Center Institute.
- Fairchild Controls enters strategic partnership with Firstec Co., Ltd. to provide cooling equipment for the Republic of Korea (ROK) Air Force.
- Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems (SAS) presented Fairchild Controls with the "3 Star Supplier Excellence Award" for exceptional performance in supporting Raytheon's SAS business.
Thermal Management Systems
Fairchild Controls thermal management systems are specialized as light weight, tightly packaged, compact solutions to meet extremely limited space requirements for the demanding performance requirements of the defense and aerospace industry.
Fairchild Controls pneumatic systems include pneumatic drive assemblies used to provide essential supplementary hydraulic power for the aircraft hydraulic system when the engine-driven hydraulic pumps are unable to supply the full system demand. The firm also air turbine drives that provide a compact conversion of high pressure air into mechanical power. Fairchild Controls produces constant speed air turbine drives with nominal ratings ranging from 3hp to 45hp for such applications as alternators, generators, hydraulic pumps, jet engine starters, air compressors, mechanical actuators and fuel transfer pumps.
Electronics and Avionics
Fairchild’s thermal management systems are typically controlled by high and low power electronics for AC and DC motor control. These include Built-In-Test (BIT), health monitoring, prognostic, fault isolation, and reporting capabilities. Fairchild designs laser-based terrain and obstacle avoidance systems for commercial and military helicopters. These active in-flight avoidance systems enhance a pilot’s ability to detect, identify and avoid dangerous life-threatening obstacles. Their modular mission data transfer systems with voice and flight data recording functions deliver low electrical system installation requirements and simple mechanical aircraft interface. The miniaturized versions are ideal for helicopters and small aircraft.