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Making Money with DynaVibe

Friday, January 08, 2016

Many repair stations and service centers are using DynaVibe to offer prop balancing and vibration analysis services, adding a nice revenue stream to their bottom line.  We’ve shared some of their stories on this blog:  KSFB Aircraft Maintenance Center, Stillwater Aircraft Services, Base Leg Aviation and Skywest Aviation to name just a few.

We’ve collected some insight from listening to how our MRO customers are using DynaVibe to let us share the good, better and best ways to use DynaVibe to boost service revenues, grow your business and create happier customers in the process.  Here is what we have learned:

Good

Simply adding “Dynamic Propeller Balancing” services to your menu of service offerings is a good thing.  You’ll gain some business specifically because some customers need their propellers balanced, and when they learn you offer these services, they'll come to you for them.  Promoting the fact that you offer prop balancing and vibration analysis (something the DynaVibe GX2 can do) will generate some new service revenue for you.  While this approach will generate some service revenue, it is a passive approach as it depends on the customer seeking a provider of these services.

Better

A better approach is to recognize that many owners and pilots don’t realize their prop could be out of balance, or that they have a vibration.  Paul Dye, editor-in-chief of Kitplanes Magazine, in a recent article wrote of this phenomenon of not realizing that over time, vibrations gradually creep in and grow, but go unnoticed.  We covered this phenomenon if a recent blog post, and we regularly hear from those who are amazed at how smooth their airplane is after balancing.  A better approach therefore is to ask every customer that comes in if they want their prop balanced while their airplane is in for service.  A surprising number of them will say “yes” particularly when they understand the benefits.

Best

The best approach, the one that serves the MRO and owner or pilot best, is to use DynaVibe to complete a free baseline vibration survey on every airplane that comes into the shop.  If there is a vibration, whether propeller imbalance induced or caused by something else, the vibration survey will show it.  DynaVibe produces reports that the MRO can share with a customer that show the magnitude and type of vibrations that exist.  When made aware of this information, most customers will want to have these vibrations resolved, and they often are through dynamic prop balancing.  Furthermore, the vibration survey is a great preventative maintenance tool, providing a historical record to compare to a new vibration survey the next time that airplane comes into the shop.

Repair stations, service centers and mechanics can maximize their service revenue using the “Best” approach with DynaVibe.  Furthermore, service revenue opportunities beyond prop balancing and vibration analysis exist.  Ascutney Air uses its DynaVibe system to also offer airplane tire balancing services as well.  To increase your service revenue with DynaVibe, visit our online store to buy your system.  If you have questions about how DynaVibe works or how to use it, please get in touch with us at sales@rpxtech.com, by telephone at 469.708.8779 or by entering your email address in the form below.    

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The Top 10 DynaVibe Blog Posts of 2015

Thursday, December 17, 2015

During 2015, the DynaVibe team stayed quite busy creating and publishing new content.  We’ve seen consumption of this content steadily grow, so thanks to everyone who has taken the time to visit our blog and read any of our posts!

Since publishing top 10 lists is in vogue at year-end, we have created one of our own:  the top 10 DynaVibe blog posts from 2015.  We rank them here from 10 to 1, complete with links so you can check them out:

10. Dynamic Prop Balancing: how often to do it?

9.   Airplane Wheel Balancing

8.   Case Study: Complex Vibration Troubleshooting on a Rotax 912

7.   Using DynaVibe to Balance Rotorcraft

6.   Balancing the Antonov 2: the World's Largest Biplane

5.   Identifying and Resolving Aircraft Vibration

4.   Recovering “Lost” Horsepower

3.   Anequim Races to 5 World Records

2.   The Bugatti 100P Flies Again

1.   The Bugatti 100P Flies at Last

We hope you found the content on the DynaVibe blog helpful, and we always welcome comments.  We’ll continue to publish to our blog in 2016, so we hope you’ll follow us there, or on social media:

If you have questions about dynamic propeller balancing or vibration analysis, we're happy to answer them. Please contact us by entering your email in the form below, or by just calling:  469.708.8779. With DynaVibe, we can help you fly safer and smoother next year!

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Airplane Wheel Balancing

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Background

Ascutney Air is a shop that provides a variety of general aviation repair services.  In 2014, Ascutney purchased a DynaVibe so that it could offer dynamic propeller balancing as a service to its clients. Ascutney owner Steve Keen is an EAA tech counselor, and also flies a Cessna 172.  Some time ago, he noticed that his 172 had a fairly severe vibration on landing and rollout that was getting progressively worse.

The left wheel was the vibration source, so Steve tore it down but found no problems other than an out of balance tire.  He balanced the tire with a cone-type static balancer, but he could not achieve good balance when the tire was mounted on the wheel assembly.  Understanding that his new DynaVibe can balance anything that spins, he set the system up on the problem wheel and balanced it, sharing that, “It worked really well!”

Steve’s experience with his 172 caused him to realize there was a business opportunity to dynamically balance airplane tires:  “Out of balance tires can beat an airplane up.  Tires aren’t always perfect, and static balancing may or may not work.” 

Just like prop balancing, Steve understood that the best way to balance a tire is when it is mounted to the wheel assembly on the airplane, and it is spinning at takeoff or landing speed.  So he built a tire-spinning device to get the wheel turning at the proper speed and he now uses the spinner and DynaVibe to balance airplane tires.

Airplane tire balancing

Outcome

The experience Ascutney Air has had balancing airplane wheels with DynaVibe has been good for the airplane owners and the pilots the shop serves.

Balanced tires add a new level of safety.  Out-of-balance tires can cause torque links to wear, or affect braking action: “Many pilots think vibration or rumbling noises are due to bad runways.  They don't know that tire balance is the cause.”  For example, one pilot came to Ascutney Air reporting a vibration on landing.  Using the DynaVibe, Steve was able to get the tires on this pilot’s airplane perfectly balanced, and the vibration went away.

Steve credits the dynamic balancing process with generating these positive outcomes, because the process balances the entire wheel assembly, mounted on the airplane, while turning at takeoff or landing speed:  “Dynamic balancing equals certainty.”

For Ascutney Air, dynamic wheel balancing with DynaVibe has created a new revenue stream for the shop.  Testing to see if wheels are out of balance is easy using the wheel spinner Steve fabricated to do the balance test when the wheel is on a jack.  If the wheel is out-of-balance, he hooks up DynaVibe to balance it. 

Ascutney Air continues to balance propellers, and as far as balancing tires, “It’s just like doing a propeller,” concludes Steve. “DynaVibe has paid for itself more through tire balancing than prop balancing.  Balanced tires make flying a little easier.  There’s a huge benefit to taking off and landing with smooth tires, such as better braking.”

Shops interested in building a spinner for balancing airplane tires can purchase the plans and parts list by contacting Steve: steve@onacwheelbalancer.com.

To learn more about DynaVibe or purchase one for dynamic prop or tire balancing, contact the RPX Technologies team: 469.708.8779 or sales@rpxtech.com.



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