Aircraft service update
Mar 1, 2013 by Ian Homer. Posted to category: Engineering
Non Destructive Testing (NDT) finishes as various parts begin to arrive back at the hangar.
Inspection of the last few images show no issues of concern over the aircraft's structure.
The final X-rays are taken from overhead with the focus points clearly marked. Here you can see the fall arrest system that uses pneumatic suction pads and cables to secure the operative's harness. Far more powerful than normal medical X-rays, the staff move well clear when exposures are taken.
Our thanks to Fuji Film and Aerospace NDT based at the airport in Doncaster for undertaking this work.
Here is a detail of the source head, placed on the aircraft to take a closer look at the wing leading edges.
A similar position on another area.
Meantime, Oxygen bottles have been to their manufacturrers for testing and refill. Here the bottles receive a fresh coat of paint and are dried.
Once filled and with valves fitted, the completed bottles are ready to be returned. Our thanks to Chesterfield Cylinders and DSG (Stafford) for their work on these.
Thanks to your generous donations over winter, we have just enough money to complete the winter service. Look out for more details soon as more items arrive back at the hangar.
However, we now need to cover our costs to reach the early displays and to attain check flights to begin work-up to display practice. Insurance, hangarage and fuel will all be large overheads over the coming months.
Thank you for anything you can do.