Flametech21 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 1, posted (6 years 11 months 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 2131 times:
I work for AA ops so I'm not sure how US actually solved it, but if this happened to one of our planes, here's what I would do:
Bees don't just randomly invade places. My guess is that there is some sort of fluid spilled on that surface that is attracting them. This could mean a leak from somewhere in the wing, so personally a would not let this bird fly.
To fix it, I would start by running the plane at a high-speed taxi for a bit to get rid of the bees. I would than take the plane into the mx hangar and inspect the tip of the wing to determine what the contaminant was and where it came from. I would then proceed to clean the surface and patch the leak, if there was one. After that I would say it was safe to fly.
However, if there wasn't anything on the surface and it was a totally random bee nest, I would try showering the wing with water or anti-ice fluid to get rid of them. I wouldn't let the plane take off with the bees on it, however. It probably wouldn't cause any harm but I wouldn't want to be the one liable if it did!
Pihero From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 5, posted (6 years 11 months 4 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 2018 times:
Call a bee-keeper, with his net and mask and portable smoke generator and a portable bee-box.
Provide him with a maintenance ladder.
Voilà ! It's free . He'll even thank you.
Here, firebrigades can also produce this kind of service
Do I hear you volunteering to do it? There's no way I'd go at that armed with just a can of raid and my slower than average legs. If I actually tried that I would get stung to hell and back! I think the best thing to do would be to call a bee keeper, but if one wasn't available I still think I would give them a good bath of de-icing fluid. That would have to get rid of them!