USCG Aviation Logistics Center Advanced Coatings Process

The United States Coast Guard (USCG) Aviation Logistics Center (ALC) provides cradle-to-grave lifecycle engineering for the entire USCG aviation fleet.  The ALC's primary responsibility is to maintain mission-capable readiness for all Coast Guard Aviation Assets.  The USCG’s Elizabeth City facility provides complete overhaul and maintenance for all USCG aviation platforms, including corrosion management for all USCG aircraft.

CDS2 engineers and technical experts support the USCG Corrosion Program Office on an array of topics, including corrosion protection and prevention, corrosion repair, and training.  We serve as the Fixed and Rotary Wing Corrosion Preventative Advocates for the fleet from within the Corrosion Program Office.  Recognizing the unique additional resources provided to the Corrosion Program Office each summer with the induction of a few cadet summer interns from the United States Coast Guard Academy, CDS2 spearheaded a cadet intern project on behalf of the Corrosion Program Manager to better capture the entire aircraft coating as-is procedures from induction to depot, strip, prep, and paint.  Over the course of this project in 2009, the team of CDS2 engineers and technical experts guided the cadets on several fact-finding visits to other service depot facilities, including the Coatings Technology Integration Office at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, to learn more about the resources and processes needed to properly protect structures with an advanced coating system.  The cadets then briefed the ALC Command at the project conclusion, providing recommendations to improve corrosion management and coating processes within the depot environment.

As a result of the CDS2 and USCG Academy study, the ALC Command established a “Corrosion Czar” within the Industrial Operations Division to investigate the cost associated with painting components within hangars in addition to overhauling the main paint booth.  This effort also led to an ALC and fleet-wide ban of single-stage aerosol primers, which provide little to no protection to the structure and are considered unacceptable for aerospace use.  This effort continues with a 2011 acquisition planned for new customized paint booths and better humidity-controlled systems in the main ALC paint facility, and demonstrates one unique way that CDS2 maximizes limited ALC resources to seek solutions that better sustain an aging fleet of assets.