|Quoting RJwrench85 (Thread starter):|
I was wondering if anyone has some good little tricks on the 747-400F since I will be on my own and going to a 747 from CRJ's and ERJ's.
Always make sure that the push button on the steering bypass "pip" pin pops out when you insert the pin. Pull down hard on the bypass "pip" pin to ensure that the spring loaded locking balls will hold the pin in place.
Often, the locking mechanism on the bypass "pip" becomes sticky and the locking balls will not hold the pin in place. When you insert the pin into the steering bypass hole, there may be enough friction to hold it in place, but one you start pushing back, movement of the steering summing lever can reduce the friction on the pin and allow it to drop. Expensive crunching noises may quickly follow.
When installing the tow bar on a 747, give it a hard tug to make sure it is engaged. The 747 uses two vertically moving pins to engage with the tow fitting on the NLG. Some tow bar designs make it hard to see if these pins have gone through the holes on the tow fitting.
Always try and access the Main Equipment Centre (MEC) from the external hatch. There is a panel on the main-deck to allow you to climb down, but during loading / unloading operations, freight pallets can move across this opening. There is a safety switch on the main-deck access panel to cut power to the loading system when the panel is removed, but you still don't want to risk having your head chopped off by a pallet.