103: Aircraft Handling Fundamentals

103.1 Identify the personnel required to move the C-2A:

a. Ashore: One person with whistle as a qualified director. Three wing walkers: one at each wingtip equipped with whistle and carrying a wheel chock and one at the tail equipped with whistle. One qualified brakerider in cockpit at pilot station. One qualified and licensed tow-tractor driver.

b. Afloat: Directors shall be equipped with whistles that they will hold in their mouths while controlling aircraft movement. The cockpit is manned by a qualified brakerider Safety men are posted as required to ensure clearance if in close proximity to other aircraft, bulkheads or obstructions. During periods of high winds or when the deck is unsteady, chock men shall closely tend each main wheel.

103.2 State when the aircraft and engine protective covers shall be installed:

Install plugs and covers if the aircraft is idle for more than a day or over night.

103.3 Discuss the proper installation of a TD-1A or TD-1B tie-down chain:

There are fourteen tiedown fittings on the aircraft: two each on the fuselage nose and tail section, two on each engine nacelle and three on each main landing gear. Remove two access panels to gain access to tiedown fitting on nacelle. All tiedown lines must be installed approximately 45 degrees to the tiedown point.

103.4 State the purpose of the ground safety locks:

External ground safety locks are provided to protect maintenance personnel and prevent damage to the aircraft while the aircraft is on the ground.

103.5 State the following C-2A aircraft characteristics:

Horizontal length: 5610 Wing span: 807 Maximum catapult takeoff weight: Maximum catapult takeoff weight is 57,500 pounds.

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AMS1 Mark L. Starr

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