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XH558 Operations => Engineering => Topic started by: planenut on September 08, 2015, 10:44:25 AM

Title: Condition of our Beastie?
Post by: planenut on September 08, 2015, 10:44:25 AM
I know it's very early since Sunday's return but will we be informed how things are progressing or only when it's sorted?

I know it is difficult  for the team, but I have to know whether to get some extra sandwich filling in for the weekend.
Title: Re: Condition of our Beastie?
Post by: StAthan lecky on September 08, 2015, 02:28:59 PM
It's Newsletter day today so I suspect that some info might be available later  :)

Mike
Title: Re: Condition of our Beastie?
Post by: planenut on September 08, 2015, 04:34:27 PM
It's Newsletter day today so I suspect that some info might be available later 
Mike

You may well be right Mike, we'll see.
Title: Re: Condition of our Beastie?
Post by: planenut on September 08, 2015, 10:12:05 PM
And so, hopefully all will be well for the coming weekend.

Do aircrew have to test it in flight, or can it be "cleared" on the ground?
Title: Re: Condition of our Beastie?
Post by: PA28 on September 09, 2015, 10:57:21 AM
Later this week (about now I'd guess), she will be lifted up off the ground in the hangar after the necessary inspections/repairs, then the team will commence many test cycles to ensure all is well.

Bit like this, but without the audience!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0DcMZcOT-W0
 
Title: Re: Condition of our Beastie?
Post by: planenut on September 09, 2015, 11:24:00 AM
Later this week (about now I'd guess), she will be lifted up off the ground in the hangar after the necessary inspections/repairs, then the team will commence many test cycles to ensure all is well.

Many thanks Ian.
Title: Re: Condition of our Beastie?
Post by: planenut on September 10, 2015, 06:07:53 PM
Well as it is now Thursday evening, I am a little concerned.

Look forward to seeing good news published tomorrow.
Title: Re: Condition of our Beastie?
Post by: PaulH2015 on September 11, 2015, 03:40:33 PM
Well as it is now Thursday evening, I am a little concerned.

Look forward to seeing good news published tomorrow.

Me too, hope it goes better than the air in my clutch hydraulics that took several days to resolve.  After a no-show at Little Gransden and another at Cosby we don't want one at Coventry as well.
Title: Re: Condition of our Beastie?
Post by: planenut on September 11, 2015, 05:08:29 PM
Eagerly updating my email every two minutes.
Title: Re: Condition of our Beastie?
Post by: StAthan lecky on September 11, 2015, 05:18:29 PM
Off jacks now so all should be OK  :)

Mike
Title: Re: Condition of our Beastie?
Post by: planenut on September 11, 2015, 05:50:39 PM
Newsletter states "We are delighted to report the engineering team has completed undercarriage retraction tests on XH558 over the last two days and all is now back to normal. She is off the lifting jacks and on the hangar floor.

She will now be towed out to the operations pan where a full ‘before-flight’ service will be conducted ahead of her planned departure. "

I look forward to Saturday first.
Title: Re: Condition of our Beastie?
Post by: StAthan lecky on September 11, 2015, 07:16:14 PM
Stay calm :))

Mike
Title: Re: Condition of our Beastie?
Post by: planenut on September 11, 2015, 07:21:15 PM
Stay calm , Mike

I'm trying, honestly.
Title: Re: Condition of our Beastie?
Post by: PaulH2015 on September 12, 2015, 09:03:06 AM
Off jacks now so all should be OK  :)

Mike

Good to hear, hope all goes well for today ... and tomorrow.
Title: Re: Condition of our Beastie?
Post by: planenut on September 12, 2015, 09:18:15 AM
Right, sandwiches made and ready to go.

There are times when our teams, crews and engineers are tested to the limit, once again, they have proved their worth.
Title: Re: Condition of our Beastie?
Post by: PaulH2015 on September 12, 2015, 04:38:40 PM
Another problem, returning to base, mention of a fuel leak.
Title: Re: Condition of our Beastie?
Post by: hairrig on September 12, 2015, 04:42:27 PM
Bit surprised to see her heading North over Abingdon so early.
Title: Re: Condition of our Beastie?
Post by: Mayfly on September 12, 2015, 05:04:01 PM
Landed Safely.
Title: Re: Condition of our Beastie?
Post by: GlastoEls on September 12, 2015, 05:48:18 PM
Was at Old Sarum awaiting, but thank goodness she landed safely.

Big worry if indeed a fuel leak this late on.
Title: Re: Condition of our Beastie?
Post by: Stacker on September 13, 2015, 09:44:54 PM
Well it was disappointing for those waiting to see her yesterday but she looked in fine fettle today.

A massive thank you to all those involved in arranging the members day, the flight crew for getting her to us and home safe and sound. But most of all to the magnificent engineering team for your tireless commitment and dedication in getting things sorted so that she could grace the skies over Coventry for us today.

Your efforts were rewarded by thousands of beaming and smiling faces and indeed a few damp eyes as she climbed her way home.

An amazing and outstanding effort by you all

Very many thanks

Kev
Title: Re: Condition of our Beastie?
Post by: Wizzy on September 13, 2015, 10:35:22 PM
I'd second that! We've just got home from a fantastic day at Coventry, the highlight of which was obviously 558's display. The whole day was underpinned with "will she / won't she" and frantic checking of Twitter!

Thank you so much to the guys at Finningley who worked so hard to patch her up for today - it was appreciated by everyone there today - witness the sustained round of applause after 558 climbed away from her display.
Title: Re: Condition of our Beastie?
Post by: dee on September 14, 2015, 08:11:03 AM
You guys are all absolutely amazing!!!
Title: Re: Condition of our Beastie?
Post by: ascot5046 on September 14, 2015, 08:44:36 AM
Once again, Team Taff have defied the odds and no amount of Jaffa cakes can ever express my gratitude for their efforts in getting the jet to Coventry today.

So much Vulcan grit was in evidence and SWMBO even suggested she might not come to Gaydon in fear of sobbing her heart out...we'll see.

"Days to Do" are getting few [choke] so thanks again to everone.
Title: Re: Condition of our Beastie?
Post by: paulh on September 14, 2015, 09:08:38 AM
Just as a matter of interest what was the problem over the weekend regarding the fuel leak??

Cheers Paul.
Title: Re: Condition of our Beastie?
Post by: StAthan lecky on September 14, 2015, 09:25:45 AM
Yes ,well done to the Engineering team and like the last poster I would be interested to know what caused the fuel issue over the weekend and the previous issue with the nose leg ?as an ex Vulcan A tech E I have an enquiring mind  :)

Mike
Title: Re: Condition of our Beastie?
Post by: PaulH2015 on September 14, 2015, 09:45:31 AM
From what Seam Maffet said at one point it seemed that the crew reckoned they had lost fuel but nothing could be found by the ground crew.  Was it my imagination just doing an Oliver (wanting more), or was the display shorter than usual?  I realise the manoeuvres were restricted following Shoreham, but I wondered whether the crew still had underlying concerns - intermittent problems being the worst, especially when airborne.

Quite traumatic with the 'will she, won't she' overnight and next day, but wonderful to see her again.  A few eyes being wiped around us as well as she departed for home.