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NEWS | Jan. 18, 2022

Aviation: 2021 Year-in-Review

Soldier preparing for refueling Chinook helicopter
Photo by Sgt. Sarah Sangster
Note: text spot-colored in blue is hyperlinked.

In this inaugural year-in-review article, let’s take a look back at some of the topics and themes that stood out in 2021 with an eye towards refreshing your maintenance skills and keeping your aircraft mission-ready.

Here’s a sneak peek at some of the themes that stood out over the past year so you can add them to your maintenance priorities:
  • Parts turn in
  • Corrosion prevention
  • Weather awareness
  • Soldier tools and maintenance ideas
  • Most read and downloaded aviation article
Parts Turn in
In 2021, PS Magazine published several articles about the ongoing need for aviation units to turn in excess or unserviceable parts so they can be repaired or refurbished, if needed, and placed back into the supply system. These articles stressed not stockpiling parts because it leads to shortages in the supply system and may keep aircraft in a non-mission capable (NMC) status because of a lack of parts. The best practice is to always turn in excess or unserviceable parts so they can ultimately be placed back into the supply system. Take a look back at these articles:
Aircraft Weather Protection
Every year during the summer and winter months, maintainers must pay attention to how they protect themselves and their aircraft. Being aware of what extreme cold and heat can do helps you prepare for the mission. Take a look back and refresh yourself on cold and hot weather prevention articles. (The first and second article links are rollups of hot and cold weather stories for all equipment):
Corrosion Prevention
Aircraft are powerful machines, but they’re no match against corrosion. No matter what tasks you have, always be on the lookout for corrosion, especially in places you think don’t matter. Don’t let out of sight, out mind catch you off guard because what you can’t or don’t see can damage your aircraft. Something as simple as using covers can help protect against and prevent unwanted corrosion.

Take a look at these 2021 articles on corrosion:
Lakota: Having Flight Control Rod Issues?

CH-47: Need Chinook Covers?
Soldier Tools and Maintenance Ideas
Sometimes when Soldiers and maintainers come with unique ideas to make maintenance simpler, better or faster, they send their ideas on tool and maintenance tips to PS Magazine for publication. These two articles will give you a leg up on maintenance:
Hot Item
Sometimes a maintenance issue arises and we have to get info out quickly to our readers. This past year, an important issue arose about the APX-123/APX-123A Mode 5 transponder. Take a look at the article for a recap:
Most Read and Downloaded Aviation Article
For years, Soldiers have needed information on how to handle condition code tags and PS Magazine has periodically reminded readers of the various types, their purpose and how to get them. We were able to provide readers with a downloadable infographic that provides all this information in a single place. In fact, the Condition Code Tags infographic was the most downloaded aviation item on the website, with 3479 downloads for 2021.

For more information on this topic, visit Aviation: Need Condition Code Tags?
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