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    Re: Work rules / practices

    Quote Originally Posted by BJC View Post
    Back in the day, finding and removing foreign objects in the fuselage of aerobatic airplanes was a significant part of the tech inspection at sanctioned aerobatic contests. I assueme that it still is.


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    Yep, still is! :-)

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    Re: Work rules / practices

    Quote Originally Posted by Rockiedog2 View Post
    Wilbur and I went out and did a few loops and rolls in our Acrosport 2...when we landed here at the strip I looked back and noticed the elevator was sitting a little low but not on the stop like it was sposed to. So I pulled on it and it locked solid. Hmmm. Pulled the fairing off and there was the E6B I had been looking for several months; hung solid in the elevator actuator arm. Wilbur started shaking and talking to himself.
    When some of your stuff is missin don't forget to look in the tail of your plane.

    RIP Wilbur
    It happens. Even with tech inspections, I have seen three incidents of jammed elevator controls at aerobatic contests. Fortunately, all self-cleared when the airplanes were returned to positive g flight.


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    A friend of mine flew his 172 with a crescent wrench inside the right wing for 30+ years. A&P saw a little wrinkle in the skin on annual and discovered the culprit. Hard to imagine but I guess it happens.
    ​simplify.

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    Re: Work rules / practices

    I've found bucking bars in wings more than once.

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    Re: Work rules / practices

    One of the local airlines here use to x-ray a door on a Boeing every year because someone managed to rivet their tool bag into the door at that the factory.
    There was also an aircraft that arrived fresh from a heavy check combined conversion to cargo freighter, from which they managed to extract 7 large rubbish bags of FOD from behind the panels (tools, hardware, rubbish, etc).

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    Re: Work rules / practices

    in a lot of cases in airline hangar work, the old concept of an inspector actually checking the work by physically going out and looking at the completed task, ie, checking inside a cavity with a torch, is gone and the inspector simply stamps the job card inside the office.....

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    Found a bucking bar in the center section of one of the Ercoupes I used to own.

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    In the Irish Air Corps, my former workplace, a Fouga wing had to come off and a rusty bucking bar and a mummified frog were found in the wing.

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    Some good workshop tips here: yhttp://www.shedworks.eu/hints.html


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    Re: Work rules / practices

    While working on Frank Sander's first Sea Fury for the Mojave 1000, two fuel tank technicians, working (IIRC) for El Reno, hired to do seal the "wet wings", had just returned from fixing a fuel tank problem in Thailand. They reported the problem was caused by a McDondald Douglass employee who had crawled into a fuel tank to "take a nap". The tank was sealed, as was the "Missing Person" worker's fate - only to be discovered 7-8 years later. I was 19 or so at the time and it taught me an unforgettable lesson in "sleeping on the job".

    FWIW

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    Re: Work rules / practices

    Quote Originally Posted by D Hillberg View Post
    Hire half a dozen trained monkeys and let them loose and sit back with a good stiff drink with out a care in the world watching them swinging tools tossing monkey poop at each other and raising all kinds of hell destroying the whole place, Just enjoy the commotion knowing the whole time it's your ex wifes boy toys pride and joy.
    Got to love a good monkey fight in the workshop.

    I always have loved this song to remind me to check what I am doing.

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    Most of you could have written this, but I just stumbled upon it, and thought that it is worth pointing out.

    https://www.faa.gov/documentLibrary/...Chapter_07.pdf


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    Re: Work rules / practices

    Good stuff BJC

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    Re: Work rules / practices

    It's been fun reading this thread and I see myself much too often, especially when it comes to losing things when I haven't moved, including my glasses (just as often as not, perched on top of my head). To make sure I don't forget to put anything back or reinstall anything, I keep a log on my airplane very much like the ones we used at TWA, where I was both a mechanic and inspector. I don't find it difficult to switch from mechanic to inspector on my own work but I've been out of the game for a while and the eyes are still getting acclimated to looking at airplanes again. So I look even closer than what might be necessary. As it is, I've found things on my airplane that I didn't like and decided to change. There are more than a few that will have to wait until the next engine change or overhaul, but they're marked down and so I won't forget them. Another thing I do is take a lot of pictures before I take something apart I'm not familiar with (which on ultralights is practically everything!). Sometimes I take pictures part way through, just to cover myself. It's worked out so far.
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    Re: Work rules / practices

    Quote Originally Posted by crkckr View Post
    ..... Another thing I do is take a lot of pictures before I take something apart I'm not familiar with (which on ultralights is practically everything!). Sometimes I take pictures part way through, just to cover myself. It's worked out so far.
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    Agree.

    Smart phones have almost unlimited photo storage capacity and they take really high resolution photos. I'm recognizing more and more opportunities to use them. As an example, yesterday I replaced the front suspension bushings on a golf cart that we use to get around the airpark. I wasn't certain of the model year, so, using the built-in flash, I took a high reolution photo of the suspension. At the parts store, when asked the year, I showed the service man the photo, and he recognized the model year. A few months age, before starting to disconnect wires to trouble-shoot a microwave oven, a few quick photos documented the connections without error. I also use it to look under and behind instrument panels, and as a flashlight. It truely is a modern "multi tool."

    What other uses have HBAers found for smart phones?

    Favorite apps?

    Examples: Flashlight with variable intensity, ForeFlight iPad back-up, Airport Courtesy Cars, Weather, telephone through headset via Bluetooth


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