Need Help with AGSE?

When you have questions about aviation ground support equipment (AGSE), contact the AGSE headshed at:

Access to the site requires a common access card (CAC). Once there, click on the AGSE tab to get quick access to product descriptions, technical manuals, maintenance messages and updated component listings.

Under the AGSE Support tab, click on AGSE Help Ticket to submit an equipment specific problem or question.

The AGSE team uses the Joint Technical Data Interchange (JTDI) website for communicating technical information, product updates, addressing issues and concerns and providing an online help ticket for customers in the field.

The JTDI website also contains technical information on Black Hawks, Apaches and Chinooks. JTDI has other information on Automated Weight and Balance Systems(AWBS), 128th Aviation Brigade, Composites, AMCOM Logistics Center (ALC), Aircraft Survivability Equipment (ASE), Aeromechanics, Fixed Wing and Unmanned Aviation Systems (UAS).


Transfer Aircraft the Right Way

There’s a right way and a wrong way to transfer an aircraft from one unit to another. The right way is with complete and correct paperwork. The wrong way is with missing or incomplete paperwork or paperwork that has errors.

Here’s the gist of the situation: During an aircraft transfer from unit A (the losing unit) to unit B (the gaining unit), unit A gets in a hurry and doesn’t give historical records and documents the proper attention they need. Unit B maybe overwhelmed with a possible new mission and all the details involved with that process. They don’t usually discover the situation with the aircraft records until after the transfer takes place.

When unit B finally examines the aircraft, they discover that its historical data is either missing or the forms were not filled out correctly. There may be problems with the DA Form 2408-16, Aircraft Component Historical Record; DA Form 2408-16-1, Historical Recorder Component Module Record; DA From 2408-16-2, Auxiliary Power Unit and Component Record; DA Form 2408-17, Aircraft Inventory Record; and incorrect inspection data on the DA Form 2408-18, Equipment Inspection List.

The process that Unit B has to go through to correct errors in historical records and paperwork means a lot of work. It sometimes means contacting the AMCOM 2410 Hotline to fix the problems.

In a worst case scenario, Unit B may have to ground the aircraft if parts lacking historical data need replacement. That can affect their mission support capabilities and readiness.

It’s important when preparing an aircraft for transfer that you make sure all of the aircraft historical and legitimate code file (LCF) data in ULLS-A are up-to-snuff. Just imagine how you’d feel if you were the receiving unit.

Make a note that the upcoming change 66 to ULLS-AE will include LCF scrubber scripts to assist the gaining and losing units in identifying parts and inspections which may have been entered incorrectly. Gaining units should request a copy of the report to ensure the losing unit has made the corrections.

If you do need 2410 Hotline assistance, call DSN 897-2410, (256) 313-2410 or toll free (877) 511-8139. Leave your name, UIC and a complete phone number. You can also send an email to:

Aviation Tools Have Come a Long Way

Mechanics, the aviation ground support equipment (AGSE) product manager is beginning to field the new common aviation tool system (CATS).

CATS is replacing the new aviation tool system (NATS) and includes aerospace and industrial quality tools that are housed in drawers with foam cutouts. Included in each tool kit is an illustrated component list which shows the storage location in for tools in each drawer. That simplifies inventory and reduces the risk of foreign object damage (FOD).

CATS is made up of several different tool kits. These kits include:

  • Hydraulic tool kit (HYTK),

NSN 5180-01-628-2370

  • Power plant tool kit (PPTK),

NSN 5180-01-628-2371

  • Technical inspection tool kit

(TITK), NSN 5180-01-628-2372

  • Electrical tool kit (ELTK),

NSN 5180-01-628-2373

  • Powertrain tool kit (PTTK),

NSN 5180-01-726-2374

  • General mechanics tool kit

(GMTK), NSN 5180-01-628-2375

  • Sheet metal tool kit (SMTK),

NSN 5180-01-628-2376

CATS fielding should be done by the 4th quarter of FY17. All active, National Guard and Reserve MTOE and specified TDA units will receive CATS to replace their existing NATS.

To keep current on AGSE information, click the AGSE tab on the CAPS website. A CAC login is required.

When You Need Help

The AGSE Help Ticket link in the AGSE section of the CAPS website allows you to submit an equipment-specific question directly to a subject matter expert. You will get automatic emails informing you of the progress of your inquiry. The AGSE Help Ticket link is in the upper right-hand corner of the AGSE page. You can access it directly at:

Remember Your General Aircraft TMs

Dear Editor,

While searching for replacement parts for our aircraft grounding cables, we did a lot of wheel spinning looking in the maintenance manuals. Finally, we checked out the PS Magazine website and found an article that led us to the general aircraft TMs.

Turns out, that’s where the parts list for the grounding cables is. Can you let Soldiers know about the grounding cable parts and the wealth of other good aviation information that’s found in the general aircraft TMs?

CW2 Aaron Comps

A Co, 1-169th AVN REGT

Ft. Bragg, NC

(Editor note: Yes and it’s always great to hear from those who’ve found what they need in PS.

