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DTB Markets: Aviation & Aerospace

Contact DTB — specialists in commercial and military aviation testing, analysis, technical publications and logistics support.

Aviation Technical Publications

DTB specializes in technical publications and support logistic services to commercial and military aviation and aerospace requirements.

We develop technical manuals consisting of illustrated parts catalogs, flight, overhaul and maintenance manuals, wiring diagrams, flight checklists, all forms of completion manuals and the development of STC’s and ICA’s. In addition, DTB writers are experts in all current military and commercial standards and specifications for technical documentation development. (i.e.: ATA 100, ATA iSpec 2200, S1000D (all Issues), MIL-STD-40051-1/2 and AMCOM variants, MIL-STD-38784, MIL-STD-2361C, MIL-STD-3001 and various other MIL-STD’s, ANSI, SCORM, etc.)

Aviation doc types:
  • Parts Catalogs
  • Maintenance Manuals
  • IETM Development
  • Computer Based Training Programs
  • Interface Wiring Diagram Manuals
  • Operator & Flight Manuals
  • FAA Approved Training Program Manuals
  • FAA Compliant Repair Station and Quality Manuals

DTB’s Deep Roots in Aviation 

Our Founder, Dayton T. Brown, Sr.

Dayton T. Brown’s history with aviation began with our namesake and founder and is rooted in the beginnings of today’s aerospace industries. For decades, DTB has proudly supported and helped to develop many of the advancements that define modern aeronautical enterprises.

A brief chronology of DTB’s starting points:

  • Dayton T. Brown, Sr. Graduated from M.I.T., Class of 1921
  • Joined the Naval Aircraft Factory upon graduation in charge o f the first Navy dive-bomber
  • Became Chief Engineer, Detroit Aircraft (Lockheed was a division)
  • Designed the Scout Bomber, Buccaneer, Torpedo Bomber & Brewster Buffalo
  • After joining Grumman, Mr. Brown designed the Tadpole and the Kitten
  • Started DTB in 1950

Aircraft Testing Services

You can count on and profit from our proven methods of testing aerospace structures and components for fixed wing and rotorcraft applications. We cover proof of concept testing, conformity inspections, and complete RTCA/DO-160 certification testing (see below) to the latest revision.

DTB has extensive test facilities, teams of experienced aerospace testing engineers, support staff and carries on around-the-clock operations to complete your test requirements quickly and keep programs on schedule. We specialize in large unit testing on our T4000 or on our new T5500 with head expander + 3 inch displacement.

Example subsystem tests:
  • Airframe: Structural, Fatigue, Limit Loads
  • Avionics, Antennas, Power Inverters, TRU’s
  • Communications, Entertainment Systems
  • Drive Systems, Gear Trains, Hydraulics
  • Safety & Escape Systems
  • Flight Control Surfaces, Winglets
  • Interior / Exterior Lighting
  • Landing Gear
  • Oxygen Systems
  • Passenger Service Units (PSU’s)
  • Rotor Systems
  • Windows and Doors

Dayton T. Brown provides a full range of technical documentation authoring and logistic services to aviation and aerospace industries. DTB has successfully implemented comprehensive testing, technical publications programs and logistics support services for the most demanding airframe manufacturers, suppliers and completions centers in the world.

Our aerospace engineering analysis and testing experience runs the gamut from non-destructive inspection with a full in-house climate controlled dimensional lab and metallurgical laboratory, to failure analysis, in-flight instrumentation and data acquisition to alternate source qualification testing complete with design engineering, fabrication and final approval.

RTCA/DO-160 TestingRTCA/DO-160 testing covers standard procedures and environmental test criteria for testing airborne electronic equipment, (avionics), for the entire spectrum of aircraft, from light general aviation aircraft and helicopters, business jet and VIP aircraft through regional and commercial aircraft. Coordinated with EUROCAE (European Organization for Civil Aviation Equipment), RTCA/DO-160D and its European twin, EUROCAE/ED-14D, are worded identically.

DTB can test your aircraft to all the latest RTCA/DO-160 criteria. Our labs are A2LA accredited for RTCA/DO-160 testing, and have large anechoic test chambers, with high current DC and AC sources available. We can perform Emissions and Susceptibility testing to 40 GHz. Our equipment can generate radiated susceptibility fields well in excess of 200 V/m across the frequency range of 10 kHz to 40 GHz.

Benefit without adding staff, equipment or overhead costs…

aircraft-tech-01Due to increasing regulations and increasingly sophisticated buyers, aircraft completion and modification centers and MROs are expected to develop comprehensive technical documentation. If your business provides specialized completions, STC driven modifications, etc., then you know documentation requirements can be demanding and those demands divert focus from your core engineering and completion tasks — they can even hurt performance.

