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by gregorygoodwin
Wed Dec 21, 2022 11:02 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: My flight is delayed due to a lightning strike. Question:
Replies: 14
Views: 2838

Re: My flight is delayed due to a lightning strike. Question:

I have been involved in many lighting strike inspections and repairs over my years in aircraft maintenance. Lightning strikes can be difficult to see sometimes, especially at night. Usually, it is small burn or charring marks around the fasteners of the fuselage and they can be widely spaced along t...

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by gregorygoodwin
Wed Dec 14, 2022 12:14 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: The use of integral air stairs
Replies: 43
Views: 4798

Re: The use of integral air stairs

In response to 889091, There was drain plugs in the area of the air stairs on the B727's that I worked on at Eastern Airlines. It is kind of difficult to explain without actually seeing how this was set up, but the B727's had drain plugs in the nose landing gear area of all the B727's. They allowed ...

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by gregorygoodwin
Mon Dec 12, 2022 10:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Was about to board; then a delay was announced due to a lightning strike
Replies: 7
Views: 1938

Re: Was about to board; then a delay was announced due to a lightning strike

We see lightening strikes here at our structures shop. They are probably one of the most dreaded jobs to see. The strikes can be over a big section of the aircraft meaning that we have to open up many areas of the aircraft interior to access the damage areas for fastener replacement or doing a repai...

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by gregorygoodwin
Wed Dec 07, 2022 9:31 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What determines multiple bogey landing gear tilt?
Replies: 11
Views: 1827

Re: What determines multiple bogey landing gear tilt?

I recall a MD10 that came into our hangar at IND for structures work because the bogie didn't center, or didn't center soon enough, when the main gear retracted. The main gear actuators apparently have the muscle to stow the gear even if it isn't centered for the wheel well. Spent about two days of ...

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by gregorygoodwin
Sun Nov 20, 2022 10:05 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: The manufacturing of the current 767
Replies: 12
Views: 2574

Re: The manufacturing of the current 767

On the topic of 767 construction, our new 767-300F's are experiencing a lot of cracked parts on the wing fixed leading edge and trailing edges. This is on planes with very low flight hours. On the fixed leading edge which is a composite construction, the nose former angles are breaking. They are loc...

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by gregorygoodwin
Wed Nov 16, 2022 10:04 pm
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: Images of the former Chanute AFB on Google Maps
Replies: 1
Views: 841

Images of the former Chanute AFB on Google Maps

Greetings to the forum, I'm not sure that this forum is the correct one for this topic, but, here I go. I was recently browsing around on Google Maps, and happened to look at the former Chanute AFB at Rantoul, Illinois. In the image you can see a collection of vintage aircraft that seem to be in the...

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by gregorygoodwin
Sun Oct 16, 2022 10:58 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Airbus RAMS
Replies: 8
Views: 2626

Re: Airbus RAMS

To Eskimotail, Thank you for the post. The last sentence of it rings most true. We have technicians assigned to work this on a twelve on, twelve off shift cycle to try for continuity on the job. You must have experienced techs to work this kind of repair. But, in a small shop such as ours, the techs...

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by gregorygoodwin
Thu Oct 13, 2022 10:36 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Airbus RAMS
Replies: 8
Views: 2626

Re: Airbus RAMS

We had to go with the repair kit due to the area that was damaged. It is the belly skin that runs from the circumferential that is just aft of the bulk cargo doorway to the the aft pressure bulkhead. This is a compound curved skin that we could not fabricate at our hangar and is approximately ten to...

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by gregorygoodwin
Mon Oct 10, 2022 8:26 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Airbus RAMS
Replies: 8
Views: 2626

Re: Airbus RAMS

To ReverseFlow, Thanks for your post. I had not come across this in my search. So, they do have on site repair teams. The reason I was wanting to know this is that we recently had a A300-600F do a tail strike and it was sent to us at IND. The damage was extensive. Airbus was contacted and said that ...

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by gregorygoodwin
Sun Oct 09, 2022 10:32 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Airbus RAMS
Replies: 8
Views: 2626

Airbus RAMS

Hello everyone, I was wondering if Airbus has a recovery and modifications services, RAMS, like Boeing does. This is teams that go out and do in the field repairs and recovery of downed aircraft. I know that McDonnell Douglas also at one time had such services. I've briefly looked on-line, but have ...

