Mountains of Maintenance

Objectives-Pre-Intermediate (ADFELPS Level 5)
At the end of the tasks you will be able to:

• read for general meaning (gist)
• identify key information
• demonstrate knowledge of new vocabulary

Mountains of Maintenance

Story and photos by Flt-Lt Trevor Grant-Army News

  1. It is said that without them, pilots would be pedestrians. They are the 5 AVN Regiment maintenance crews who keep our Black Hawks flying. Their dedication has helped our aircrews perform so many tasks over the years, from humanitarian aid in Pakistan to troop and logistic support in Australia and in places such as Timor-Leste.
  2. The maintenance crews are always the first out of bed, often well before first light and sometimes working in arduous conditions from extreme cold to sweltering tropical heat and rain. They do this to make sure that the aircraft are prepared and ready for the first task of the day. 3.
  3. He and his colleagues work tirelessly inspecting, refuelling and maintaining the helicopters after each sortie, and keeping them in flying condition to meet the demands of the tasking requirements. Late into the night when the last flight has landed, the maintenance crews keep working, preparing the aircraft for the next day of flying.
  4. They take these early starts and late finishes all in their stride. They are methodical and dedicated in what they do because they know people’s lives depend on their actions. Nothing is left to chance.
  5. Systems are checked and double-checked, inspections are carried out and all routine maintenance is performed to the highest standards and on schedule to make sure the aircraft are safe to fly.
  6. The aircraft periodically undergo deeper level maintenance, and it’s the job of the day-maintenance crews to carry this out. This involves such things as removing engines, rotor blades and detailed inspection of the aircraft and systems.
  7. These jobs can take weeks to complete, so it’s important that the details of every task completed are accurately recorded in the aircraft’s maintenance logbook. At any given time you can see these people going about their tasks with the utmost dedication and professionalism because the work they do is vital to the aviation mission.