Aviation structural mechanics

Exposed to asbestos at their workplace

The primary duty of aviation structural mechanics was to maintain aircraft structural components such as flight surfaces and controls, hydraulic and pneumatic control, landing gear systems, air conditioning, pressurization and other utility systems, including seat and canopy ejection systems and components. Because they would often handle asbestos products directly, without protective equipment, their exposure was moderate and they are now at significant risk of developing a serious disease such as lung cancer.

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The rating of aviation structural mechanic was initially known as aviation metalsmith, having been established in 1921, but was changed in 1948 to what it is today. There are 3 categories of aviation structural mechanics in the U.S. military: aviation structural mechanics structures (AMS), aviation mechanics hydraulics (AMH), and aviation mechanics safety equipment (AME). Each of these branches would have specific responsibilities while on service.

Aviation structural mechanics structures (AMS) were in charge of removing, repairing and replacing hydraulic system pumps, auxiliary power systems, and unit actuating subsystems, as well as maintaining aircraft landing gear systems, brakes, and related pneumatic systems. They would work on emergency actuating devices, pumps, gaskets, valves, regulators, cylinders, lines, and fittings, numerous of which contained asbestos.

Aviation structural mechanic hydraulics (AMH) were responsible for replacing gaskets, packing and wipers in hydraulic components and also with removing and repairing aircraft fuselage, wings, fixed and movable surfaces, airfoils, regular seats, wheels, tires, controls, and mechanisms. This military rating would encounter asbestos on a regular basis too, as many of the components they had to work on were manufactured with the toxic mineral for fire resistance and durability.

Aviation structural mechanics safety equipment (AME) had to perform duties such as maintaining aircraft systems including seat and canopy ejection, gaseous and liquid oxygen, life raft ejection, fire extinguishing, air conditioning, cabin and cockpit heat, pressurization, and ventilation. They also had to remove and install oxygen system valves, gauges, converters, and regulators and to install rig ejection seats, shoulder harnesses, and lap belts.

Aviation mechanics also served in other military branches like the Air Force and Army.

Relevant job titles

  • aircraft mechanics and service technician
  • aircraft structure and systems assembler
  • aerospace engineering and operations technician
  • aviation metalsmith
  • flight mechanic
  • helicopter mechanic
  • heavy equipment mechanic
  • aircraft mechanic
  • flight engineer
  • rigger


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Diseases contracted after asbestos exposure in aircraft structural mechanics

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How can we help aircraft structural mechanics who were exposed to asbestos?

Our law firm specializes in asbestos cases and has been providing quality legal assistance to veterans injured by asbestos exposure for the last 30 years. If you had the rating of aircraft structural mechanic and developed a disease as a result of military asbestos exposure, please do not hesitate to contact us. We will promptly assess your situation and help you gather additional information to support your case. It is important to know that your involvement in the legal process will be minimal, as our team of experts will carefully take care of every aspect on your behalf. You will eventually recover the maximum compensation available for your physical and emotional distress, which our attorneys will obtain from asbestos trust funds and the VA.