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by gregorygoodwin
Tue Sep 13, 2022 7:04 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Jets gain weight? Really?
Replies: 35
Views: 5865

Re: Jets gain weight? Really?

I can remember the # 2 engine "patio deck" on the MD10's we used to do maintenance on. They were located just beneath the #2 engine and served as a work platform. The floor panels of this deck were a honeycomb core with bonded surface sheets, some times metal faced or fiberglass and usuall...

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by gregorygoodwin
Sun Jul 17, 2022 10:22 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Question for Gulfstream Aerospace Mechanics
Replies: 9
Views: 2429

Re: Question for Gulfstream Aerospace Mechanics

Where I work (FX in Indianapolis), we all have our own tools. The company does provide tooling and has a staffed tool room. From what I have seen, some airlines in other parts of the world provide their mechanics with a stocked tool box appropriate to their job rating. For instance, if you work avio...

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by gregorygoodwin
Mon Jul 11, 2022 10:09 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: being a mechanic for a 787
Replies: 16
Views: 4691

Re: being a mechanic for a 787

Horstroad, I have to admit that I'm not sure of the specifics of how the Federal Aviation Regulations (FAR) allow this. I do know that there are FBO operations that have unlicensed maintenance personnel. It may be that they are under a more stringent inspection requirement on the work performed. In ...

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by gregorygoodwin
Sun Jul 10, 2022 10:37 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: being a mechanic for a 787
Replies: 16
Views: 4691

Re: being a mechanic for a 787

As stated in the above posts, you can work on aircraft without an A & P certificate, but I strongly advise having it. I work at FedEx, and if you work out on the aircraft, you must have your tickets. I would assume most of the majors are this way. Otherwise, you can work at a fixed base operator...

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by gregorygoodwin
Thu Jun 23, 2022 11:50 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Aircraft headings, bearings, and such.
Replies: 31
Views: 2274

Re: Aircraft headings, bearings, and such.

Wow! This seems to be an interesting subject. I thank each and every one of you for responding, As a non-pilot member of the forum, it is still somewhat confusing to me, but I have learned a lot from this post. Another question. If headings and navigation are centered along magnetic lines, and if th...

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by gregorygoodwin
Wed Jun 22, 2022 5:03 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Aircraft headings, bearings, and such.
Replies: 31
Views: 2274

Re: Aircraft headings, bearings, and such.

Thanks for the answers. I assume that when you say you would turn the short direction, it means you, the pilot turn the yoke. If you are on autopilot, flying due north and are told to turn to 270, you dial this in, does the flight computers also turn the short direction? Can you direct it to do othe...

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by gregorygoodwin
Tue Jun 21, 2022 8:58 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Aircraft headings, bearings, and such.
Replies: 31
Views: 2274

Re: Aircraft headings, bearings, and such.

So, if you were flying a due north and were instructed to turn to 270 degrees, would you go right three quarters of the way around the circle , or turn left 90 degrees? As you can tell, I'm not a pilot, but it seems to me that in situations where the flight is told to make numerous course changes, i...

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by gregorygoodwin
Mon Jun 20, 2022 8:40 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Aircraft headings, bearings, and such.
Replies: 31
Views: 2274

Aircraft headings, bearings, and such.

I'm working my way through a textbook on trigonometry, a subject I've never studied, but find fascinating due to all of it's applications. In the text it shows two ways of expressing bearings. One method is when a single angle is given, it is understood that bearing is measured in a clockwise direct...

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by gregorygoodwin
Wed Jun 15, 2022 8:40 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Decals and flags
Replies: 8
Views: 2777

Re: Decals and flags

It most definitely depends on where the decal is. The registration numbers and flag can go for several years. I suspect that the main reason they let go is that the edge sealer becomes aged and brittle, then the slipstream will peel them up or a de-icing sprayer hits them. The decals on the front of...

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by gregorygoodwin
Tue Jun 14, 2022 10:35 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Decals and flags
Replies: 8
Views: 2777

Decals and flags

I have no question to present, instead it's a look into what goes on in the maintenance side of things. Recently, I was tasked with removing a deteriorated American flag on one of our B767-300F's. The flag is located just aft of the registration numbers on the aft fuselage. I found out that there ar...

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by gregorygoodwin
Sat May 14, 2022 9:42 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Question for Mechanics
Replies: 14
Views: 4233

Re: Question for Mechanics

I strongly urge her to get the A & P licenses, both of them. I was also in the Navy as a air-frame maintenance mechanic. I was signed off by the FAA to take the general and air-frame test for the A license. Instead, I went ahead with a A & P school program ( G.I.bill funded) and obtained bot...

