Jamesbuk From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 3968 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (8 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 2456 times:
I personally think that the wheels are the most important part of an aircraft and also the strongest. I think this because they are locked into the airframe they then get chucked out into an aircraft flying at like 200knots then they have to suddenly accelerate to 140-160 knots then after they've sped up, cope with all the weight of the aircraft. You tell me that aint impressive, LOL
You cant have your cake and eat it... What the hells the point in having it then!!!
Reidyyz From Kyrgyzstan, joined Sep 2005, 536 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (8 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 2428 times:
After our A330 endorsement course, our training department arraigned a field trip to the Messier-Dowty plant near YMX. Your first impression on driving in, there are the ingots sitting out in the elements, in a very rough shape of the finished gear strut. Going inside, you get over whelmed at the milling machines. The milling gantry's support 6-8 units each for precise milling at the same time. They get milled into the rough shape of the finished product but with a ruffles chip texture, then the hand sanding and polishing begins. As a side note, and the most fascinating part to me that is, hanging from the rafters are propaganda signs. This being post '95 referendum Quebec, the signs, in french of course "that tool which you are speaking of, has a French name, USE IT!" And others along those lines, but you get the picture. I'm not anti-Francophone, I'm just anti-ignorant.
Jetstar From United States of America, joined May 2003, 1665 posts, RR: 10
Reply 10, posted (8 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 2285 times:
Doing the landing gear retraction check or swinging the gear as it is known was one of my favorite things to do in my corporate maintenance days, both on the Gulfstream’s and JetStar’s. Jacking the airplane up, that was another story, we used manual hydraulic jacks, not air operated and more than once I jacked the airplane up by myself, going from jack to jack
Just watching from close up the sequence of events the landing gear and doors go through to fully retract and extend which involves numerous switches, solenoids and actuators, any of which fails prevents the landing gear from operating properly. I would look for doors that did not close properly or bind up, smoothness of operation and also check the manual emergency gear extension. Often as a training procedure I made each of the other pilots operate the manual gear extension system except discharging the blow down bottles.
On time on the JetStar after completing the landing gear check, I could not raise one of the main wing jacks off of the safety ring because of an internal jack failure. The only way I could get the airplane off of the jacks was to replace the failed jack with the airplane still on the jacks. I borrowed 2 wing jacks from another corporate JetStar flight department on the airport. I placed one of the jacks under the main wing spar using a piece of 4” x 4” wood to prevent the jack from damaging the spar. I then jacked up the wing enough until I was able to remove the failed jack and replace it with the other spare using the jack pad on the jack point. Then I was able to lower the airplane back to the ground
Just another day in the life of a corporate aircraft mechanic.
FlyDeltaJets From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 1936 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (8 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 2209 times:
Quoting Matt72033 (Reply 7): i find it quite disturbing that you can refer to an aircraft as "sexy"
What are you talking about, I saw a sexy plane at work today. A brand new Miami Air Intl 737-800 with winglets. The gear was so clean the cowl and the leading edge of the wings was so shiny and clean, Thats pure sexy to me
Silver1SWA From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 4859 posts, RR: 25
Reply 13, posted (8 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 2184 times:
I don't know why I feel the need to defend my comment, but apparently the commonly sexy female attributes I gave the 757 provide no excuse for making such a "disturbing comment". I must be some aviation wacko that has no life and gets off from looking at airplanes...
Give me a break guys. Not only was it a response to another comment about engines being sexy, it was a joke! A joke that usually gets a few chuckles among my flying buddies, including my old instructor. Tough crowd around here I guess...
ALL views, opinions expressed are mine ONLY and are NOT representative of those shared by Southwest Airlines Co.
Matt72033 From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 1617 posts, RR: 4
Reply 15, posted (8 years 9 months 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 2060 times:
Quoting FlyDeltaJets (Reply 11): What are you talking about, I saw a sexy plane at work today. A brand new Miami Air Intl 737-800 with winglets. The gear was so clean the cowl and the leading edge of the wings was so shiny and clean, Thats pure sexy to me
Quoting Silver1SWA (Reply 13): I don't know why I feel the need to defend my comment, but apparently the commonly sexy female attributes I gave the 757 provide no excuse for making such a "disturbing comment". I must be some aviation wacko that has no life and gets off from looking at airplanes...