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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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HOT ITEM - Rotary-Wing Aircraft: Configure Mode S / ADS-B Out Properly
By | Sept. 1, 2021
MUST READ! - Mechanics, during maintenance on the APX-123/APX-123A Mode 5 transponder, the aircraft-assigned default Mode S can be zeroized or “set to factory default.” Units are subsequently not ensuring that the default...

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Lakota: Having Flight Control Rod Issues?
By | Aug. 25, 2021
Heads up, Lakota operators. The Light Helicopter Product Office (LHPO) has received reports from units that have discovered cracked swaged collars on the flight control rods. The Lakota System Safety Working Group (SSWG) has...

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UH-72A: Pre-flighting Lakota Protects Airframe
By | June 15, 2021
Pilots and crew, failing to secure the aircraft hydraulic crest cowlings prior to flight is becoming a bad trend. And it’s preventable. Read on to discover ways to prevent accidents arising from this problem...

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Lakota: Use Only Authorized Equipment!
By | July 17, 2020
This article initially appeared in PS 785 (Apr 18), pp. 24-25. Ground handling wheels and the tow bar are the only two pieces of ground handling equipment authorized for your Lakota!...

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Lakota: Heat Blanket Protects Engine Cowlings
By | July 17, 2020
This article initially appeared in PS 782 (Jan 18), pp. 22-23. Have you noticed discoloration or blistering on the inside of the Lakota’s engine cowlings near the exhaust? That discoloration is caused by the intense...

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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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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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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...