DTB’s Technical Services Division can put this part of the job into your plus column. Our experience in this specialized documentation is unbeatable and our range encompasses all pertinent requirements.

Satisfying stringent documentation requirements is our business.

DTB’s aviation technical documentation specialists will analyze your requirements, perform on-site data collection, author technical documentation and provide hands-on validation. We can deploy this documentation as supplements or integrate it into existing production aircraft technical manuals in any electronic or interactive format.

  • Aircraft Completion Oversight & Management
  • Maintenance Project Management
  • Jet / Helicopter Acceptance
  • Modernization
  • JAR-OPS Compliance
  • RVSM / RNP Compliance
  • Far 135 Compliance
  • FAA / DER / DAR STC Services

DTB will support you through FAA acceptance. Our clients range from Fortune 100 Companies to small, privately owned maintenance and engineering service companies. We provide structured technical documentation authored according to ICA and STC requirements to both U.S. and foreign allied governments and commercial concerns.

DTB will simplify the steps to your ICA’s FAA approval.

Do You Require Instructions For Continued Airworthiness?
Dayton T Brown’s very experienced Completions Team regularly pilots customers through the difficulties of satisfying an ICA — and the many areas required:

  • Introduction
  • Description
  • Control
  • Recommended Overhaul Periods
  • Service Information
  • Maintenance Instructions
  • Troubleshooting
  • Removal / Installation
  • Diagrams
  • Special Inspections
  • Fastener Data
  • Special Treatments & Tools
  • Electrical Loads / Balancing
  • Limitations & Revisions

FAA Compliant Repair Station & Quality Procedures Manuals

prototype-example-fuelpipeUnder the new requirements of FAR Part 145, every repair station must have FAA compliant manuals that reflect the specific quality and repair procedures of that facility. If you lack the expertise, time or desire to create FAA compliant Repair Station Manuals, DTB can help. We develop Repair Station and Quality Procedures Manuals to satisfy the new requirements of 14  CFR,  Part 145, Sections 145.207 – 145.211.

FAA Compliant Repair Station and Quality Manuals to requirements of 14 CFR, Part 145.
We develop cost-effective Training Program Manuals and CBT (Computer Based Training) systems that satisfy the requirements of 14 CFR, Part 145, Section 145.163.

Part 145 also requires every repair station to have a Training Program Manual “approved” by the FAA; not merely “accepted” as in years past.

We develop first-rate manuals and provide first-class service. Our products are structured specifically to support the operation, maintenance and interface of equipment and systems you repair —satisfying stringent documentation requirements is our business.

14 CFR Part 145 Repair Station requirements state that MROs must develop specific technical manuals to support their operation and quality activities.

Complete FAR Part 145 Support

DTB provides complete support through the approval process…






  • Our aviation technical documentation specialists will analyze your requirements, perform on-site data collection and author precise technical documentation.
  • We will support you through FAA approval.
  • Our commercial clients range from Fortune 100 Companies to small privately owned maintenance and engineering service companies.
  • Structured technical documentation authored according to *ICA and STC requirements.
  • Services provided to both U.S. and foreign governments and concerns.

DTB’s aviation industry experience and technical documentation expertise enable us to provide cost-effective solutions that satisfy the complicated and time consuming portions of the FAR Part 145 compliance process — namely the preparation of:

FAA Experience

For all aspects of your completions, operations, maintenance and systems interfaces. At DTB, our project teams have impressive experience in every phase of development and delivery to every requirement. And, our teams include technical authors with backgrounds a equipment specialists, aviation engineers and A&P licensed mechanics and pilots.


aircraft-tech-03The aerospace industry is unique. Companies in this field compete on creativity, timeliness, quality and price while adhering to rigid standards and specifications. Dayton T. Brown’s Technical Services Division has been in the forefront of developing automated publishing tools that allow our clients to meet these standards quickly and economically. Our personnel have been performing technical writing services and technical illustrating for critical aerospace equipment since 1959.

Aerospace manufacturers in all fields have sourced DTB’s Technical Services Division many times over the years. Our contributions to compliance and efficiency include IETMs, operator manuals and parts catalogs.

Boeing, General Dynamics, Gulfstream, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, Northrop Grumman, Sikorsky, Pratt & Whitney and Goodrich are among our many clients.

aircraft-tech-04The airframe manufacturer gives an aircraft its roots, but the systems suppliers provide it with personality. Whether business jet, commercial or DoD, the systems installed require all the information needed to be efficiently operated and maintained. Our aviation specialists will develop all required documentation and deploy it in any electronic or interactive format including the international standard, S1000D.