To recap, those grounding cable parts can be found in Fig 3-1 of TM 1-1500-204-23-1 (Jul 92, w/ch 8, Dec 12). Here’s what you need:

  • Wire rope (coated), NSN 4010-00-286-2681
  • Wire rope (non-coated), NSN 4010-01-145-8455
  • Plug tip (consisting of cap, plug and set screw), NSN 5935-00-572-5174
  • Electrical clip, NSN 5999-00-134-5844

When it comes to the general aircraft TMs, always remember: Not everything you need for your Chinooks, Kiowa Warriors, Black Hawks and AH-64s is included in their maintenance manuals. There’s always more helpful information in the general aircraft TMs.

Because of high op-tempo, constant deployments and contractor maintenance, some may have forgotten about the general aircraft TMs. New mechanics may not even know about them. So when you can’t find something in your regular maintenance manuals, don’t forget to check out the general aircraft maintenance TMs.

You’ll find information about parts, components, cannon plugs and wiring. They also provide a treasure trove of hardware and consumables, shop practices, tools, ground support equipment and much more.

Get to know this list of general aircraft TMs:

  • TM 1-1500-204-23-1, AVUM and AVIM Manual for General Aircraft Maintenance, (General Maintenance and Practices), Volume 1.
  • TM 1-1500-204-23-2, AVUM and AVIM Manual for General Aircraft Maintenance (Pneudraulics Maintenance and Practices), Volume 2.
  • TM 1-1500-204-23-3, AVUM and AVIM Manual for General Aircraft Maintenance (Maintenance Practices for Fuel And Oil Systems), Volume 3.
  • TM 1-1500-204-23-4, AVUM and AVIM Manual for General Aircraft Maintenance (Electrical and Instrument Maintenance Procedures and Practices), Volume 4.
  • TM 1-1500-204-23-5, AVUM and AVIM Manual for General Aircraft Maintenance (Propeller, Rotor, and Powertrain Maintenance Practices), Volume 5.
  • TM 1-1500-204-23-6, AVUM and AVIM Manual for General Aircraft Maintenance (Hardware and Consumable Materials), Volume 6.
  • TM 1-1500-204-23-7, AVUM and AVIM Manual for General Aircraft Maintenance (Nondestructive Testing and Flaw Detection Procedures and Practices), Volume 7.
  • TM 1-1500-204-23-8, AVUM and AVIM Manual for General Aircraft Maintenance (Machine and Welding Shop Practices), Volume 8.
  • TM 1-1500-204-23-9, AVUM and AVIM Manual for General Aircraft Maintenance (Tools and Ground Support Equipment), Volume 9.
  • TM 1-1500-204-23-10, AVUM and AVIM Manual for General Aircraft Maintenance (Sheet Metal Shop Practices), Volume 10.
  • TM 1-1500-204-23-11, AVUM and AVIM Manual for General Aircraft Maintenance (Advanced Composite Material General Maintenance and Practices), Volume 11.

You can find all these TMs online at the LOGSA website:

Don’t Be Done in by Aviation’s Dirty Dozen

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Save Your Aircraft Windows

Mechanics, you can minimize downtime and save your unit tons of money by repairing damaged acrylic aircraft windows instead of ordering new ones.

Tossing out acrylic aircraft windows because of scratches, blemishes or minor damage is costly. Instead, repair them while they remain in the frame on the aircraft with the window repair kit, NSN 4920-01-569-3630 (PN EZ2050B-1). This kit was recently improved so you may have the original PN, EZ2050B.

The window repair kit is included in the unit aviation shop set, NSN 4920-01-551-7472, and the AVIM sheet metal shop set, NSN 4920-01-600-7364. The kit contains an instruction manual and training DVD that explains the simple 2-3 step process for restoring acrylic aircraft windows.

Repairing windows is a good way to get in the habit of saving money, especially with tighter budgets. Make a note until TM 1-1500-204-23-10 is updated to include the window repair kit.

AN/PRQ-7 Radio Set… Need Parts For Your Radio?

Dear Sergeant Blade,

In my National Guard unit, I support the AN/PRQ-7 radio set, NSN 5820-01-499-4473. We’re having trouble finding NSNs for the microphone boots and the battery release catch. Can you help us out with NSNs for these and any other parts?


Dear Sir,

You bet! Here’s a list of all available spare parts to get the AN/PRQ-7 operational:



Non-rechargeable battery


Rechargeable battery


Antenna blade






Earphone tips


Earphone cushions


Speaker cover kit


Antenna nut cap kit


Antenna rivet kit


If you have questions about the radio set contact CECOMs Chit Lee at DSN 648-8189, (443) 395-8189, FAX (443) 395-6459 or by email:

If you need a one-for-one exchange for your radio, it will come from excess stock that the National Guard Bureau manages. The POC for replacement radios is Lonnie Thompson, (703) 607-7725 or email:

                      ‘Rotor’ Blade