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by gregorygoodwin
Fri May 06, 2022 9:07 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: FDX EVS and Adoption Across Airlines
Replies: 9
Views: 2732

Re: FDX EVS and Adoption Across Airlines

Why does the system work better with incandescent lighting than LED? I assume that this refers to the approach/runway lights. We install the system on our B767-300F planes here in IND and I have heard one of our avionics technicians mention this.
Gregory

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by gregorygoodwin
Sun Apr 24, 2022 9:53 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 787 with extensive wing paint peel?
Replies: 35
Views: 9041

Re: 787 with extensive wing paint peel?

I see this quite often on our aircraft, including the B757 and MD11's. The 767's are holding up fairly well so far. As for flying with paint missing on a composite surface, the SRM allows a time limit that is more than you would think. If I recall correctly, the 757 and 767 can go for one thousand h...

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by gregorygoodwin
Tue Apr 12, 2022 8:35 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Location of data plate on Airbus aircraft
Replies: 17
Views: 3149

Re: Location of data plate on Airbus aircraft

Read the insert by DLMech on the code of federal regulations, most interesting. Goes to show that you can always learn something new about aviation even if you have been in the industry for many years. Especially like the part about manned free balloons requiring a data plate, had never considered t...

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by gregorygoodwin
Mon Apr 11, 2022 9:02 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Location of data plate on Airbus aircraft
Replies: 17
Views: 3149

Re: Location of data plate on Airbus aircraft

, Interesting information on the fuselage mounted data plate. I have never heard of this. But why would a commercial airliner have a plate stipulated by an E.A.A. regulation? I have seen what the other post is calling a "trust plate", just not on the airframe itself but on the engines. You...

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by gregorygoodwin
Sun Apr 10, 2022 3:51 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Location of data plate on Airbus aircraft
Replies: 17
Views: 3149

Re: Location of data plate on Airbus aircraft

Something of interest along the lines of this topic. When we (FX) began to receive our 757 conversion aircraft, I recall seeing a small data plate on the right side of the fuselage just aft of the pressure bulkhead. This was years ago and it was on maybe two aircraft and I've never seen them since. ...

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by gregorygoodwin
Fri Feb 18, 2022 11:50 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Pre-Departure Walkaround Top of Fuselage
Replies: 20
Views: 4485

Re: Pre-Departure Walkaround Top of Fuselage

I often get general visual inspection (GVI) cards that instruct me to inspect the upper fuselage lobe and it will specifically state that it is to be accomplished from ground level. There is rarely any damage to the crown skin area. If one is available, I will take a man-lift and go up to the upper ...

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by gregorygoodwin
Tue Feb 15, 2022 9:15 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Bombardier Tucson
Replies: 1
Views: 1640

Re: Bombardier Tucson

I can't give guidance for you on Bombardier. But, if you are a A&P license holder with no experience, you might want to look into the FedEx maintenance training program (MTP). They take candidates who have obtained their A&P license and send them through a training program where they are rot...

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by gregorygoodwin
Tue Feb 15, 2022 8:58 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Did Douglas or Convair design the ill-fated cargo door/cargo door latching system?
Replies: 3
Views: 1762

Re: Did Douglas or Convair design the ill-fated cargo door/cargo door latching system?

In the story that I read, I can't remember if the door failed in testing or not. It seems that it could be very well possible as the builder of the door would most likely do tests to certify it. And, as stated in the book, the builder sent letters to Douglas that they had serious concerns with the d...

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by gregorygoodwin
Mon Feb 14, 2022 10:20 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Did Douglas or Convair design the ill-fated cargo door/cargo door latching system?
Replies: 3
Views: 1762

Re: Did Douglas or Convair design the ill-fated cargo door/cargo door latching system?

I read a book about the DC 10 crashes that were brought about by the cargo door failure. It has been a few years back, but I think it was titled " The Flight 981 Disaster". If I remember correctly, the design was by Douglas and built by a subcontractor. In the story, the subcontractor noti...

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by gregorygoodwin
Thu Feb 03, 2022 11:25 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Peeling paint on composite surfaces.
Replies: 9
Views: 3377

Re: Peeling paint on composite surfaces.

