MQ-9 maintainer’s innovation expedites engine training

Master Sgt. Eric, 432nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Reaper Aircraft Maintenance Unit production superintendent, stands with the engine trainer he created June 19, 2017, at Creech Air Force Base, Nev. He saw a need to have a power capable training engine to practice engine rigging, which involves tuning the actuators that translate electrical signals to mechanical commands. If done improperly the engine can shutoff when not intended. The trainer allowed maintainers to train on this vital task without taking an operational aircraft out of the rotation. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Christian Clausen)

PHOTO BY: Senior Airman Christian Clausen
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