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Savings are determined by purchase volume and can be significantly below the original manufacturer's costs, thereby saving the commercial airline industry and military millions of maintenance dollars annually.
Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) pay multi-million "placement fees" and provide OEM brakes to the aircraft manufacturers at no cost with the understanding that the new aircraft buyers must purchase OEM aftermarket parts. The OEM brake manufacturer recoups its "buy in" investment through high priced replacement parts to aircraft operators. Nasco does not need to increase prices to pay for "buy in" costs. Moreover, Nasco has substantially lower corporate and administrative overhead costs than the OEM's.
Nasco has produced FAA-approved steel brake rotors for commercial aircraft since 1989 and USAF-approved friction lining and steel brake components for more than 20 U.S. military aircraft since 1971. These components have recorded tens of millions of safe landings.
Nasco steel brake friction linings, rotors and other parts are fully interchangeable with original manufacturer parts on a part-by-part basis. They can be mixed and interchanged with original components on the same brake. Nasco's carbon brake replace OEM brake stacks as a unit and fit into the OEM brake housing.
No. Nasco is the only FAA Approved alternate source manufacturer of aircraft brake components for FAR Part 25 commercial aircraft.
Nasco friction lining, steel brake components and carbon brakes are manufactured in Southern California. Most of this activity takes place in our Gardena facility, south of downtown Los Angeles.
Nasco's R&D expense as a percentage of revenue is equal to or greater than the OEMs. Like the OEMs, Nasco spends many millions of dollars to dynamometer test and flight test its parts to gain FAA approval The reason why Nasco can sell at a lower cost is because Nasco does not support the "buy in" or the corporate and administrative overheads experienced by the OEMs.