We changed out yet another MD11 outboard elevator last week for severely deteriorated paint. In this case, it seems the aluminum flame-spray under the paint was either burnt or melted, maybe from a heavy lightening strike. Anyway, the amount of surface that would require rework would have meant that...

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by gregorygoodwin
Tue Jan 25, 2022 8:03 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Quality of Aviation Consultants around the World
Replies: 6
Views: 1671

Re: Quality of Aviation Consultants around the World

I agree with fr8mech, you should send a response to the publication. Your argument is well presented in your post. It is well written, concise, and provides examples and you seem to know something about aircraft and aviation history. They may decide you are a better contributor for them on aviation ...

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by gregorygoodwin
Sun Jan 23, 2022 12:53 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Peeling paint on composite surfaces.
Replies: 9
Views: 3377

Peeling paint on composite surfaces.

Hello everyone, As some of you may have read, Qatar Airlines and Airbus are in a disagreement over the peeling paint on Qatar's new A350's. If you have seen photographs of the paint, it looks like the paint has bubbled or blistered up, cracked and left voids that exposed the underlying anti-static m...

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by gregorygoodwin
Mon Oct 04, 2021 2:55 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: If snubbers failed to stop wheel rotation during retraction, would this adversely affect the airplane?
Replies: 8
Views: 1546

Re: If snubbers failed to stop wheel rotation during retraction, would this adversely affect the airplane?

We frequently have to replace the pads on our B767s when they come in for B-checks (actually its called an L-check now). The pads are mounted on two spring arms and are of some type of abrasive composite material. The attaching bolts are counter-bored down into the material but as the wheels abrade ...

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by gregorygoodwin
Mon Oct 04, 2021 2:34 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Which airliners are able to use APU while airborne?
Replies: 10
Views: 1965

Re: Which airliners are able to use APU while airborne?

Does the APU have to be able to start and run during flight have anything to do with being category 3 flight able?

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by gregorygoodwin
Tue Sep 21, 2021 7:32 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What are the three vertical lines on the MD-11 radome?
Replies: 7
Views: 2312

Re: What are the three vertical lines on the MD-11 radome?

These strips are not repairable locally if they are damaged, such as segments missing or de-bonded, which does happen. They are sent back to the manufacturer or a certified repair station. On our MD's, if the strips are damaged in some way, the radome is sent to Nordam in Tulsa, OK.
Gregory

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by gregorygoodwin
Tue Sep 14, 2021 5:25 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: BCF and BDSF designations.
Replies: 6
Views: 2637

Re: BCF and BDSF designations.

Thanks for the replies. I'm somewhat familiar with the warranty conditions mentioned in 747classic's informative post. Our B767-300Fs are all Boeing factory built, but the B757-200s were converted at Mobile, AL by ST. When any issue arrives with any of the parts installed by them in the conversion p...

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by gregorygoodwin
Mon Sep 13, 2021 4:31 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: BCF and BDSF designations.
Replies: 6
Views: 2637

BCF and BDSF designations.

Does anyone know the differences between the Boeing Converted Freighter (BCF) and the BDSF designations? Not sure if the BDSF is a Boeing Designed Special Freighter or if it was a Bedek conversion. I have always assumed that the BCFs were ships that were converted at a Boeing licensed facility but n...

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by gregorygoodwin
Sat Aug 28, 2021 10:49 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Around the weather
Replies: 17
Views: 2583

Re: Around the weather

Starlionblue mentions that you must sometimes thread your way through thunderstorm cells. The question I have is maybe slightly off topic, but I've always wondered how you can deviate from a set course, thread your way through thunderstorms, and then return to your original course of travel. Is it l...

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by gregorygoodwin
Mon Aug 23, 2021 10:09 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: "Silver dollar patch"?? MD-95 /Boeing 717
Replies: 5
Views: 1452

Re: "Silver dollar patch"?? MD-95 /Boeing 717

I think the reference is to the circular repair doubler used for small punctures or dents that are beyond limits. You can find them in some of the SRMs under the typical repair schemes. You are limited in where these repairs can be used, especially on pressurized structure. They are some times calle...

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by gregorygoodwin
Sat Aug 21, 2021 10:47 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: BAC R15-FV (BRILES) rivets
Replies: 7
Views: 2189

Re: BAC R15-FV (BRILES) rivets

Honestly, I can't answer your query. I'm not familiar with this aircraft or what its intended mission was. At the time it was built, it was common to see non-flush fasteners on aircraft. For example, you see a lot of protruding head rivets on DC-3s and B-17s and many other ships of this era. My best...

