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Postby Moertoe Pilut » Thu Mar 29, 2012 11:53 pm

"DC-8 Leaking hydraulics":

A couple of years ago, i flew for European registered airline, we had three DC-8-62FH. One of the airplane was based in Tenerife for a while, flying DHL freight around from Tenerife to Las Palmas and then off to Madrid. The airplane would land around mid night in Madrid and would then leave around 02:00 back for Las Palmas and to Tenerife.

That evening I took the aircraft over in Tenerife and on our flight to Las Palmas I noticed quite a leak in the hydraulic system. Anyway, we landed in Tenerife, spoke to the ground engineers about it and they said they would fix it. I was sitting in the bar, just ordered my first pint when the crew walked back in the bar and said the aircraft is grounded.

I found it a bit strange, because the leak itself was very small as it only leak from the 35PSI supply line. Anyhow, I told them, just relax, will have it fixed in 2 hours, so better not start drinking.

I went to the airport and asked the mechanics if the had found the leak. "no" was their answer. So I told them to start removing all the egg-panels in the aft flap-well off. Once the panels were on, I asked them to pressurize the hydraulic system, so I could see where this leak now came from. Took about a minute to locate the leak. So we took the line off and took it to Iberia's line maintenance shop.

I asked the guys there for some sheetmetal, PRC and radiator hose clamps. I then rolled the sheet metal in the shape of the hydraulic line until it was a perfect match. I then took the PRC and gave that a think coat along the line and our sheetmetal roll. Stuck the rolled sheetmetal around the hydraulic line and tight it up with a set of radiator hose clamps. I thanked the guys in the shop and took my masterpiece back to the airplane.

Once there, i just held the PRC pipe next to the exhaust of the ground power unit. I left it there for 45 minutes. I came back after an hour and took the "repaired" line back in to the aft flap-well through the egg panels back into its place. Took my spanners and tightened the line up. Told the guys to pressurize the hydraulic system again, so we could do our leaktest. We had the system pressurized for about 30 minutes and not a drop of Skydrol leaked out.

Closed the panels up, called the crew back to the airport and fly it. The whole delay took 2,5 hours. She flew Tenerife-Las Palmas-Madrid and back and it didn't have a leak.


The line that I "patched up" remained flying like this for about 6 months, where it finally got replaced with the proper line.


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Postby Propnut » Fri Mar 30, 2012 6:53 am

I am sure that a quick fix like that in the middle of the night must still put a smile on a ground engineers dial, when he gets home and sits back with his first beer.
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Postby Gooneybird » Fri Mar 30, 2012 7:06 am

[quote=""Muntu Pilut""]A couple of years ago, i flew for European registered airline,................


That evening .........................I was sitting in the bar, just ordered my first pint when the crew walked back in the bar and said the aircraft is grounded.

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.......Methinks the two of us should sit down (with a pint or two)........and discuss this first pint ....maybe!!!!!!
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Postby Moertoe Pilut » Fri Mar 30, 2012 9:32 am

We should discuss my first pint over a couple of pints, as the first pint I had ordered got to waste, I never drank it.
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Postby Gooneybird » Fri Mar 30, 2012 10:17 am

[quote=""Muntu Pilut""]We should discuss my first pint over a couple of pints, as the first pint I had ordered got to waste, I never drank it.[/quote]

Fancy "Footwork" will not camouflage your initial intention with the said refreshment....unless.....that was the ONLY form of liquid available to wash the bugs off the windscreen.....?????/
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Postby Moertoe Pilut » Fri Mar 30, 2012 10:33 am

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Postby avi-addict » Fri Mar 30, 2012 7:20 pm

manure Munts - I knew you were some kind of 'Maverick'!!!!!!Image
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Postby Raffles » Fri Mar 30, 2012 9:06 pm

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Postby Moertoe Pilut » Fri Mar 30, 2012 9:13 pm

Maverick? I'm not a flamgat....Just a hot head Image
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Postby Raffles » Fri Mar 30, 2012 9:53 pm

mav·er·ickâ?? â??[mav-er-ik, mav-rik]

noun


a person pursuing rebellious, even potentially disruptive, policies or ideas:
You can't muzzle a maverick.
Synonyms: rebel, cowboy; loose cannon.
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Postby Moertoe Pilut » Fri Mar 30, 2012 9:54 pm

Freighter Pilot?
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Postby Raffles » Fri Mar 30, 2012 9:56 pm

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Postby Moertoe Pilut » Fri Mar 30, 2012 9:57 pm

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Postby Raffles » Fri Mar 30, 2012 10:01 pm

Antie, freight pilots are very special. Laaik us or lump us :D :D :D Image Image Image We are your Image Image Image
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Postby Moertoe Pilut » Fri Mar 30, 2012 10:08 pm

If the company I work for would start a cargo division, I would volunteer to fly freight instead of Self Loading Freight. Boxes don't complain!! Image
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Postby Moertoe Pilut » Fri Mar 30, 2012 10:09 pm

I'll post another freight story for Avi over the weekend, it involves a cattle flight.....
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Postby Raffles » Fri Mar 30, 2012 10:17 pm

I got one involves a pillow fight!
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Postby Moertoe Pilut » Fri Mar 30, 2012 10:20 pm

[quote=""Raffles""]I got one involves a pillow fight![/quote]Please share!!!! Image
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Postby Raffles » Fri Mar 30, 2012 10:30 pm

Too many beers already. Typing endurance reduced, Will recharge batteries tomorrow....
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Postby Moertoe Pilut » Wed Apr 04, 2012 7:32 pm

"Our Cattle Attendant":

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