Irishpower From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 384 posts, RR: 0 Posted (1 year 9 months 14 hours ago) and read 3421 times:
Not so long ago I was delayed because the maintenance crew had to change a tire on our plane (it was a wide body as well-A343). My question is how do they do it gate side? Do they deflate it and pull it off?
I could see the plane very well and was curious if they bring in a huge jack or special machine to life the plane up to change the tire. The tire they were changing was in the main landing gear section-it wasn't a nose gear tire.
CitationJet From United States of America, joined Mar 2003, 2319 posts, RR: 3 Reply 3, posted (1 year 9 months 9 hours ago) and read 3008 times:
I have seen where the airline changed an ENGINE at the gate, believe it or not. It was a Braniff 747 that required an engine change. They changed it at the gate at DFW, and it took 5 hours. All the passengers sat in the gate and watched the process, including myself. When the new engine was on, they pushed the plane back, did a ground runup of the new engine. The plane pulled back into the gate. All the passengers were loaded on the plane and we took off non-stop to HNL.