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Old 03-30-2016, 06:15 AM
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Default Frightening

Found this during an inspection. No names


This is the same wing bay

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Old 03-30-2016, 06:44 AM
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Is that a flashlight??

How long has this A/C been flying?
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Old 03-30-2016, 07:07 AM
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Vans will need to pre-pend the heavy wing troubleshooting procedure:

1) Confirm there are no more than 2 pounds of forgotten tools and equipment in the heavy wing.

Seriously though, I can see how easily this could happen to any of us. You get distracted between what you opened the inspection cover for and when you're done and ready to put the inspection cover back on.

So just being reminded that this can happen is helpful. A simple rule when working on our aircraft would be:

"Prior to replacing any inspection cover or fairing, confirm all tools removed and accounted for."
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Old 03-30-2016, 07:45 AM
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It happens more often than you'd care to know..even on the big planes.As others have said, it's always a good idea to make a final look with a mirror and light before any closing of panels. I personally have a fairly organized tool box and tote that is inventoried after each use, and plane is a no go if a tool is missing. If a friend comes by when I'm working, I stop what I'm doing, as the "help" is often a distraction that leads to something overlooked.
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Old 03-30-2016, 07:53 AM
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I found a bucking bar in the right wing of my Rocket when I opened it up the first time. Also found a 7/16 combination wrench in the aft fuselage on the RV-8 on first inspection.
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Old 03-30-2016, 08:00 AM
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I've found everything from clecoes to torque wrenches during inspections.
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Old 03-30-2016, 08:17 AM
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The first thing I learned in Navy aircraft maintenance school was tool control. The plane should never be flown until all tools are accounted for. We had special tool boxes with inventory sheets to make sure this didn't happen.
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Old 03-30-2016, 08:22 AM
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That is why the Air Force labels and accounts for every tool that goes out to work on a jet and won't release the aircraft until all the tools are accounted for after the work is done. It is a real PITA but works. BTW, same here as for my experience with finding tools. I've add a few good tools to my collection.
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Old 03-30-2016, 08:37 AM
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My first reaction was, "Bonus tool!" I found a nice little Mag Lite in my wing the first time I opened it up. Then I saw it was in the same bay as the aileron bellcrank. Yeah, not good.
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Old 03-30-2016, 09:01 AM
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I seem to remember that when we took the rear-most inspection cover off of the RV-1's tail cone, we were able to add a couple of small tools to Jay Pratt's collection. So this is a phenomenon that goes WAY back..... (Not saying they were Van's tools, probably a subsequent owner!).
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