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Aircraft Ops - Sand Storms.  
User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31875 posts, RR: 54
Posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 3281 times:

Considering conditions in the Middle East & the occassional Sand storm occuring.
How practically quick is it to carry out Sand storm Inspection on the Aircraft Engines if the aircraft caught in one.
Also Do sandstorms come with a gradual increase or is it rapid?

Presuming Line parked Aircraft have no time to be shifted & covers are not in place in time.

Any Middle East experienced folks out here.


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User currently offlineAvt007 From Canada, joined Jul 2000, 2132 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 3226 times:

Sandstorms can come on fast like Hollywood usually shows, but it is rare in my experience. More often you can see the steady barometer drop, with slowly increasing winds. 30 knots was the point where the sand started to pickup, and visibility dropped rapidly after that. We had enough hangars for the aircraft, so it wasn't a concern. All operators I saw in the desert had plugs and covers and were very careful about using them.
The bigger concern was the constant amount of dust in the atmosphere, below 10,000 feet, and it certainly eroded the compressor fast than normal.

[Edited 2008-01-10 14:54:56]

[Edited 2008-01-10 14:55:21]

User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31875 posts, RR: 54
Reply 2, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 3182 times:

Considering Sand in the Atmosphere.The Aircraft operating in these conditions would require more frequent Scheduled Maintenance.Anyone aware of the Frequency of Scheduled checks downgrade timewise.

I remember watching a couple of B737s that were leased from a middle eastern airline & the wheel well was sand blasted Dry.It was amazing.


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User currently offlineAvt007 From Canada, joined Jul 2000, 2132 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 3136 times:

Look in the AMM under Inspections, ATAs 5 and 12, and it will give time intervals based on environmental issues, including operating in a desert.

[Edited 2008-01-11 17:24:28]

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