During routine GSE maintenance and repair, it is important to properly inspect all equipment. Failure to maintain, repair and inspect GSE equipment can not only lead to expensive damages, but also severe life risks of personnel.
Below, we have listed 5 vital inspections to include in your routine GSE maintenance and repair procedures.
Every jack requires a different inspection and repair technique; however, we have listed some key considerations that are the same for all jacks.
First and foremost, all jacks should be inspected during routine GSE maintenance and repair to make sure that there are no signs of damage. If damage is found, repairs must be made before the jack can be used. Special attention should also be particularly put on jack fittings and hoses.
During GSE maintenance and repair, it is also important to ensure that an aircraft jack proof load test is performed. This will help to guarantee that the jack can hold the weight it is rated for. This is crucial to perform because if a jack cannot hold the weight it is rated for, personnel are in danger of a possible accident occurring.
It is also important to inspect, and repair if necessary, the pumps used in jacks. This will verify that the pumps are functioning correctly. If pumps fail, there is risk for serious damage to the aircraft.
GSE maintenance and repair for jacks should also include inspection of fluid leaks. If a fluid leak is found, the leak must be repaired before returning the jack to service.
During routine GSE maintenance and repair, a technician should also inspect towbars. If a towbar is not functioning properly or parts are not correctly tightened, severe damage to an aircraft is likely. Procedures should be taken during maintenance and repair to ensure that all bolts and pins are tight and secure. If a towbar is missing bolts or pins, it should not be used until the missing items are replaced.
A towbar should be evaluated during GSE maintenance and repair to make sure it can appropriately attach a head securely. All towbar axles and bearings should be greased during GSE maintenance and repair as well.
Another vital piece of GSE equipment that must be inspected during routine GSE maintenance and repair is engine slings. Engine slings that fail can result in thousands of dollars of damage and can pose a serious safety threat to personnel using the equipment.
Routine GSE maintenance and repair should include inspection of engine sling straps to ensure there is no excessive wear. If there is any question of the straps ability to perform, they must be replaced. Inspection of pins, fasters and labels should also take place during GSE maintenance and repair.
A Tail stand is another vital piece of GSE equipment that should be inspected during routine maintenance and repair. The neck of a tail stand should be inspected to make sure that it is sliding up and down smoothly. If friction occurs during set up, then necessary repairs will have to be made.
Another key factor to include in tail stand inspection is verification that the alarm is properly functioning and sounding when needed.
Work stands are another key piece of GSE equipment and need to be inspected during routine GSE maintenance and repair. It is crucial that work stands are safe and properly functioning to assure that personnel can safely reach an aircraft.
When performing an inspection on a work stand during routine GSE maintenance and repair, it is important to check the hydraulics. Hydraulic leaks must be addressed and repaired before the work stand is declared safe to use. Hydraulic fluid levels must also be checked, along with the following:
- Lock pins
- Safety chains
- Weight load
- Safety stops
- Work stand frame
- Aircraft bumpers