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  • core_pfield_13
    Riding, Harleys of course


  • core_pfield_11
    6 years as C-130 Crew Chief, 15 years as Flight engineer on C-5's, C-130E,H, HC, and MC-P's.
    Currently working as PFE on L-382's
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  1. Thermal cameras could be helpful in some cases. When the MC Shadows first got the FLIR we used to watch the wing leading edge heat up during the LE anti-ice checks. You could count the leading edge ribs even. Had one aircraft that the right outer wing continued to show warmer than the rest of the wing after the leading edge AI was turned off but didn't get an overheat. When we wrote it up, Mx told us the FLIR was not approved for troubleshooting and didn't follow up. About one week later it came back with a wing overheat, cracked expansion compensator right where the FLIR showed a hotspot. Mike
  2. I wonder how cold the battery would be at altitude. Since the aircraft is continually overcharging the battery, 25-30 volts into a 24 volt battery, it creates heat and helps prevent the battery from freezing, or so I have been told. Mike
  3. Congrats on the retirement Archie. I'm glad we got to work together, you sure helped me learn the herk and how to be a FE. Both on and more likely, off the airplane. Good luck finding a herk FE job, not too many left. Mike "Klattmandu"
  4. Dan, When you quit flying, didn't they still rub two sticks together to turn the lights on??? Remeber first time after the change from just overt pod illumination lights to combination overt/IR lights. Told the helo about our "new" IR pod lighting so they asked us to turn it on for them so they could see what it was like while they were in taking fuel. Put the switch to IR and all H....L broke loose. They had wired the switch backwards and the overt came on. Got to run loss of drouge after the helo chopped it off and then the guillotine failed to cut. Not a good night. Mike
  5. Roger, My sympathy on your loss. He was one of the best I had the privledge to learn from while going through ABQ. Mike Klatt
  6. L382fe

    hydraulic system

    On the C-5 they use position switches and logic circuit cards to control the sequence of events for gear retraction. The right gear had rotated the bogies 90 degrees inboard and then stopped. Probably a bad position switch or card, which was not that unusual of an event. They carry spare cards for inflight replacement. Or used to, as my experience is 20 years out of date. Mike
  7. Best use of the port was during unpressurized low level, when the radio operator was located forward of 245 at the top of the flight deck steps. Got himself about 18 inches of vacumn pipe and a flex tube for a summer trip to Thailand. Cut the end of the pipe at a 60 degree angle and stuck it out the sextant port. With the angle cut facing forward, he had instant private cool air vent. Rotate it 180 and he could vaccumn. Worked great for the first day low level, but the first nighttime, he got peppered with bugs! Didn't take long to rig a screen over the end of the tubing. Never saw him without it on a warm weather low level mission after that. Mike
  8. Yes, all the tanker birds had dump shutoff valves. They used the dump manifold for passing gas through the pods. Mike
  9. Used to see this a lot when using the birdbath. Would get turbine and nacelle overheats about the time we finished and were rolling to park. Mx had to dry and seal the cannon plugs in the drybay going into the QEC. Mike
  10. Don't know how about the lighting at night or on NVGs but with the digital engine displays that I have used, there seems to be considerable filter dampening on the analog/digital converter. Small flickers on the fuel flow, TIT and RPM that I was used to seeing on the round gauges are pretty much gone on the digital display. RPM also seems to lag about 3-5 percent from what I am used to seeing during start. Great system when up in cruise and you have time to scan. Never had an indication failure on it yet. Mike
  11. Manual emergency depress.
  12. If this image is from the ditching section, could the numbers refer to the order of preference for exiting the aircraft? Mike
  13. Used to be a portion of FE systems refresher that covered HERP or hostile environment repair procedures. This included capping brakes, jumpering ignition relays, and several other things. Mike
  14. The smoking antic that I remember was from the Rock. Student pilot in the right seat on a local pro. Shortly after takeoff the Nav lights up a cigarette and takes a deep drag and blows the smoke into the aft end of the small tube that runs along the windows that you hook the sunscreen on. All the student sees is smoke billowing out from the bottom of the overhead panel in front of him. Started screaming electrical fire and nearly had a heart attack before realizing what was going on. Don't think the nav made his christmas card list. Mike
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