Demonstrate knowledge of and compliance with
fueling and defueling procedures, and follow the
applicable safety instructions.
Demonstrate ability to use the methods of aircraft
security required for various weather conditions and
shipboard operations. Give particular attention to the
security of control surfaces and the correct points for
Demonstrate, in writing and by practical
application, knowledge of the procedures for riding
brakes and any peculiarities of the braking system of the
assigned aircraft, as well as a knowledge of the standard
signals (including those contained in NATOPS, both
hand and wand) used for controlling aircraft on the
ground or flight deck.
To what department is the line division assigned?
Q2. What branch is responsible for the support
equipment used by the squadron?
In most squadrons, 75 to 95% of the personnel
assigned to the line division are assigned to what
Q4. After demonstrating your abilities as a plane
captain, who has the final authority to designate
you a plane captain?
LEARNING OBJECTIVE: Recognize safety
procedures and the proper equipment used in
Aircraft servicing is an important part of daily and
turnaround inspections that plane captains perform,
Even when plane captains do not personally perform the
servicing, they must still ensure that it is done correctly.
A typical daily/turnaround record is shown in
figure 5-2. However, the aircraft may require servicing
at more frequent intervals. Daily and turnaround
inspections are covered later in this chapter.
The servicing of an aircraft includes replenishing
fuel, oil, hydraulic fluid, and other consumable
materials. Also, the tires are checked for proper
inflation, struts for proper extension, and the various
air storage units for proper pressure.
GENERAL SAFETY PRACTICES
This section lists some general safety practices that
are important in day to day maintenance operations.
Smoking is not permitted around the aircraft
during fueling. Also, smoking or naked lights (such as
oil lanterns, candles, matches, exposed electric
switches, slip rings or commutators, dynamos or
motors, any spark-producing electrical equipment, or
any burning material) are not permitted within 100 feet
of an aircraft that is being refueled or the fuel storage
tanks. No lights other than approved explosionproof
lights are permitted within 50 feet of refueling
operations. No light of any sort may be placed where
it can come in contact with spilled fuel. Warning signs
should be posted as a precautionary measure.
All accidental spillage of aircraft fuels or other
combustible liquids must be contained and removed
immediately with absorbent material, by covering
with a foam blanket, or by neutralizing by other means
to prevent ignition. Notify the proper fire authorities
anytime a large amount of aviation fuel is spilled.
Nonspark tools must be used when work is done
on any part of a system or unit that is designed for
storing or handling combustible liquids. The use of
leaky tanks or fuel lines is not permitted. Repairs must
be made upon discovery. Always keep in mind the
Aircraft should be fueled in a safe place.
Shore-based aircraft may not be fueled or defueled in
a hangar or other enclosed space except in an
emergency. Aircraft should be free from fire hazards,
have the engine switches in the OFF position, and have
chocks placed under the wheels before fueling or
defueling operations are begun.
You should guard against breathing hydro-
carbon (fuel) vapors. They may cause sick-
ness, or they may be fatal. Do not let fumes
accumulate. Use adequate ventilating meas-
ures. Also, avoid getting fuel on your clothes,
skin, or eyes because of the high lead content.
If your clothing becomes saturated with fuel,
remove them as soon as possible. The parts of
your body that are exposed to fuel should be
washed thoroughly with soap and water.
Clothing saturated with fuel creates a danger-
ous fire hazard. Also, painful blisters similar
to fire burns may be caused by direct contact
of the skin with fuel. If fuel gets in your eyes,
flush them with water and obtain medical at-