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CH-47F: Chinook F-Model Training Info
By | Feb. 25, 2022
The Chinook helicopter has changed a lot over the decades. The F-model is the newest aircraft and getting familiar with it comes with use and training...

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All Aircraft: Pick the Right Type and Number of Jacks
By | Jan. 28, 2022
Mechanics, aircraft jacks are vital for maintenance on your helicopter. They’ve been around for years and gone through a lot of changes. Some have been put out to pasture while others have been neglected. This article offers...

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HH/UH-60M, AH-64E, CH-47F: Get Familiar with Fiber Optic Care
By | Dec. 29, 2021
Initial note: This article applies to deploying or deployed units only. Aviation maintainers/electricians, to ensure aircraft are more survivable against threat missiles, the Project Office Aircraft Survivability Equipment...

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All Aircraft: Cold Weather Prep, Icing and Winter Hazards
By | Dec. 6, 2021
Wintery weather brings many maintenance challenges, so make sure you’re on top of cold weather operations by thinking about environmental factors, operational procedures, training and hazards. Two Flightfax articles will help...

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All Aircraft: Be Prepared for Cold Weather
By | Oct. 25, 2021
When winter weather extremes hit you and your aircraft with frigid temps, snow, ice and wind, even preventive maintenance (PM) defensive measures may be too little, too late...

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CH-47: Need Chinook Covers?
By | July 23, 2021
Mechanics, your Chinooks come with primary covers for different parts of the aircraft. You’ll find these covers listed in the TMs. Just in case you don’t have the primary covers on hand, the Chinook PM has provided seven (7)...

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CH-47D/F: Where to Store Tie-Down Chains
By | Nov. 4, 2020
Mechanics, storing Chinook tie-down chains or anything else in the canted beams area by the ramp only results in damage to your aircraft...

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CH-47F: Another Tow Option for Chinook
By | Aug. 6, 2020
This article initially appeared in PS 795 (Feb '19), pp. 22-23. Mechanics, if your unit still has the Chinook’s old single axle/wheel tow bar, you have to rotate the left rear wheel 120 degrees before hookup. That’s to keep...

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Aircraft: FOD Control is a Must
By | July 8, 2020
Foreign object debris (FOD) is the culprit behind foreign object damage (FOD) to aircraft. FOD can come from the most unsuspecting places, like a pebble stuck in the sole of your boots, hardware that’s been left behind after...

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Aviation: Take Control of CORROSION
By | July 7, 2020
This article initially appeared in PS 800 (Jul 19), p. 25. Mechanics, aircraft multipin electrical connectors are the electrical interface between the aircraft and avionics systems. The failure of just one electrical...

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Chinook: TM Change Coming
By | June 17, 2020
Mechanics, a DA Form 2028 change request has been approved for the Chinook F-model, TM 1-1520-271-23&P (Aug 18). In WP 4796, the section on removing the mass memory server (MMS), a note will be added that says, “If you are...

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Aircraft: COVID-19 Disinfectant Recommendations
By | June 11, 2020
Protecting yourself, your aircraft and everyone around you in a COVID-19 environment is important. In this new normal dealing with COVID-19, it’s important to remind you of the approved cleaning solution for all aircraft to...

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Aviation: Dealing With Birds and Nests in Aircraft and Hangars
By | June 4, 2020
The old saying, “birds of a feather flock together,” is not just a turn of the phrase, but a reality that’s happening on and inside Black Hawks, Apaches, Chinooks and aircraft hangars. Any aircraft opening or perch is an...

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CH-47D/F: Give Birds the Boot
By | June 3, 2020
Birds love to make nests any place they can. On the Chinook, birds target the rotor head. So in the battle to stop birds from nesting on your rotor head, it’s in your best interest to pull out those rotor head covers. Use the...

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H-60A/L and CH-47F: Software Updated for EAWIS?
By | May 20, 2020
This article initially appeared in PS 796 (Mar 19), p. 26. Mechanics, if your Chinook or Black Hawk aircraft has the encrypted airborne wireless intercommunication system (EAWIS), you may need a software update...

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Aircraft: Win the Battle of the Birds
By | May 19, 2020
The old saying, “Birds of a feather flock together,” is not just a saying, but it’s happening inside aircraft hangars. Birds love to set up shop inside hangars to nest and breed. They leave droppings, which is always a...

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Aircraft: Maintenance Situational Unawareness
By | May 11, 2020
Aircraft maintenance is very important for mission success and so is maintenance situational awareness. The two go hand-in hand. The US Army Aviation Center of Excellence and Fort Rucker published an article about maintenance...

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All Aircraft: Emergency Response Methodology
By | May 11, 2020
A recent US Army Aviation Center of Excellence (USAACE) analysis of mishaps showed a need for training in crew reactions to aircraft emergencies, especially when it comes to large-scale combat operations (LSCO) flight...

CH-47: Use the Right ILCA Jam Test Tool Before Flight
By | May 5, 2020
This article initially appeared in PS 794 (Jan 19), Pages 20-21. Good PM means performing all preventative maintenance services (PMS) and never putting your aircraft at risk. So get in the closet and do the ILCA jam...

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Aviation: Quick-Release Extension Tether Fielding Update
By | Oct. 28, 2019
Operators, now that PM Air Warrior is almost done training and fielding the quick-release extension tether (QRET), MEDEVAC folks need your help. If there are any MEDEVAC, Black Hawk, and Chinook units out there that haven’t...