After every Qantas
Airlines flight, pilots complete a gripe sheet which conveys to the
mechanics problems encountered with the aircraft during the flight
that need repair or correction. The form used is a piece of paper on
which the pilot completes the top section,listing the problem..
mechanics read the report and respond in writing on the lower half
of the form documenting, what remedial action was taken. This way
the pilot on the next flight of that plane can review the
form before taking off.
Never let it be
said that ground crews and engineers lack a sense of humor. Some may
say that aircraft maintenance should be taken seriously because
incorrect maintenance can lead to accidents. While this is true,
keep in mind that Quantas is the only major airline that has never
had an accident!
Here are some
actual logged maintenance complaints and responses:
P = the problem
logged by the pilot,
S = the solution and action taken by engineers.
P: Left inside main
tire almost needs replacement.
S: Almost replaced left inside main tire.
P: Test flight OK, except auto-land very rough.
S: Auto-land not installed on this aircraft.
P: Something loose in cockpit.
S: Something tightened in cockpit.
P: Dead bugs on windshield.
S: Live bugs on back-order.
P: Autopilot in altitude-hold mode produces a 200 feet per minute
S: Cannot reproduce problem on ground.
P: Evidence of leak on right main landing gear.
S: Evidence removed.
P: DME volume unbelievably loud.
S: DME volume set to more believable level.
P: Friction locks cause throttle levers to stick.
S: That's what they're there for.
P: IFF inoperative.
S: IFF always inoperative in OFF mode.
P: Suspected crack in windshield.
S: Suspect you're right.
P: Number 3 engine missing.
S: Engine found on right wing after brief search.
P: Aircraft handles funny.
S: Aircraft warned to straighten up, fly right and be serious.
P: Target radar hums.
S: Reprogrammed target radar with lyrics.
P: Mouse in cockpit.
S: Cat installed