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102 Aircraft Handling - F/A-18 Hornet
102.1 State the number of tie-down points on the F/A-18 Hornet and identify their location.
1) There are 12 tie down points.
A) 1, 2 - Nose landing gear.
B) 3 - Bottom fwd fuselage, behind drag brace.
C) 4, 6, 8 - Left main landing gear.
D) 5, 7, 9 - Right main landing gear.
E) 10, 11 - Port/STBD wing.
F) 12 - Bottom aft fuselage fwd tail hook.
102.2 State the proper procedures for aircraft grounding.
1) Aircraft are required to be grounded during maintenance and ordnance loading.
2) Ground to earth first then to one of the a/c grounding points.
102.3 State the purpose of aircraft plugs and covers.
To protect a/c opening and protruding surfaces from physical and environmental damage and FOD intrusion.
102.4 Discuss the requirements, duties, and responsibilities of the following Aircraft Handling Team personnel:
* Note - All move team will have whistles at the ready during a/c movement.
1. Move Director
A) Prime responsibility lies with the director for the aircraft movement.
B) Ensures a qualified brake rider mans cockpit.
C) Ensures tow bar is secure prior to movement.
D) Ensures a/c is ready for the move.
E) Ensures a/c has enough brake pressure.
F) Ensures enough clearance all around the a/c for and during the move.
G) Sets the pace to a slow walking speed.
2. Brake Rider
A) Conducts a pre-movement inspection of a/c ensuring a/c has all safety equipment installed. (Seat Pins / landing gear safety pins)
B) Ensures a/c is free from servicing equipment / external cords.
C) Ensures a/c has enough brake pressure.
D) Stays alert during entire a/c move while not leaving the cockpit until a/c is final spotted.
3. Chock Walker
A) Pulls and installs chocks when instructed by the director.
B) Stays alert to director's signals.
C) Ensures a/c is ready for move.
D) Free of any chains, power cords, and servicing equipment.
E) Watches out for ground obstacles and warns the director accordingly.
F) Stays in a relatively safe position of aircraft wheels.
4. Safety Observer (Wing-Walker/Tail-Walker)
A) Conduct's a pre-tow inspection of the a/c.
B) Ensures safety pins are installed.
C) Ensures a/c is ready for move.
D) Ensures a/c is free of chains, cable cords, and support equipment.
E) Ensures a/c will clear all obstructions during movement.
5. Tractor Driver
A) Tows a/c at a slow walking speed avoiding sudden stops or starts.
B) Pre-OP's tractor ensuring the support equipment is up and ready.
C) Follows instructions from the director while avoiding any and all obstructions.
102.5 Discuss towing preparations.
1) Minimum structural access doors must be installed to prevent damage to a/c.
2) Radome must be closed and secured (if installed).
3) Do not tow a/c with doors 68 L/R open. (engine bay doors).
4) Ensure a/c emergency brake accumulator pressure gauge reads 2900 psi minimum.
5) Ensure a/c is clear of all obstacles and support equipment.
102.6 State the purpose of the landing gear aircraft ground safety pins.
Landing gear safety pins safeties nose and main landing gear in the down position, preventing gear retraction.
102.7 Describe the purpose of the landing gear aircraft ground safety pins.
102.8 Briefly discuss the canopy static discharge process.
* Note - A crackling / popping noise indicates a static charge exist while running mittens over.
During flight a high voltage (100,000 volts) static electrical charge may build up and be stored in the windshield and canopy. This is a hazard to touch unless it is discharged using a static charge removal kit.
1) Make sure a/c is properly grounded.
2) Ensure static charge removal kit has had a continuity check within the last 30 days.
3) Connect kit to aircraft nose landing gear wheel well ground receptacle.
4) Run the kit mittens over the canopy and windshield until static discharge is gone.