A conversation with Rick Jones, President and CEO of MTI Instruments
Jet engine vibration is perhaps the worst enemy of an aircraft maintenance team. Out-of-balance parts can lead to cracked fan, turbine, and compressor components; general metal fatigue; and if unchecked, catastrophic engine failure. Overall vibration, however, is actually the summation of vibration contributions from any combination of moving parts within the engine, which makes analysis and balancing extremely complicated. Structural characteristics of individual aircraft compound the problem. Engine location on the airframe or type of engine mount, for example, can transmit or magnify vibration troubles. Rick Jones, President and CEO of MTI Instruments, addresses this industry-wide challenge to aviation safety and service.