6.17 SWASHPLATE LINKS (MT).
6.17.1 Description (Figure 6-1. Index No. 17). The swashpIate links are part of the swashplate linkage. They
transmit flight control inputs from the servo bellcranks to the main rotor swashplate. The links are machined from a 4340
steel forging, cadmium plated, and protected by an epoxy primer and polyurethane paint. The upper ends of the links
contain spherical bearings.
6.17.2 Defects. This inspection is used to verify crack indications found visually on the swashplate links. All areas
where rework has been performed, and the spherical bearings, shall be inspected for cracks. No cracks are allowed.
6.17.3 Primary Method. Magnetic Particle.
18.104.22.168 NDI Equipment and Materials. (Refer to Appendix B.)
Magnetic Particle Inspection Probe/Yoke
Fluorescent Magnetic Particles, refer to Table 1-8
Consumable Materials, refer to Table 1-8
Aircraft Marking Pencil, refer to Table 1-8
Hand-held magnetic coil may be used. Refer to paragraph 22.214.171.124.2 and Figure 1-6.
126.96.36.199 Preparation of Helicopter. The helicopter shall be prepared for safe ground maintenance. A partial inspection
for cause (visual indications, sites of mechanical damage, corrosion, etc.) may be performed on all exposed surfaces of
the installed part using applicable positions of this procedure. If required, the swashplate links shall be removed in
accordance with the applicable technical manuals listed in Table 1-1.
188.8.131.52 Access. Not applicable.
184.108.40.206 Preparation of Part. The part shall be thoroughly cleaned. Refer to Preparation of Part or Area for NDI,
220.127.116.11 NDI Equipment Settings. Refer to Magnetic Particle Method, paragraph 1.4.8.
18.104.22.168 Inspection Procedure. A magnetic field shall be applied to the part perpendicular to the orientation of possible
cracks. Positions required for this inspection are illustrated in Figure 6-17.
Select AC on the AC/DC power switch.
Place probe/yoke on part in position 1 as shown.
Press the test switch and apply a light coat of magnetic particle media at the same time. Remove the media
momentarily before removing the current. Current should be applied for no more than five seconds.
Inspect for cracks using the black light.
Demagnetize before moving to the next position. Refer to paragraph 22.214.171.124.
Repeat steps a. through e. for positions 2 and 3 for each link.