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Tail Rotor Tracking

 Tail Rotor Tracking

  • The marking and electronic methods of tail rotor tracking are explained in the following paragraphs.

Marking Method :

Procedures for tail rotor tracking using the marking method, are as follows:

• After replacement or installation of the tail rotor hub, blades, or pitch change system, check tail rotor rigging, and track tail rotor blades. Tail rotor tip clearance shall be set before tracking and checked again after tracking.

• the strobe-type tracking device may be used if available. Instructions for use are provided with the device. Attach a piece of soft rubber hose six inches long on the end of a ½ × ½ inch pine stick or another flexible device. Cover the rubber hose with Prussian blue or a similar type of coloring thinned with oil.

  •  NOTE: Ground run-up shall be performed by authorized personnel only. Start the engine in accordance with the applicable maintenance manual. Run engine with pedals in a neutral position.
  • Reset marking device on the underside of the tail boom assembly. Slowly move marking device into a disk of tail rotor approximately one inch from the tip.
  •  When a near blade is marked, stop the engine and allow rotor to stop. Repeat this procedure until the tracking mark crosses over to the other blade, then extend pitch control link of unmarked blade one-half turn.

Electronic Method :

  • the electronic Vibrex balancing and tracking kit is housed in a carrying case and consists of a Model 177M-6A Balancer, a Model 135M-11 Strobex, track and balance charts, an accelerometer, cables, and attaching brackets.
  •  The Vibrex balancing kit is used to measure and indicate the level of vibration induced by the main rotor and tail rotor of a helicopter. The Vibrex analyzes the vibration induced by out-of-track or out-of-balance rotors, and then by plotting vibration amplitude and clock angle on a chart the amount and location of rotor track or weight change is determined. In addition, the Vibrex is used in troubleshooting by measuring the vibration levels and frequencies or rpm of unknown disturbances.

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