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U.S. Army?s researchers work to improve future helicopter performance

Researchers at the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Aviation & Missile Center Aviation Development Directorate?Ames in rotors technical area stationed in Virginia are working to improve the capability of the future of Army aviation.

Army scientists have reached a promising milestone in the field of rotors research for improved capabilities of helicopters in the near future.

According to a recent CCDC Aviation & Missile Center news release, one of the projects the rotors technical area is working is in-flight rotor track and balance. Previously, blades on a helicopter had trim tabs that needed to be adjusted by hand to minimize vibration. Once adjusted, the aircraft would go through multiple track and balance flights to validate the adjustment. Centolanza said automating the process saves time and money. ?As we go to FVL, as we go faster, (active rotor track and balance) becomes more and more important. That really (aims towards) sustainment and improved performance, by reducing vibration,? he said.

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