You may have handled a car jack at some point in your life, but have you ever handled an aircraft jack? The average person hasn’t, but there are those who are acquainted with them. Those who are familiar with aircraft jacks can testify that there is a lot more at stake. Not only is the equipment heavier, but so is the load. And if things don’t go as smoothly, the financial repercussions are significantly higher than if you mess up something using a car jack. In order to make sure everything goes according to plan, be sure to follow the following simple rules:
It is crucial that you read the manual and everything to do with your aircraft jack before you move forward with using it. Some of these rules include never putting your hands between the aircraft and the jack pad. You should also never align a jack under the aircraft by pounding on the legs of said jack. This can lead to dented legs, and in turn, cause the jack to collapse. When lowering the jack, never place your hands on top of the jack near the hand wheel safety nuts. Pinch points are between the top of the jack and threads on the ram.
This one is pretty self explanatory. The jack points tend to be found in relation to the plane’s center of gravity. This will keep the plane well balanced on the jack. You must take great care to ensure you’re using the proper jacking points on your aircraft and that the aircraft jacks are perfectly centered under them.
Aircraft stabilizers were designed to make sure the aircraft stays put when lifting. They also help to ensure the safety of your entire crew and the aircraft itself when you lift and shore using Tronair jacks. Tronair jack stabilizing stands can be equipped with an alarm to warn you when the weight on the load cell exceeds 100 lbs. This feature ensures safety when performing maintenance, lifting and shoring.
If you’ve done everything properly, then the last but most important thing you need to do with your aircraft jack is to ensure that they pass their annual tests. In order to do this, it’s best to have a documented 90 day and 12 month checklist. The former will include things like making sure there are no leaks in the hydraulic system, inspecting fluid levels, checking air pumps, lubricating the threaded ram with DoAll, RPM, LPS or an equivalent water repellant.
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