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Handling the GSU-323/E buddy-store dolly

Handling the GSU-323/E buddy-store dolly Joseph Funderburk In the spring issue of Mech, AM3 Gregory Riebel reported a problem with the winch assembly on a buddy-store dolly. This follow-up story is necessary to provide users with additional information to prevent them from being injured and to identify upcoming changes to this equipment. This problem also […]

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P-3 intake covers

P-3 intake covers A letter to the editor in the spring 2003 issue spoke of a product made by Bruce Covers that might help solve a fall hazard reported in the fall 2002 issue (rotting straps that injure Sailors) PEOASWASM. Patuxent River MD issued 281319Z OCT 03, which was a response to a different injury […]

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Towbar safety is for everyone

Towbar safety is for everyone Jim Fountain Towbars are inanimate objects, but they can still be hazardous. They become a risk when degraded by wear, damaged through misuse, or used in hazardous surroundings. The AIMD support equipment division can help, but they cannot make sure every maintainer uses the equipment correctly. Each user is responsible […]

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One crew chief is better than two

One crew chief is better than two Parris English The mission this day was typical for a VR squadron. We had to fly four legs up and down the East Coast, carrying the air wing from Norfolk to Jacksonville after a six-month deployment. During my preflight on our C-9B, I found an inoperative down-lock light […]

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Blown away on the flight deck

Blown away on the flight deck Brian McKinzie It was another night on the flight deck, nothing out of the ordinary. We had one aircraft land and taxi toward the bow for a hot pump and crew switch. The yellowshirts parked that jet so the exhaust was pointing off the port side of the bow. […]

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The answer is just a click away

The answer is just a click away Cheryl Poirier I’ve seen one problem on surveys: a lack of knowledge about the Naval Safety Center website. Whether it’s reading our favorite funnies, checking out the sports scores, looking for the latest and greatest in electronics and cars, or finding the symptoms for a common cold, the […]

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Exchanging corrosion-control knowledge

Exchanging corrosion-control knowledge Robert Kidwell The DoD Corrosion Exchange manages and distributes information about corrosion prevention and control (CPC) through an e-portal. The assistant deputy under secretary of defense for maintenance policy sponsors this website, and this effort has been designated as one of the cornerstones in the DoD’s long-term strategy for corrosion prevention and […]

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Grieving families care about errors in math

Grieving families care about errors in math – Crossfeed Van Jones After numerous surveys at many different squadrons that operate a wide variety of aircraft, I have noticed a poor trend in how hours are totaled on the monthly flight summary (MFS) and equipment operating record (EOR) pages. These errors include flight hours, landings, catapults, […]

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The benefits of modern goggle technology

The benefits of modern goggle technology Peter French Military people are outfitted with some of the most advanced personal protective equipment in the world. But standard PPE ensembles still include some items that are obsolete by commercial-market standards. One such element is the sun, wind and dust (SWD) goggle, which was designed in the 1940s. […]

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Leaning toward heeding maintenance cautions

Leaning toward heeding maintenance cautions Keith Jones When was the last time your shop reviewed the meanings of the words warning, caution, shall, and should? We learn these meanings early on, but, as we gain experience and expertise, do their meanings begin to change? Does our own expertise begin to supplant the wisdom of the […]