S.A.F.E. Structure Designs has developed a unique pitch-adjustment tool for all models of Robinson helicopters. The tool, inspired by Southern Utah University (SUU) maintenance manager Jared Britt and his team, ensures accurate adjustment and replacement of pitch change links and makes track and balance adjustments easier.
“The tool allows for accurate measurements in adjusting and replacing links and rods,” said Johnny Buscema, S.A.F.E. CEO. “This can save hours and provides greater accuracy than the trial and error method used in the past. We designed a similar tool for Blackhawks for the USCG fleet of MH-60s three years ago.”
S.A.F.E. said it will be designing and manufacturing similar pitch adjustment tools for other helicopter models in the future. It is also working with SUU to develop a certificate training program on track and balance for A&P mechanics. The pitch-adjustment tool will be used to teach students how to perform the track and balance procedures with increased accuracy. Track and balance will be the first of several certificate programs from S.A.F.E. and SUU for mechanic training in helicopter specific maintenance. The first class will start in September. SUU has already received FAA approval on a helicopter-specific A&P program.