|Quoting Toni_ (Reply 21):|
I don't want to slag the article off, but do they have basketball players employed at AI or what? This doesn't seem right to me. I can easily stand up straight under a 747. I never been close to a 787 yet but I'm willing to bet I can do the same.
|Quoting DarkSnowyNight (Reply 31):|
I'm only 6'3 (1.9m) and while I certainly don't have to bend to get under a 747, I do have to crane my neck pretty hard, especially if it's under load, and especially if I am looking up at something. The 787 is a little shorter, but not much. But yes, this is not excuse to ignore that part of a walk around.
Well guys, am a 787 F/O myself and I’m 6'2(1,86m) and let me tell you one thing, us pilots are not trained to inspect every single panel and its screws in our walk around as the article says. And it doesn’t have anything to do with a specific height to be able to check it or not, its simply not our job. When you are walking in that section of the plane or "Right Wing Root, Pack, and Lower Fuselage" as it’s written in our FCOM, we are supposed to check the following:
-Probes, sensors, ports, valves and drains
- Exterior Lights (Landing Lights)
-Pack Inlet and pneumatic access door
CAC inlet and FOD deflector door
-Leading edge slats and flaps
Then you check the engine, go all the way trough the wing checking the leading edge and back under the wing checking flaps, jettison nozzle, flap actuators, vents, and fuel access panels (check they are on and in their place, not if the screws are complete as it will be impossible to see from that low on the ground and specially at night) to the right main gear and all its components, a quick glance at the right main wheel well and back to the right aft part of the fuselage.
Point being that pilots are actually not trained to look at every panel and its screws, that’s a maintenance job... when we get to the cockpit and the mechanic releases the airplane and sign the book, you trust that you are working with professional and qualified people for the job and that every screw its where it needs to be, other ways it would be an impossible operation to run.
Just my two cents.