Maintaining Your H-60 Black Hawk

Adhering to proper maintenance practices is of utmost importance in the aerospace industry. No aircraft is so tolerant of neglect that it is exempt from deterioration in the absence of inspection and maintenance programs, including the H-60 Black Hawk helicopter. Corrosion, wear and tear, natural fatigue, and chance failures all contribute to the overall functioning and safety of this aircraft. Proper maintenance isn’t only about replacing a damaged part; it is about the repeated proactive actions required for restoring or maintaining your helicopter. Common components that need to be replaced in these aircraft include rotor systems, avionics, fuselage panels, and turbine lines/hoses/connections.

At the top of the list is one of the most vital components of helicopter operations. Your blades and pitch bearing system are what hangs your chopper in the air. They withstand extreme speeds and bear massive vertical and lateral forces. Inspect your rotor system with the utmost detail to avoid malfunctions. Linkage and blades should be replaced—or tuned—as maintenance calls for. Blades take the full force of helicopter flight, and linkage to adjust pitch is the next directly affected part.

Avionics are one of the most frequently updated systems of all military aircraft, including the H-60 Black Hawk. These components are responsible for the proper monitoring, operation, and maneuvering of your aircraft; they contribute to effective piloting and safety. As technology evolves, so do avionics. The more up to date your equipment is, the better off your helicopter will be during operations.

Corrosion resistant is an all-too-common issue and is the result of electrochemical reactions between materials and substances in their environment. It is the gradual destruction of the metal by way of a chemical reaction with the environment. Metal corrosion is incredibly damaging to your aircraft, in particular, the engine. A keen eye during a thorough inspection can help spot areas of rust and corrosion that commonly go unnoticed. In certain cases, a complete overhaul is the only way these areas get noticed. Corrosion in an H-60 Black Hawk leads to pitting, which can significantly decrease the strength of the aircraft, induce cracks, and inevitably put the helicopter out of commission. Rivets must be inspected to ensure safe operation as well; be sure to invest in even the smallest pieces of your Black Hawk.

The H-60 vibrates structural components each and every time it is operated; parts get hot, and parts get cold. This machine depends on vital fluids to keep cool, lubricated, and parts moving. A leak—or line break—can be caused by corrosion, splitting, or form cuts where these lines are fastened. Breaks in lines are red flags and must be replaced immediately. Hoses and lines must be in satisfactory shape at connection points; hose clamps, crimps, and line connections also fail over time. Proper maintenance and inspection of blades are required to keep it spinning.

At Cogent Sourcing, owned and operated by ASAP Semiconductor, we can help you find all the helicopter components for the aerospace, civil aviation, and defense industries. We’re always available and ready to help you find all the parts and equipment you need, 24/7-365. For a quick and competitive quote, email us at or call us at +1-714-705-4780.


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