An Army crew chief checks for clearance while a soldier fires an M240 machine gun at targets from a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter during an aerial gunnery training exercise near Marine Corps Outlying Field Atlantic, N.C., Oct. 22, 2016. Army photo by Sgt. Steven Galimore
An Army crew chief observes CH-47 Chinook helicopters in flight before a slingload operation at Fort Stewart, Ga., Nov. 6, 2016. Army photo by Lt. Col. Brian J. Fickel
A KC-135R Stratotanker rests on the flightline at Roland R. Wright Air National Guard Base, Utah, June 25, 2015. The aircraft's principal mission is air refueling, which enhances the Air Force's capability to accomplish its primary missions of global reach and global power. (U.S. Air National Guard photo/Senior Airman Colton Elliott)
The flashlight is one of the most used tools to an aircraft mechanic. Critical inspections require adequate lighting to get the job done properly. Not only mechanics working at night need a quality light but also day shifters as well. Day time and bright sunlight can cause shadows which can obscure the vision of the technician. Being able to shine a bright light into a darkened area is an important trait considering the light must overcome the ambient light to be effective.
1. Dim flashlights with not enough power. A powerful light with a enough power to overcome the bright ambient sunlight is critical for daytime inspections.
2. Poor quality. Cheap flashlights are great for the campground or the glove box but a professional mechanic needs a professional light. One that is built tough and testing in real-world conditions. Poorly machined parts mean water can pass though and ruin your light.
3. Expensive batteries that need constant replacement. Rechargeable batteries are all the rage these days because they cost less to operate and can be charged while not at work.
4.Non waterproof flashlights. Let's face it. Working in the rain or snow is part of the job. Poorly designed flashlights let water into their housing wreaking havoc on the internal parts causing failure. Check for IPX8 rating for waterpoofness, it's the highest rating available.
5. Heavy and bulky flashlights. Do you remember those D-cell mag lights? Those things were heavy and bulky. Chances are you're going to have your hands full with a bunch of other tools so having a lightweight torch you can stick in your pocket and not bother you is key.
Zoomable lens have a number of problems associated with them. Even though they look cool, they may not be the best choice for the aviation industry.
I've tried to explain this in numerous texts between friends and customers so I decided to write this post to better help explain my opinion on the subject.
The Mythbusters are at it again this time with one of Connie Kalitta's 747. In the episode, the mythbusters attempt to see if the jet wash from an aircraft could flip a taxi car over which of course it did without any problems.
They also wanted to see what would happen to a school bus. Well, see below what happened!