Carl Jones is described by colleagues as “a dedicated, hardworking individual who epitomizes the type of aviation maintenance engineer you want working on your helicopter.”
During one deployment on a critical contract with a tight schedule, the combining gearbox on a PT6 Twin- Pac failed. Changing this unit is not a small job, but Jones was able to source and arrange for delivery of a replacement, remove the old unit, and install the new one, leaving time to complete the contract. To make this happen, he worked evenings and weekends until the job was done. The National Research Council’s (NRC) fly-by-wire helicopters have unique research equipment attached to the flight controls, as well as auxiliary systems such as a nonstandard 3000-psi hydraulic system. Jones is able to maintain and repair these systems and keep the helicopters operating. Jones once devised a modification to fix a problem with the pedal axis of the force-feel system on a Bell 205 fly-by-wire research system.
“Rather than sitting back happy with the status quo, Carl takes pride in his aircraft and is always looking for ways to make incremental improvements to them,” a colleague says. “Jones is a regular attendee at trade shows like those held by HAI, where he is always on the lookout for new technology to increase our capabilities.”
Jones takes pride in his aircraft and is always looking for ways to make incremental improvements to them.
Examples of this ingenuity include a new step and door roller system for NRC’s Bell 412 and a cycle counter system for the Bell 205. The cycle counter system has already paid for itself through reduced maintenance costs.