HAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31684 posts, RR: 56 Posted (6 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 2405 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.
Avt007 From Canada, joined Jul 2000, 2132 posts, RR: 5
Reply 1, posted (6 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 2350 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.