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by gregorygoodwin
Wed Aug 18, 2021 9:03 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: CFRP & FGRP
Replies: 6
Views: 1416

Re: CFRP & FGRP

I can only answer this from what I have seen on the aircraft we work on (B757-200, B767-300F, MD10-30, MD11, A300, and B777-200F). In terms of the cure temperature of a composite layup, the higher your cure temp. the more durable your layup will be. A three fifty degree cured layup will be superior ...

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by gregorygoodwin
Wed Aug 18, 2021 8:26 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: BAC R15-FV (BRILES) rivets
Replies: 7
Views: 2189

Re: BAC R15-FV (BRILES) RIVETS

The amount of rise above the surrounding surface for a correctly installed briles rivet is only in the area of maybe two to four thousandths of an inch. The crown of the rivet is a smooth domed shaped that is probably negligible in drag. Also, if you ever look closely at a MD10 or MD11, the producti...

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by gregorygoodwin
Mon Aug 16, 2021 2:17 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: CFRP & FGRP
Replies: 6
Views: 1416

Re: CFRP & FGRP

In the SRM, they are denoted as CFRP and GFRP. As stated in the above posts, they are carbon fiber (CFRP) and fiberglass (GFRP). What can confuse some is the GFRP reference. I've heard it called graphite fiber reinforced plastic which is not correct. One interesting thing about the fiberglass is tha...

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by gregorygoodwin
Mon Aug 16, 2021 1:46 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: BAC R15-FV (BRILES) rivets
Replies: 7
Views: 2189

Re: BAC R15-FV (BRILES) RIVETS

You don't shave the briles type rivets after installation. If done correctly, they have a domed appearance that is slightly higher than the surrounding surface. This is normal for these rivets. Another type of rivet not normally shaved is the NAS1097 type. It is a countersunk style rivet that is usu...

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by gregorygoodwin
Wed Aug 11, 2021 9:33 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Question For the Mechanics: Which Commercial Aircraft Have Been Easiest and Most Difficult For You to Work On?
Replies: 71
Views: 14876

Re: Question For the Mechanics: Which Commercial Aircraft Have Been Easiest and Most Difficult For You to Work On?

As I mentioned in my above post, I've worked the structural side of maintenance my entire career. The B727 had a good SRM and was, from a structures point of view, a good plane to work on. However, it could make you so exasperated that you wanted to hand in your company badge and quit. One of these ...

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by gregorygoodwin
Sat Jul 17, 2021 10:48 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Protective corrosion coatings and aerodynamics
Replies: 7
Views: 1150

Re: Protective corrosion coatings and aerodynamics

Maybe I can provide some answers. Composites on aircraft, especially on the exterior of the plane, are virtually always painted surfaces. This is because ultraviolet light, such as sunlight, will degrade the composite resins. Most of the resins used in fiberglass, carbon fiber, and hybrid lay-ups, s...

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by gregorygoodwin
Fri Jul 16, 2021 11:25 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Question For the Mechanics: Which Commercial Aircraft Have Been Easiest and Most Difficult For You to Work On?
Replies: 71
Views: 14876

Re: Question For the Mechanics: Which Commercial Aircraft Have Been Easiest and Most Difficult For You to Work On?

In my career in aircraft maintenance, I've always worked structures and composites. For me, the Lockheed L1011 had one of the best structural repair manuals. It was simple, straight-forward, and gave you clear and concise graphics and information. The aircraft itself was easy to work on as it was a ...

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by gregorygoodwin
Wed Mar 17, 2021 8:52 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Ligthning Strikes.
Replies: 12
Views: 2815

Re: Ligthning Strikes.

An update to this topic. I was recently called over to our flight line in IND to do a visual evaluation of a lightning strike on a MD10-30. When we arrived we were shown a deep dent on the forward right side of the nose of the ship. At first, I thought that this couldn't be lightning strike damage, ...

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by gregorygoodwin
Wed Mar 17, 2021 8:26 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: HUD on commercial aircraft.
Replies: 8
Views: 2008

Re: HUD on commercial aircraft.

For us at FedEx, apparently there is a profitable case. All of our ships have HUD's. Although I'm not totally sure about our Airbus A300's. Our MD10's, MD11's, B757's, and B767's all have HUD's installed. What may be different with our system is that it is coupled with a Forward Looking Infrared opt...

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