Pilots Break it, Technicians Fix it!
|After every flight, pilots fill out a form called a 'gripe sheet',
which conveys to the mechanics any problems they had with the aircraft
during the flight. The mechanics read the reports and correct the
problems, and then explain in writing on the lower half of the form what
remedial action was taken.
The pilot reviews the gripe sheet before the next flight. Never let it be said that ground crews lack a sense of humour. Here are some actual maintenance problems submitted by Qantas pilots and the solutions recorded by maintenance staff.
By the way, Qantas is the only major airline that has never had an accident.
P: Left inside tyre almost needs replacement.
P: Test flight OK, except auto-land very rough.
P: Something loose in cockpit.
P: Dead bugs on windshield.
P: Autopilot in altitude-hold mode produces a 200 feet
per minute descent.
P: Evidence of leak on right main landing gear.
P: DME volume unbelievably loud.
P: Friction locks cause throttle levers to stick.
P: IFF inoperative.
P: Suspected crack in windshield.
P: Number 3 engine missing.
P: Aircraft handles funny.
P: Target radar hums.
P: Mouse in cockpit.
P: Noise coming from under instrument panel. Sounds
like a midget pounding on something with a hammer.
And finally, one from British Airways Engine rebuild division. 'Damage would seem to indicate injection of a stone although no concrete evidence could be found'.
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