to center. Some aircraft must have the nosewheel
aligned to center manually.
The plane captain connects the ground wire
and installs wing fold jury struts, parking harness and
tie-downs needed other than the initial tie-downs put on
by the aircraft-handling crews.
Detailed procedures for securing a specific aircraft
are found in the maintenance instruction manual
(MIM) for that aircraft.
HEAVY WEATHER PROCEDURES
The procedure for securing aircraft during heavy
weather differs very little from that used in normal
weather. The main difference is that more tie-downs are
used. All flight control surfaces are secured with
battens, and controls inside the aircraft are secured.
Figure 10-6 shows the heavy weather tie-down
arrangement for an aircraft.
When extremely heavy weather is anticipated, as
many aircraft as possible are spotted on the hangar
deck. The remainder are spotted in the fly 2 (center) and
fly 3 (aft) areas of the flight deck. Avoid securing
aircraft athwartship and in the heavy weather spot.
Aircraft remaining on the flight deck should be spotted
inboard along either side of the center line of the deck.
Leave a clear area around the perimeter of the flight
deck. If possible, spread the wings on the aircraft that
are spotted on the flight deck. For special instructions
on securing an individual aircraft, refer to the aircraft's
specific maintenance manual.
When the ship is not at flight quarters or during
heavy weather conditions, the Air Department is
required to maintain a security/integrity watch on the
flight deck and hangar deck to ensure that each aircraft
especially alert for loose or broken jury struts,
tie-downs, battens, chocks, engine intake/exhaust and
canopy covers, any leakage, or hazardous conditions.
Extreme caution is necessary when you handle aircraft
in heavy weather.
COLD WEATHER PROCEDURES
Handling aircraft during cold weather operations is
extremely difficult. Keep as many aircraft on the hangar
deck as is possible during extremely cold weather.
Keep the flight deck clear of ice and snow.
The following methods, gear, and equipment for
snow and ice removal are often used:
Mobile equipment removalsome aircraft tow
tractors may be fitted with snowplow blades or with
rattan or wire rotary brushes.
include brooms, crowbars, shovels, wooden mallets,
Figure 10-6.Heavy weather aircraft tie-down.