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The question was asked . . . .
“Do airline pilots ever reject an aircraft based on the pre-flight walk-around check?”
Jan Zumwalt, a former fire chief, aircraft pilot, and a certified A& P [Airframe and Powerplant] mechanic, made the following observation in a recent brief response . . . .
In about 2000 when I worked for Continental, a B737 Alaska Airlines first officer just happened to notice a small coffee stain looking streak at an exhaust nozzle and ask me and their mechanic about it.Neither of us thought it was anything to worry about but I called our maintenance center anyway. They recommended the plane be put on hold and the AK mechanic was told he should contact his supervisor. It turned out the engine had just started to burn through a combustion ‘can’ and probably would have caught fire in flight a few minutes later!I later learned that any uneven discoloration (regardless of how small) at a nozzle is a big potential problem.
The major problem I see is that experience is not transferred to future generations. This scenario was never taught to me in my A&P university (one of the best, UAA of Alaska) and is not transferred to newer graduates. 😦
So it is likely some aircraft will come down due to lack of experience or training at some point in the future.
There is a BIG difference between being an A&P and being a ramp mechanic (but my license allows me to work on a prop or a B747, at the same time).
Key Biblical Concepts:
- second-generation Christians
- commit thou to faithful men
- too late
- how it affects others
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Key Useful Phrases:
- “pre-flight walk around.”
- “just happened to notice.”
- “ask me and their mechanic“
- “Neither of us thought it was anything to worry about but“
- “regardless of how small“
- “plane be put on hold“
- “This scenario was never taught to me“
- The major problem I see is that experience is not transferred to future generations.
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Other Information & Links:
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