06 April 2005
From one of the MakaluMedia staff:
After every flight, Quantas pilots fill out a form, called a "gripesheet," which tells mechanics about problems with the aircraft. Themechanics correct the problems; document their repairs on the form, andthen pilots review the gripe sheets before the next flight.
Never let it be said that ground crews lack a sense of humour. Here aresome actual maintenance complaints submitted by Qantas' pilots and thesolutions recorded by maintenance engineers.
By the way, Quantas is the only major airline that has never had anaccident.
(P= The problem logged by the pilot.)
(S= The solution and action taken by mechanics.)
P: Left inside main tyre almost needs replacement.
S: Almost replaced left inside main tyre.<hr />P: Test flight OK, except auto-land very rough.
S: Auto-land not installed on this aircraft.<hr />P: Something loose in cockpit.
S: Something tightened in cockpit.<hr />P: Dead bugs on windshield.
S: Live bugs on back-order.<hr />P: Autopilot in altitude-hold mode produces a 200 feet per minute descent.
S: Cannot reproduce problem on ground.<hr />P: Evidence of leak on right main landing gear.
S: Evidence removed.<hr />P: DME volume unbelievably loud.
S: DME volume set to more believable level.<hr />P: Friction locks cause throttle levers to stick.
S: That’s what they’re for.<hr />P: IFF inoperative.
S: IFF always inoperative in OFF mode.<hr />P: Suspected crack in windshield.
S: Suspect you’re right.<hr />P: Number 3 engine missing.
S: Engine found on right wing after brief search.<hr />P: Aircraft handles funny.
S: Aircraft warned to straighten up, fly right, and be serious.<hr />P: Target radar hums.
S: Reprogrammed target radar with lyrics.<hr />P: Mouse in cockpit.
S: Cat installed.<hr />P: Noise coming from under instrument panel. Sounds like a midgetpounding on something with a hammer.
S: Took hammer away from midget