October 9, 2009
This is from pilotfriends.com ….
Apparently, after every flight, Qantas pilots fill out a form, called a ‘gripe sheet’, which tells mechanics about problems with the aircraft. The mechanics correct the problems; document their repairs on the form, and then pilots review the gripe sheets before the next flight.
Never let it be said that ground crews lack a sense of humour. Here are some actual maintenance complaints submitted by Qantas’ Pilots and the solutions recorded by maintenance engineers.
1) Pilots: Left inside main tire almost needs replacement.
Engineers: Almost replaced left inside main tire.
2) Pilots: Test flight OK, except auto-land very rough.
Engineers: Auto-land not installed on this aircraft.
4) Pilots: Dead bugs on windshield.
Engineers: Live bugs on back-order.
5) Pilots: Evidence of leak on right main landing gear.
Engineers: Evidence removed.
6) Pilots: Friction locks cause throttle levers to stick.
Engineers: That’s what they’re for.
7) Pilots: Suspected crack in windshield.
Engineers: Suspect you’re right.
8 ) Pilots: Number 3 engine missing.
Engineers: Engine found on right wing after brief search.
9) Pilots: Aircraft handles funny.
Engineers: Aircraft warned to straighten up, fly right, and be serious.
10) Pilots: Target radar hums
Engineers: Reprogrammed target radar with lyrics.