To keep the fleet airborne, 20 depot technicians were tasked with rebuilding and overhauling hundreds of legacy CN-1314 Vertical Displacement Gyroscopes to replace the modern Fiber Optic Gyroscopes that weren't functioning properly. The
Less than 100 gyros remain of the 426 increase the depot received just a few months ago, according to
A Black Hawk Safety of Flight memo was issued by the Aviation and
"By acting quickly and being proactive, Tobyhanna Army Depot has helped reduce the Safety of Flight impact not only for CECOM, but most importantly the Soldiers who need to fly in IMC conditions," said
Watson is the item manager for the CN-1314 gyroscope.
What makes this situation unique is that the CN-1314 is an older asset that is being phased out (but still in the inventory) and replaced by the fiber optic gyroscopes, Capizzi explained.
To meet customer requirements, the branch needed to overcome a few obstacles. CECOM worked with
"These employees have surpassed all expectations," said
On average, nine employees complete about 60 vertical displacement gyros a month for CECOM. This short-term increase in fiscal year 2013 operations necessitated a third shift and required training new employees to support the workload.
"Volunteers from other avionics shops stepped up to help with this project," Capizzi said. "It took about a month to get everyone trained and up to speed. Steadily and surely, they started to produce gyros."
Employees are sorted into four areas -- builders, calibrators, rotor buildup and banders/debanders.
Bellas mentioned that the gyro work is "micro-mechanical" and requires highly-skilled technicians with a steady hand, patience and good eyesight. The two shifts have a mix of experienced and inexperienced employees working together, he said.
It takes nearly 30 hours to dissemble, overhaul and rebuild, then test the asset, according to Electronics Mechanic Pam Eisenhauer, who has worked on gyros for about seven years.
"Different people have different responsibilities," Eisenhauer noted. "It's been a lot of hard work and we're getting the job done -- as a team."
Tobyhanna Army Depot is the
About 3,700 personnel are employed at
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